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KC-10 Extender and the 380th Air Expeditionary WingKC-10 Extender and the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing
KC-10 Extender and the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing

A KC-10 Extender from the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron is silouetted as the sun sets during operations for the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing on the flightline May 6, 2010, at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia. In the first three months of 2010, Airmen supporting the KC-10 deployed air refueling mission in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility flew more than 1,000 sorties offl-loading more than 108 million pounds of fuel to more than 6,600 aircraft in support of combat operations. The 908th EARS, as part of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, support operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan D. Delgado/Released)
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Posted: 5/10/2010

A final farewellA final farewell
A final farewell

Col. Soren Jones, 380th Operations Group Commander, at an undisclosed base in Southwest Asia, was met by a throng of enthusiastic well wishers as he hung up his space helmet May 5, 2010, after 17 years of flying at the edge of space in an U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft. His next assignment will take him to the Pentagon where he'll serve as the chief of the reconnaissance operations division. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jenifer H. Calhoun)
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Posted: 5/6/2010

The final flightThe final flight
The final flight

Col. Soren Jones, 380th Operations Group Commander, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, is part of a small pool of approximately 80 U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft pilots. On May 5, 2010 he flew his last flight racking up 89 combat sorties and more than 4,700 hours of flying time. In the upcoming days he will move on to a new position at the Pentagon as the chief of the reconnaissance operations division. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jenifer H. Calhoun)
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Posted: 5/6/2010

Soaring at the edge of spaceSoaring at the edge of space
Soaring at the edge of space

The feat of flying his first solo flight in the U-2 Dragon Lady on May 24, 1993 crystallized for Colonel Soren Jones, 380th Operations Group Commander, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, as he hung up his space helmet May 5, 2010, after 17 years of flying at the edge of space. His final flight was marked by a fini flight or final flight. Upon landing, he was handed a bottle of champagne in honor of his achievments. Colonel Jones will serve as the chief of the reconnaissance operations division at the Pentagon advising senior leaders and helping formulate policies and guidance for Army, Navy and Air Force reconnaissance operations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Jenifer H. Calhoun)
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Posted: 5/6/2010

Dragon flies homeDragon flies home
Dragon flies home

Col. Soren Jones, 380th Operations Group Commander, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, returns from his last combat mission supporting contingency overseas operations May 5, 2010. He will serve at the Pentagon as the chief of the reconnaissance operations division advising senior leaders and helping formulate policies and guidance for Army, Navy and Air Force reconnaissance operations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jenifer H. Calhoun)
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Posted: 5/6/2010

Last soloLast solo
Last solo

At altitudes above 60,000 feet, the environment is exceptionally hostile to human life therefore Col. Soren Jones, 380th Operations Group Commander, must get into a spacesuit for his final mission like he has for the last 17 years flying the U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft. Colonel Jones will go from flying combat missions at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia to a new position at the Pentagon to serve as chief of the reconnaissance operations division advising senior leaders and helping formulate policies and guidance for Army, Navy and Air Force reconnaissance operations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jenifer H. Calhoun)
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Posted: 5/6/2010

U-2 Dragonlady in flightU-2 Dragonlady in flight
U-2 Dragonlady in flight

A U-2 Dragon Lady flies over 380th Air Expeditionary Wing at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on May 5, 2010. The 380th AEW, supports Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The 380th AEW is comprised of four groups and 12 squadrons and the wing's deployed mission includes air refueling, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of overseas contingency operations in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jenifer H. Calhoun/Released)
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U-2 Dragonlady in flightU-2 Dragonlady in flight
U-2 Dragonlady in flight

A U-2 Dragon Lady flies over 380th Air Expeditionary Wing at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on May 5, 2010. The 380th AEW, supports Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The 380th AEW is comprised of four groups and 12 squadrons and the wing's deployed mission includes air refueling, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of overseas contingency operations in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jenifer H. Calhoun/Released)
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Posted: 5/6/2010

U-2 Dragonlady in flightU-2 Dragonlady in flight
U-2 Dragonlady in flight

A U-2 Dragon Lady flies over 380th Air Expeditionary Wing at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on May 5, 2010. The 380th AEW, supports Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The 380th AEW is comprised of four groups and 12 squadrons and the wing's deployed mission includes air refueling, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of overseas contingency operations in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jenifer H. Calhoun/Released)
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Posted: 5/6/2010

U-2 Dragonlady in flightU-2 Dragonlady in flight
U-2 Dragonlady in flight

A U-2 Dragon Lady flies over 380th Air Expeditionary Wing at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on May 5, 2010. The 380th AEW, supports Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The 380th AEW is comprised of four groups and 12 squadrons and the wing's deployed mission includes air refueling, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of overseas contingency operations in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jenifer H. Calhoun/Released)
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Posted: 5/6/2010

U-2 Dragonlady in flightU-2 Dragonlady in flight
U-2 Dragonlady in flight

A U-2 Dragon Lady flies over 380th Air Expeditionary Wing at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on May 5, 2010. The 380th AEW, supports Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The 380th AEW is comprised of four groups and 12 squadrons and the wing's deployed mission includes air refueling, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of overseas contingency operations in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jenifer H. Calhoun/Released)
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Posted: 5/6/2010

Kc-10s await next mission Kc-10s await next mission
Kc-10s await next mission

KC-10 Extenders sit at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on May 5, 2010. The KC-10 Extender is an advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. Armed Forces. In 2009, KC-10s assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing flew more than 40,000 hours in support of 4,760 combat missions where they offloaded 422,000,000 pounds of fuel to 31,000 aircraft. They provided direct support to more than 2,750 "troops in contact" actions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jenifer H. Calhoun/Released)
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Posted: 5/6/2010

    

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