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In December 1943/January 1944, several 12th Air Force enlisted aircrew members barter with local Arabs for dates while stationed in Algeria. (Courtesy Photo)

In December 1943/January 1944, several 12th Air Force enlisted aircrew members barter with local Arabs for dates while stationed in Algeria. (Courtesy Photo)

In November 1943 the first operational headquarter for 12th Air Force is established in Tafraoui, Algeria. (Courtesy Photo)

In November 1943 the first operational headquarter for 12th Air Force is established in Tafraoui, Algeria. (Courtesy Photo)

Over 110 paratroops jump from an aircraft during a stateside exercise with the 62nd Troop Carrier Group, 12th Air Force, in 1946. (Courtesy Photo)

Over 110 paratroops jump from an aircraft during a stateside exercise with the 62nd Troop Carrier Group, 12th Air Force, in 1946. (Courtesy Photo)

12th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. John Cannon congratulates Capt. Hall of 99th Fighter Squadron while stationed in Italy, in February 1944. (Courtesy Photo)

12th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. John Cannon congratulates Capt. Hall of 99th Fighter Squadron while stationed in Italy, in February 1944. (Courtesy Photo)

In 1944, 12th AF Commander Maj. Gen. John Cannon prepares for flight in a P-51A. (Courtesy Photo)

In 1944, 12th AF Commander Maj. Gen. John Cannon prepares for flight in a P-51A. (Courtesy Photo)

In 1944/1945 a pilot from the 1st Brazilian Fighter Group, 350th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force sits on his aircraft while stationed in Italy. (Courtesy Photo)

In 1944/1945 a pilot from the 1st Brazilian Fighter Group, 350th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force sits on his aircraft while stationed in Italy. (Courtesy Photo)

In March 1944 Mt. Vesuvius, Italy erupts as B-25s from 321st Bombardment Group, 12th Air Force fly by. (Courtesy Photo)

In March 1944 Mt. Vesuvius, Italy erupts as B-25s from 321st Bombardment Group, 12th Air Force fly by. (Courtesy Photo)

In 1946 the 1st Fighter Group assigned to 12th Air Force receives the Air Forces' first operational jet fighter a P-80.  (Courtesy Photo)

In 1946 the 1st Fighter Group assigned to 12th Air Force receives the Air Forces' first operational jet fighter a P-80. (Courtesy Photo)

In 1956 a B-61 Matador cruise missile belonging to the 585th Tactical Missile Group, 701st Tactical Missile Wing, 12th Air Force, sits on display in Bitburg, Germany. (Courtesy Photo)

In 1956 a B-61 Matador cruise missile belonging to the 585th Tactical Missile Group, 701st Tactical Missile Wing, 12th Air Force, sits on display in Bitburg, Germany. (Courtesy Photo)

In March 1988, 82nd Airborne Paratroops wait to board USAF C-141 during Operation GOLDEN PHEASA in Honduras. (Courtesy Photo)
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In March 1988, 82nd Airborne Paratroops wait to board USAF C-141 during Operation GOLDEN PHEASA in Honduras. (Courtesy Photo)

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