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Airman 1st Class Matthew Helms, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., inspects the underside of a B-2 Spirit before a flight Feb. 10, 2014, at Nellis  AFB, Nev. More than 100 members are currently temporary duty from Whiteman AFB, participating in the combat exercise Red Flag 14-1. The B-2 is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. Red Flag gives military members the opportunity to experience realistic, stressful combat situations in a controlled environment to increase their ability to complete missions and return home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

Airman 1st Class Matthew Helms, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., inspects the underside of a B-2 Spirit before a flight Feb. 10, 2014, at Nellis AFB, Nev. More than 100 members are currently temporary duty from Whiteman AFB, participating in the combat exercise Red Flag 14-1. The B-2 is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. Red Flag gives military members the opportunity to experience realistic, stressful combat situations in a controlled environment to increase their ability to complete missions and return home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

Members of the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., perform maintenance inspections on a B-2 Spirit Feb. 10, 2014, at Nellis AFB, Nev. The 509th AMXS is participating in Red Flag 14-1 to show what Global Strike stealth assets do when incorporated into the exercise’s mission planning. By providing realistic combat training in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment, Red Flag 14-1 provides pilots with real-time war scenarios and helps ground crews test their readiness capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

Members of the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., perform maintenance inspections on a B-2 Spirit Feb. 10, 2014, at Nellis AFB, Nev. The 509th AMXS is participating in Red Flag 14-1 to show what Global Strike stealth assets do when incorporated into the exercise’s mission planning. By providing realistic combat training in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment, Red Flag 14-1 provides pilots with real-time war scenarios and helps ground crews test their readiness capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

Airman 1st Class Matthew Helms, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., walks beneath a B-2 Spirit after completing routine maintenance Feb. 10, 2014, at Nellis AFB, Nev. Helms is at Nellis AFB, participating in the combat exercise Red Flag 14-1. Red Flag missions present many challenges to test the aircrew’s ability to execute its mission anytime in an operationally contested and degraded environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

Airman 1st Class Matthew Helms, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., walks beneath a B-2 Spirit after completing routine maintenance Feb. 10, 2014, at Nellis AFB, Nev. Helms is at Nellis AFB, participating in the combat exercise Red Flag 14-1. Red Flag missions present many challenges to test the aircrew’s ability to execute its mission anytime in an operationally contested and degraded environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

From left, Staff Sgt. Hayden Proffitt, and Airman 1st Class Matthew Helms, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs, both from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., perform maintenance checks before a flight Feb. 10, 2014, at Nellis AFB, Nev. Red Flag provides air and ground crews with real-time war scenarios and helps their ground crews also test their readiness capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

From left, Staff Sgt. Hayden Proffitt, and Airman 1st Class Matthew Helms, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs, both from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., perform maintenance checks before a flight Feb. 10, 2014, at Nellis AFB, Nev. Red Flag provides air and ground crews with real-time war scenarios and helps their ground crews also test their readiness capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

Staff Sgt. James Bovain, 509th Security Forces Squadron response force leader from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., stands guard outside the area where the B-2 Spirits are parked before a flight Feb. 10, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. More than 3,200 military participants from across the globe are at Nellis AFB participating in the combat exercise Red Flag 14-1. Red Flag gives air support operations members an opportunity to integrate with other military members and practice combat operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

Staff Sgt. James Bovain, 509th Security Forces Squadron response force leader from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., stands guard outside the area where the B-2 Spirits are parked before a flight Feb. 10, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. More than 3,200 military participants from across the globe are at Nellis AFB participating in the combat exercise Red Flag 14-1. Red Flag gives air support operations members an opportunity to integrate with other military members and practice combat operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

A B-2 Spirit from the 13th Bomb Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., takes off from the  runway at Nellis AFB, Nev., Feb. 4, 2014. The 13th BS is participating in the combat exercise Red Flag 14-1. The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. The U.S. Air Force’s premier exercise gives military members the opportunity to experience realistic, stressful combat situations in a controlled environment to increase their ability to complete missions and return home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

A B-2 Spirit from the 13th Bomb Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., takes off from the runway at Nellis AFB, Nev., Feb. 4, 2014. The 13th BS is participating in the combat exercise Red Flag 14-1. The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. The U.S. Air Force’s premier exercise gives military members the opportunity to experience realistic, stressful combat situations in a controlled environment to increase their ability to complete missions and return home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

A B-2 Spirit from the 13th Bomb Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., sits on the flightline Feb. 11, 2014, at Nellis AFB, Nev. The 13th BS is at Nellis AFB to participate in the premier combat exercise Red Flag 14-1 Jan. 27 to Feb. 14. During Red Flag training missions, the B-2 Spirit aircrews practice infiltrating contested enemy airspace and destroying high value targets.  By providing realistic combat training in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment, Red Flag 14-1 provides pilots with real-time war scenarios and helps ground crews test their readiness capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

A B-2 Spirit from the 13th Bomb Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., sits on the flightline Feb. 11, 2014, at Nellis AFB, Nev. The 13th BS is at Nellis AFB to participate in the premier combat exercise Red Flag 14-1 Jan. 27 to Feb. 14. During Red Flag training missions, the B-2 Spirit aircrews practice infiltrating contested enemy airspace and destroying high value targets. By providing realistic combat training in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment, Red Flag 14-1 provides pilots with real-time war scenarios and helps ground crews test their readiness capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton/Released)

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