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Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, hosted missile maintenance training for more than three decades, from the 1950s to the 1980s, when it was transferred to Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Sheppard still plays a vital role in the Air Force's global deterrence mission, however, providing core nuclear munitions courses to officer and enlisted students. In 2016, the 82nd Training Wing opened field training detachments at Air Force Global Strike Command bases, providing advanced courses in missile maintenance. (Courtesy Photo)
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Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, had the honor of serving as a reception point for Operation Homecoming in 1973, helping to welcome home Vietnam POWs after years of captivity. (Courtesy Photo)
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The Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program launched
at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, in 1981. Since then, the program has delivered more than 7,000 combat pilots for its 13 partner nations in support of the NATO Alliance. Just as importantly, the program has fostered vital relationships between nations that have formed the foundations for effective coalition air operations over the ensuing decades. (Courtesy Photo)
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Sheppard Air Force Base's airfield and hangars are shown under construction in 1941. Some of these hangars are still in daily use today, housing crew chief technical training courses for various fighter and heavy aircraft. (Courtesy Photo)
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Aircraft engine mechanic students at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, learn pre-flight procedures on propeller-driven aircraft during World War II. Today, the 82nd Training Wing at Sheppard and more than 60 global detachments provides aircraft maintenance training supporting every air frame in the Air Force. (Courtesy Photo)
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Maj. Kenyatta Ruffin is the founder of Legacy Flight Academy, a non-profit organization that assists minority youths in pursuing careers in aviation and raising awareness about benefits and opportunities in the military. He will be recognized live at the BET awards, June 26, during the “Shine a Light” segment.
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Maj. Kenyatta Ruffin, will be recognized live at the BET awards, June 26, during the “Shine a Light” segment. He is being recognized for his impact as the founder of Legacy Flight Academy, a non-profit organization that assists minority youths in pursuing careers in aviation and raising awareness about benefits and opportunities in the military. (Courtesy photo)
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An Airman-in-Training restocks the shredded cheese section at the Defense Commissary Agency cooler shelves on Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 27, 2015.  More than 150 Airmen and volunteers helped rescue more than $200,000 in perishable grocery items from a lighting strike that shut down the commissary power. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mike Meares)
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A technical training student at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, competes in a drill competition at the base parade grounds, Sept. 25, 2015. The drill competition promotes friendly rivalry and morale among the Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kyle Gese)
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Staff Sgt. Daniel Cole, 364th Training Squadron instructor, points his shotgun at a dove passing by during the dove hunt portion of the Clay County Dove Salute in Henrietta, Texas, Sept. 12, 2015. Airmen were invited to the Birdwell and Clark Ranch to participate in dove hunt and a Texas-style steak dinner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle Gese)
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Laura Silver, 80th Operation Support Squadron stabilizes Capt. Brandon Bailey, 459th Flying Training Squadron Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training instructor pilot, before he gets pulled into the base swimming pool at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Bailey was by a pulley system operated by course instructors as part of the water survival refresher training. The training simulates a parachute water landing after ejecting from a T-38 Talon aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Danny Webb)
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Jarrod Smith, (left), Clay Jacobs, (middle), and Christopher Freeman, (right), take a break at a rest stop at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, during the Hotter'N Hell 100 bike race Aug. 29, 2015. Freeman is a veteran who was paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident in 2010. He has participated in three Hotter'N Hell rides since the accident to share his story of resiliency with other riders, and observers along the route. (U.S. Air Force photo by Danny Webb)
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Airman 1st Class Rosemary Dimola, 361st Training Squadron student, installs and inspects thermocouples during a T-56 engine build up used on a C-130 Hercules aircraft Aug. 12, 2015, at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. The Thermocouples reads the inlet temperature inside the engine and is necessary for letting the pilot know the temperature of the turbine engine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Danny Webb)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Sewell, 97th Security Forces Squadron, combat arms training and maintenance instructor, fires an M2 machine gun while U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bradley Primmer, 82nd SFS CATM instructor from Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, feeds munitions to the weapon at the Kerr Hill Machine Gun Range, Aug. 7, 2015. Members from the 97th SFS and 82nd SFS trained together to qualify and maintain M2 certifications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillon Davis)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Goodrick, (left), from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and Airman 1st Class Jaylen Wilkens, from Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, train as 366th Training Squadron Hotline Training Course students at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 7, 2015. Goodrick and Wilkens secured a tool called “the tree” that safely lifts power lines from the insulators. They use this tool to transfer the power lines to a new pole. Airmen in this course wear a modified uniform to protect themselves from the various equipment and chemicals they use. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle Gese)
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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Charles Burgess, retired 82nd Training Wing command chief, takes a selfie during his retirement ceremony, July 31, 2015, at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Burgess was known for his passion for taking care of military members and their families. He led various initiatives across the base for quality of life improvements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle Gese)
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