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An Airman holds a piece of shrapnel from an advanced medium-range air-to-air missile.

The big picture: Pilot mentors armament students

Lt. Col. Matthew Simmons, the U.S. senior national representative at the 80th Flying Training Wing's Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, shows 362nd Training Squadron armament apprentice students shrapnel from his first drone "kill" during a training mission on June 20, 2005. Simmons met with the Airmen Dec. 11, 2017, and used that shrapnel to illustrate the importance of aircraft armament systems Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle E. Gese)

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