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Airmen assigned to the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron supported NATO allies with a state of the art, joint terminal attack controller, virtual training simulator March 6, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany.

A Royal Air Force Regiment joint terminal attack controller calls for a simulated air strike in a JTAC virtual simulator March 6, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany. Airmen assigned to the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron run the simulator to help JTACs retain their certifications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

Airmen assigned to the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron supported NATO allies with a state of the art, joint terminal attack controller, virtual training simulator March 6, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron run a joint terminal attack controller simulation for Royal Air Force Regiment Airmen March 6, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany. TACP Airmen use the simulator to retain their certifications to properly accomplish their mission of close air support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

Airmen assigned to the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron supported NATO allies with a state of the art, joint terminal attack controller, virtual training simulator March 6, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany.

The patch for a U.S. Air Force tactical air control party member lays on the shoulder of a TACP Airman assigned to the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, March 6, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany. The Airman played the role of a simulated pilot in a joint terminal attack controller simulator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

Airmen assigned to the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron supported NATO allies with a state of the art, joint terminal attack controller, virtual training simulator March 6, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany.

A U.S. Air Force joint terminal attack controller with the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, pilots a simulated aircraft during a virtual JTAC simulation March 6, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany. U.S. and NATO personnel use the simulator to obtain certifications for calling close air support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

Airmen assigned to the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron supported NATO allies with a state of the art, joint terminal attack controller, virtual training simulator March 6, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron and Airmen assigned to the Royal Air Force Regiment prepare a virtual joint terminal attack controller simulator March 6, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany. Inside the simulation, JTACs call in close air support to destroy a simulated target. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

U.S. ARMY GARRISON BAVARIA, Germany -- A Royal Air Force Regiment joint terminal attack controller calls for a simulated air strike in a JTAC virtual simulator March 6, 2018, at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany. Airmen assigned to the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron run the simulator to help JTACs retain their certifications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)