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Senior Airman Brandon Conover, 27th Special Operations Air Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems technician, has been working at Cannon for over two years now. He loves the feeling of ownership over an aircraft, as he plays a vital role in ensuring his aircraft, a MC-130J Commando II, can fly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

MC-130J Commando II's sit on the flightline at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 30, 2018. These aircraft, combined with a few from Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., took part in a multi-aircraft formation exercise to test cooperative efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Senior Airman Brandon Conover, 27th Special Operations Air Maintenance Squadron, preparesm a MC-130J Commando II for flight at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 30, 2018. A few of these aircraft took to the sky in a night operation formation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Senior Airman Connor Meeuwsen, 27th Special Operations Air Maintenance Squadron aerospace maintenance apprentice, prepares a MC-130J Commando II for flight at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 30, 2018. The aircraft joined a group of MC-130J's for a night operation exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Senior Airman Connor Meeuwsen, 27th Special Operations Air Maintenance Squadron aerospace maintenance apprentice, inspects a MC-130J Command II prior to takeoff at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 30, 2018. The aircraft joined a group of MC-130J's for a night operation exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Airmen prepare a row of MC-130J Commando II's for flight at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 30, 2018. These aircraft took to the sky in a night operation formation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Senior Airman Brandon Conover, 27th Special Operations Air Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems technician, salutes a MC-130J Commando II pilot during takeoff at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 30, 2018. Conover prepared his aircraft for participation in a night operation that tested aircraft formation skills and cooperative abilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

A line of MC-130J Commando II's prepare for takeoff at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 31, 2018. These aircraft took to the sky in a night operation formation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

A MC-130J Commando II takes flight over Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 30, 2018. Six MC-130J's participated in a nighttime operation exercise to test lower visibility capabilities in a formation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

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Maintainers and crew chiefs group after succesfully seeing their aircraft take off at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 30, 2018. The aircraft participated in a night operation exxercise that tested nighttime flight capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

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Senior Airman Connor Meeuwsen, 27th Special Operations Air Maintenance Squadron aerospace maintenance apprentice, prepares to return to his shop after successfully preparing his aircraft in taking off for a late evening exercise at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 30, 2018. The exercise tested low visibility capabilities as well as cooperative efforts between Cannon and Kirtland Air Force Bae, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Senior Airman Brandon Conover, 27th Special Operations Air Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems technician, has been working at Cannon for over two years now. He loves the feeling of ownership over an aircraft, as he plays a vital role in ensuring his aircraft, a MC-130J Commando II, can fly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)