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Travis Extenders execute Ultimate Reach during Talisman Saber 17
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Cook and Airman 1st Class Patrick Tracy, 6th Air Refueling Squadron boom operators, load cargo from a K-loader onto a KC-10 Extender July 9, 2017 at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for travel to Hickam AFB, Hawaii. A combined crew from the 6th and 9th ARS at Travis supported Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 by executing Exercise Ultimate Reach, a strategic refueling and airdrop mission in which three KC-10s refueled five C-17 Globemaster IIIs carrying U.S. Army , Australian and Canadian paratroopers prior to an airdrop. TS 17 is a biennial exercise in Australia that focuses on bilateral military training between U.S. Pacific Command forces and the Australian Defence Force to improve U.S.-Australia combat readiness, increase interoperability, maximize combined training opportunities and conduct maritime prepositioning and logistics operations in the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Sarah Johnson)