Master Sgt. Joe Lapinta briefs Soldiers of the 1434th Engineer Company (Vertical) prior to take-off on a KC-135 Stratotanker on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 9, 2015. Lapinta is a boom operator with the 171st Air Refueling Squadron. The Soldiers had just completed a two-week mission in Liberia. The Michigan National Guard has a State Partnership for Peace agreement with Liberia and members of the Michigan National Guard make periodic trips to and from Liberia to support the partnership. Both the 171st and the 1434th are components of the Michigan National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)
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