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GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti -- U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Augustin Natividad, 449th Strength Management, signals to a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a joint training exercise Jan. 16 in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti. The exercise included two synchronized rescues - one on land and one at sea - and involved Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa as well as members of the French Foreign Legion. The exercise helped enhance joint and coalition interoperability and underscored the importance of personnel recovery in the Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Caleb Pierce)
GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti -- U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Augustin Natividad, 449th Strength Management, signals to a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a joint training exercise Jan. 16 in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti. The exercise included two synchronized rescues - one on land and one at sea - and involved Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa as well as members of the French Foreign Legion. The exercise helped enhance joint and coalition interoperability and underscored the importance of personnel recovery in the Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Caleb Pierce)
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