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U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota Air National Guard, backs up onto the ramp in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021.

U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota Air National Guard, backs up onto the ramp in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021. Airmen from California, Minnesota and Texas are taking part in a Contingency Response training exercise which focuses on the capabilities of responding to natural disasters and setting up airbase operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Avcadio Acevedo, 146th Contingency Response Flight, California Air National Guard, loads a pallet onto a C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota Air National Guard in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Avcadio Acevedo, 146th Contingency Response Flight, California Air National Guard, loads a pallet onto a C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota Air National Guard in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021. Acevedo is taking part in a Contingency Response training exercise which focuses on the capabilities of responding to natural disasters and setting up airbase operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. James Cain, 136th Contingency Response Flight, Texas Air National Guard, left, provides directions to Tech. Sgt. Avcadio Acevedo, 146th Contingency Response Flight, California Air National Guard, as he moves the forklift into position in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. James Cain, 136th Contingency Response Flight, Texas Air National Guard, left, provides directions to Tech. Sgt. Avcadio Acevedo, 146th Contingency Response Flight, California Air National Guard, as he moves the forklift into position in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021. Cain and Avebedo are taking part in a Contingency Response training exercise which focuses on the capabilities of responding to natural disasters and setting up airbase operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Nathan Sole, left, 109th Airlift Squadron provides directions to Tech. Sgt. Ross Wehrle, 133rd Contingency Response Flight, Minnesota Air National Guard, right, as he backs the light tactical all-terrain vehicle (MZRZ) onto a C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota Air National Guard in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Nathan Sole, left, 109th Airlift Squadron provides directions to Tech. Sgt. Ross Wehrle, 133rd Contingency Response Flight, Minnesota Air National Guard, right, as he backs the light tactical all-terrain vehicle (MZRZ) onto a C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota Air National Guard in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021. Sole and Wehrle are taking part in a Contingency Response training exercise which focuses on the capabilities of responding to natural disasters and setting up airbase operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. James Cain, 136th Contingency Response Flight, Texas Air National Guard, securities the light tactical all-terrain vehicle (MZRZ) in a C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota Air National Guard in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. James Cain, 136th Contingency Response Flight, Texas Air National Guard, securities the light tactical all-terrain vehicle (MZRZ) in a C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota Air National Guard in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021. Cain is taking part in a Contingency Response training exercise which focuses on the capabilities of responding to natural disasters and setting up airbase operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)

U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota Air National Guard, takes off in St. Croix, Virgin Island, Aug. 17, 2021.

U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota Air National Guard, takes off in St. Croix, Virgin Island, Aug. 17, 2021. Airmen from California, Minnesota, and Texas are taking part in a Contingency Response training exercise which focuses on the capabilities of responding to natural disasters and setting up airbase operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Troy McNear, 133rd Contingency Response Flight, Minnesota Air National Guard, left, and Tech. Sgt. Zach Wilt, 136th Contingency Response Flight, Texas Air National Guard, sets up a line-of-sight antenna in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Troy McNear, 133rd Contingency Response Flight, Minnesota Air National Guard, left, and Tech. Sgt. Zach Wilt, 136th Contingency Response Flight, Texas Air National Guard, sets up a line-of-sight antenna in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021. McNear and Wilt are taking part in a Contingency Response training exercise which focuses on the capabilities of responding to natural disasters and setting up airbase operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lee Hagan, 146th Contingency Response Flight, California Air National Guard, sets up the TMQ-53 portable weather station in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lee Hagan, 146th Contingency Response Flight, California Air National Guard, sets up the TMQ-53 portable weather station in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021. Hagan is taking part in a Contingency Response training exercise which focuses on the capabilities of responding to natural disasters and setting up airbase operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Johnie Smith, 136th Contingency Response Flight, Texas Air National Guard, sets up the TMQ-53 portable weather station in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Johnie Smith, 136th Contingency Response Flight, Texas Air National Guard, sets up the TMQ-53 portable weather station in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021. Smith is taking part in a Contingency Response training exercise which focuses on the capabilities of responding to natural disasters and setting up airbase operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jeff Allen, 136th Contingency Response Flight, Texas Air National Guard, measures the width of a taxiway using a measuring wheel in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021.
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jeff Allen, 136th Contingency Response Flight, Texas Air National Guard, measures the width of a taxiway using a measuring wheel in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021. Allen is taking part in a Contingency Response training exercise which focuses on the capabilities of responding to natural disasters and setting up airbase operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)