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Crew chiefs launch B-52 at sunrise

(From left) Senior Airman Daniel Hancock and Senior Airman Josh Serafin, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs, try to stay warm before launching an aircraft at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan 26, 2017. Crew chiefs arrive to the aircraft before the aircrew to perform pre-flight inspections to ensure a safe launch. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

(From left) Senior Airman Daniel Hancock and Senior Airman Josh Serafin, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs, try to stay warm before launching an aircraft at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan 26, 2017. Crew chiefs arrive to the aircraft before the aircrew to perform pre-flight inspections to ensure a safe launch. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

The sun rises behind a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Airmen from the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work around the clock in all weather conditions to provide B-52 firepower on demand. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

The sun rises behind a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Airmen from the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work around the clock in all weather conditions to provide B-52 firepower on demand. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Daniel Hancock, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, watches at a B-52H Stratofortress starts its engines at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Hancock, along with other 5th AMXS Airmen, work in harsh weather conditions to provide B-52 firepower on demand. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Daniel Hancock, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, watches at a B-52H Stratofortress starts its engines at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Hancock, along with other 5th AMXS Airmen, work in harsh weather conditions to provide B-52 firepower on demand. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Josh Serafin, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, collects his headset cord prior to engines of a B-52H Stratofortress starting at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Foreign objects and debris on the flighline, aka FOD, can be pulled into the intake causing damage to the aircraft as well as a safety hazard for the aircrew. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Josh Serafin, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, collects his headset cord prior to engines of a B-52H Stratofortress starting at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Foreign objects and debris on the flighline, aka FOD, can be pulled into the intake causing damage to the aircraft as well as a safety hazard for the aircrew. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

The sun rises behind a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Airmen from the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work around the clock in all weather conditions to provide B-52 firepower on demand. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

The sun rises behind a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Airmen from the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work around the clock in all weather conditions to provide B-52 firepower on demand. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Josh Serafin, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, communicates with the aircrew aboard a B-52H Stratofortress prior to launch at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Communication between the aircrew aboard the aircraft and the maintainers outside, is critical to safely launching a B-52. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Josh Serafin, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, communicates with the aircrew aboard a B-52H Stratofortress prior to launch at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Communication between the aircrew aboard the aircraft and the maintainers outside, is critical to safely launching a B-52. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Josh Serafin, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, monitors the ignition of eight B-52H Stratofortress engines at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Crew chiefs from the 5th AMXS are responsible for pre-flight inspections, safely launching and recovering the aircraft, as well as overseeing post-flight maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Josh Serafin, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, monitors the ignition of eight B-52H Stratofortress engines at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Crew chiefs from the 5th AMXS are responsible for pre-flight inspections, safely launching and recovering the aircraft, as well as overseeing post-flight maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Daniel Hancock, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, warms his hands on the flightline at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Hancock, along with other 5th AMXS Airmen, work in harsh weather conditions to provide B-52 firepower on demand. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Senior Airman Daniel Hancock, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, warms his hands on the flightline at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Hancock, along with other 5th AMXS Airmen, work in harsh weather conditions to provide B-52 firepower on demand. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Airmen from the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare to launch a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 26, 2017. Crew chiefs are maintenance specialists whose duty is to ensure that aircraft are ready to fly at a moment’s notice. 5th AMXS Airmen work around the clock in all weather conditions to provide B-52 firepower on demand. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)