U.S. Air Force Maj. Jared Alden, 100th Air Refueling Wing command and control operations chief, left, and Maj. Matthew Koerschner, 351st Air Refueling Squadron pilot, prepare for take-off aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker prior to a flight supporting Operation Rapid Forge at RAF Mildenhall, England, July 23, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to bases in the territory of NATO allies. Participation in multinational operations enhances the U.S. Air Force’s professional relationship with partner militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez)