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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chino Ross, right, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, trains Senior Airman Patrick Taylor, 1st OSS air traffic controller, on air traffic control tower practices at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. Patrick recently completed upgrade training to assist tower operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chino Ross, right, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, trains Senior Airman Patrick Taylor, 1st OSS air traffic controller, on air traffic control tower practices at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. Patrick recently completed upgrade training to assist tower operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

U.S. Air Force Airmen with the 1st Operations Support Squadron man the 1st Fighter Wing air traffic control tower at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. Controllers track the departure and arrival times and locations of aircraft, as well as when aircraft are airborne. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

U.S. Air Force Airmen with the 1st Operations Support Squadron man the 1st Fighter Wing air traffic control tower at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. Controllers track the departure and arrival times and locations of aircraft, as well as when aircraft are airborne. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chino Ross, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, communicates with airfield members at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. The aircraft control tower supports approximately 30,000 missions annually and communicates with local flight facilities to coordinate safe air traffic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chino Ross, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, communicates with airfield members at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. The aircraft control tower supports approximately 30,000 missions annually and communicates with local flight facilities to coordinate safe air traffic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chino Ross, left, and Senior Airman Patrick Taylor, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controllers, review a flight strip at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. Flight strip information is sent from either Langley Air Force Base operations or the Norfolk Radar Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chino Ross, left, and Senior Airman Patrick Taylor, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controllers, review a flight strip at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. Flight strip information is sent from either Langley Air Force Base operations or the Norfolk Radar Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Patrick Taylor, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, watches airfield traffic at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. The control tower supports the 1st Fighter Wing in addition to NASA, transient aircraft, Fort Eustis and distinguished visitor aircraft flying missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Patrick Taylor, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, watches airfield traffic at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. The control tower supports the 1st Fighter Wing in addition to NASA, transient aircraft, Fort Eustis and distinguished visitor aircraft flying missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Patrick Taylor, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, organizes flight strips at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. Each strip has flight information including aircraft names, destinations and clearances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Patrick Taylor, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, organizes flight strips at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. Each strip has flight information including aircraft names, destinations and clearances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. -- U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chino Ross, right, 1st Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, trains Senior Airman Patrick Taylor, 1st OSS air traffic controller, on air traffic control tower practices at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 16, 2016. Patrick recently completed upgrade training to assist tower operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)