US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Kruskie Jacob, Crewchief, 23rd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (EAMXS), talks with the pilot of the A-10A Thunderbolt II, 74th Fighter Squadron (FS), Pope Air Force Base (AFB), North Carolina (NC), during pre-flight checks. With the A-10 mission complete, the aircraft flew for the last time at Tallil Air Base (AB) for their return to their home station at Pope AFB during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. The A-10 is equipped with two stores containers under the wings and a 600-gallon fuel tank on the centerline