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KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Tech. Sgt. Kenneth O’Brien and Staff Sgt. Michael Galindo, 320th Special Tactics Squadron pararescuemen, lower and detach a training dummy from a rope system, Aug. 20, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. A search and rescue team was sent to Tham Luang cave in Northern Thailand at the request of the Royal Thai government to assist in the rescue of missing Thai soccer players and their coach. After 17 days of being trapped, an international rescue team was able to successfully bring an end to the nearly 3-week rescue operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)