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Senior Airman Tara Schmidt quizzes students as they prepare their bodies for the altitude chamber by breathing pure oxygen for 30 minutes Aug. 28, 2007, Kadena Air Base, Japan.  Reviewing subjects like trapped and evolved gases, spatial disorientation, situational awareness, night vision, and hypoxia and hyperventilation, help refresh the students minds with the important information that they will need to remember when they experience the effects of the chamber.  The mission of the altitude chamber is to teach military personnel who fly in aircraft, to identify, recognize and treat symptoms of hypoxia.  Airman Schmidt is an instructor for the Physiological Training Flight, 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron.  U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Senior Airman Tara Schmidt quizzes students as they prepare their bodies for the altitude chamber by breathing pure oxygen for 30 minutes here on Aug. 28, 2007. Reviewing subjects like trapped and evolved gases, spatial disorientation, situational awareness, night vision, and hypoxia and hyperventilation, help refresh the students minds with the important information that they will need to remember when they experience the effects of the chamber. The mission of the altitude chamber is to teach military personnel who fly in aircraft, to identify, recognize and treat symptoms of hypoxia. Airman Schmidt is an instructor for the Physiological Training Flight, 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney)

Airmen on flying status are talked through an oxygen lab exercise before they go into the altitude chamber, Aug. 28, 2007, Kadena Air Base, Japan.  The mission of the altitude chamber is to teach military personnel who fly in aircraft, to identify, recognize and treat symptoms of hypoxia.  U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airmen on flying status are talked through an oxygen lab exercise before they go into the altitude chamber on Aug. 28, 2007 here. The mission of the altitude chamber is to teach military personnel who fly in aircraft, to identify, recognize and treat symptoms of hypoxia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney).

Staff Sgt. Chrissy FitzGerald connects into the oxygen supply during her altitude chamber class, Aug. 28, 2007, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.  The mission of the altitude chamber is to teach military personnel who fly in aircraft, to identify, recognize and treat symptoms of hypoxia. Sergeant FitzGerald is assigned to 18th Wing Public Affairs . U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Staff Sgt. Chrissy FitzGerald connects into the oxygen supply during her altitude chamber class on Aug. 28, 2007 here. The mission of the altitude chamber is to teach military personnel who fly in aircraft, to identify, recognize and treat symptoms of hypoxia. Sergeant FitzGerald is assigned to 18th Wing Public Affairs . (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney).

Airman 1st Class Reynato Ancheta documents everything that happens to a class  from the time that it takes to reach specific altitudes to what time each student displays symptoms of hypoxia for safety and historical reasons  Aug. 28, 2007, Kadena Air Base, Japan.  The mission of the altitude chamber is to teach military personnel who fly in aircraft, to identify, recognize and treat symptoms of hypoxia.  Airman Ancheta is an instructor for the Physiological Training Flight, 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron.   U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney

KADEAN AIR BASE, Japan -- Airman 1st Class Reynato Ancheta documents everything that happens to a class from the time that it takes to reach specific altitudes to what time each student displays symptoms of hypoxia for safety and historical reasons on Aug. 28, 2007 here. The mission of the altitude chamber is to teach military personnel who fly in aircraft, to identify, recognize and treat symptoms of hypoxia. Airman Ancheta is an instructor for the Physiological Training Flight, 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney)

Airman 1st Class Reynato Ancheta demonstrates to Staff Sgt. Pedro Jimenez how to connect the mask breathing unit into the altitude chamber's oxygen supply Aug. 28, 2007, Kadena Air Base, Japan.  The mission of the altitude chamber is to teach military personnel who fly in aircraft, to identify, recognize and treat symptoms of hypoxia.  Airman Ancheta is an instructor for the Physiological Training Flight, 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron.  Sergeant Jimenez is assigned to 36th Wing Public Affairs .  U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan-- Airman 1st Class Reynato Ancheta demonstrates to Staff Sgt. Pedro Jimenez how to connect the mask breathing unit into the altitude chamber's oxygen supply Aug. 28, 2007 here. The mission of the altitude chamber is to teach military personnel who fly in aircraft, to identify, recognize and treat symptoms of hypoxia. Airman Ancheta is an instructor for the Physiological Training Flight, 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron. Sergeant Jimenez is assigned to 36th Wing Public Affairs . (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney)