by SSgt Evelyn Chavez

A U.S. Air Force Airman from the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron cleans an A-10 Thunderbolt II at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, July 19, 2014. Bagram maintainers work around the clock to keep the A-10's ready to fly close air support missions in support of coalition ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


The mountains in Afghanistan are hard to miss especially during a clear day. During this shoot I was photographing the F-16s taking off. While I took a quick break to look at the mountains I saw a perfect opportunity for a different shot. This maintainer was the only one cleaning his aircraft.