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A pilot holds a piece of debris from an advanced medium-range air-to-air missile.

The big picture: Pilot mentors armament students

Lt. Col. Matthew Simmons, 80th Flying Training Wing U.S. senior national representative at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, holds a piece of debris Dec. 11, 2017, that came from his first drone "kill" during a June 20, 2005, training mission over White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Simmons used that shrapnel to illustrate the importance of aircraft armament systems Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle E. Gese)

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