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DoD photo by Senior Airman Jerry Morrison, U.S. Air Force. Soldiers from the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade load a Patriot missile onto a transfer vehicle at McGregor Test Range, N.M., during Exercise Roving Sands 97 on April 18, 1997. More than 20,000 service members from all branches of the armed forces of the U.S., Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands are participating in Exercise Roving Sands 97. The exercise is designed to refine their skills in operations using an integrated air defense network of ground, missile and radar early warning systems combined with tactical fighter and bomber aircraft operating in a simulated high-threat environment. The Patriot, used for land-to-air defense, and the soldiers are deployed from Alpha Battery, 1st Regiment, 1st Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas.   DoD photo by Senior Airman Jerry Morrison, U.S. Air Force.

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