U.S. Air Force Capt. Daniel Lagomarsino, 75th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, and his girlfriend, Kacey Borden, share an embrace during a redeployment at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Jan. 25, 2019. The 75th FS returned from Southwest Asia after a six-month deployment in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. (U. S. Air Force/Andrea Jenkins)

Some things are just so good, they bring tears to your eyes. Take, for example, the sight of fresh snow on a clear winter day, or the soft fur of a friendly puppy, or, for many in and out of uniform, the distinctive BRRRTT sound of a 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon spitting 3,900 rounds a minute of 100% organic fury from the steel-grey nose tip of an A-10 Warthog.

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