4th SOS aircrew fire for readiness

Staff Sgt. Alex Almarales, a special missions aviator with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, conducts preflight inspections of an AC-130U Spooky gunship at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 17, 2017. The AC-130U gunship’s primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Staff Sgt. Alex Almarales, a special missions aviator with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, conducts preflight inspections of an AC-130U Spooky gunship at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 17, 2017. The AC-130U gunship’s primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Staff Sgt. Joseph Del Hoyo, a special missions aviator with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, waits to load ammunition onto a AC-130U Spooky gunship at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 17, 2017. Aircrew with the 4th SOS conducted a live-fire training mission to ensure mission readiness any time, any place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Staff Sgt. Joseph Del Hoyo, a special missions aviator with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, waits to load ammunition onto a AC-130U Spooky gunship at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 17, 2017. Aircrew with the 4th SOS conducted a live-fire training mission to ensure mission readiness any time, any place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Air Commandos push an ammunition cart to an AC-130U Spooky gunship at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 17, 2017. The AC-130U is equipped with a 25mm Gatling gun, 40mm and 105mm canons, and can take off carrying more than 150,000 pounds of cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Air Commandos push an ammunition cart to an AC-130U Spooky gunship at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 17, 2017. The AC-130U is equipped with a 25mm Gatling gun, 40mm and 105mm canons, and can take off carrying more than 150,000 pounds of cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Air Commandos load 105mm rounds onto an AC-130U Spooky gunship at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 17, 2017. The AC-130U is equipped with a 25mm Gatling gun, 40mm and 105mm canons, and can take off carrying more than 150,000 pounds of cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Air Commandos load 105mm rounds onto an AC-130U Spooky gunship at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 17, 2017. The AC-130U is equipped with a 25mm Gatling gun, 40mm and 105mm canons, and can take off carrying more than 150,000 pounds of cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Staff Sgt. Joseph Del Hoyo, a special missions aviator with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, takes control of a 105 mm round at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 17, 2017. Aircrew with the 4th SOS conducted a live-fire training mission to ensure mission readiness any time, any place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Staff Sgt. Joseph Del Hoyo, a special missions aviator with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, takes control of a 105 mm round at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 17, 2017. Aircrew with the 4th SOS conducted a live-fire training mission to ensure mission readiness any time, any place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Capt. Jonathan Rodgers, an AC-130U Spooky gunship pilot with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, scans the horizon during a live-fire training mission at the Eglin Range, Fla., April 17, 2017. Aircrew with the 4th SOS conducted a live-fire training mission to ensure mission readiness any time, any place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Capt. Jonathan Rodgers, an AC-130U Spooky gunship pilot with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, scans the horizon during a live-fire training mission at the Eglin Range, Fla., April 17, 2017. Aircrew with the 4th SOS conducted a live-fire training mission to ensure mission readiness any time, any place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Special missions aviators with the 4th Special Operations Squadron reload the 105mm and 40mm canons on an AC-130U Spooky gunship during a live-fire training mission at the Eglin Range, Fla., April 17, 2017. The AC-130U gunship’s primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Special missions aviators with the 4th Special Operations Squadron reload the 105mm and 40mm canons on an AC-130U Spooky gunship during a live-fire training mission at the Eglin Range, Fla., April 17, 2017. The AC-130U gunship’s primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Staff Sgt, Shane Hayes, center, a special missions aviator with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, offloads 40mm round shells from an AC-130U Spooky gunship at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 17, 2017. Aircrew with the 4th SOS conducted a live-fire training mission to ensure mission readiness any time, any place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Staff Sgt, Shane Hayes, center, a special missions aviator with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, offloads 40mm round shells from an AC-130U Spooky gunship at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 17, 2017. Aircrew with the 4th SOS conducted a live-fire training mission to ensure mission readiness any time, any place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Air Commandos with the 4th Special Operations Squadron conducted a live-fire training mission in an AC-130U Spooky gunship at the Eglin Range, Fla., April 17. The AC-130U gunship’s primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. The AC-130U is equipped with a 25mm Gatling gun, 40mm and 105mm canons, and can take off carrying more than 150,000 pounds of cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)