"Everybody on this base goes toward making this mission go," says Captain Nathan Ayer, a KC-135 pilot.
The day began with a mission brief at nearly 0900 hours.
Our two pilots and the boom operators sat and discussed their plans for the day.
"It can be sketchy from time to time," says Staff Sergeant Eric Grass, a boom operator for the Maine Air Guard. "A lot of different changes that can happen."
A routine maintenance check is conducted just after 1000 hours to avoid any unexpected surprises.
Then it is time for lift off.
Our pilots, Mark Ricci and Capt. Ayer, steered our more than 300,000 pound aircraft.
"We go through a lot of training," says Ayer. "We do this many times over the course of a year."
"By doing that it keep us sharp and as good as we are," he adds.
After ascending to an altitude of 28,000 feet, we head for our mission target on the western edge of New York to meet up with a gargantuan C5 out of Dover.
Our nearly 60-year-old KC-135 aircraft is no joke either, with the ability to hold nearly 200,000 pounds of fuel and 83,000 pounds of cargo.
However, it's what goes on at the back of the plane that is truly remarkable.
"I got nothing better to say, there's nothing better to do than my job," says Grass.
As the C5 approaches our aircraft, boom operators, Dylan Fitzpatrick and Ssgt. Eric Grass, manned the controls for the flying boom, belly down and ready to refuel.
Hoping to complete the mission and avoid a costly mistake.