Brig. Gen. John Doucette (right center), 36th Wing commander, and retired Lt. Col. Charles "Chuck" McManus (far right), formerly a Strategic Air Command master navigator, render a salute during the National Anthem at the Linebacker ll memorial ceremony at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on Dec. 17. Operation Linebacker II got underway when, on Dec. 18, 1972, 87 B-52s were launched from Andersen in one hour and 43 minutes. Throughout the 11-day operation, Andersen-based B-52s flew 379 of the 729 sorties. Often called "the 11-day war," Linebacker II led to the renewal of the Paris Peace Talks and, on Jan. 28, 1973, the signing of a cease-fire agreement with the government of North Vietnam. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jamie Powell)

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