U.S. Army Spc. Cory Thompson, a native of Apple Valley, Calif., adjusts the RQ-7B Shadow onto a pneumatic catapult before sending it into the sky from the flight line at Combat Outpost Xio Haq. Thompson serves as unmanned aircraft systems repairers, assigned to Company A, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

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