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Members of the 10th Missile Squadron meet prior to dispatching to the missile field March 16, 2015, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Before each dispatch, missileers meet with each other to discuss any pressing matters. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillon Johnston) Missile alert facility life: 60 feet under
For 24 hours, two officers are confined 60 feet below a missile alert facility (MAF), to a metal pill no larger than an average bedroom. Containing a vast array of Cold War-era technology, the capsule houses the ability to launch nuclear equipped intercontinental ballistic missiles, with the power to do so resting in the officers' hands.
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2015
Airmen 1st Class Ashley, 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron combat crew communications apprentice, and Iseral McDowell, 36th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hydraulic systems apprentice, stand in front of a B-52H Stratofortress at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 7, 2015. The McDowells are deployed here with the B-52s from Barksdale AFB, La. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson) Husband, wife tackle first deployment together, support bomber presence
B-52H Stratofortress teams have been rotating to Andersen Air Force Base for the last 11 years to maintain the U.S. Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence (CBP). Hundreds of Airmen deploy every six months to support this mission that strengthens regional security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. Among the team keeping B-52s up and running are two married Airmen serving here together.
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2015
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James speaks to an audience of military and space professionals at the 31st Annual Space Symposium, April 16, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The annual event brings together space leaders from around the world to discuss, address and plan for the future of space. (U.S. Air Force photo/Duncan Wood) SecAF delivers message of confidence
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James spoke to an audience of military and commercial space professionals, and space enthusiasts at the 31st Annual Space Symposium here, adding to an already familiar message.
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2015
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, listen to firsthand testimonial from Airmen across Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., during a resiliency roundtable April 9, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kelly White) AF chief of staff praises Tinker Airmen, community support
After nearly four days of engaging with Airmen and community leaders at Tinker Air Force Base, the Air Force chief of staff (CSAF) cited Tinker as a "crown jewel" doing remarkable work for the nation.
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2015
Maj. Gen. Stayce D. Harris, the commander of the 22nd Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, presented the game ball to the pitcher before the Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies game in Washington, April 17, 2015.  Harris, the highest-ranking black female officer in the Air Force, is presenting in honor of black heritage day at Nationals Park Stadium.  She also represented the Air Force Reserve for its 67th birthday.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) Diversity, total force continues to strengthen AF
In honor of the of the Air Force Reserve’s 67th birthday, celebrated on April 14, and in observance of Black Heritage Day, the 22nd Air Force commander represented the Air Force Reserve during pregame events at a Washington Nationals game at Nationals Park here, April 16.
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2015
Brian Williams, an Air Force wounded warrior athlete, prepares to throw the discus during the second day of an introductory adaptive sports and rehabilitation camp at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., April 14, 2015. The Defense Department’s military adaptive sports program enhances warrior recovery by engaging wounded, ill and injured service members in ongoing, daily adaptive activities, based on their interest and ability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.) Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
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2015
Staff Sgt. Amanda Walls, a KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator student, refuels a C-17 Globemaster III during her final check ride, April 10, 2015. Walls completed the boom operator course and will soon be returning to her home unit, Tennessee Air National Guard’s 151st Air Refueling Squadron, where she previously served as a KC-135 crew chief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nathan Clark) What it takes to be a boom operator
Boom operators on an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker have the ability to pump thousands of pounds of fuel to any capable aircraft, thousands of feet above the ground, flying at 200 knots, all while only 47 feet from colliding into each other. However, before any of this is possible, they had to go through extensive training and Altus Air Force Base is where the path begins for all KC-135 boom operators.
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2015
Retired Lt. Col. Alston Daniels beams as he sits in the cockpit of a Douglas C-47D Skytrain for the first time since 1962 April 7, 2015, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Daniels flew the C-47 during World War II and had the chance to visit the aircraft while it is on static display. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alex Montes) WWII veteran reunites with former aircraft
World War II veteran, retired Lt. Col. Alston "Al" Daniels, reunited with the aircraft he piloted for nearly 2,000 hours on April 7. Daniels gleefully walked up the steps to a Douglas C-47D Skytrain cockpit for the first time since 1962.
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2015
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Ventura, 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, demonstrates proper weapon holding procedures during joint interoperability training April 14, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Airmen from the 379th ESFS shared techniques and procedures with members of the Qatar Emiri Air Force during the joint training. Training enhances the interoperability of both the U.S. and its host nation partners and helps improve bilateral relations by sharing techniques on how each country operates. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kia Atkins) Security forces Airmen train alongside Qatari counterparts
Airmen from the 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron conducted joint interoperability training with members from the Qatar Emiri Air Force here, April 12 and 14.
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2015
Retired Lt. Gen. John “Jack” Hudson, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force director, accepts the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders April 15, 2015, at the U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center Emancipation Hall. The medal, created by the U.S. Mint, is the highest civilian honor Congress can give, on behalf of the American people, and was presented in recognition of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders’ outstanding heroism and service to the U.S. during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson) Doolittle Tokyo Raiders receive Congressional Gold Medal
Leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders April 15 at the U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center Emancipation Hall.
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