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Staff Sgts. Adam Martin, a fire truck maintenance specialist, and Shawn Benton, an aerospace ground equipment craftsman, both deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve and assigned to the 370th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group, Detachment 1, use a refrigerant recovery station to perform a leak test and charge the air conditioning system of a Humvee inside the vehicle maintenance tent at Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, July 2, 2017. The new vehicle maintenance facility improved efficiency for the maintainers as they can now not only get out of the sun to work on their vehicles, but also complete tasks during all hours of the day. CJTF-OIR is the global Coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria . (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly) Air advisor teamwork enhances expeditionary Air Force compound
Over the past four months, a small team of air advisors, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve to Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, combined its efforts to enhance and improve the U.S. Air Force’s compound, changing the working conditions for the airmen assigned there.
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2017
A KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., refuels a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet over the Pacific Ocean July 14, 2017. KC-10s from Travis AFB supported Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 by conducting various air refueling missions over Australia. TS17 is a biennial exercise in Australia that focuses on bilateral military training between U.S. Pacific Command forces and the Australian Defence Force to improve U.S.-Australia combat readiness, increase interoperability, maximize combined training opportunities and conduct maritime prepositioning and logistics operations in the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Sarah Johnson) KC-10s display global reach in the Pacific
Three KC-10 Extenders flew from Hawaii and Wake Island Airfield to refuel five C-17 Globemaster IIIs carrying over 300 coalition paratroopers across the Pacific Ocean, July 13, 2017.
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The Air Force selected 2,311 officers for promotion as a result of the 2017B central selection board for colonel, lieutenant colonel and major in the Biomedical Sciences Corps and Line of the Air Force competitive categories. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Kat Bailey) Air Force selects 2,311 BSC, LAF officers for promotion
The Air Force selected 2,311 active-duty officers for promotion to colonel, lieutenant colonel and major during the 2017B Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel Biomedical Sciences Corps and Major Line of the Air Force and Biomedical Sciences Corps central selection boards.
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Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: July 19
On this look around the Air Force a Wounded Warrior receives the Pat Tillman award at the ESPYs, a medical exercise in Minnesota provides free healthcare for local residents, and Red Flag 17-3 features F-35s from both the Air Force and the Marine Corps. Hosted by Tech. Sgt. Robbie Arp.
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Tech. Sgt. Megan Harper, a 326th Training Squadron military training instructor facilitator, stands at attention with Airmen at the 326th Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas,  June 23, 2017. Harper has been selected as the Military Times 2017 Airman of the Year for her exceptional service over the course of a 15-year Air Force career. Air Force MTI named Military Times Airman of the Year
A 326th Training Squadron military training instructor facilitator has been selected as the Military Times 2017 Airman of the Year for her exceptional service over the course of a 15-year Air Force career.
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Default Air Force Logo AF announces Enlisted Professional Military Education redesign
Air Force officials announced major changes to the enlisted professional military education program today via an initiative called Enlisted Professional Military Education for the 21st Century, or “EPME 21.”
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Col. Kristine B. Smith, the 710th Combat Operations Squadron deputy director, from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., stands surrounded by her family as they pin on her colonel rank, July 14, 2017, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Smith was promoted by Col. Dustin P. Smith, the Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Central Command chief of staff, and her husband, as his last official duty in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado) Colonel promotes wife, then retires
When military members hold their promotion ceremonies, many times their families enjoy the occasion alongside them. Spouses, children, parents, siblings and other relatives witness the time-honored ceremony and take part in the tradition of pinning or tacking on the next rank.
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2017
Lt. Col. Ben Rudolphi, the 407th Expeditionary Operation Support Squadron commander, conducts a preflight check on an A-10 Thunderbolt II July 11, 2017, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Rudolphi has provided a dual role in Operation Inherent Resolve as the commander of the 407th EOSS in Southwest Asia and being directly in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria  conducting A-10 flying missions with the 447th Air Expeditionary Group. The A-10 supports ground forces with rapid employment close air and contact support. It utilizes a variety of bombs, missiles and a 30mm GAU-8 seven-barrel Gatling gun. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ramon A. Adelan) A-10 pilot spits fire in fight against ISIS
Originally tasked to deploy as an A-10 pilot in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Lt. Col. Ben Rudolphi saw his mission change before even leaving the U.S. Instead of manning his aircraft, he was given the opportunity to lead others as the commander of the 407th Expeditionary Operation Support Squadron and accepted the position.
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A panel of leaders from various Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., organizations decide which one of three design proposals to pursue following presentations during a July 10, 2017, innovation challenge. Pictured from left are Dan Osburn, 412th Test Engineering Group; Peter Burke, 412th Electronic Warfare Group; Lt. Col. Jeffrey Kwok, 412th Operations Group; Kyle Schaller, 771st Test Squadron; and Tony Rubino, 412th Range Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kenji Thuloweit) Innovation challenge brings possible advancement in F-22 test capabilities
The 412th Test Wing’s Experimentation Center for Ideas/Technology Exploration team, known as XCITE, hosted a one-day innovation challenge July 10, 2017. Several engineers from around Edwards Air Force Base partnered with members of the Desert High School Robotics team to come up with a solution to a real-world test problem.
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An Army airborne jumpmaster from the 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, signals "one minute" to drop while he looks out of the open troop door on a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Charleston, S.C., July 12, 2017 waiting to airdrop in support of Exercise Talisman Saber 2017. The purpose of TS17 is to improve U.S.-Australian combat readiness, increase interoperability, maximize combined training opportunities and conduct maritime prepositioning and logistics operations in the Pacific. TS17 also demonstrates U.S. commitment to its key ally and the overarching security framework in the Indo Asian Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook) US, coalition partners demonstrate global defense capabilities
Four U.S. Air Force and one Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster IIIs loaded with more than 300 American and Canadian paratroopers took off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, to Shoalwater Bay, Australia, for biennial training exercise, Talisman Saber July 13, 2017.
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Default Air Force Logo Air Force rolls out phased retirement program for eligible civilians
Eligible Air Force civilian employees now have the option of working part time in a “semi-retired” status, according to new Air Force Instruction 36-817, Civilian Phased Retirement Program.
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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson (center) stands with the 2016 Presidential Rank Award recipients after a ceremony held at the Pentagon, Washington D.C., July 14, 2017. The award is limited each year to only 1 percent of the Air Force’s senior executives and only 5 percent of Senior Executive Service employees may receive the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark) Senior Air Force civilians presented Presidential Rank Awards
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson recognized the career achievements of 12 senior civilians during the 2016 Presidential Rank Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon July 14, 2017.
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Gen. Mike Holmes, the Air Combat Command commander, is honored for analysis work with the Lt. Gen. Glenn A. Kent Leadership Award, presented by Kevin Williams, the director of Air Force Studies, Analyses and Assessments, during a July 11, 2017, ceremony at the Pentagon. The Kent Award recognizes influential leaders who have had substantive analytic responsibilities during their career and whose vision and leadership have had a significant and lasting effect on the achievements of Air Force analysis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett) Top AF analysis leader recognized
Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis received the Lt. Gen. Glenn A. Kent Leadership Award during a ceremony at the Pentagon July 11, 2017.
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Staff Sgt. Dominic Koah, a 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE water fuels system maintenance craftsman, shovels dirt and concrete away from a construction site June 27, 2017, in Southwest Asia. Working through extreme heat and high winds members of RED HORSE construct pre-engineered buildings vital to the expansion of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing and its operational capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Damon Kasberg) RED HORSE Airmen battle heat, darkness to shape future
On a construction site at the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, all five senses are constantly bombarded. The sun scorches every inch of uncovered skin. Gusting winds kick up sand and dirt, making it difficult to see. Deafening machines saturate the air with the smell and taste of fumes.
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Defenders from the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and a researcher from the Air Force Research Lab teamed up to bring a new program to Bagram Airfield. To counter the challenges that unmanned aircraft systems pose on the battlefield, the team is training to pilot and use the drones so enemy tactics can be replicated and used to train coalition forces on how to react to them. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier) Researcher, security forces bring new counter-UAS program to Bagram Air Field
As the use of unmanned aircraft systems rises across the world, researchers from around the Defense Department are testing new ways to counter the new threats they could present. The 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron teamed up with a researcher from the Air Force Research Laboratory to teach Airmen how to pilot drones and use them to train coalition forces on how to react to them on the battlefield.
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An A-10 Thunderbolt II departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, July 6, 2017. The A-10 employs a wide variety of conventional munitions in support of OIR and the destruction of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride) AF 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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Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: July 12
On this look around the Air Force, Air National Guard Airmen battle California wildfires, F-16s arrive in England for a flying training deployment, and fiscal year 2018 first-term Airmen retraining quotas are released.
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Master Sgts. Linn Knight and Kenneth Guinn, both explosive ordnance disposal specialists assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., pose for a photo with their official Warrior Games medals July 8, 2017, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The commonalities between the lives of these two warriors are uncanny and extensive; from growing up in the same city and joining the Air Force in the same year, to a traumatic run-in with an IED on the same day. While sharing similar career assignments and progression, Guinn and Knight have forged a friendship built upon a life of shared experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Chip Pons) Bonded through service, linked by fate
Thousands gathered to witness an extraordinary display of resilience and strength by the nation’s wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans representing all branches of the military during the 2017 Defense Department Warrior Games in Chicago. The lives of two master sergeants became forever intertwined as if guided by fate, leading them toward a chance to serve as teammates and represent the Air Force at this year’s games.
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Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell (left), senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Airmen from the 57th Maintenance Group during a Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., visit July 10, 2017. One of Troxell’s many duties as SEAC is to monitor the pulse of the joint enlisted force by identifying trends in morale and readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz) SEAC visits with Nevada Airmen
Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, the senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spent a day immersing himself in the diverse missions carried out by Airmen at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, July 11, 2017.
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Default Air Force Logo Commanders to have more say in developmental education opportunities
Air Force officials recently announced changes to the nomination process for officer developmental education beginning with the results of the March 2017 Line of Air Force Major Board. The March 2017 LAF Major’s Board results will be released publicly July 18, 2017, and will not include in-residence, developmental education selection or “select” status.
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