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An A-10 Thunderbolt II shoots a flare off after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Oct. 6, 2017. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius, and short takeoff and landing capabilities, permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles) 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.
0 10/13
2017
An Afghan Air Force UH-60 is towed as two AAF A-29s taxi for take-off Sept. 18, 2017, at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. The UH-60 was the first to arrive in Afghanistan as part of modernization efforts to transition the AAF to a more sustainable and modern helicopter fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Veronica Pierce) Afghan Air Force receives first delivery of UH-60s at Kandahar Airfield
The first two Afghan Air Force UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters arrived at Kandahar Airfield.
0 9/26
2017
An F-15E Strike Eagle receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Sept. 6, 2017. The Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems give the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by 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.
0 9/15
2017
A four-ship formation of F-22 Raptors from the 94th Fighter Squadron and 1st Fighter Wing fly in formation over the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The aircraft were in transit back to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. after participating in Red Flag 17-4 Aug. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie) 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.
0 9/01
2017
Airman 1st Class Colby Morin Accepting the challenge
Airman 1st Class Colby Morin, a member of the 66th Security Forces Squadron, volunteered to attend the U.S. Marine Corps’ Lance Corporal Seminar during a deployment to Southeast Asia.
0 8/29
2017
A group of Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, ammunition personnel and firefighters from the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing worked together to dispose of a truckload of ordnances in a safe manner at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, May 11, 2017. The stockpile of expired munitions consisting primarily of flares was transported to an isolated location where the unserviceable items were stacked in a man-made hole in preparation for destruction. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly) EOD disposes unserviceable munitions in Southwest Asia
A group of EOD technicians, ammunition personnel and firefighters from the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing worked together to dispose of the truckload of unserviceable ordnance in a safe manner in Southwest Asia May 11, 2017. The disposal included close to 8,000 ordnance items and 1,000 pharmaceutical waste items with a controlled burn
0 5/19
2017
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Juan Ortiz, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron EOD flight, controls a PACBOT bomb disposal robot from inside a mine resistant ambush protected all-terrain vehicle at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, March 21, 2017. Ortiz was working a nighttime operations scenario during exercise “Vigilant Walrus” in order to train for bomb threats while using night vision capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Miles Wilson) Playing with fire; EOD technicians hone response skills
Most of the crew is asleep, but for a few members. Outside, the sun is peaking over the horizon, sending long shadows across the terrain and buildings. Suddenly a loud banging from the door echoes through the hallway, breaking the silence and waking up the crew. The banging continues, and an Airman opens the door to discover a panic-stricken Airman holding onto her uniform blouse, wires protruding from various pockets and a loud ticking noise coming from her back. Immediately the Airman who opened the door recognizes the threat: a hostage outfitted with a bomb vest.
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2017
Tech Sgt. Ronald Gowen, a logistician assigned to the 387th Air Expeditionary Squadron, guides a  mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle into the cargo area of a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Nov. 4, 2016. Gowen leads a small Quick Response Team comprised of five specialized aerial port personnel to provide rapid response in support of various requirements around the region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Park) Joint expeditionary Airmen bridge service gaps in today’s fight
Though he’s performing a standard Air Force job ensuring supplies make it to the front line, Tech Sgt. Ronald Gowen's deployed experience is different from many other Airmen. He is assigned specifically to support non-Air Force units. His unique skills as an Airman are in high demand by sister service elements engaged in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
0 11/10
2016
391st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron weapon systems officer, call sign Swat, stands on top of an F-15E Strike Eagle following a combat sortie at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 13, 2016. Swat surpassed the 1,000 combat flight hour mark during the mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller/Released) Dudette passes 1,000 combat flight hours
Maj. Jennifer received a hero’s welcome from members of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing as she surpassed the 1,000 combat-hour milestone in the F-15E Strike Eagle at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 13. Achieving this milestone is a career defining moment for any F-15E aircrew member, even more so for females, which make up approximately 10 percent of Strike Eagle pilots and the weapon systems officer community.
0 2/23
2016
(From left to right) Tech. Sgt. Chad Huggins, Staff Sgt. Tobi Wagner, Master Sgt. Matthew Longshaw and Airman 1st Class John MIchael Aradanas, 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, were at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated. The team stepped in to lend a hand in caring for the wounded. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Bryan Bouchard) Mobility Airmen assist first responders after Kabul airport attack
Four Airmen deployed with the 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron at Bagram Airfield sprang into action following a Jan. 4 terrorist attack on a compound in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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2016
Tech. Sgt. Lawrence, Quality Assurance inspector, performs a Key Task Listing inspection on an F-22 Raptor engine at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Feb. 18, 2015. QA is comprised of every specialty within the maintenance group, including crew chiefs and the fabrication flight, and are responsible for performing inspections as well as maintaining every special maintenance program for the wing and group. Lawrence is currently deployed from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and is a native of Detroit, Mich. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Marie Brown) Quality assurance: Making sure it’s done right
Have you ever watched a movie, or professional wrestling, and find yourself rooting for the villain at the end? Around the flightline, there’s a group of ‘bad guys’ that represent their career field’s most knowledgeable maintainers and make up the office known as quality assurance.
0 2/25
2015
Senior Airman Christopher Moore, 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle mechanic, removes the engine of a truck July 18, 2014 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Moore has been a mechanic for the Air Force for three years and deployed from the 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock) Airman finds true passion in mechanic career
Let's face it; every guy has an inner child screaming to get out. And what little boy doesn't like ripping apart his toys and making a mess of things? But the older most men get the more expensive and fancier the toys. Senior Airman Christopher Moore, a vehicle mechanic with the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, is no exception. When it comes to tinkering and fixing things, this man has a passion and curiosity for it all. Now, his toys are much bigger, and they belong to the Air Force.
0 8/04
2014
Staff Sgt. Kyle McGann enjoys removing a vehicle towing device March 16, 2014, during EOD demolition day at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. McGann is a 466th Air Expeditionary Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician and responsible for robot operation during EOD missions and ammunition accountability. The Molalla, Ore. native, is deployed from the 627th Civil Engineering Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base, Calif. More than 1,200 Operation Enduring Freedom Airmen are deployed in Joint Expeditionary Tasking and Individual Augmentee-status to conduct non-traditional Air Force missions with joint-service partners throughout Afghanistan. McGann and more than 350 other Airmen serve in JET/IA positions throughout Afghanistan's Regional Command South, Southwest and West attached to the U.S. Air Force 466th Air Expeditionary Squadron at Kandahar AF. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.) 

JET Airmen making joint missions successful
About 1,200 Airmen are deployed in joint expeditionary tasked and individual augmentee assignments conducting Operation Enduring Freedom missions alongside joint-service and coalition partners throughout Afghanistan.
3 4/24
2014
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody speaks to about 500 Airmen during a visit to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, April 13, 2014. CMSAF Cody visited Bagram Air Field to encourage, inform and congratulate Airmen for hard work throughout Operation Enduring Freedom. His tour of Bagram concluded with a 60-minute question and answer all-call. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.) CMSAF thanks Airmen serving in Afghanistan
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody visited with Airmen at several locations throughout U.S. Air Forces Central Command April 12-18, to encourage, inform and thank them for their hard work supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in the region.
0 4/21
2014
Maj. Sheila Carlson discusses C-130J Hercules mission capabilities with Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. During James' first visit to Air Forces Central Command’s area of responsibility as Secretary, she spoke with Airmen and gained a better understanding of the AOR and its missions. Carlson is the 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron assistant director of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Desiree W. Moye) SecAF observes Airmen, core missions in Southwest Asia
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James finished up her first visit to Air Forces Central Command's area of responsibility with a tour of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing March 22-23.
0 3/25
2014
Airman 1st Class Joshua Hanson paints the center red line on his hockey rink in an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Hanson handcrafted an entire hockey rink with the help of volunteers. Hanson is with the 386th Expeditionary Communication Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Desiree W. Moye) Deployed Airman handcrafts hockey rink
A resourceful Airman’s idea has resulted in the first outdoor hockey rink in this theater of operations. Airman 1st Class Joshua Hanson of the 386th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, developed a proposal to build a nearly arena-size hockey rink at his deployed location here.
1 3/11
2014
Master Sgt. Toby McWilliams, Air Force Central Command Band guitarist, performs at a concert venue for U.S., Italian and Afghan forces Dec. 14, 2013, at Shindand Airfield, Afghanistan. Mission requirements in Afghanistan require band members, and other service members, to be armed at all times. McWilliams, a Lubbock, Texas, native, is deployed from the Air Force Band of Flight, Wright Patterson, Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson)

Deployed bandsmen calm troops during mortar attack
Sirens screaming in the night alerted airmen to take shelter in protective concrete bunkers during an enemy mortar attack. Forward-deployed members of the Air Force Central Command Band waited with fellow wingmen for the ‘all clear’ signal when one airman requested a song.
1 1/28
2014
Master Sgt. Shanda Moon and her nephew, Army Spc. Alec Potthoff pose for a photo at their base in Southwest Asia where both are deployed. Moon is the executive assistant to the Command Chief, Air Force Central Command, and Potthoff is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery.  Moon and her nephew, Potthoff, recently had an unexpected reunion in the dining facility after more than five years apart.  Deployed Airman gets family surprise
For Master Sgt. Shanda Moon it was another uneventful lunch at her deployed location in Southwest Asia where she serves as the executive assistant to the command chief for U.S. Air Force Central Command. She saw a young Soldier approaching, but didn't think much about it. But as he got closer, he started to look awfully familiar. People often say "it's a small world," and for Moon that day in the DFAC was definitely an example. Approaching was her nephew, a Soldier deployed to the same base who she hadn't seen in more than five years.
0 12/04
2013
Staff Sgt. Ariel Hunsuckle, who hails from Yigo, Guam, replaces his wife Staff Sgt. Margaret Prokop, a native of Bolton, Conn. Both are deployed from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., as the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing financial management budget technician Oct. 28, 2013 on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Deployed husband, wife meet-- as replacements
The 455th Air Expeditionary Wing finance management office not only provides financial customer service, it also plays an important role in the accomplishment of the 455 AEW mission by executing the wing budget to fund all mission requirements.
5 10/30
2013
Lindsey Miller holds her 5-year old son Jacoby moments before he declared, "Play Ball" during the pregame ceremony at the start of the 2013 World Series Oct. 23, 2013 at Fenway Park. Jacoby was selected to make the ceremonial call based on his father, Capt. Garrett Miller, being deployed from Hanscom Air Force Base to an overseas location. Son of deployed Airman helps start 2013 World Series
When Lindsey Miller, wife of Capt. Garrett Miller, received a call from the Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Airman and Family Readiness Center Oct. 22, little did she know she was about to answer a call from destiny.
2 10/28
2013
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