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Staff Sgt. Gregory Barker, with the 96th Force Support Squadron, presides over the flag-folding portion of the Honor Guard graduation ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 1, 2017. Approximately 12 new Airmen graduated from the course after more than 120 hours of training. The graduation performance, for friends, family and unit commanders, includes flag detail, rifle volley, pallbearers and bugler. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Staff Sgt. Gregory Barker, with the 96th Force Support Squadron, presides over the flag-folding portion of the Honor Guard graduation ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 1, 2017. Approximately 12 new Airmen graduated from the course after more than 120 hours of training. The graduation performance, for friends, family and unit commanders, includes flag detail, rifle volley, pallbearers and bugler. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Three F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea, fly over Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 1, 2017. Fifteen F-16s landed at Yokota en route to Alaska to participate in exercise Red Flag.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Yasuo Osakabe)

Three F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea, fly over Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 1, 2017. Fifteen F-16s landed at Yokota en route to Alaska to participate in exercise Red Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Yasuo Osakabe)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II departs after receiving fuel from a 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve May 31, 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 capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II departs after receiving fuel from a 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve May 31, 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 capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

Airman 1st Class Sonya Martinez, with the 96th Medical Group, stands in formation during the 96th Test Wing change of command ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 31, 2017.  Brig. Gen. Christopher Azzano relinquished command to Brig. Gen. Evan Dertien. The command position is Dertien’s third assignment to Team Eglin.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Airman 1st Class Sonya Martinez, with the 96th Medical Group, stands in formation during the 96th Test Wing change of command ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 31, 2017. Brig. Gen. Christopher Azzano relinquished command to Brig. Gen. Evan Dertien. The command position is Dertien’s third assignment to Team Eglin. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Tech. Sgt. Ryan Hyslop, an Air Force Global Strike Command Detachment 4 survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, applies camouflage face paint during a combat search and rescue training exercise June 5, 2017, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During the exercise, Hyslop conducted refresher training for aircrews on how to survive in a jungle environment, evade opposing forces and safely evacuate on a MH-60 Seahawk. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Smoot)

Tech. Sgt. Ryan Hyslop, an Air Force Global Strike Command Detachment 4 survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, applies camouflage face paint during a combat search and rescue training exercise June 5, 2017, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During the exercise, Hyslop conducted refresher training for aircrews on how to survive in a jungle environment, evade opposing forces and safely evacuate on a MH-60 Seahawk. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Smoot)

An air traffic controller with the 374th Operations Support Squadron looks out from the control tower at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 4, 2017. Airmen with the 374th OSS keep yokota’s flightline and sky safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

An air traffic controller with the 374th Operations Support Squadron looks out from the control tower at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 4, 2017. Airmen with the 374th OSS keep yokota’s flightline and sky safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 477th Fighter Group, escorts the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard’s newly acquired HC-130J Combat King II aircraft on its return journey to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 3, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton)

An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 477th Fighter Group, escorts the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard’s newly acquired HC-130J Combat King II aircraft on its return journey to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 3, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton)

An Airman assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron descends from a Navy MH-60 Seahawk, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five, during a combat search and rescue training exercise June 5, 2017, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Service members from Task Force Talon, HSC-25, and the 36th Wing joined together to practice survival, evasion, resistance and escape procedures, emergency evacuation techniques and quick reaction force training. This is the first time units from the Air Force, Navy and Army participated in a combat search and rescue exercise on Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Smoot)

An Airman assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron descends from a Navy MH-60 Seahawk, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five, during a combat search and rescue training exercise June 5, 2017, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Service members from Task Force Talon, HSC-25, and the 36th Wing joined together to practice survival, evasion, resistance and escape procedures, emergency evacuation techniques and quick reaction force training. This is the first time units from the Air Force, Navy and Army participated in a combat search and rescue exercise on Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Smoot)

French children release balloons into the air during a D-Day remembrance ceremony at the United States Army Air Forces Transport Memorial in Picauville, France, June 1, 2017. Each balloon had a placard tied to it with the name of a fallen service member who gave their life for the liberation of France. This event commemorates the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, the largest multinational amphibious landing and operational military airdrop in history, and highlights the U.S.' steadfast commitment to European allies and partners. Overall, approximately 400 U.S. service members from units in Europe and the U.S. participated in ceremonial D-Day 73 events from May 31-June 7, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Devin Boyer)

French children release balloons into the air during a D-Day remembrance ceremony at the United States Army Air Forces Transport Memorial in Picauville, France, June 1, 2017. Each balloon had a placard tied to it with the name of a fallen service member who gave their life for the liberation of France. This event commemorates the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, the largest multinational amphibious landing and operational military airdrop in history, and highlights the U.S.' steadfast commitment to European allies and partners. Overall, approximately 400 U.S. service members from units in Europe and the U.S. participated in ceremonial D-Day 73 events from May 31-June 7, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Devin Boyer)

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) -- 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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DYK: Aircraft have lifespans! Like humans, they require check-ups in the form of maintenance inspections to prolong their ability to fly. These "checks" prevent in-flight system failures which ultimately protects aircrew and passengers. Learn more from the 86th Maintenance Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany on what it takes to correct issues so aircraft can stay airborne.
WATCH: United States Air Force pilots talk about the importance of Exercise Saber Strike 18 as they refuel over the Baltic Sea on June 18, 2018. Saber Strike 18 is a long-standing training exercise designed to enhance interoperability between the U.S. and our allies. The training focused on improving land and air operational capabilities between the U.S. and our NATO allies. (U.S. Air National Guard video by: Master Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
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Air Force and U.S. Army coed softball teams render military honors during the playing of the National Anthem during the All-Star Armed Services Classic Championship softball game, Washington, D.C., July 13, 2018. This event, part of MLB’s All-Star Week, pays tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Washington Nationals
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The F-22 Raptor's combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft. Maintaining these aircraft can involve a bit of a learning curve. Airmen at KadenaAirBase use past technology to help learn how to work with the undefeated Raptor. FULL STORY: http://www.kadena.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1567295/hard-to-raptor-head-around/
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The B-52 Stratofortress has sniper pods that provide improved long-range target detection/identification and continuous stabilize surveillance for all missions, including close air support of ground forces. Air Force Global Strike Command crew members on a B-52 were able to spot a historic Pacific Island style canoe so that the U.S. Coast Guard could rescue the six passengers!
For the past 60 years, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has continually helped us maintain a technological edge against our advarsaries. Together with the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL, a fusion of ideas is leading to newly highlighted innovations.
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.@SecAFOfficial: So, What will it take? 386. #ASC18
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@SecAFOfficial: We have returned to an era of great power competition. #ASC18
@SecAFOfficial: We must see the world as it is. #ASC18
@SecAFOfficial: It is a choice, made by a nation that is a force for good in the world. #ASC18
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