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Airmen from the 822d Base Defense Squadron storm a building to rescue a simulated hostage rescue during the Scorpion Fire Team Challenge, June 28, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The challenge was designed to push the Airmen to their physical and mental limits by incorporating written tests, hostage rescues, blindfolded weapons assembly and physical exertion sessions among 14 other challenges. Eighteen four-person teams competed during the two-day event for various prizes and bragging rights. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Airmen from the 822d Base Defense Squadron storm a building to rescue a simulated hostage rescue during the Scorpion Fire Team Challenge, June 28, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The challenge was designed to push the Airmen to their physical and mental limits by incorporating written tests, hostage rescues, blindfolded weapons assembly and physical exertion sessions among 14 other challenges. Eighteen four-person teams competed during the two-day event for various prizes and bragging rights. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Airmen from the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron perform deck landing qualification training on the U.S. Naval Ship Washington Chambers, June 27, 2017, near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The 303rd ERQS supports the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa by providing continuous personnel recovery alert coverage to enable combined forces to counter violent extremist organizations within Eastern Africa and areas of interest. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)

Airmen from the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron perform deck landing qualification training on the U.S. Naval Ship Washington Chambers, June 27, 2017, near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The 303rd ERQS supports the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa by providing continuous personnel recovery alert coverage to enable combined forces to counter violent extremist organizations within Eastern Africa and areas of interest. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)

Capt. Jared Goss, the 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron operations officer, leads a formation of Airmen during a retreat ceremony June 30, 2017, in Southwest Asia. The ceremony was held to honor and remember service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Damon Kasberg)

Capt. Jared Goss, the 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron operations officer, leads a formation of Airmen during a retreat ceremony June 30, 2017, in Southwest Asia. The ceremony was held to honor and remember service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Damon Kasberg)

Fireworks explode behind C-130 Hercules during Celebrate America, June 30, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Celebrate America is an annual event that provides military members and their families the opportunity to enjoy games, food and bands before culminating in a fireworks display over the Yokota AB airfield to celebrate Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Yasuo Osakabe)

Fireworks explode behind C-130 Hercules during Celebrate America, June 30, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Celebrate America is an annual event that provides military members and their families the opportunity to enjoy games, food and bands before culminating in a fireworks display over the Yokota AB airfield to celebrate Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Yasuo Osakabe)

Capt. Conor Mulligan (left), the 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron military personnel flight commander, and 2nd Lt. Taylor Pearson, a 1st SOFSS force support officer deputy, paddle to the finish line during the cardboard boat regatta at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 24, 2017. Mulligan and Pearson won first place out of six other teams that competed in the race. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Capt. Conor Mulligan (left), the 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron military personnel flight commander, and 2nd Lt. Taylor Pearson, a 1st SOFSS force support officer deputy, paddle to the finish line during the cardboard boat regatta at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 24, 2017. Mulligan and Pearson won first place out of six other teams that competed in the race. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Maj. Brian Bann, an F-35 pilot, shuts down a Norwegian F-35 Lightning II before exiting the aircraft, June 29, 2017 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Maj. Bann piloted the F-35 from Fort Worth,Texas, and it was the seventh Norwegian F-35 to arrive at Luke. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham)

Maj. Brian Bann, an F-35 pilot, shuts down a Norwegian F-35 Lightning II before exiting the aircraft, June 29, 2017 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Maj. Bann piloted the F-35 from Fort Worth,Texas, and it was the seventh Norwegian F-35 to arrive at Luke. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham)

Instructors assigned to the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron, Operational Support Joint Office, jump from a 15th Special Operations Squadron MC-130H Combat Talon II above Northwest Florida, June 28, 2017. The 1st SOSS/OSJ facilitates special operations forces training to ensure global readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Instructors assigned to the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron, Operational Support Joint Office, jump from a 15th Special Operations Squadron MC-130H Combat Talon II above Northwest Florida, June 28, 2017. The 1st SOSS/OSJ facilitates special operations forces training to ensure global readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Col. Douglas Thies, the 20th Operations Group commander, communicates with his crew chief during take-off procedures before his fini-flight at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 28, 2017. Thies served as the 20th OG commander for one of the Air Force’s biggest combat F-16 wings whose mission is to prepare, employ, and sustain combat ready suppression of enemy air defenses and attack F-16 airpower. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michael Cossaboom)

Col. Douglas Thies, the 20th Operations Group commander, communicates with his crew chief during take-off procedures before his fini-flight at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 28, 2017. Thies served as the 20th OG commander for one of the Air Force’s biggest combat F-16 wings whose mission is to prepare, employ, and sustain combat ready suppression of enemy air defenses and attack F-16 airpower. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michael Cossaboom)

Veteran Staff Sgt. Ryan Murphy of Team Special Operations Command throws seated shot put during the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Chicago, Illinois  July 5, 2017. The DoD Warrior Games are an annual event allowing wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to compete in Paralympic-style sports. (DoD photo/EJ Hersom)

Veteran Staff Sgt. Ryan Murphy of Team Special Operations Command throws seated shot put during the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Chicago, Illinois July 5, 2017. The DoD Warrior Games are an annual event allowing wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to compete in Paralympic-style sports. (DoD photo/EJ Hersom)

A Norwegian F-35 Lightning II taxis in after landing on the runway June 29, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. This marks the seventh Norwegian F-35 to arrive at Luke. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)
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A Norwegian F-35 Lightning II taxis in after landing on the runway June 29, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. This marks the seventh Norwegian F-35 to arrive at Luke. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Airmen from the 822nd Base Defense Squadron flip a tire during the Scorpion Fire Team Challenge, June 29, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The challenge was designed to push the Airmen to their physical and mental limits, by incorporating written tests, hostage rescues, blindfolded weapons assembly and physical exertion sessions among 14 other challenges. Eighteen four-person teams competed during the two-day event for various prizes and bragging rights. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Airmen from the 822nd Base Defense Squadron flip a tire during the Scorpion Fire Team Challenge, June 29, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The challenge was designed to push the Airmen to their physical and mental limits, by incorporating written tests, hostage rescues, blindfolded weapons assembly and physical exertion sessions among 14 other challenges. Eighteen four-person teams competed during the two-day event for various prizes and bragging rights. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

A 340th Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainer, adjusts the window of a KC-135 Stratotanker boom pod before a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve July 3, 2017, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The KC-135 provides aerial refueling capabilities to U.S. and coalition forces working to liberate territory and people from the control of ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)
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A 340th Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainer, adjusts the window of a KC-135 Stratotanker boom pod before a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve July 3, 2017, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The KC-135 provides aerial refueling capabilities to U.S. and coalition forces working to liberate territory and people from the control of ISIS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

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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Now that’s how weathermen work! Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters fly weather reconnaissance missions into Tropical Storm Chris and Tropical Storm Beryl. http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1569944/hurricane-hunters-fly-tropical-storms-beryl-chris/
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.
SOUND ON! Celebrate freedom with the sound of freedom! Happy Independence Day!
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RT @AFResearchLab: Our team is showing off how fantastic our booth is this year! So come meet us at #booth601 for knowledge on what we do a…
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.@SecAFOfficial: In his time, Billy Mitchell was the advocate for the #USAF we need. Now it's up to us -- all of us… https://t.co/5nfk096dpw
.@SecAFOfficial: I want to thank all of you for what you are doing to build a more lethal & ready #USAF, to field t… https://t.co/dVv7UUM3RI
.@SecAFOfficial: Over the past 6 months, #USAF acquisition has striped 56 yrs out of planned schedules in our acqui… https://t.co/6FgjTGUeVn
.@SecAFOfficial: By December of this year we will have closed that gap to zero. #ASC18
.@SecAFOfficial: In September of 2016, the #USAF was short 4,000 maintainers. #ASC18
.@SecAFOfficial: We have an obligation to our countrymen. To tell them, as those before us have done in their time,… https://t.co/xYAyI4NPe5
.@SecAFOfficial: The #USAF we need to implement the National Defense Strategy has 386 Operational Squadrons. #ASC18 https://t.co/tuoryyPTXF
.@SecAFOfficial: So, What will it take? 386. #ASC18
.@SecAFOfficial: The #USAF is too small for what the nation expects of us. 312 Operational Squadrons is not enough. #ASC18
#LIVE: @SecAFOfficial talks the "Air Force We Need" during the 2018 Air, Space and Cyber Conference. #ASC18https://t.co/F67IXy9mQQ