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Staff Sgt. Benjamin Reynolds, 891st Missile Security Forces Squadron response force leader, crouches in rotor wash during a field training exercise at Turtle Mountain State Forest, N.D., Feb. 14, 2018. During the exercise 91st Security Forces Group defenders coordinated simulated medical evacuations with two 54th Helicopter Squadron UH-1N Iroquois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Staff Sgt. Benjamin Reynolds, 891st Missile Security Forces Squadron response force leader, crouches in rotor wash during a field training exercise at Turtle Mountain State Forest, N.D., Feb. 14, 2018. During the exercise 91st Security Forces Group defenders coordinated simulated medical evacuations with two 54th Helicopter Squadron UH-1N Iroquois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

A pararescueman rappels out of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron, during training at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Feb. 22, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum)

A pararescueman rappels out of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron, during training at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Feb. 22, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum)

Air Force Academy center fielder Daniel Jones runs down a well-hit ball to right, during the Freedom Classic baseball tournament at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C., Feb. 24, 2018. Jones is a third-year cadet at the Air Force Academy originally from Coppell, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

Air Force Academy center fielder Daniel Jones runs down a well-hit ball to right, during the Freedom Classic baseball tournament at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C., Feb. 24, 2018. Jones is a third-year cadet at the Air Force Academy originally from Coppell, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David W. Carbajal)

1st Special Operations Squadron loadmasters prepare to drop a wreath from an MC-130H Combat Talon II, during a memorial flight off the coast of the Philippines, Feb. 26, 2018. The flight honored those who were lost when a 1st SOS MC-130E, call sign STRAY 59, crashed 37 years ago during an exercise, killing eight members of the crew and 15 passengers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

1st Special Operations Squadron loadmasters prepare to drop a wreath from an MC-130H Combat Talon II, during a memorial flight off the coast of the Philippines, Feb. 26, 2018. The flight honored those who were lost when a 1st SOS MC-130E, call sign STRAY 59, crashed 37 years ago during an exercise, killing eight members of the crew and 15 passengers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

Senior Airman Heather Carter, a wounded warrior athlete, throws a shot put during the track and field competition at the 5th Annual Air Force Wounded Warrior Trials at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 27, 2018. The Air Force Trials is an adaptive and resiliency sports event designed to promote the mental and physical well-being of the participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James R. Crow)

Senior Airman Heather Carter, a wounded warrior athlete, throws a shot put during the track and field competition at the 5th Annual Air Force Wounded Warrior Trials at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 27, 2018. The Air Force Trials is an adaptive and resiliency sports event designed to promote the mental and physical well-being of the participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James R. Crow)

Two F-22 Raptors and three F-16 Fighting Falcons fly in formation behind a KC-135 Stratotanker while returning home from the Heritage Flight Training Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 5, 2018. The course brings pilots, maintainers and aircraft from various generations together to train for dissimilar formation flights to demonstrate the Air Force's history of airpower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney)

Two F-22 Raptors and three F-16 Fighting Falcons fly in formation behind a KC-135 Stratotanker while returning home from the Heritage Flight Training Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 5, 2018. The course brings pilots, maintainers and aircraft from various generations together to train for dissimilar formation flights to demonstrate the Air Force's history of airpower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney)

Master Sgt. Jeremy Streeter disassembles communications equipment during the 2018 Patriot Sands exercise, March 2, 2018, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The airlift training exercise, which took place from Feb. 27 to March 3, 2018, enhances their ability to operate in simulated deployed environment with limited support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz)

Master Sgt. Jeremy Streeter disassembles communications equipment during the 2018 Patriot Sands exercise, March 2, 2018, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The airlift training exercise, which took place from Feb. 27 to March 3, 2018, enhances their ability to operate in simulated deployed environment with limited support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz)

Twelve U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers, assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, taxi down the runway at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 27, 2018. The show of force maneuver demonstrated the readiness of the wing to provide global air refueling support at short notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

Twelve U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers, assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, taxi down the runway at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 27, 2018. The show of force maneuver demonstrated the readiness of the wing to provide global air refueling support at short notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho)

U.S. Air Force pararescuemen, 57th Rescue Squadron, rescue a pilot during exercise Pointblank at the Stanford Training Area, England, Feb. 27, 2018. Exercise Pointblank is a recurring large-force exercise designed and cohosted by the 48th Fighter Wing and the Royal Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield)

U.S. Air Force pararescuemen, 57th Rescue Squadron, rescue a pilot during exercise Pointblank at the Stanford Training Area, England, Feb. 27, 2018. Exercise Pointblank is a recurring large-force exercise designed and cohosted by the 48th Fighter Wing and the Royal Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II performs aerial maneuvers during the annual Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 3, 2018. Established in 1997, the course certifies civilian pilots of historic military aircraft and Air Force pilots to fly in formation during upcoming air shows. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore)
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An A-10C Thunderbolt II performs aerial maneuvers during the annual Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 3, 2018. Established in 1997, the course certifies civilian pilots of historic military aircraft and Air Force pilots to fly in formation during upcoming air shows. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore)

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)
Check out some shots from yesterday's All-Star Armed Services Classic Championship softball game in Washington, D.C. This event, part of MLB’s All-Star Week, pays tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Washington Nationals U.S. Army
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 United States Air Force is facing a pilot shortage. To help solve the challenge, the Aircrew Crisis Task Force was recently created to provide strategic direction and actionable recommendations to senior leaders on how to solve the aircrew manning crisis. FULL STORY: https://go.usa.gov/xUb3z
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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!
RT @DeptofDefense: Prepared for all situations in all conditions. @AKNationalGuard #airmen with the 212th Rescue Squadron at @JBER_Officia
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It's #NationalAviationDay & new aviation opportunities are here! We're partnering with @CivilAirPatrol to groom tom… https://t.co/Fe9b4jlmGw
These supply #Airmen work 24/7 to ensure there is no break in the mission @RAFMildenhall because #NKAWTGhttps://t.co/biE2BPXVe1
Every #Airman has their reason for serving. Read on as these #Airmen explain what putting on the uniform everyday m… https://t.co/ubeDmY1liq
For the first time in the 63-year history of Operation Deep Freeze, #Airmen from the 304th Expeditionary Airlift Sq… https://t.co/CdeyI4HjHT
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.@388fw’s 4th Fighter Squadron became the first operational unit to fire the F-35A’s the #aircraft’s 25mm cannon on… https://t.co/J7hbXrCSCv
#DYK: The @22ARW is the host unit of McConnell AFB! Its mission is to conduct air refueling & airlift operations su… https://t.co/12bR9cwIuG
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.@HQUSAFEPA #Airmen & seven African partner nations strengthened relationships through the African Partnership Flig… https://t.co/FsvAK4n3i3
.@20FighterWing #Airmen learned how to be resilient by taking a leap of faith. https://t.co/WCgebfzEmj https://t.co/5JHPF7P1Px
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.@Travis60AMW #Airmen helped the Advanced Extremely High Frequency-4 program complete a major milestone by ensuring… https://t.co/yut12HK3M5
The School of Air Evacuation honored the history, present and future of aeromedical evacuation during their 75th an… https://t.co/5uYoyUwy9z
.@PANationalGuard #Airmen have new and improved parachutes. Read more about the lifesaving equipment:… https://t.co/QC1BGX8Fbl
At the @20FighterWing, munitions #Airmen train and work as a team to load 'em up & move 'em out.… https://t.co/9leaqRS8vI
Imagine trying to use a stethoscope on a plane. The noise makes the tool essentially useless. A new #technology aim… https://t.co/AYMf42Q0Wf
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