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Maj. Kemuel Bellows, chaplain, former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry, and Col. Kenneth Reyes, 60th Air Mobility Wing chaplain, pray after Strawberry’s presentation at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., April 11, 2018. The former Rookie of the Year and four-time World Series champion spent 17 years in the Majors. Strawberry’s addiction to drugs and other vices are well chronicled and now uses those experiences to motivate others. As a pastor, he uses his testimony to instill healing through spirituality. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)

Maj. Kemuel Bellows, chaplain, former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry, and Col. Kenneth Reyes, 60th Air Mobility Wing chaplain, pray after Strawberry’s presentation at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., April 11, 2018. The former Rookie of the Year and four-time World Series champion spent 17 years in the Majors. Strawberry’s addiction to drugs and other vices are well chronicled and now uses those experiences to motivate others. As a pastor, he uses his testimony to instill healing through spirituality. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)

A B-1B Lancer aircraft from the 34th Bomb Squadron departs from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 8, 2017. This departure marks the airframe’s first mission in the U.S. Air Force Central Command's area of operations in more than two years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

A B-1B Lancer aircraft from the 34th Bomb Squadron departs from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 8, 2017. This departure marks the airframe’s first mission in the U.S. Air Force Central Command's area of operations in more than two years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Kristina Coble, Warrior Games athlete, releases her disc during a track and field session at the Air Force team’s training camp at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., April 17, 2018. The base-hosted, week-long Warrior Games training camp is the last team practice session before the yearly competition in June. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Kristina Coble, Warrior Games athlete, releases her disc during a track and field session at the Air Force team’s training camp at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., April 17, 2018. The base-hosted, week-long Warrior Games training camp is the last team practice session before the yearly competition in June. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

A KC-135 Stratotanker from the 121st Air Refueling Wing refuels F-22 Raptors from the 94th Fighter Squadron and 27th FS over the Atlantic Ocean, April 12, 2018. The 94th FS and 27th FS are the fighter squadrons of the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. and the 121st ARW is from Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

A KC-135 Stratotanker from the 121st Air Refueling Wing refuels F-22 Raptors from the 94th Fighter Squadron and 27th FS over the Atlantic Ocean, April 12, 2018. The 94th FS and 27th FS are the fighter squadrons of the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. and the 121st ARW is from Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Staff Sgt. Rodreques Boyd, and military working dog, Beni, assigned to the 673rd Security Forces Squadron, conduct aggression training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 9, 2018. Boyd performed the training with Beni to maintain their skills and operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

Staff Sgt. Rodreques Boyd, and military working dog, Beni, assigned to the 673rd Security Forces Squadron, conduct aggression training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 9, 2018. Boyd performed the training with Beni to maintain their skills and operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

The last C-5M Super Galaxy to join the fleet arrives at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., April 17, 2018. The C-5M is a modernized version of the legacy C-5, it can fly 2,150 nautical miles, offload, and fly to a second base 500 nautical miles away from the original destination, all without aerial refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)

The last C-5M Super Galaxy to join the fleet arrives at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., April 17, 2018. The C-5M is a modernized version of the legacy C-5, it can fly 2,150 nautical miles, offload, and fly to a second base 500 nautical miles away from the original destination, all without aerial refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)

Staff Sgt. Michael Demik, 39th Airlift Squadron evaluator loadmaster, surveys an area during Green Flag Little Rock April 10, 2018, near Alexandria, La. Green Flag allows the Air Force to work with sister services and partners in the Mobility Air Forces to prepare mobility Airmen for real-world threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Codie Collins)

Staff Sgt. Michael Demik, 39th Airlift Squadron evaluator loadmaster, surveys an area during Green Flag Little Rock April 10, 2018, near Alexandria, La. Green Flag allows the Air Force to work with sister services and partners in the Mobility Air Forces to prepare mobility Airmen for real-world threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Codie Collins)

A U-2 Dragon Lady flies over the airfield at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., April 12, 2018. The U-2 was making a pass over to indicate the flight path for a practice formation demonstration with two T-38 Talons for the Beale Air and Space Expo scheduled April 28, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ramon A. Adelan)

A U-2 Dragon Lady flies over the airfield at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., April 12, 2018. The U-2 was making a pass over to indicate the flight path for a practice formation demonstration with two T-38 Talons for the Beale Air and Space Expo scheduled April 28, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ramon A. Adelan)

Staff Sgt. Trey Riley, member of the 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron blue team, performs load checks on his F-16 Fighting Falcon April 13, 2018, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The blue team battled the AMU red team for weapons loadcrew supremacy during the quarterly competition. The red team claimed victory this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Staff Sgt. Trey Riley, member of the 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron blue team, performs load checks on his F-16 Fighting Falcon April 13, 2018, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The blue team battled the AMU red team for weapons loadcrew supremacy during the quarterly competition. The red team claimed victory this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

A C-17 Globemaster III, assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, conducts combat airlift operations for U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, April 13, 2018. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to bases throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The aircraft can be outfitted to perform tactical airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation as missions require. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)
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A C-17 Globemaster III, assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, conducts combat airlift operations for U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, April 13, 2018. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to bases throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The aircraft can be outfitted to perform tactical airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation as missions require. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

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
Great way to lead by example!
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
Happy Monday! Let's get this week off to a great start w/ #AirForce #WIP! https://t.co/rlP3y4NQ9k https://t.co/OlzebNB1lQ
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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
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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
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