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A Qatar Emiri Air Force C-17 Globemaster shoots flares during the Qatar Emiri Air Force Lahoub exercise at Al-Qalael drop zone, Qatar, May 9, 2018. The C-17 is able to operate on small, austere airfields previously limited to C-130s. The U.S. and Qatar work together to foster military cooperation to strengthen & expand contributions to the Coalition’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook)

A Qatar Emiri Air Force C-17 Globemaster shoots flares during the Qatar Emiri Air Force Lahoub exercise at Al-Qalael drop zone, Qatar, May 9, 2018. The C-17 is able to operate on small, austere airfields previously limited to C-130s. The U.S. and Qatar work together to foster military cooperation to strengthen & expand contributions to the Coalition’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook)

Airmen from the 124th Security Forces Squadron take a deep breath, aim, and fire as bullet casings eject from their M9 pistols, during the annual M9 qualifications course at the small arms range near Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho on May 5, 2018. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)

Airmen from the 124th Security Forces Squadron take a deep breath, aim, and fire as bullet casings eject from their M9 pistols, during the annual M9 qualifications course at the small arms range near Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho on May 5, 2018. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur)

Senior Airman Aaron Brewer, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, uses a power washer to clean an HC-130J Combat King II, May 7, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Upon return from a deployment or every 180 days, HC-130s are thoroughly cleaned and inspected as part of routine upkeep and to ensure components are in working condition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Senior Airman Aaron Brewer, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, uses a power washer to clean an HC-130J Combat King II, May 7, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Upon return from a deployment or every 180 days, HC-130s are thoroughly cleaned and inspected as part of routine upkeep and to ensure components are in working condition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

Maj. Brian Guyette, 77th Weapons Squadron B-1B Lancer pilot, goes through preflight checks on the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 8, 2018. Guyette communicated with Senior Airman Nick Niro, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Unit B-1 assistant dedicated crew chief, while making these checks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman River Bruce)

Maj. Brian Guyette, 77th Weapons Squadron B-1B Lancer pilot, goes through preflight checks on the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 8, 2018. Guyette communicated with Senior Airman Nick Niro, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Unit B-1 assistant dedicated crew chief, while making these checks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman River Bruce)

Senior Airmen Christa Stankovic, 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, hangs U.S. flags onboard a C-17 Globemaster III during an airdrop mission over Afghanistan, May 10, 2018. The primary mission of the C-17 is to provide rapid strategic delivery of troops and various types of cargo to bases throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Keith James)

Senior Airmen Christa Stankovic, 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, hangs U.S. flags onboard a C-17 Globemaster III during an airdrop mission over Afghanistan, May 10, 2018. The primary mission of the C-17 is to provide rapid strategic delivery of troops and various types of cargo to bases throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Keith James)

Qatar Armed Forces participate in the Qatar Emiri Air Force Lahoub exercise at Al-Qalael drop zone, Qatar, May 9, 2018. The U.S. and Qatar work together to foster military cooperation to strengthen and expand contributions to the coalition's fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook)

Qatar Armed Forces participate in the Qatar Emiri Air Force Lahoub exercise at Al-Qalael drop zone, Qatar, May 9, 2018. The U.S. and Qatar work together to foster military cooperation to strengthen and expand contributions to the coalition's fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook)

Airman 1st Class Codie Mendoza, left, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew member, and Senior Airman Nick Niro, 9th AMU B-1B Lancer assistant dedicated crew chief, assist in closing the crew-entry ladder of a B-1 on the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 8, 2018. Niro was instructed to close this ladder by the crewmembers in the flight deck of the B-1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman River Bruce)

Airman 1st Class Codie Mendoza, left, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew member, and Senior Airman Nick Niro, 9th AMU B-1B Lancer assistant dedicated crew chief, assist in closing the crew-entry ladder of a B-1 on the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 8, 2018. Niro was instructed to close this ladder by the crewmembers in the flight deck of the B-1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman River Bruce)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrive at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, May 15, 2018. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to resume their 2018 air show season during the Airpower Over Hampton Roads JBLE Air and Space Expo, May 19 - 20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrive at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, May 15, 2018. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to resume their 2018 air show season during the Airpower Over Hampton Roads JBLE Air and Space Expo, May 19 - 20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

An Airman watches aircraft flying by with his son during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 11, 2018. Over a three-day span, approximately 150,000 attendees experienced aerial demonstrations and interactive static displays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Perdue)

An Airman watches aircraft flying by with his son during Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 11, 2018. Over a three-day span, approximately 150,000 attendees experienced aerial demonstrations and interactive static displays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Perdue)

Staff Sgt. Ryan Morahan, Senior Airman Matthew Boals and Airman 1st Class Noah, 179th Airlift Wing maintenance members, move an engine into place before placing it back onto a C-130H Hercules, May 10, 2018. The Airmen have inspected and maintained the engine during an isochronal inspection.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Paul Stennett)
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Staff Sgt. Ryan Morahan, Senior Airman Matthew Boals and Airman 1st Class Noah, 179th Airlift Wing maintenance members, move an engine into place before placing it back onto a C-130H Hercules, May 10, 2018. The Airmen have inspected and maintained the engine during an isochronal inspection. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Paul Stennett)

Senior Airman Kyle Mosher, 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, inspects an HH-60G Pave Hawk railing, May 10, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Airmen from the 723d AMXS along with machinists from the Corpus Christi Army Depot conducted a full-structural tear down and restoration on an HH-60G Pave Hawk. Once the aircraft was torn down, Airmen and the machinists performed repairs on all of its components prior to reassembling it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)
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Senior Airman Kyle Mosher, 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, inspects an HH-60G Pave Hawk railing, May 10, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Airmen from the 723d AMXS along with machinists from the Corpus Christi Army Depot conducted a full-structural tear down and restoration on an HH-60G Pave Hawk. Once the aircraft was torn down, Airmen and the machinists performed repairs on all of its components prior to reassembling it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron flies over Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 10, 2018. The 492nd FS trains regularly to ensure RAF Lakenheath brings unique air combat capabilities to the fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)
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An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron flies over Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 10, 2018. The 492nd FS trains regularly to ensure RAF Lakenheath brings unique air combat capabilities to the fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

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
Your United States Air Force news: ✓ A B-52 crew assists in a search and rescue operation off the coast of Guam ✓ An Afghan pilot class graduates in the Czech Republic ✓ The Air Force is using innovative approaches to training pilots to make the process faster and more efficient
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.
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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
Read about this #Airman's experiences as he serves with the @Aus_AirForce through the Military Personnel Exchange P… https://t.co/6Td7p8u3ZO
RT @HQUSAFEPA: We. Are. NATO. U.S. Air Force F-22s and Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35s conducted training ops over Norwegian airspace toget…
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#DYK: Our #militaryworkingdogs are seen at veterinary treatment facilities, ensuring the #K9s are healthy and able… https://t.co/MZE22dcoZ1
The #USAF partnered with @DeptVetAffairs to implement the first Women’s Health Transition Pilot Program! Check out… https://t.co/mdlKYrV5Wg
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree! This Washington #AirNationalGuard #Airman followed her mother's footsteps… https://t.co/PCto8QNH9L
This year's #AirForce Legacy Series alternate uniform is so good looking, it's Spooky. #AC130 #LetsFly #Football https://t.co/MlBfXciboD
RT @HQ_AFMC: Check out the finalist video from @WrightPattAFB's Ryan Law and SrA Jean-Paul Arnaud-Marquez in the @AETCommand "We are Airmen…
#AirForce, @USArmy and Polish paratroopers participate in the annual Aviation Rotation bilateral training over Pola… https://t.co/Lz1rp4orUO
It takes a team to accomplish the mission! This #Airman strengthens her flight through her commitment to bodybuildi… https://t.co/6Me0JrHILM
The #AirForce’s ability to respond faster than our adversaries relies on the talent and leadership of #Airmen. This… https://t.co/i5ZMsQTKbe
.@MacDill_AFB #Airmen answered the call, provided support to a critical #AirForce mission. https://t.co/arv5pu9szU https://t.co/qTIMzxskqF
The multi-national, joint training #NorthernStrike 18 is underway at Grayling Army Airfield, MI. With over 5,000 pa… https://t.co/izwdzk37tC
After getting an eagle-eye view of the #JPARC at @EielsonAirForce, @SecAFOfficial spoke to #Airmen, civilians and t… https://t.co/6XNlXYfKSA