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U.S. Air Force Honor Guard

Airmen assigned to the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard fold an American flag above the casket of Senior Master Sgt. Victor Colón at Juana Diaz Municipal Cemetery May 21, 2018. Colón was one of nine Airmen who perished in a WC-130 crash earlier this month in Georgia. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julio A. Olivencia Jr.)

F-22 Demonstration

U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul 'Loco' Lopez, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot, performs during AirPower Over Hampton Roads JBLE Air and Space Expo at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., May 18, 2018. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

99th Security Forces Squadron Ruck March

99th Security Forces Squadron K9 Unit members participate in a ruck march during National Police Week at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 15, 2018. Members from across Nellis participated in the four-mile ruck march to honor fallen K9s and their handlers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kenny Griego hands out candy to kids after landing at a village during a Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange on April 27, 2018 in Cebu, Philippines. The exchange is the sixth iteration of U.S.-Philippine Air Contingent established by U.S. Pacific Command and executed by Headquarters Pacific Air Forces. These subject matter exchanges are important because they help promote interoperability, build upon the foundation of a strong U.S.-Philippine's alliance, and reaffirm U.S. commitment to the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James Richardson)

F-22 Raptor

An F-22 Raptor performs the stiff pitch above the AirPower over Hampton Roads Open House crowd at Langley Air Force Base, Va., May 18, 2018. In its demonstration, the aircraft showed stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionic warfighting capabilities.

Fod Walk

Active duty Airmen assigned to the 3rd Wing, Reserve Airmen from the 477th Fighter Group and Alaska Air National Guardsmen from 176th Wing conduct a foreign object debris walk at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 18, 2018. The Airmen conducted the FOD walk to remove debris that could damage aircraft and hinder mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

C-130

A C-130 Hercules from the 314th Airlift Wing sits on the flightline during the 2018 Power in the Pines Open House and Air Show on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., May 4, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)

HH-60G Pave Hawk

An HH-60G Pave Hawk departs from the 48th Fighter Wing flightline during a farewell event for the 56th Rescue Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 15, 2018. Relocating to Aviano Air Base, Italy, will provide strategic combat search and rescue capabilities to the European and Africa theaters of operations and provide unique training opportunities for the units with partners and allies in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)

ANG Firefighting

Approximately 1,000 members of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing conducted a Mission Assurance Exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 14 to 21, 2018. Mission assurance exercise activities included launch and recovery of aircraft; medical treatment and personnel recovery while under attack; self-aid and buddy care; parameter sweeps in a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive environment; live-fire suppression by firefighters; pouring concrete foundations; on- and off-loading pallets and vehicles during a contested area of control; setting up a Single Palletized Expeditionary Kitchen; and more. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton)

combative demonstration
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Rangers battle for a grappling position during a combative demonstration at the 6th Ranger Training Battalion’s open house event May 5 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The event was a chance for the public to learn how Rangers train and operate. The event displays showed equipment, weapons, a reptile zoo, face painting and weapon firing among others. The demonstrations showed off hand-to-hand combat, a parachute jump, snake show, and Rangers in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Master Sgt. Jean M. Audiffred Funeral
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Staff Sgt. Roberto Escabí assigned to the 156th Airlift Wing is consoled during the funeral for Master Sgt. Jean M. Audiffred Rivera at Puerto Rico National Cemetery May 22, 2018. Audiffred was one of nine Airmen who perished in a WC-130 crash earlier this month in Georgia. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julio A. Olivencia Jr.)

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 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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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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