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Loadmasters

Staff Sgt. George Childres, 41st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, scans the skies over Oregon July 14, 2018, at Kingsley Field, Ore. Childres worked to keep F-15Cs from Kingsley Field in sight during engagements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

RAF Royal Tattoo

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit flies past a crowd of spectators during the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo, or RIAT, at RAF Fairford, England July 14, 2018. This year’s RIAT celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF and highlighted the U.S.’ ever-strong alliance with England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Kimball)

Offutt Air Force Base Firefighters

Firefighters assigned to the 139th Fire Emergency Services, Missouri Air National Guard, battle a simulated aircraft fire at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., July 16, 2018. The civilians and Airmen were conducting an aircraft live-fire exercise as part of their annual training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Royal International Air Tattoo

A U.S. Air Force pilot demonstrates the capabilities of the F-35A Lightning II during the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo, or RIAT, at RAF Fairford, England. July 14, 2018. This year’s RIAT celebrated the 100th anniversary of the RAF and highlighted the U.S.’ ever-strong alliance with England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Kimball)

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein addresses Airmen

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein addresses an Airman during an all call June 28, 2018 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Goldfein spent two days visiting Eglin AFB, the Air Force Enlisted Village and Hurlburt Field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Drone light show

Travis Air Force Base, Calif.'s Intel Shooting Star Drone light show choreographed capabilities of over 500 drones during an Independence Day celebration July 5, 2018. The drones conducted a show consisting of various designs meant to highlight both the U.S. Air Force's and Travis AFB's history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

Special Tactics Airmen demonstrate dive techniques

Special Tactics Airmen demonstrate dive techniques to U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during an Air Force Special Operations Command immersion at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 17, 2018. Special Tactics operators are the Air Force’s premiere special operations ground force and are highly trained to deploy whenever they are needed into restricted environments by air, land or sea to conduct air power on the front lines, to save lives and ensure mission success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

GBU-24 Paveway III laser-guided bomb

Munitions Airmen prepare a GBU-24 Paveway III laser-guided bomb for transport during the U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa’s inaugural Combat Ammunition Production Exercise July 17, 2018. The 48th Maintenance Group hosted approximately 160 Airmen from the 9th Munitions Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif., 31st Maintenance Group, Aviano Air Base, Italy, 52nd MXG, Spangdahlem AB, Germany, 86th Logistics Readiness Group, Ramstein AB, Germany, and the 422nd Air Base Group, RAF Alconbury, England to participate in the training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

Combat Arms Training

Senior Airman Ansumana Turay, 9th Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, gives instructions to Airmen on the firing line during a weapons qualifications class at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., July 6, 2018. CATM instructors are responsible for qualifying service members and civilians on various weapons systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Parsons)

F-22 Raptors OIR
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A boom operator assigned to the 28th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron operates a boom to provide fuel to U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors during an aerial refueling mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq, July 6, 2018. The KC-135 provides aerial refueling to U.S. and coalition forces in support of operations Inherent Resolve and Resolute Support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Keith James)

C-130J Super Hercules
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A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron flies over Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 18, 2018, during a "fini-flight" for Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander. The "fini-flight" marked Moss's final flight as commander of the 374th AW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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
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.
SOUND ON! Celebrate freedom with the sound of freedom! Happy Independence Day!
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Maj. Onier Alejandro-Villarreal & Capt. Rodney McIntyre, 927th Aeromedical Staging Squadron medical techs, operate… https://t.co/YsMHOL2vV7
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RT @AETCommand: “The squadron is the beating heart of the @usairforce; our most essential team,” - Chief of Staff of the Air Force @GenDave
.@MacDill_AFB #Airmen prove that in an emergency a wing commander can turn to augmentees for additional support.… https://t.co/Pgal3TEP3p
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
#DYK, the #MedalofHonor is the highest award for bravery that can be awarded to members of the United States Armed… https://t.co/qei2LbbD1I
.@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
RT @71FTW: An aircraft crash has occurred approximately 50 miles west of Vance AFB. Pilot is conscious and with emergency responders. Follo…
.@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
RT @USAFHealth: A new transition cell was recently stood-up to coordinate and support ongoing transition efforts related to the NDAA and tr…
.@Travis60AMW #Airmen helped the Advanced Extremely High Frequency-4 program complete a major milestone by ensuring… https://t.co/yut12HK3M5