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Senior Airman Douglas Lord, 633rd Force Support Squadron, certifies on the Air Force Alpha Warrior Battle Rig during a two-day course at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., July 25, 2018. The specialized fitness equipment gives Airmen a means to exercise their bodies in a new way. (Courtesy photo of U.S. Air Force)

Senior Airman Douglas Lord, 633rd Force Support Squadron, certifies on the Air Force Alpha Warrior Battle Rig during a two-day course at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., July 25, 2018. The specialized fitness equipment gives Airmen a means to exercise their bodies in a new way. (Courtesy photo of U.S. Air Force)

Col. Christopher J. Niemi, 3rd Wing commander, conducts his “fini flight” in an F-22 Raptor, July 19, 2018 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Lt. Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach, commander of Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Alaskan Command, U.S. Northern Command, and Eleventh Air Force, flew as Niemi’s wingman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jamal Wilson)

Col. Christopher J. Niemi, 3rd Wing commander, conducts his “fini flight” in an F-22 Raptor, July 19, 2018 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Lt. Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach, commander of Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Alaskan Command, U.S. Northern Command, and Eleventh Air Force, flew as Niemi’s wingman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jamal Wilson)

C-130J Super Hercules aircrew members assigned to the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, fly a mission over East Africa, July 24, 2018. The 75th EAS supports Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa with medical evacuations, disaster relief, humanitarian and airdrop operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)

C-130J Super Hercules aircrew members assigned to the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, fly a mission over East Africa, July 24, 2018. The 75th EAS supports Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa with medical evacuations, disaster relief, humanitarian and airdrop operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)

An F-16C Fighting Falcon from the 31st Fighter Wing, 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy flies over RAF Lakenheath, England, July 20, 2018. The 510th FS are participating in a bilateral training event to enhance interoperability, maintain joint readiness and reassure regional allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

An F-16C Fighting Falcon from the 31st Fighter Wing, 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy flies over RAF Lakenheath, England, July 20, 2018. The 510th FS are participating in a bilateral training event to enhance interoperability, maintain joint readiness and reassure regional allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Mckimmie, a paralegal specialist, and Tech. Sgt. Philip Depronio, an admin specialist, assigned to the 107th Attack Wing, New York National Guard, train on the flag folding portion of funeral honors, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., July 24, 2018. The triangle folds and all movements involved must be done with precision in order for the flag to be presentable to the next of kin during a service. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Campbell)

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Mckimmie, a paralegal specialist, and Tech. Sgt. Philip Depronio, an admin specialist, assigned to the 107th Attack Wing, New York National Guard, train on the flag folding portion of funeral honors, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., July 24, 2018. The triangle folds and all movements involved must be done with precision in order for the flag to be presentable to the next of kin during a service. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Campbell)

An F-15C assigned to the 122nd Fighter Squadron, 159th Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, La., taxies at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, July 19, 2018. The 122nd FS is training with the 124th Fighter Wing's 190th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Joshua C. Allmaras)

An F-15C assigned to the 122nd Fighter Squadron, 159th Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, La., taxies at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, July 19, 2018. The 122nd FS is training with the 124th Fighter Wing's 190th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Joshua C. Allmaras)

Tech. Sgt. Frank Yuvan, left, an Independent Duty Medical Technician from the 421st Combat Training Squadron, and Tech. Sgt. Deborah Macalalad, an aerospace medical technician from the 108th Medical Group, put Pete Brierton, Disaster Medical Assistance Team medic, onto a litter during Patriot North 18 at Volk Field, Wis., July 18, 2018. Patriot is a domestic operations disaster-response training exercise conducted by National Guard units working with federal, state and local emergency management agencies and first responders. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Santiago)

Tech. Sgt. Frank Yuvan, left, an Independent Duty Medical Technician from the 421st Combat Training Squadron, and Tech. Sgt. Deborah Macalalad, an aerospace medical technician from the 108th Medical Group, put Pete Brierton, Disaster Medical Assistance Team medic, onto a litter during Patriot North 18 at Volk Field, Wis., July 18, 2018. Patriot is a domestic operations disaster-response training exercise conducted by National Guard units working with federal, state and local emergency management agencies and first responders. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Julia Santiago)

An F-15E Strike Eagle from RAF Lakenheath receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing from RAF Mildenhall over England, July 19, 2018. The F-15E was one of four to receive fuel during a routine training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandra West)

An F-15E Strike Eagle from RAF Lakenheath receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing from RAF Mildenhall over England, July 19, 2018. The F-15E was one of four to receive fuel during a routine training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandra West)

Airman 1st Class Dennis Fite, left, and Airman 1st Class Brinkley Owens, both 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron ground transportation operators, conduct vehicle tie down procedures on RAF Mildenhall, England, July 20, 2018. Ground transportation Airmen deliver heavy equipment to units on and off base, and they also provide transportation to official appointments and ensure Airmen receive their mail by doing daily mail runs to and from RAF Alconbury. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Groening)

Airman 1st Class Dennis Fite, left, and Airman 1st Class Brinkley Owens, both 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron ground transportation operators, conduct vehicle tie down procedures on RAF Mildenhall, England, July 20, 2018. Ground transportation Airmen deliver heavy equipment to units on and off base, and they also provide transportation to official appointments and ensure Airmen receive their mail by doing daily mail runs to and from RAF Alconbury. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Groening)

61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainers prepare to taxi-out a 61st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II for a transitional training sortie July 18, 2018, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The 61st FS flies sorties daily as part of routine flight training operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ridge Shan)
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61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainers prepare to taxi-out a 61st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II for a transitional training sortie July 18, 2018, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The 61st FS flies sorties daily as part of routine flight training operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ridge Shan)

U.S. Air Force Airman Nicholas McKendall, left, a C-130 mobility readiness spares package apprentice with the 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Iyana Wells, a C-130 MRSP journeyman with the 1st SOLRS, carry an aircraft part to place on a pallet at Hurlburt Field, Florida, July, 12, 2018. Air Commandos with MRSP support maintenance squadrons by storing and supplying aircraft parts including propellers, tires and radar parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)
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U.S. Air Force Airman Nicholas McKendall, left, a C-130 mobility readiness spares package apprentice with the 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Iyana Wells, a C-130 MRSP journeyman with the 1st SOLRS, carry an aircraft part to place on a pallet at Hurlburt Field, Florida, July, 12, 2018. Air Commandos with MRSP support maintenance squadrons by storing and supplying aircraft parts including propellers, tires and radar parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

Airman Jacob Pugh and Airman 1st Class Brandon Culp, 14th Operations Support Squadron Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems journeymen, attach new wiring on a radio tower July 16, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The RAWS unit supports base and regional radar equipment, ground-to-air radios and weather systems that support air traffic control, the National Weather Service, and command and control across the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)
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Airman Jacob Pugh and Airman 1st Class Brandon Culp, 14th Operations Support Squadron Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems journeymen, attach new wiring on a radio tower July 16, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The RAWS unit supports base and regional radar equipment, ground-to-air radios and weather systems that support air traffic control, the National Weather Service, and command and control across the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Airman 1st Class Dean York, left, and Staff Sgt. Peter Kuriwai, 341st Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, attempt to put out a fire during an exercise July 18, 2018, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Airmen with the 341st CES ran through aircraft fire procedures in case a disaster occurs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)
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Airman 1st Class Dean York, left, and Staff Sgt. Peter Kuriwai, 341st Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, attempt to put out a fire during an exercise July 18, 2018, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Airmen with the 341st CES ran through aircraft fire procedures in case a disaster occurs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

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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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
Only in the #AirForceFamily! The chances of being your sibling's replacement at a deployed location are slim to non… https://t.co/JRED65irZS
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
Happy Monday! Let's get this week off to a great start w/ #AirForce #WIP! https://t.co/rlP3y4NQ9k https://t.co/OlzebNB1lQ
After toggling with the idea of joining the #military for years, she promised herself to stop waiting for life to f… https://t.co/7Gt22iqNlD
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