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F-22 Raptor

Maj. Paul Lopez, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander/pilot, opens the weapons door-bay during a practice performance at Langley Air Force Base, Va., August 1, 2018. The F-22 Raptor carries all its weapons internally to maintain the Raptor’s stealth characteristics.

Water training

An Airman with the 91st Security Forces Group completes water exercises during the Tactical Response Force tryouts Minot Air Force Base, N.D., July 18, 2018. Tryouts were 15-hours long with multiple physical activities such as a 15-minute assessment, pool exercises in and out of the water, leadership challenges and a red man practical. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)

F-35A

A U.S. Air Force and a Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II are towed on the flight line during a monsoon at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., July 30, 2018. Several aircraft maintenance units stopped their maintenance operations to take cover from the dust. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham)

Dignified transfer

Members from the United Nations Command Honor Guard remove a dignified transfer case containing the remains of a fallen hero from a vehicle and load it onto a waiting C-17 Globemaster III at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Aug. 1, 2018. The UNC repatriated 55 cases of remains from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kelsey Tucker)

GBU-12 Inspection

Staff Sgt. Eddie Lipscomb, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft armament systems technician, left, and Senior Airman Michael Ridgeway, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft armament systems apprentice, inspect a GBU-12 to ensure it is safe to load into an F-35A July 26, 2018, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The 33rd Fighter Wing loaded and released live bombs for the second time from an F-35A. Four aircraft were loaded with armed GBU-12s, and eight bombs were released over the Eglin AFB range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniella Peña-Pavao)

CV-22 Osprey

A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., flies over the Las Vegas strip, July 31, 2018. The 20th SOS is at Nellis AFB, Nev., participating in Red Flag 18-3. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

B-52H Stratofortress bombers fly over the Pacific Ocean

Two B-52H Stratofortress bombers fly over the Pacific Ocean during a routine training mission Aug. 2, 2018. This mission was flown in support of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence operations, which are a key component to improving combined and joint service interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright greets Airmen

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright greets Airmen assigned to the 48th Medical Group during an immersion tour of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 1, 2018. During his visit, Wright met with 48th Fighter Wing Airmen to answer questions and see how they take care of the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Sparks)

C-5M Super Galaxy Flight

Capt. Scott Saville, 9th Airlift Squadron C-5M Super Galaxy pilot, monitors personnel on the flight line in protective gear to test chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazard defensive measures July 26, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Scott was a member of a preflight crew consisting of aircrew, maintenance and aerial port personnel tasked to prepare the C-5M for flight during exercise Vengeant Eagle 2.0. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets
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Three F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets assigned to the 64th Aggressors Squadron fly over the Nevada Test and Training Range during Red Flag 18-3. The 64th AGRS served as part of the red forces during Red Flag 18-3 to prepare combat air forces, joint and allied aircrews for tomorrow's victories with challenging and realistic scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Bailee A. Darbasie)

Security Forces Exercise
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Staff Sgt. Phillip Edwards, 460th Security Forces Squadron defender, conducts tactical movements during a field exercise in preparation for the Defenders Challenge July 27, 2018, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Select Air Force Space Command defenders will compete against one another at Peterson A, Colo., and then winners will compete at Camp Bullis, Texas, for the final challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews)

Joint Innovative Readiness Training program
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Tech. Sgt. Scott Leffler, 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron Structures shop, smooths out a recently poured apron around a recently constructed modular home in Gallup, N.M., July 25, 2018. The homes are being built for Navajo veterans as part of joint Innovative Readiness Training program led by the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 22 in partnership with the Southwest Indian Foundation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Austen R. Adriaens)

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
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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