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Staff Sgt. Cody Nickell, 374th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, works with Topa, 374th SFS MWD, to get him accustomed to being inside a UH-1N helicopter during a 459th Airlift Squadron MWD familiarization flight July 26, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Flying in a helicopter can be hard for the MWD’s due to the noise and vibrations, but once the MWDs become comfortable with the aircraft, they can be transported quickly and efficiently to wherever needed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Donald Hudson)

Staff Sgt. Cody Nickell, 374th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, works with Topa, 374th SFS MWD, to get him accustomed to being inside a UH-1N helicopter during a 459th Airlift Squadron MWD familiarization flight July 26, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Flying in a helicopter can be hard for the MWD’s due to the noise and vibrations, but once the MWDs become comfortable with the aircraft, they can be transported quickly and efficiently to wherever needed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Donald Hudson)

Tech. Sgt. Jared Rogness, a flight engineer with the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., walks atop a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft during Red Flag 18-3 at Nellis AFB, Nev., July 31, 2018. The primary function of a CV-22 is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Tech. Sgt. Jared Rogness, a flight engineer with the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., walks atop a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft during Red Flag 18-3 at Nellis AFB, Nev., July 31, 2018. The primary function of a CV-22 is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

An F-15E Strike Eagle with the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., flies near a rainbow over the southeastern U.S. Aug. 8, 2018. The Strike Eagle had just been refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing out of Ohio. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A. Emery)

An F-15E Strike Eagle with the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., flies near a rainbow over the southeastern U.S. Aug. 8, 2018. The Strike Eagle had just been refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing out of Ohio. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A. Emery)

Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Commander of Air Force Materiel Command, tearfully says a few words to well-wishers, Aug. 7, 2018, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, following her fini flight. Pawlikowski relinquished command Aug. 8, prior to her retirement in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Commander of Air Force Materiel Command, tearfully says a few words to well-wishers, Aug. 7, 2018, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, following her fini flight. Pawlikowski relinquished command Aug. 8, prior to her retirement in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

A 452nd Air Mobility Wing C-17 Globemaster III receives fuel from a 912th Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a refueling mission over Arizona, July 24, 2018. The 912th ARS is responsible for providing essential mission extending capabilities through refueling services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordan Castelan)

A 452nd Air Mobility Wing C-17 Globemaster III receives fuel from a 912th Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a refueling mission over Arizona, July 24, 2018. The 912th ARS is responsible for providing essential mission extending capabilities through refueling services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordan Castelan)

Senior Airman William Leuzinger, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services firefighter, pulls a fire hose toward a simulated aircraft fire during a training exercise at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 9, 2018. During the training, firefighters were split into three teams of two, with two teams extinguishing fires and the remaining team on standby. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Delano Scott)

Senior Airman William Leuzinger, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services firefighter, pulls a fire hose toward a simulated aircraft fire during a training exercise at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 9, 2018. During the training, firefighters were split into three teams of two, with two teams extinguishing fires and the remaining team on standby. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Delano Scott)

Tech. Sgt. Amy McDermott, Ohio Air National Guard 200th RED HORSE Squadron structural journeyman, mans a M240B in a Humvee as the squadron conducts a multi-day field training exercise at Camp Perry, Ohio, incorporating construction and civil engineering elements while simulating hostile conditions, Aug. 2, 2018. About 400 Airmen participated in this year's training in support of the RED HORSE mission to provide a dedicated, mobile, flexible, self-sufficient heavy construction engineering force for airfield, base infrastructure and special capabilities supporting worldwide contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood)

Tech. Sgt. Amy McDermott, Ohio Air National Guard 200th RED HORSE Squadron structural journeyman, mans a M240B in a Humvee as the squadron conducts a multi-day field training exercise at Camp Perry, Ohio, incorporating construction and civil engineering elements while simulating hostile conditions, Aug. 2, 2018. About 400 Airmen participated in this year's training in support of the RED HORSE mission to provide a dedicated, mobile, flexible, self-sufficient heavy construction engineering force for airfield, base infrastructure and special capabilities supporting worldwide contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood)

A KC-10 Extender, crewed by Reserve Airmen with the 76th Air Refueling Squadron, creates vapor contrails during a training mission over the East Coast Aug. 4, 2018. The 76th ARS is an Air Force Reserve Command unit located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

A KC-10 Extender, crewed by Reserve Airmen with the 76th Air Refueling Squadron, creates vapor contrails during a training mission over the East Coast Aug. 4, 2018. The 76th ARS is an Air Force Reserve Command unit located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

Aerial porters with the 35th Aerial Port Squadron cover a vehicle while wearing Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear during the ability to survive and operate challenge at the New Jersey National Guard’s Joint Training and Training Development Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., July 15, 2018. The 514th AMW is an Air Force Reserve Command unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

Aerial porters with the 35th Aerial Port Squadron cover a vehicle while wearing Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear during the ability to survive and operate challenge at the New Jersey National Guard’s Joint Training and Training Development Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., July 15, 2018. The 514th AMW is an Air Force Reserve Command unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

A C-17 Globemaster III, carrying dignified transfer cases containing fallen service members, takes off from Osan Air Base, South Korea, Aug. 1, 2018, en route to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, where members of the Defense POW Accounting Agency will attempt to identify the remains. The remains of 55 cases were repatriated from North Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kelsey Tucker)
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A C-17 Globemaster III, carrying dignified transfer cases containing fallen service members, takes off from Osan Air Base, South Korea, Aug. 1, 2018, en route to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, where members of the Defense POW Accounting Agency will attempt to identify the remains. The remains of 55 cases were repatriated from North Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kelsey Tucker)

Capt. Leland Quinter, 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules pilot, wears night vision goggles during a training flight over Poland Aug. 2, 2018. C-130J pilots train to fly in multiple complex scenarios in various atmospheric conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Magbanua)
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Capt. Leland Quinter, 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules pilot, wears night vision goggles during a training flight over Poland Aug. 2, 2018. C-130J pilots train to fly in multiple complex scenarios in various atmospheric conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Magbanua)

Airmen with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, work on a KC-135 Stratotanker in thick fog at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, Aug. 3, 2018. Airmen stayed visible during the inclement weather by wearing their reflective belts. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A. Emery)
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Airmen with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, work on a KC-135 Stratotanker in thick fog at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, Aug. 3, 2018. Airmen stayed visible during the inclement weather by wearing their reflective belts. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A. Emery)

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
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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.
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Happy Birthday @DeptofDefense! 69 years strong!! https://t.co/2doEtah2jY
What's your favorite aircraft? This junior #Airman's is the one that carries the gas. @RAFMildenhall.… https://t.co/6mW2LbYJLz
.@PeteAFB #Airmen practice the landmine trunk rotation exercise in preparation for their #AlphaWarrior certificati… https://t.co/2iyG7XexSF
We deploy with our @USAFReserve and @AirNatlGuard #TotalForce family so why not train with them also.… https://t.co/J0kneAxJeR
The #family that flies together fights together! https://t.co/CQCgSdS227 https://t.co/fHig7BfGcj
More than 350 people are contributing to the firefighting efforts at #SheepCreek. 102 of them are members of the… https://t.co/mWBFEpDBh3
At the heart of the #AirForce is the squadron — our foundational #warfighting unit. It's where culture resides,… https://t.co/9vrcm03got
RT @AirmanMagazine: More than 1500 service members have lost limbs in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Over the last 20 yrs th…
To serve with love beyond the uniform. Read how this @Travis60AMW #Airman continues to serve. #servicebeforeselfhttps://t.co/zNYGo8IiaP
Retired @NASA astronaut, Peggy Whitson, met #Airmen from @SchrieverAFB and answered questions relating to her long-… https://t.co/sxKL2BnwKO
.@AirMobilityCmd looks to select more than 100 new pilots for USAF's first two #KC46 squadrons with applications du… https://t.co/0iJpm9LFsx
Leading the way! @EdwardsAFB's #STEM program inspires more than 3,100 young students in pursuing an education in on… https://t.co/7FOsihBCzI
Leading the way! @EdwardsAFB's #STEM program inspires more than 3,100 young students in pursuing an education in on… https://t.co/d8NLhoOwPD
A delegation from the Royal Thai air force visited #GoodfellowAFB, Texas, to learn more about the base's growing in… https://t.co/bQtYpBHfSv
RT @DeptofDefense: “Courage, honor, commitment…” #GenDunford, chairman of @TheJoinStaff, says what it takes to win on and off the battlefi…
.@RAFMildenhall KC-135 #Stratotankers transported #Airmen & supplies to Keflavik Air Base in support of @NATO’s Ice… https://t.co/Hk4kHMIPBQ
Who doesn’t like to feel warm duing the winter & cool in the summer? Inspired by the qualities of fibers found in n… https://t.co/DvZCakrtbv
Two #B52H bombers fly over the Pacific Ocean during a routine training mission Aug. 2, 2018, in support of U.S. Ind… https://t.co/ut1O8Rpw1i