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F-16C Fighting Falcons from the New Jersey National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing fly overhead during the Thunder over the Boardwalk Air Show in Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 22, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)

F-16C Fighting Falcons from the New Jersey National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing fly overhead during the Thunder over the Boardwalk Air Show in Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 22, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)

Airman 1st Class Cassandra Herlache, 9th Operation Support Squadron radar, airfield and weather apprentice, executes a climb during a trial run at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 16, 2018. Airmen in the process of climbing must have three points of physical contact with the tower at all times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Parsons)

Airman 1st Class Cassandra Herlache, 9th Operation Support Squadron radar, airfield and weather apprentice, executes a climb during a trial run at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 16, 2018. Airmen in the process of climbing must have three points of physical contact with the tower at all times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Parsons)

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on a Continuous Bomber Presence mission in support of exercise Pitch Black 18 in Australia's Northern Territory Aug. 6, 2018. Bilateral training between the U.S. and allies like Australia increases interoperability and strengthens long-standing military-to-military partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on a Continuous Bomber Presence mission in support of exercise Pitch Black 18 in Australia's Northern Territory Aug. 6, 2018. Bilateral training between the U.S. and allies like Australia increases interoperability and strengthens long-standing military-to-military partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

Members of the 927th Aeromedical Staging Squadron lift a patient litter during training at Exercise Patriot Warrior Aug. 14, 2018 at Fort McCoy, Wis. Patriot Warrior readies expeditionary Reserve Airmen for worldwide deployments and provides knowledge and experience to strengthen skills and understanding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Xavier Lockley)

Members of the 927th Aeromedical Staging Squadron lift a patient litter during training at Exercise Patriot Warrior Aug. 14, 2018 at Fort McCoy, Wis. Patriot Warrior readies expeditionary Reserve Airmen for worldwide deployments and provides knowledge and experience to strengthen skills and understanding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Xavier Lockley)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performs during the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, with other performers, on the Esplanade of the Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland, Aug. 14, 2018. The Tattoo is a global gathering of differing talents and performers from every corner of the globe, allowing each participating country to display pride in their military power and culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael S. Murphy)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performs during the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, with other performers, on the Esplanade of the Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland, Aug. 14, 2018. The Tattoo is a global gathering of differing talents and performers from every corner of the globe, allowing each participating country to display pride in their military power and culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael S. Murphy)

An F-22 Raptor lands at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., during Exercise Northern Lightning 18-2 Aug. 17, 2018. Northern Lightning is one of seven Air National Guard joint accredited exercises held at Volk Field. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis)

An F-22 Raptor lands at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., during Exercise Northern Lightning 18-2 Aug. 17, 2018. Northern Lightning is one of seven Air National Guard joint accredited exercises held at Volk Field. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis)

President Donald J. Trump presents the Medal of Honor to Valerie Nessel, the spouse of U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., Aug. 22, 2018. Sergeant Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions on Takur Ghar mountain in Afghanistan on March 4, 2002, an elite special operations team was ambushed by the enemy and came under heavy fire from multiple directions. Chapman immediately charged an enemy bunker through thigh-deep snow and killed all enemy occupants. Courageously moving from cover to assault a second machine gun bunker, he was injured by enemy fire. Despite severe wounds, he fought relentlessly, sustaining a violent engagement with multiple enemy personnel before making the ultimate sacrifice. With his last actions he saved the lives of his teammates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

President Donald J. Trump presents the Medal of Honor to Valerie Nessel, the spouse of U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., Aug. 22, 2018. Sergeant Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions on Takur Ghar mountain in Afghanistan on March 4, 2002, an elite special operations team was ambushed by the enemy and came under heavy fire from multiple directions. Chapman immediately charged an enemy bunker through thigh-deep snow and killed all enemy occupants. Courageously moving from cover to assault a second machine gun bunker, he was injured by enemy fire. Despite severe wounds, he fought relentlessly, sustaining a violent engagement with multiple enemy personnel before making the ultimate sacrifice. With his last actions he saved the lives of his teammates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team pilot and commander, performs aerial maneuvers in the F-35A Lightning II during the Chicago Air and Water Show in Chicago, Aug. 18, 2018. More than 1.5 million guests attended the two-day air show to watch multiple aerial demonstrations along the shores of Lake Michigan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team pilot and commander, performs aerial maneuvers in the F-35A Lightning II during the Chicago Air and Water Show in Chicago, Aug. 18, 2018. More than 1.5 million guests attended the two-day air show to watch multiple aerial demonstrations along the shores of Lake Michigan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Members from the Naha Air Base fire department test the force of water during joint live-fire training Aug. 7th, 2018, at Kadena AB, Japan. The exercise allowed the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and Japan Air Self Defense Force to utilize different equipment, and review tactics to putting out fires as part of a knowledge exchange. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

Members from the Naha Air Base fire department test the force of water during joint live-fire training Aug. 7th, 2018, at Kadena AB, Japan. The exercise allowed the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and Japan Air Self Defense Force to utilize different equipment, and review tactics to putting out fires as part of a knowledge exchange. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Bryant Bailey, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, and Lt. Col. Alex Miller, 37th AS director of operations, fly a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft over Romania as Romanian air force Lt. Cmdr. Nicoleta Udrescu, Air Base 90 Otopeni pilot, watches during exercise Carpathian Summer 2018, Aug. 21, 2018. The purpose of the bilateral training exercise is to enhance interoperability and readiness by conducting combined air operations with the Romanian air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Bryant Bailey, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, and Lt. Col. Alex Miller, 37th AS director of operations, fly a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft over Romania as Romanian air force Lt. Cmdr. Nicoleta Udrescu, Air Base 90 Otopeni pilot, watches during exercise Carpathian Summer 2018, Aug. 21, 2018. The purpose of the bilateral training exercise is to enhance interoperability and readiness by conducting combined air operations with the Romanian air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer)

First Lt. Hillary Keltner, 50th Operations Support Squadron staff instructor for space situational awareness, follows a dress right dress command during an open ranks inspection at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 21, 2018. The inspection was the first the squadron held in years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)
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First Lt. Hillary Keltner, 50th Operations Support Squadron staff instructor for space situational awareness, follows a dress right dress command during an open ranks inspection at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 21, 2018. The inspection was the first the squadron held in years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Valerie Nessel, the spouse of Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, holds up the Medal of Honor after receiving it from President Donald J. Trump during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., Aug. 22, 2018. Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions on Takur Ghar mountain in Afghanistan March 4, 2002. His elite special operations team was ambushed by the enemy and came under heavy fire from multiple directions. Chapman immediately charged an enemy bunker through thigh-deep snow and killed all enemy occupants. Courageously moving from cover to assault a second machine gun bunker, he was injured by enemy fire. Despite severe wounds, he fought relentlessly, sustaining a violent engagement with multiple enemy personnel before making the ultimate sacrifice. With his last actions he saved the lives of his teammates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)
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Valerie Nessel, the spouse of Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, holds up the Medal of Honor after receiving it from President Donald J. Trump during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., Aug. 22, 2018. Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions on Takur Ghar mountain in Afghanistan March 4, 2002. His elite special operations team was ambushed by the enemy and came under heavy fire from multiple directions. Chapman immediately charged an enemy bunker through thigh-deep snow and killed all enemy occupants. Courageously moving from cover to assault a second machine gun bunker, he was injured by enemy fire. Despite severe wounds, he fought relentlessly, sustaining a violent engagement with multiple enemy personnel before making the ultimate sacrifice. With his last actions he saved the lives of his teammates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

A U-2 Dragon Lady pilot assigned to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing pilots the high-altitude reconnaissance platform at approximately 70,000 feet above an undisclosed location. The U-2 is a high-altitude, near space reconnaissance aircraft and delivers critical imagery which enables decision makers at all levels the visual capabilities to execute informed decisions in any phase of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Ross Franquemont)
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A U-2 Dragon Lady pilot assigned to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing pilots the high-altitude reconnaissance platform at approximately 70,000 feet above an undisclosed location. The U-2 is a high-altitude, near space reconnaissance aircraft and delivers critical imagery which enables decision makers at all levels the visual capabilities to execute informed decisions in any phase of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Ross Franquemont)

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
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!
During #ASC18, our #Airmen asked: Where are we today on developing new space operators & where will we be in the ne… https://t.co/a3IGP2gpnt
During #ASC18, our #Airmen asked: How do you see multi-domain command & control integrating with our allies?… https://t.co/GzyNIWKaWg
RT @AFResearchLab: Our team is showing off how fantastic our booth is this year! So come meet us at #booth601 for knowledge on what we do a…
RT @US_Stratcom: Gen Hyten: “All of our oaths start the same way, we swear an oath to the #Constitution, to a set of ideals written down on…
#ICYMI: @SecAFOfficial discussed the significance of the 70th Anniversary of the #BerlinAirlift during a commemorat… https://t.co/MLP7m1A1d1
.@SecAFOfficial: In his time, Billy Mitchell was the advocate for the #USAF we need. Now it's up to us -- all of us… https://t.co/5nfk096dpw
.@SecAFOfficial: I want to thank all of you for what you are doing to build a more lethal & ready #USAF, to field t… https://t.co/dVv7UUM3RI
.@SecAFOfficial: Over the past 6 months, #USAF acquisition has striped 56 yrs out of planned schedules in our acqui… https://t.co/6FgjTGUeVn
.@SecAFOfficial: By December of this year we will have closed that gap to zero. #ASC18
.@SecAFOfficial: In September of 2016, the #USAF was short 4,000 maintainers. #ASC18
.@SecAFOfficial: We have an obligation to our countrymen. To tell them, as those before us have done in their time,… https://t.co/xYAyI4NPe5
.@SecAFOfficial: The #USAF we need to implement the National Defense Strategy has 386 Operational Squadrons. #ASC18 https://t.co/tuoryyPTXF
.@SecAFOfficial: So, What will it take? 386. #ASC18
.@SecAFOfficial: The #USAF is too small for what the nation expects of us. 312 Operational Squadrons is not enough. #ASC18
#LIVE: @SecAFOfficial talks the "Air Force We Need" during the 2018 Air, Space and Cyber Conference. #ASC18https://t.co/F67IXy9mQQ