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Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team pilot and commander, performs a high-speed pass during the Canadian International Air Show in Toronto, Sept. 1, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Heritage Flight Team pilot and commander, performs a high-speed pass during the Canadian International Air Show in Toronto, Sept. 1, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)

Airmen with the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron and 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing prepare to load cargo on a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia after transporting cargo between U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Central Command, Aug. 28, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ted Nichols)

Airmen with the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron and 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing prepare to load cargo on a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia after transporting cargo between U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Central Command, Aug. 28, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ted Nichols)

Maj. John Waters, F-16 Viper Demonstration Team pilot, performs precision aerial maneuvers in an F-16 Fighting Falcon, “Viper,” during the Cleveland National Air Show at Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 2, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

Maj. John Waters, F-16 Viper Demonstration Team pilot, performs precision aerial maneuvers in an F-16 Fighting Falcon during the Cleveland National Air Show at Cleveland Sept. 2, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

Tech. Sgt. Jose Obregon, 347th Operations Support Squadron independent duty medical technician, performs pull ups during a Pre-Ranger Assessment Course, Aug. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

Tech. Sgt. Jose Obregon, 347th Operations Support Squadron independent duty medical technician, performs pull ups during a Pre-Ranger Assessment Course, Aug. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash)

An F-22 Raptor from the 95th Fighter Squadron, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, takes off at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

An F-22 Raptor from the 95th Fighter Squadron, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., takes off at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

Volunteers from the 823rd Red Horse Squadron and a base housing privatization team unload rocks from a boat for a reef project along the coastline of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 24, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Volunteers from the 823rd Red Horse Squadron, and a base housing privatization team, unload rocks from a boat for a reef project along the coast of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 24, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Capt. Jay Lamb and 2nd Lt. Johnathan Vargas, both pilots with the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee, pilot a KC-135 Stratotanker transporting 115th Force Support Squadron Airmen from Truax Field, Wisconsin, to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis)

Capt. Jay Lamb and 2nd Lt. Johnathan Vargas, both pilots with the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 128th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee, pilot a KC-135 Stratotanker transporting 115th Force Support Squadron Airmen from Truax Field, Wisconsin, to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 29, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis)

Tactical air control party Airmen with the 227th Air Support Operations Squadron, New Jersey Air National Guard, demonstrate a special extraction system while hanging from a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter assigned to the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, during the 2018 Atlantic City International Airshow at Atlantic City, New Jersey, Aug. 22, 2018. (New Jersey National Guard photo by Mark C. Olsen)

Tactical Air Control Party Airmen with the 227th Air Support Operations Squadron, New Jersey Air National Guard, demonstrate a special extraction system while hanging from a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter assigned to the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, during the 2018 Atlantic City International Airshow at Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 22, 2018. (New Jersey National Guard photo by Mark C. Olsen)

Senior Airman Brandon M. Acks, 179th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group crew chief, refills a C-130H Hercules with liquid oxygen August 30, 2018, at Mansfield, Ohio. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Alexis Wade)

Senior Airman Brandon M. Acks, 179th Airlift Wing crew chief, refills a C-130H Hercules with liquid oxygen Aug. 30, 2018, in Mansfield, Ohio. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Alexis Wade)

The 50th Operations Support Squadron’s softball team was named wing champions at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 22, 2018.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Dennis Rogers)
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The 50th Operations Support Squadron’s softball team was named wing champions at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 22, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Dennis Rogers)

Several C-130H Hercules assigned to the 179th Airlift Wing sit on the flightline September 5, 2018, at Mansfield, Ohio, awaiting the mission for the day.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Paul Stennett)
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Several C-130H Hercules assigned to the 179th Airlift Wing sit on the flight line Sept. 5, 2018, in Mansfield, Ohio, awaiting the mission for the day. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Paul Stennett)

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