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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 in Cleveland, Sept. 2, 2018. Waters demonstrated the capabilities of the multi-role fighter jet through movements such as high-speed turns and vertical climbs. (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 in Cleveland, Sept. 2, 2018. Waters demonstrated the capabilities of the multi-role fighter jet through movements such as high-speed turns and vertical climbs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kathryn R. C. Reaves)

Staff Sgt. Christopher Bennett, 673rd Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, works with Kimba, a Belgian Malinois, at one of the kennels at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2018. Kimba is approaching retirement after 10 years of military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher)

Staff Sgt. Christopher Bennett, 673rd Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, works with Kimba, a Belgian Malinois, at one of the kennels at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2018. Kimba is approaching retirement after 10 years of military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher)

Four F-16 Fighting Falcons, part of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Demonstration Team, fly in formation during the Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow, Sept. 8, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The Thunderbirds were officially activated June 1, 1953, as the 3600th Air Demonstration Team at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jenna K. Caldwell)

Four F-16 Fighting Falcons, part of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Demonstration Team, fly in formation during the Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow, Sept. 8, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The Thunderbirds were officially activated June 1, 1953, as the 3600th Air Demonstration Team at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jenna K. Caldwell)

An HC-C130J approaches the edge of Hurricane Florence after a two and a half hour flight from Savannah Air National Guard Base, Ga., Sept. 12, 2018. The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, or Hurricane Hunters, conducted a storm tasking mission into Hurricane Florence, providing critical and timely weather data for the National Hurricane Center to assist in providing up-to-date and accurate information for storm forecasts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chris Hibben)

An HC-C130J approaches the edge of Hurricane Florence after a two and a half hour flight from Savannah Air National Guard Base, Ga., Sept. 12, 2018. The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, or Hurricane Hunters, conducted a storm tasking mission into Hurricane Florence, providing critical and timely weather data for the National Hurricane Center to assist in providing up-to-date and accurate information for storm forecasts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chris Hibben)

Staff Sgt. Chad Bohr and Tech. Sgt. Tyler Dalton, 377th Weapons System Security Squadron, are splashed by spectators during the Battle of the Battleships, at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 30, 2018. Bohr and Dalton's ship, “Ops Boat,” placed second overall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

Staff Sgt. Chad Bohr and Tech. Sgt. Tyler Dalton, 377th Weapons System Security Squadron, are splashed by spectators during the Battle of the Battleships, at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 30, 2018. Bohr and Dalton's ship, “Ops Boat,” placed second overall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

An F-22 Raptor pilot from the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, flies behind a 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender over Southwest Asia, Sept. 12, 2018. The F-22 possesses a sophisticated sensor suite allowing the pilot to track, identify, shoot and kill air-to-air threats before being detected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley)

An F-22 Raptor pilot from the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, flies behind a 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender over Southwest Asia, Sept. 12, 2018. The F-22 possesses a sophisticated sensor suite allowing the pilot to track, identify, shoot and kill air-to-air threats before being detected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley)

Senior Airman Rosa Young, 891st Missile Security Forces Squadron member, climbs a net during an obstacle course Aug. 29, 2018, at Fort Harrison, Mont. Airmen are trained to adhere to the highest standards of personal reliability, dedication and performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

Senior Airman Rosa Young, 891st Missile Security Forces Squadron member, climbs a net during an obstacle course Aug. 29, 2018, at Fort Harrison, Mont. Airmen are trained to adhere to the highest standards of personal reliability, dedication and performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

Two F-22 Raptors from the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, fly in formation after refueling from a 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender over Southwest Asia, Sept. 12, 2018. The F-22s completed combat operations and forward deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, highlighting their combat agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley)

Two F-22 Raptors from the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, fly in formation after refueling from a 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender over Southwest Asia, Sept. 12, 2018. The F-22s completed combat operations and forward deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, highlighting their combat agility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ross A. Whitley)

Staff Sgt. Dennis King, 105th Medical Group dental assistant, executes dental X-ray procedures on a resident of Catano, Puerto Rico, during Innovative Readiness Training Ola de Esperanza Sanadora, Aug. 31, 2018. The IRT provides medical, dental and optometry care to assist local municipal authorities in addressing underserved community health and civic needs while performing joint military humanitarian operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bethany Rizor)

Staff Sgt. Dennis King, 105th Medical Group dental assistant, executes dental X-ray procedures on a resident of Catano, Puerto Rico, during Innovative Readiness Training Ola de Esperanza Sanadora, Aug. 31, 2018. The IRT provides medical, dental and optometry care to assist local municipal authorities in addressing underserved community health and civic needs while performing joint military humanitarian operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bethany Rizor)

F-22 Raptors and T-38 Talons from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., arrive at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base Sept. 11, 2018, seeking shelter from Hurricane Florence. The 121st Air Refueling Wing has agreements with several units to provide shelter from inclement weather. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson)
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F-22 Raptors and T-38 Talons from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., arrive at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base Sept. 11, 2018, seeking shelter from Hurricane Florence. The 121st Air Refueling Wing has agreements with several units to provide shelter from inclement weather. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson)

Staff Sgt. Elijah Rasheed, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron aircraft parts store supervisor, also known as ‘DJ Messiah’, mixes music for his disc jockey set at a local club in Cambridge, England, Sept. 2, 2018. Rasheed tries his best to relate to his troops both on a personal and professional level. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)
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Staff Sgt. Elijah Rasheed, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron aircraft parts store supervisor, also known as ‘DJ Messiah’, mixes music for his disc jockey set at a local club in Cambridge, England, Sept. 2, 2018. Rasheed tries his best to relate to his troops both on a personal and professional level. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

Aircraft and Airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., arrive to Barksdale AFB, La., evacuating from Hurricane Florence Sept. 11, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lillian Miller)
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Aircraft and Airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., arrive to Barksdale AFB, La., evacuating from Hurricane Florence Sept. 11, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lillian Miller)

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
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
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!
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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…
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.@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
.@SecAFOfficial kicks off #ASC18 w/ a State of the #AirForce update at 10:30 AM EDT. Watch live:… https://t.co/WrKBpoAzLF