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Class of 2020 graduation ceremony

U.S. Air Force Academy cadets salute as the national anthem is played during the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2020 graduation ceremony at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 18, 2020. The graduates are the Air Force and Space Force’s newest second lieutenants, 967 in total. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trang Le)

332nd Air Expeditionary Wing

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing takes off at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 8, 2020. The F-15E is a tactical fighter aircraft designed to allow the Air Force to establish air superiority over the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson)

SECAF meets with AFMC

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett listens to Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., commander of Air Force Materiel Command, during a mission brief regarding AFMC and its response to COVID-19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 21, 2020. Barrett met with Air Force personnel and toured several facilities at the installation, including the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine Epidemiology Laboratory, which is responsible for analyzing a majority of the Air Force’s COVID-19 tests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

RocketShip delivers Delta IV Heavy boosters at VAFB

The stern gate opens on a United Launch Alliance barge, known as “RocketShip,” revealing Delta IV Heavy boosters, April 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The barge offloaded Delta IV Heavy boosters for a launch scheduled to occur later this year. The barge operation is a vital first step to executing the mission of assured access to space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubree Owens)

Liberty Wing Defenders combat COVID-19

Airmen assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron apply social distancing procedures as they line up for their weapons at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, April 16, 2020. The 48th SFS is taking preventative measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as they continue to protect the installation’s community and maintain mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

177th Maintenance Squadron

Master Sgt. Frank W. Beck, 177th Maintenance Squadron gun shop noncommissioned officer in charge, and Tech. Sgt. Kelly M. Eilenberg, a 177th MXS aircraft armament systems specialist, perform an electrical check on an F-16 Fighting Falcon gun unit's last round switch April 16, 2020, in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. The 177th FW’s maintenance personnel play an essential role in maintaining mission-capable aircraft during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Hunter Hires)

“Thunderbirds” fly over parts of Colorado

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” fly over parts of Colorado during an Air Force Salutes flyover, April 18, 2020. The Air Force Salutes campaign honors healthcare workers, first responders, military members and other essential personnel working on the front lines to combat the coronavirus. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cory W. Bush)

U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training Graduation

Basic military trainees swear in during their graduation ceremony at the 320th Training Squadron’s Airman Training Complex on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, April 16, 2020. Due to the coronavirus, graduation ceremonies are closed to the public until further notice for the safety and security of the Air Force’s newest Airmen and their family members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

Rain or shine: Yokota, AIRPS deliver mail

Airman 1st Class Coral Fontanez, Pacific Air Forces Air Postal Squadron mail processing clerk, moves mail from a truck to a pallet at Yokota Air Base, Japan, April 17, 2020. Due to COVID-19, planes that would normally take the mail bound for Misawa Air Base, from Haneda or Narita Airport, have been reduced to one flight per day, requiring the mail to be processed and flown through Yokota AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

Senior scrubs an E-4B
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Senior Airman Cordell Sebasto, 595th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, scrubs an E-4B at the Allman Maintenance Facility at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., April 20, 2020, during the first E-4B cleaning since floodwaters ravaged portions of the installation in March, 2019. The 595th AMXS, which has been without water since the flood and waived or accomplished all washes off-station, coordinated with the fire department to use fire hydrants for the cleaning. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. William A. O'Brien)

Connecticut National Guard powers COVID-19 testing site
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Staff Sgt. Brittany Sylvia, 103rd Air Control Squadron, writes down patient information at a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site operated by the state of Connecticut and CVS Health in New Haven, Conn., April 17, 2020. The Connecticut National Guard is providing power generation and access control support to maximize site efficiency. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Tucker)

B-1 Lancer, F-16 Fighting Falcons and Air Self-Defense Force F-2s conducting a training exercise off the coast of northern Japan.
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A U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancer assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., and F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to Misawa Air Base, Japan, conduct bilateral joint training with Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s off the coast of northern Japan, April 22, 2020. The training emphasized the U.S. and Japan’s strong commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, while showcasing the variety of aircraft of both militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

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