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/ Published July 06, 2018

Senior Airman Jarred Uzeta, 9th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, commands his MWD Vvladimir to jump through an obstacle June 27, 2018, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. MWDs are trained to detect either bombs or drugs and play a key role in base security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan D. Viglianco)

The sun sets behind an Australian F-35A Lighting II at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., June 27, 2018. The first Australian F-35 arrived at Luke AFB in December, 2014. Currently, six Australian F-35's are assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron where their pilots train alongside U.S. Air Force pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham)

Lt. Col. Ronald Short, an optometrist with the California Air National Guard’s 163rd Attack Wing, tests optometry equipment for a health-care clinic at Lee County High School in Beattyville, Ky., June 14, 2018. The clinic is one of four staffed by military health-care professionals in Eastern Kentucky from June 15 to June 24 as part of an Innovative Readiness Training mission called Operation Bobcat. The mission provides military forces with crucial expeditionary training while offering no-cost medical, dental and optometry care to area residents. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

Senior Airman Tim Johnson and Senior Airman Hunter Mitchell, both 179th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group aerospace propulsion specialists, , evaluate an engine of the C-130H Hercules while it is running June 26, 2018, in Mansfield, Ohio. The diagnostic test requires the engine to be running for the Airman to properly identify the cause of this particular issue and is also known by aircraft mechanics as "man on the stand." (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Paul Stennett)

A thunderstorm collapses and causes air and dust to move through the atmosphere and transform into a sand storm at Nigerien Air Base 201, Niger, June 24, 2018. Air Base 201 was hit by four sandstorms throughout the last two weeks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Jamison)

An F-22 Raptor piloted by a member of the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team performs aerial maneuvers during the Arctic Thunder Open House at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 30, 2018. This biennial event is one of the largest in the state and one of the premier aerial demonstrations in the world. The event featured multiple performers and ground acts to include the JB Elmendorf-Richardson joint forces, U.S. Air Force F-22 and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstrations teams, June 30-July 1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Anthony Cooper, a pavements and equipment journeyman with the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, digs a trench to unclog a storm drain during routine maintenance at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 12, 2018. Air Commandos assigned to the 1st SOCES keep storm drains clear by inspecting, re-excavating and removing or replacing soil and filtered sand to facilitate the draining of sediments to protect the intercoastal waterway. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Spain)

A C-17 Globemaster III with the 176th Wing takes off during the Arctic Thunder Open House Special Needs and Department of Defense Family Day at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 29, 2018. During the biennial open house, the base opens its gates to the public and hosts multiple performers including the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, JB Elmendorf-Richardson Joint Forces Demonstration and the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

The High Frontier Honor Guard performs during the 50th Network Operations Group change of command ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., June 29, 2018. During the ceremony, Col. Hewett Wells assumed command of the group from outgoing commander, Col. W. Scott Angerman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dennis Rogers)

Fireworks explode behind a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft assigned to the 15th Wing during Celebrate America, July 3, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Celebrate America is an annual event that provides military members and their families the opportunity to enjoy games, food and bands before culminating in a fireworks display over the Yokota AB airfield to celebrate Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Air Force Master Sgt. Cecil Dickerson, 249th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, left, and an Army jumpmaster with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, recover paratrooper static lines on a C-17 Globemaster III during the Arctic Thunder Open House Special Needs and Department of Defense Family Day at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 29, 2018. During the biennial open house, the base opens its gates to the public and hosts multiple performers including the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, JB Elmendorf-Richardson Joint Forces Demonstration and the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valerie Halbert)

F-15E Strike Eagles with the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., form up behind a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, June 15, 2018. The Stratotanker had just finished refueling the Strike Eagles. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A. Emery)

F-35A Lightning II test aircraft assigned to the 31st Test Evaluation Squadron from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., released AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9X missiles at QF-16 targets during a live-fire test over an Air Force range in the Gulf of Mexico on June 12, 2018. The Joint Operational Test Team conducted the missions as part of Block 3F Initial Operational Test and Evaluation.

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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.

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& 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& 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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