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41st RQS conducts Heritage Flight

An HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to the 41st Rescue Squadron lands during a heritage flight June 15, 2021, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The primary mission of the HH-60G is to conduct day or night personnel recovery operations into hostile environments to recover isolated personnel during war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hayden Legg)

Annual Armed Forces Women’s Rugby Championship 2021

U.S. Air Force and Navy rugby players perform a lineout at the Annual Armed Forces Women’s Rugby Championship in Wilmington, N.C., June 26, 2021. Lineouts are performed when the rugby ball goes out of bounds as a means to restart the game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Barrera)

Air National Guard C-130 drops retardant on the Beckwourth Complex Fire July 9, 2021 near Frenchman Lake in N. California

An Air National Guard C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System 9, out of Reno, Nev., drops retardant on the Beckwourth Complex Fire July 9, 2021, near Frenchman Lake, Cailf. In addition to other resources, three ANG C-130s, two from Nevada and one from California, will assist in battling the fires in Northern California. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Paula Macombe)

Last rotations return from Middle East

A member of the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio, meets his family upon returning to his home station after deployment, July 9, 2021. The 164th Airlift Squadron and 179th Maintenance Group completed their missions flying and maintaining the C-130 Hercules in support of Operation Spartan Shield. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Joe Harwood)

75th EAS Conducts Combat Airlift Mission

Staff Sgt. Tia Gleeson, a Fly-Away Security Team member assigned to the 726th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron, guards a C-130J Super Hercules operated by the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron during a combat airlift mission, June 13, 2021. The 75th EAS supports Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa with medical evacuations, disaster relief, humanitarian and airdrop operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Asselta)

NATO Air Policing operations

Airmen assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, participate in NATO Air Policing operations at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland. NATO Air Policing is a peacetime collective defensive mission that safeguards the integrity of NATO alliance members’ airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Maxwell)

AMC command team visits 317th AW; applauds innovation

Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, command chief with Air Mobility Command, uses virtual reality goggles during a 317th Maintenance Group capabilities briefing at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 8, 2021. Airmen from the 317th MXG demonstrated the group's VR training capabilities and briefed the data gathered to the AMC command team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colin Hollowell)

Stenciling on a commemorative A-10

Paul Grigsby, Air National Guard Paint Facility technician, prepares stenciling on the nose of an A-10 Thunderbolt II while in the paint booth at the ANG Paint Facility in Sioux City, Iowa, June 29, 2021. The aircraft was painted with a non-standard paint scheme to commemorate the Indiana National Guard’s 100th anniversary of aviation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot)

RED FLAG-Alaska Mid-Air Refueling

An F-16 Fighting Falcon maneuvers into a refueling position after an air-combat maneuvering sortie over Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex June 18, 2021, in support of exercise RED FLAG-Alaska 21-2. Approximately 1,500 service members are expected to fly, maintain, and support more than 100 units during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mario Calabro)

U.S. Air Force Academy Basic Cadet Training Class of 2025

A Class of 2025 cadet completes the assault course during Basic Cadet Training at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Jacks Valley in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 13, 2021. The training is a six-week indoctrination program to guide the transformation of new cadets from civilians to military academy cadets prepared to enter a four-year officer commissioning program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley)

F-35 Demonstration Team flies for the Puget Sound

Maj. Kristin Wolfe, F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team pilot and commander, flies over Commencement Bay as part of the 2021 Tacoma Freedom Fair in Tacoma, Wash., July 2, 2021. The demonstration team headlined both the Gig Harbor Wings-and-Wheels and Tacoma Freedom Fair air shows for the Fourth of July weekend, showcasing the advanced capabilities of the F-35 to the Pacific Northwest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Kip Sumner)

21st Airlift Squadron local sortie

Senior Airman Sara Marinelli, 21st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, stands in front of a C-17 Globemaster III, July 6, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The 21st AS conducted a local training mission that enabled qualification currency for seven crew members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)


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.