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F-35A Lighting II Flying with Tacoma Mountains on Flank

An F-35A Lightning II from the F-35A Demonstration Team flies over Tacoma, Wash., July 4, 2021. The demonstration team headlined both the Gig Harbor Wings-and-Wheels and the 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 Airman 1st Class Jake Welty)

SecAF Kendall staff meeting with USecAF, CSAF, CSO

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall speaks with Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. Raymond, left, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. and Under Secretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones, during his first staff meeting with the Department of the Air Force’s service chiefs, at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., July 28, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich)

F-22 Raptor flies in Battle Creek Air Show

An F-22 Raptor from the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team performs during the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival in Battle Creek, Mich., July 5, 2021. The demonstration team performed precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Special Operations Forces Medical Element completes training onboard MC-130J

A special operations independent duty medical technician assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron prepares medical equipment as part of an airborne casualty evacuation scenario during exercise Talisman Sabre 21 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia, July 19, 2021. Special operations forces medical element personnel are trained in numerous forms of medical care and trauma response, which they can implement even aboard aircraft flying in austere environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Joshua Thompson)

855th AMXS supports Red Flag 21-3

Airman 1st Class Dylan Guidry, 855th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs preflight inspections on an HH-60G Pave Hawk during exercise Red Flag 21-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 23, 2021. The 855th AMXS provided maintenance support to the 66th Rescue Squadron to ensure mission capabilities during Red Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bailee Darbasie)

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Flacon Aircraft fly Through The Sky

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 121st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron fly over U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility during a mission supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, July 17, 2021. CJTF-OIR enables its partners to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and sets conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Crul)

USAFA March Back

Three cadet group commanders at the U.S. Air Force Academy lead basic trainees back to campus after a week of training at Jacks Valley, Colo., July 17, 2021. Jacks Valley is where the academy’s field training is held. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Armstrong)

USSOUTHCOM Delivers Field Hospital to Suriname

Staff Sgt. Dwayne Baldwin, 701st Airlift Squadron loadmaster, inspects cargo before departing to Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, Suriname, from Joint Base Charleston, S.C., July 16, 2021. The portable field hospital, valued at $745,000, was donated by the U.S. Southern Command to the Suriname Ministry of Health to augment their overwhelmed medical capacity brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn White)

Combat Raider 2021

An F-15 Eagle from the 333rd Fighter Squadron takes off during a Combat Raider exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 20, 2021. Combat Raider is an annual large force training exercise designed to train various aircrews in high-end, realistic scenarios supporting a full range of operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Taylor Solberg)

Flying Jennies train in mountains, valleys of Alaska

Tech. Sgt. Jacob Fountain, and Master Sgt. Gary Bryant, 815th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, hold on after opening the cargo door ramp while the pilots conduct low-level tactical flight training patterns during Arctic SWAT at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 13, 2021. The terrain of the mountains and valleys, along with the colder temperatures, provided a different challenge for the low-level flights, which were an effective tactic in training for hostile environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jessica Kendziorek)

TASR: Shaping the evolution of AFSOC

A black hornet nano unmanned aerial vehicle is displayed during the Air Force Special Operations Command Technology, Acquisition and Sustainment Review at Austere Field #6, Fla., July 21, 2021. AFSOC provides high return-on-investment capabilities across the spectrum of conflict, from competition to war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Miranda Mahoney)

new female body armor

Senior Airman Adrianna Williams and Airman Madalyn Duke, 66th Security Forces Squadron entry controllers, wear the newly released female body armor during training at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., June 29, 2021. The body armor is designed specifically to fit female Airmen during combat and contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lauren Russell)


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.