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Skies the limit: aircraft refueling keeps the mission going

An F-35A Lightning II and two F-16 Fighting Falcons, assigned to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, fly above the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, July 28, 2021. The aircraft participated in air refueling with an Alaska Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kaylee Dubois)

C-17 carrying passengers out of Afghanistan

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III safely transports approximately 823 Afghan citizens from Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active duty C-17s, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

U.S. Air Force Academy Soaring Program 2021

A U.S. Air Force Academy cadet holds up a glider wing as it takes off at the Academy’s Davis Airfield in Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug. 10, 2021. The aircraft is part of the Academy's sailplane fleet and used to train cadets in soaring operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley)

CSAF Brown receives Tuskegee Airmen red jacket

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. greets Tuskegee Airmen Inc. members after a ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., Aug. 14, 2021. Brown was presented a symbolic red jacket, making him an honorary Tuskegee Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich)

Operation Pacific Iron 21 wraps up at Andersen

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, takes off during Pacific Air Forces’ Dynamic Force Employment operation at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 9, 2021. The operation focused on projecting forces into the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s area of responsibility in support of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, which called on the military to be a more lethal, adaptive and resilient force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger)

U.S. Flag preparation at Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations

Staff Sgt. Brandon Barnard and Tech. Sgt. Latasha Major, both Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations departures specialists, prepare a U.S. flag for a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Aug. 5, 2021. Preparation of the flag consists of ironing out any wrinkles, removing any lint, and clipping strings to ensure an excellent presentation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jason Minto)

Aircraft landing along highway during Northern Strike 21

An A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., prepares to land on a public highway in Alpena, Mich., Aug. 5, 2021. The highway landing was a part of exercise Northern Strike 21-2, a multi-component, multinational exercise hosted by the Michigan National Guard designed to build readiness and enhance interoperability with coalition forces to fight and win. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Scott Thompson)

Red Flag Nellis: Night moves with B-52 crews

An F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron takes off for a night training mission during exercise Red Flag-Nellis 21-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 2, 2021. During the exercise, the 414th Combat Training Squadron works hand-in-hand with the 64th AGRS to create agile problem-solvers capable of correct decision-making under pressure from joint partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

JBER Airmen take home the Prime BEEF

Tech. Sgt. Alisha Derrick, assigned to the 773rd Civil Engineer Squadron, transits a rope obstacle during the Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force program at Camp Mad Bull, Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 4, 2021. Airmen worked in small teams on the multi-station obstacle course to prepare for situations they might encounter while in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher)

Arizona MQ9 supports Northern Strike 21

An Arizona Air National Guard MQ-9 Reaper parks on the flight line at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Mich., as its crew prepares to participate in exercise Northern Strike 21-2, Aug. 5, 2021. Northern Strike is a National Guard Bureau-sponsored exercise bringing together more than 5,100 participants from various states and countries to the National All-Domain Warfighting Center. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jay Grabiec)

TACP RaPDS Training

Tactical Air Control Party specialists at the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron conduct reconnaissance training at Fort Carson, Colo., Aug. 3, 2021. The training provided instruction and preparation for joint all-domain command and control operations, as well as practice for increased reconnaissance and precision deep strike capabilities for the TACP weapon system. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Katie DuBois-Tamesis)


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.