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31 FW command chief gets hands-on experience with metals tech

Senior Airman Joshuah Fonteno, 31st Maintenance Squadron metals technician journeyman, welds two pieces of metal together at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Aug. 30, 2021. Metal technicians are responsible for welding and cutting raw material into usable forms to help repair and fabricate aircraft parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

Alaska Air National Guard’s 211th Rescue Squadron hones aerial capabilities at JBER

An Alaska Air National Guard HC-130J Combat King II operated by aircrew from the 211th Rescue Squadron, 176th Wing, takes off from an unpaved field landing strip at Malemute Drop Zone, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 18, 2021. The training prepared the guardsmen to operate in austere locations with unfinished or shorter runways. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

103rd Security Forces competes in 2021 Connecticut SWAT Challenge

Staff Sgt. Chad Jarvis, 103rd Security Forces Squadron, carries a medicine ball through a tunnel while being sprayed with water during the Connecticut SWAT Challenge physical training in West Hartford, Conn., Aug. 19, 2021. The competition brings together tactical operators from across the nation to train SWAT weapons tactics, movements and physical fitness. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Tucker)

B-2 Spirit conducts low approach over RAF Fairford

A B-2 Spirit assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing flies over RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, Aug. 25, 2021. The B-2 flyover was part of a Bomber Task Force mission in which aircraft conduct theater and flight training across Europe and Africa. Strategic bomber missions enable crews to maintain a high state of readiness and proficiency, and validate an always-ready global strike capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eugene Oliver)

Demonstration shows innovative capabilities of robotic dog

Airmen from 75th Security Forces Squadron observe a demonstration of a Quad-legged Unmanned Ground Vehicle, also known as a robot dog, Aug. 24, 2021, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The Q-UGV enhances security by increasing security forces’ ability to patrol and monitor the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

94th FS Airmen keep their jets mission ready during RF-A 21-3

An F-22 Raptor assigned Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. sits on the flight line during exercise Red Flag-Alaska 21-3 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 24, 2021. Red Flag-Alaska 21-3 is designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat environment including a series of commander-directed field training exercises providing joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Colvin)

Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

A U.S. Airman with the Joint Task Force-Crisis Response high-fives a child after helping reunite their family at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Davis Harris)

38 RQS trains to support SpaceX, Boeing

Tech. Sgt. Michael Galindo, 38th Rescue Squadron pararescueman Blue Team section chief, climbs into a boat after conducting a water jump from an HC-130J Combat King II aircraft into the Banana River near Patrick Space Force Base, Fla., Aug. 24, 2021. The training was designed to prepare pararescuemen for supporting the SpaceX human spaceflight program and Boeing’s spaceflight program. The team practiced dropping combat rubber raiding craft from the HC-130J, jumping in after it and assembling the CRRC upon landing in the water. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

Two U.S. Marine Attack Squadron 211 F-35B Lightning IIs and two U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagles assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron, fly over United Kingdom aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth over the west Indo-Pacific region

Two U.S. Marine Attack Squadron 211 F-35B Lightning IIs and two U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagles assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron, fly over United Kingdom aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth over the west Indo-Pacific region, Aug. 24, 2021. Kadena Air Base participated in Large Scale Global Exercise 21, which allows the U.S. to train with allies and partners to improve shared understanding, trust, and interoperability on security challenges impacting all nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force visits Yokota

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass gives a speech during an enlisted all-call at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 25, 2021. During the brief, Bass spoke about various topics including projected changes to physical training standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

501st CSW Airmen fortify skills at ATSO Rodeo

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Kyle Mullen, 423rd Communications Squadron superintendent, adjusts his gas mask during training at RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom, Aug. 27, 2021. The training was designed to reinforce Airmen’s ability to properly utilize their mission-oriented positive posture, or MOPP, gear in a potential chemical environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eugene Oliver)

Red Flag-Nellis 21-3 Operations

An F-16C Falcon fighter jet assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron, taxis prior to a Red Flag-Nellis 21-3 mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 4, 2021. Aggressor pilots are highly skilled in U.S. and adversary tactics. They provide realism to U.S. and allied forces during training exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)


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.