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F-35 Dazzles Reno

Maj. Kristin Wolfe, F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team commander, performs an aerial maneuver during the Reno Air Races in Reno, Nev., Sept. 19, 2021. The demonstration team is based out of Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicolas Myers)

Air Force 74th Birthday

Senior Airman Alexis Hill, the youngest Airman present, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass and Gen. John E. Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, cut the cake during the Air Force’s 74th birthday celebration at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Sept. 17, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich)

144th Fighter Wing Welcomes F-117s to Train with F-15s

An F-117 Nighthawk lands at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Calif., after conducting a training mission with the local Air National Guard unit Sept. 15, 2021. Two F-117 pilots were participating in dissimilar air combat training missions with F-15 pilots from the 144th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Jason Sanchez)

3rd Wing hosts Immersion Tour

Airmen assigned to the 3rd Munitions Squadron demonstrate their bomb-building capabilities during a 3rd Wing immersion tour at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 31, 2021. Airmen from the 3rd MUNS primarily build bombs for F-22 Raptors but work with 11 different bombs and variants, allowing them to maintain their lethality while deployed or on temporary duty assignments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Patrick Sullivan)

NEANG participates in multi-national exercise Ample Strike 2021

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing is refueled by a U.S. Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker from the 155th Air Refueling Wing Sept. 15, 2021, during exercise Ample Strike 2021, near Pardubice Airport, Czech Republic. Ample Strike is a Czech Republic-led, multinational live exercise that offers advanced air and land integration training to joint terminal attack controllers in coordination with MQ-9 Reaper and F-15E. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander D. Schriner)

CSAF Brown Accelerate Change to Empowered Airmen Speech

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. answers questions after delivering his “Accelerate Change to Empowered Airmen” speech during the 2021 Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 20, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich)

Team Whiteman supports Bomber Task Force Europe deployment to Iceland

Three B-2 Spirits taxi into place following their first Bomber Task Force Europe deployment to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, Aug. 31, 2021. Operating out of the Arctic region allows the world’s only stealth bomber fleet to be ready for any mission, anywhere in the world at any time. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John E. Hillier)

15th Airlift Squadron Executes Night Proficiency Mission

Capt. Brandon Jacobs, 15th Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III pilot, flies a nighttime proficiency mission near Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Sept. 16, 2021. The aircrew performed low-level, assault landings, and touch-and-go maneuvers in South Carolina to sharpen the crew’s mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Asselta)

Osprey flight around the United Arab Emirates

A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 8th Expeditionary Special Operations Squadron takes part in a photo chase mission around Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 16, 2021. The mission of the CV-22 is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall speaks at the AFA's 2021 Air, Space & Cyber Conference

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall speaks at the 2021 Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 20, 2021. The three-day conference is a professional development forum that offers the opportunity for Department of Defense personnel to participate in forums, speeches, seminars and workshops with defense industry professionals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

435 CRG, going dark

U.S. Air Force Airmen and Polish special forces members exercise aircraft ground support at an abandoned runway near Biala Podlaska, Poland, during an Aviation Detachment Rotation 21-4, Sept. 15, 2021. The rotations are bilateral training exercises and deployments designed to enhance partner interoperability, maintain joint readiness and support regional allies. U.S. aircraft and Airmen have participated in these rotations since 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Edgar Grimaldo)

Nomads of the 33rd

Senior Airman Leonard Jacob, 33rd Maintenance Squadron low obersaverables aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, conducts media blasting operations Sept. 13, 2021, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Media blasting operations remove paint and corrosion, allowing the nondestructive inspection shop to inspect the part for damage before it is recoated and painted. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Heather LeVeille)


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.