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Armed Forces Day: a tribute to those who serve

Airman 1st Class Karen, 432nd Maintenance Squadron munitions flight crew members, inspects a GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb during a build March 1, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Airman 1st Class Karen, 432nd Maintenance Squadron munitions flight crew members, inspects a GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb during a build March 1, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Capt. Wade, 99th Dental Squadron dentist inspects a patient’s teeth April 13, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday, Armed Forces Day, for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Capt. Wade, 99th Dental Squadron dentist inspects a patient’s teeth April 13, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday, Armed Forces Day, for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Senior Airman Tylor, 432nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment AGE journeyman, turns a wrench on a hydraulic pump May 11, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single Armed Forces Day holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty/Released)

Senior Airman Tylor, 432nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment AGE journeyman, turns a wrench on a hydraulic pump May 11, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single Armed Forces Day holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty/Released)

Senior Airman Tylor, 432nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment journeyman, checks hydraulics on a bomb lift May 11, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force observances.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty/Released)

Senior Airman Tylor, 432nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment journeyman, checks hydraulics on a bomb lift May 11, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force observances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty/Released)

Staff Sgt. John, 799th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler and MWD Toby take a break after successfully detecting contraband during a training exercise May 11, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Staff Sgt. John, 799th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler and MWD Toby take a break after successfully detecting contraband during a training exercise May 11, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Master Sgt. Andrew 799th Security Forces Squadron first sergeant places Senior Airman Blake 799th SFS member a chokehold during a combatives class Feb. 19, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday, Armed Forces Day, for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty/Released)

Master Sgt. Andrew 799th Security Forces Squadron first sergeant places Senior Airman Blake 799th SFS member a chokehold during a combatives class Feb. 19, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday, Armed Forces Day, for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty/Released)

Airman 1st Class Karen, 432nd Maintenance Squadron munitions flight crew member, observes a munitions movement March 1, 2016 at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of a single day of recognition to replacing separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force observances.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristan Campbell/Released)

Airman 1st Class Karen, 432nd Maintenance Squadron munitions flight crew member, observes a munitions movement March 1, 2016 at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of a single day of recognition to replacing separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force observances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristan Campbell/Released)

Airman Troy, left, and Staff Sgt. Marshall, both 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics specialists, train on removing a control box, May 11, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Airman Troy, left, and Staff Sgt. Marshall, both 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics specialists, train on removing a control box, May 11, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Senior Airman Kimberly, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Creech Ceremonial Team member holds a flag on Feb, 26. 2016. Armed Forces Day is the single day of recognition stemmed from the unification of all military services or military branches under the Department of Defense.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty/released).

Senior Airman Kimberly, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Creech Ceremonial Team member holds a flag on Feb, 26. 2016. Armed Forces Day is the single day of recognition stemmed from the unification of all military services or military branches under the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty/released).

Tech. Sgt. William, 432nd Wing sensor operator, left, and Capt. Amanda, 432nd Wing pilot fly a MQ-9 simulator training mission May 10, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish Armed Forces Day a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)
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Tech. Sgt. William, 432nd Wing sensor operator, left, and Capt. Amanda, 432nd Wing pilot fly a MQ-9 simulator training mission May 10, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish Armed Forces Day a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Airman 1st Class Tiffany, 99th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician examines a training dummy’s wounds April 13, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of a single day of recognition replacing separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force observances. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)
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Airman 1st Class Tiffany, 99th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician examines a training dummy’s wounds April 13, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of a single day of recognition replacing separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force observances. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Military Working Dog Toby looks for his handler May 10, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)
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Military Working Dog Toby looks for his handler May 10, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

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