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Master Sgt. Dave Dell, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band, concludes a Memorial Day ceremony with the playing of “Taps” at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France, May 24, 2015. Approximately 200 U.S. service members and civilians attended the ceremony to pay tribute to fallen comrades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Sheryll Klinkel/Released)
Staff Sergeant Ken Jones from the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band plays taps during a Memorial Day ceremony at St. Mihiel American Cemetery May 24, 2015, in Thiaucourt, France. More than 4,100 U.S. military members from World War I are buried in the cemetery where local community leaders gathered with U.S. Air Forces in Europe servicemembers to honor the fallen to commemorate Memorial Day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tryphena Mayhugh)
Airmen from the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band play the national anthems of France and the United States during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial, in Marnes-la-Coquette, France, May 28, 2017. This Memorial Day is especially signifcant because 2017 marks the centennial of United States’ entry into the First World War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Ben Sowers/Released)
Staff Sgt. Jill Diem, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band vocalist, sings for students of the Kachikau Primary School in Kachikau, Botswana on May 17, 2017. The USAFE “Ambassadors Combo” performance Band partnered with the Botswana Defence Force Band while supporting the 2017 African Air Chiefs Symposium and performed for over five hundred students. The U.S. and Botswana have a strong relationship, and the U.S. military has a long and productive history of working with the Botswana Defence Force. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)

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DYK: Aircraft have lifespans! Like humans, they require check-ups in the form of maintenance inspections to prolong their ability to fly. These "checks" prevent in-flight system failures which ultimately protects aircrew and passengers. Learn more from the 86th Maintenance Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany on what it takes to correct issues so aircraft can stay airborne.
WATCH: United States Air Force pilots talk about the importance of Exercise Saber Strike 18 as they refuel over the Baltic Sea on June 18, 2018. Saber Strike 18 is a long-standing training exercise designed to enhance interoperability between the U.S. and our allies. The training focused on improving land and air operational capabilities between the U.S. and our NATO allies. (U.S. Air National Guard video by: Master Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
Check out some shots from yesterday's All-Star Armed Services Classic Championship softball game in Washington, D.C. This event, part of MLB’s All-Star Week, pays tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Washington Nationals U.S. Army
Air Force and U.S. Army coed softball teams render military honors during the playing of the National Anthem during the All-Star Armed Services Classic Championship softball game, Washington, D.C., July 13, 2018. This event, part of MLB’s All-Star Week, pays tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Washington Nationals
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The United States Air Force is facing a pilot shortage. To help solve the challenge, the Aircrew Crisis Task Force was recently created to provide strategic direction and actionable recommendations to senior leaders on how to solve the aircrew manning crisis. FULL STORY: https://go.usa.gov/xUb3z
Your United States Air Force news: ✓ A B-52 crew assists in a search and rescue operation off the coast of Guam ✓ An Afghan pilot class graduates in the Czech Republic ✓ The Air Force is using innovative approaches to training pilots to make the process faster and more efficient
Now that’s how weathermen work! Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters fly weather reconnaissance missions into Tropical Storm Chris and Tropical Storm Beryl. http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1569944/hurricane-hunters-fly-tropical-storms-beryl-chris/
The F-22 Raptor's combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft. Maintaining these aircraft can involve a bit of a learning curve. Airmen at KadenaAirBase use past technology to help learn how to work with the undefeated Raptor. FULL STORY: http://www.kadena.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1567295/hard-to-raptor-head-around/
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The B-52 Stratofortress has sniper pods that provide improved long-range target detection/identification and continuous stabilize surveillance for all missions, including close air support of ground forces. Air Force Global Strike Command crew members on a B-52 were able to spot a historic Pacific Island style canoe so that the U.S. Coast Guard could rescue the six passengers!
For the past 60 years, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has continually helped us maintain a technological edge against our advarsaries. Together with the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL, a fusion of ideas is leading to newly highlighted innovations.
SOUND ON! Celebrate freedom with the sound of freedom! Happy Independence Day!