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345th EBS continues BTF mission

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron sits on the ramp at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, before taking part in a sortie in support of a Bomber Task Force mission, Sept. 18, 2020. The 345th EBS is a Total Force Integration unit comprised of Reserve Airmen of the 489th Bomb Group and active-duty Airmen from the 7th Bomb Wing stationed at Dyess AFB, Texas. The unit operates in the same arrangement at home station, enabling it to respond quickly to the short-notice call for the emergent BTF. The missions highlight the adaptability and flexibility of the U.S. Air Force in responding to potential adversaries anywhere around the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

Team Dover opens new facility for innovation, collaboration

Maj. Gen. Thad Bibb, Eighteenth Air Force commander, uses a virtual reality system during his tour of the new Bedrock facility at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Sept. 23, 2020. The Bedrock facility provides a collaborative environment in which Airmen can explore their creativity and generate intelligent failures that will ultimately lead to success and better answers to future challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

Team Kadena continues to fly

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron takes off for a training mission, Sept. 14, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Kadena AB pilots train daily to ensure readiness and mission effectiveness to support a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Senior Leadership Tour

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett receives a brief on the FalconSAT program during a visit to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 23, 2020. FalconSAT is the Academy's small satellite engineering program. Satellites are designed, built, tested and operated by Academy cadets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Armstrong)

Dyess AFB firefighter training gets heated

Airman Andrew Burr, 7th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, Senior Airman Thomas Drouillard, 445th CES firefighter, and Justin Raymundo, 7th CES firefighter extinguish a fire on an aircraft fire trainer at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 15, 2020. The firefighters tested a new high-pressure fire hose that sprays a mist intended to cool the gas surrounding the flames. Earlier models typically blanket the flames with larger water droplets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

74th Aerial Port Squadron

Airmen assigned to the 74th Aerial Port Squadron hook equipment to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a rigging practice mission at Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Annex, Sept. 9 2020. Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment and Airmen from the 74th APS conduct this type of training for the C/2-149th AV to maintain external sling-load missions used for downrange operations and local emergency situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyler McQuiston)

AFRL repairs next generation composite materials with light

A composite expands under light at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Aug. 31, 2020. Scientists at AFRL and Hanyang University, South Korea, through a joint collaborative sponsorship between the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Research Foundation of Korea, are developing smart structural composites that are robust and photothermally responsive, enabling next-generation composite materials that are repairable with the application of light sources. The polymers can act as robotic grippers or actuators that can be used in many real-world applications and withstand loads 24,000 times their mass. (U.S. Air Force photo by Amber Hubbard)

Team Whiteman honors POW/MIA Recognition Day

Tech. Sgt. Trayvon Mendez, 509th Security Forces Squadron defender, carries a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag while running during a 24-hour POW/MIA Remembrance event at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 17, 2020. The annual event is held on the third Friday in September to honor the more than 80,000 American prisoners of war or missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Parker J. McCauley)

Can you hear me now?

Senior Airman Sara Gutherie, 911th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron instruments and controls technician, adjusts her headset to communicate with maintainers inside the C-17 Globemaster III during an inspection at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pa., Sept. 17, 2020. Maintenance Airmen communicate with each other through headsets while inspecting a variety of aircraft functions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

BTF Europe-Eastern Mediterranean
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A B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., flies over the Mediterranean Sea on a Bomber Task Force Europe mission, Sept. 16, 2020. Bomber Task Force missions familiarize aircrews with conducting operations in various geographic combatant commands’ areas of responsibility to enhance readiness and provide the training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge around the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor)

Dialing in the long shot
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An Air Force pararescueman from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron fires an M107 sniper rifle, Sept. 22, 2020, at an undisclosed location in Djibouti. Special warfare Airmen from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) routinely train across a broad range of weapons systems to ensure they are knowledgeable and capable of identifying, operating and maintaining them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Peter Thompson)

NAS Oceana Air Show 2020 Practice Day
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Maj. Joshua Gunderson, F-22 Demonstration Team pilot and commander, performs an aerial demonstration over the flightline at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Sept. 18, 2020. The demonstration team travels to air shows around the world to showcase the performance and capabilities of the Air Force’s fifth-generation fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine Legate)

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- 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.