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AF Week in Photos

Senior Airman Alexis Hill, left, 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)

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)

Honoring with Dignity and Aloha

Members of the Hawaii Air National Guard’s Honor Guard, Tech. Sgt. Darrell Bactad, Capt. Kalani Guillermo, and Master Sgt. Russell Mesinas display various ceremonial military honors during sunrise at Foster's Point, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 12, 2021. The mission of the HIANG Honor Guard is to represent the Airmen of the Hawaii ANG to the public and the world while performing a variety of ceremonies with dignity and aloha. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mysti Bicoy)

Hill AFB hosts weapons evaluation

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., takes off at Hill AFB, Utah, Aug. 25, 2021. The squadron was participating in a Weapons System Evaluation Program, known as Combat Hammer and Combat Archer, which tests and validates the performance of crews, pilots and their technology while deploying precision-guided munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Two B-52s conduct BTF mission in Indo-Pacific

A B-52H Stratofortress aircrew member assigned to the 20th Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., conducts checks before returning to base after a Bomber Task Force mission over the Indo-Pacific region, Sept. 9, 2021. The U.S. Air Force is engaged, postured and ready with credible force to assure, deter and defend in an increasingly complex security environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin M. Rumbaugh)

B-2 Spirit conducts low approach over RAF Fairford

A B-2 Spirit assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing flies overhead at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, Aug. 25, 2021. The flyover was part of a Bomber Task Force mission in which aircraft conduct theater and flight training across Europe and Africa. The BTF missions, which have been occurring since 2018, provide theater familiarization for aircrew members and opportunities for U.S. integration with NATO allies and regional partners. The bomber missions enhance readiness and provide the training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge around the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eugene Oliver)

38 RQS trains to support SpaceX, Boeing

Air Force pararescuemen assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron jump from an HC-130J Combat King II aircraft into the Banana River near Patrick Space Force Base, Fla., Aug. 24, 2021. The 38th RQS Blue performed static-line jumps, high-altitude low-opening jumps and equipment drops into water to prepare for potential operations supporting the SpaceX Human Spaceflight program and Boeing’s spaceflight program, as well as other immediate response force operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

F-22 Demo Team at Thunder Over New Hampshire Air Show

Maj. Joshua Gunderson, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander, performs at the Thunder Over New Hampshire Air Show at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., Sept. 11, 2021. The mission of the demonstration team is to showcase the unmatched maneuverability of the Air Force's fifth generation air dominance stealth fighter, highlight the history of the Air Force's service through heritage formation flights and interact with local communities through outreach events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Tucker)

Airmen remember 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with 20K

Airmen assigned to the 192nd Wing, Virginia Air National Guard, participate in a combined running and ruck-march event in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Sept. 11, 2021. Each member completed a combined distance of 20 kilometers of running or marching in teams of two to four, or the full 20K individually. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Myhr)

POW/MIA remembrance retreat ceremony

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Maj. Gen. Takahiro Kubota salute in honor of prisoners of war and missing in action personnel during the POW and MIA remembrance retreat ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 3, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

Exercise Rock Klescman 2021
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U.S. Army paratroopers conduct an airborne operation from a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules during exercise Rock Klescman at the Cerklje Drop Zone in Slovenia, Sept. 8, 2021. (U.S. Army photo by Paolo Bovo)

39th Airlift Squadron conducts training sortie during RED FLAG-Alaska
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Capt. Logan Collier and 1st Lt. Emily Nole, 39th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules pilots fly a C-130J as Staff Sgt. Nolan Brandt (center), a 39th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules instructor loadmaster, looks on during an exercise Red Flag-Alaska 21-3 sortie over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Alaska, Aug. 26, 2021. RF-A 21-3 is a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Patrick Sullivan)

Thunderbirds Finish Cleveland National Air Show with Style
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The Thunderbirds, the Air Force's flight demonstration squadron, perform during the Cleveland National Air Show in Cleveland, Sept. 6, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicolas Myers)

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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.