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F-22 high-speed pass

Maj. Josh Gunderson, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team pilot and commander, performs a high-speed pass during the Wings Over Houston Airshow at Ellington Airport in Houston, Oct. 10, 2021. The high-speed pass reaches speeds up to 94-percent of the speed of sound, which is only a fraction of the aircraft's speed capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Don Hudson)

Exercise Bushwhacker 21-07

Airmen set up barbed wire fencing during Exercise Bushwhacker 21-07 on Sunglow City at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 4, 2021. Bushwhacker allowed Airmen to execute and test agile combat employment processes and timelines to pack up, load and reestablish wing facilities and command and control structures at newly established locations. (U.S. Air Force by Staff Sgt. Kristine Legate)

Night burn

A 115th Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off from Truax Field, Wis., Oct. 11, 2021, for the unit's deployment to the Middle East. The 115th FW and its active associate, the 378th Fighter Squadron, deployed approximately 300 Airmen and a handful of F-16s to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, to provide agile combat air support for U.S. Central Command operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Cameron Lewis)

Elmendorf-Richardson mission profile exercise

An Alaska Air National Guard combat rescue officer, assigned to the 212th Rescue Squadron, 176th Wing, communicates with an assault element while engaging opposition forces during a complete mission profile exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 13, 2021. The busiest rescue force in the Department of Defense, the 212th RQS provides elite pararescuemen and combat rescue officers uniquely skilled in integrating air and ground capabilities to carry out the 176th Wing’s wartime and peacetime personnel recovery missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

Globemaster sunrise

The sun rises over a C-17 Globemaster III on the flight line at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., Oct. 5, 2021. The C-17 is capable of rapid, strategic delivery of troops and cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The aircraft can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Carlton Creary)

Laying it on the line

Andrew DeCarlo, a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet, deflects the puck to teammates giving him an assist to Clayton Cosentino's first-period goal during a game against the University of Denver at the Academy’s Cadet Ice Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 15, 2021. Denver defeated Air Force 4-1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley)

In-air refueling mission over Tinker Air Force Base

Three F-15C Eagles and an F-15EX Eagle II fly behind a KC-135 Stratotanker during an in-air refueling mission over Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., Oct. 15, 2021. In-air refueling allows fighter aircraft to stay airborne for extended periods without having to land to refuel. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Mary Begy)

Bomber battle

Senior Airman Rosa Valencia, 8th Maintenance Squadron munitions technician, builds a GBU-38 bomb during the Third Quarter Load Crew Competition at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 16, 2021. Munitions technicians had the opportunity to compete against each other in a bomb-building competition, testing their knowledge, speed and accuracy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jesenia Landaverde)

Final flight

An HH-60G Pave Hawk A6212, assigned to the 56th Rescue Squadron, sits on the runway after refueling at an airport in Croatia during its final flight before retirement, Sept. 23, 2021. The A6212 is scheduled to be stripped of required components then mounted for display in front of the 56th Operations Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder)

SFS Airmen and firefighters learned rappel skills

Staff Sgt. Steven Chaney, 49th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, scales down the side of a building during the 49th Wing’s first rappel skills training at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 5, 2021. SFS Airmen and firefighters learned rappel skills to use for rapid building entry and exit in hostile situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Sanchez-Chen)

Live-fire training

Firefighters assigned to the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron carry a water hose during live-fire training at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Sept. 23, 2021. In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the firefighters hosted a day for 8th Fighter Wing company-grade officers to learn more about the firefighters’ day-to-day mission. On top of raising awareness for fire safety, the officers also learned every section’s functionality from admin and training to emergency control center operations and extinguishing an aircraft live fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mya M. Crosby)

Exercise Coyote Dicer

Airmen assigned to the 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group Mission Sustainment Team 1 and the 33rd Special Operations Squadron, fire at a simulated enemy during exercise Coyote Dicer at Melrose Air Force Range, N.M., Oct. 7, 2021. During the exercise, MST members augmented members of the 33rd SOS for ground and air operations. Coyote Dicer is a biannual event that provides ground-air integration training for specialized airpower components at Cannon Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Candin Muniz)


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.