Fighting battles at home, abroad.As the Air Force rides out the turbulences that have put it in the spotlight, its Airmen continue to do their duty around the world.
But whether they're serving in the war on terrorism Terrorist acts and the threat of Terrorism have occupied the various law enforcement agencies in the U.S. government for many years. The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, as amended by the usa patriot act overseas or battling Mother Nature at home, Airmen continue to show America they are true professionals.
Still, Gen. Arthur J. Lichte, in a June letter to Air Mobility Command Airmen, said the Air Force has a lot of work to do to return to the "standards of excellence for which we have long been known and respected."
Airmen continue to prove that every day.
At Hurlburt Field, Fla., Airmen even got a bit sentimental, when members of the 20th Special Operations Squadron flew the last five-ship formation of MH-53 Pave Low helicopter over the Gulf of Mexico Noun 1. Gulf of Mexico - an arm of the Atlantic to the south of the United States and to the east of Mexico
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Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean - the 2nd largest ocean; separates North and South America on the west from Europe and Africa on the east . Later this year they'll say adios to their long-time workhorse and welcome a new helicopter.
In Iraq, Airmen kept launching aircraft to support coalition ground forces--but also find time to play soccer with Iraqi children.
Back home, a total force team of Airmen responded to massive flooding in the Midwest and out-of-control wildfires in California.
At the U.S. Air Force Academy, cadets from the Class of 2012 were the first to receive and wear the Airman Battle Uniform The Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) is the new service-distinctive camouflage battledress uniform for the United States Air Force. It is currently in full production and is expected to completely replace the Battle Dress Uniform by Fiscal Year 2011. .
And on a lighter note, the Air Force continued to show Americans--through air shows and other demonstrations--that peace depends on airpower.
The AMC commander said only by Airmen working together will the Air Force recover from its current troubles.
"We can do it, but only if we become better leaders and wingmen ourselves," he said.
FORMING UP. A flight of MH-53 Pave Low helicopters fly in formation over the Gulf of Mexico in June. The helicopters, from the 20th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., were part of three flying the unit's last five-ship formation. The Air Force is retiring the more than 25-year-old war bird later this year..
photo by SENIOR AIRMAN EMILY MOORE
RED ARROW ESCORT. An F-22 Raptor flies in formation with the Royal For Force Acrobatic Team, the Red Arrows, over Hampton Roads, Va., in June. The Red Arrows were at Langley Air Force Base Langley Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 3,195 acres (1,293 hectares), SE Va., N of Hampton; est. 1917 and named for aviation pioneer Samuel P. Langley. to take part in the base air show. Maj. Paul Moga, of the Air Force's F-22 Demonstration Team, flew the Raptor.
photo by STAFF SGT. SAMUEL ROGERS
BLAST OFF. A Delta II rocket takes off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) is the East Coast space launch facility of the United States Department of Defense. Located on Cape Canaveral in the State of Florida, it depends on Patrick Air Force Base, home of the 45th Space Wing. CCAFS is adjacent to the John F. , Fla., in June. The rocket carried NASA's Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope satellite into orbit. The satellite will study gamma ray phenomenon that will allow scientists to answer persistent questions about such things as black-hole systems, pulsars and the origin of cosmic rays. The satellite will also search for signals of new physics.
PATCH JOB. Airman 1st Class Jordan Kelson carries wooden stakes along the Indian Grave levee keeping the Mississippi River from further flooding parts of western Illinois. A total force team of Airmen used the stakes to shore up the levee. The Airman volunteer is from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill.
photo by MASTER SGT. SCOTT THOMPSON
FIRE CALL. Airmen prepare their C-130 Hercules for another firefighting mission from McClellan Airfield, Calif., in July. A total force team of Airmen mobilized to support firefighting efforts throughout the northern part of the Golden State. The transports carry the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, which drops a fire retardant over the fires. The aircraft is from the 145th Airlift Wing, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, N.C.
photo by SENIOR MASTER SGT. HECTOR GARCIA
QUICK SEAL. Senior Airman Anthony J. Dodge wraps a vehicle's hydraulic hose to prevent it from bursting at a base in Southwest Asia in June. The Airman, and other members of the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron, replace hose wrapping often due to the intense wear and tear caused by heat and vibrations. Airman Dodge deployed from MacDill Air Force Base MacDill Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in Hillsborough County, Florida, eight miles south of downtown Tampa at the tip of the Interbay Peninsula. It also has city district status due to the fact that the base is technically within the city limits of Tampa. , Fla.
photo by TECH SGT. JOHNNY L. SALDIVAR
ONE RINGY DINGY. Telephone systems technician Staff Sgt. Maximilian Lopez verifies a dial tone for a customer at Travis Air Force Base Travis Air Force Base (IATA: SUU, ICAO: KSUU) is a United States Air Force air base in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Travis Air Force Base is located within Fairfield, Calif, in the northeast part of town. , Calif., in June. The Airman is with the base's 60th Communications Squadron.
photo by AMANDA LOPEZ
TAKING THE OATH. Cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy's Class of 2012 recite the oath of allegiance on day two of their 38 days of basic cadet training in June. The class was the first to receive the Airman Battle Uniform.
photo by MIKE KAPLAN
SCOOOOOOORE. Chapel assistant Senior Airman Charles Woford stretches in vain to block a shot by an Iraqi boy during a pickup soccer match outside Sather Air Base Sather Air Base or Camp Sather is a United States Air Force base on the west side of Baghdad International Airport. There are about 1,200 Air Force airmen serving at the base as part of the 447th Air Expeditionary Group. , Iraq, in June. The Airman was one of a group of Airmen who delivered donated toys and gifts to the children. The Airman is with the 447th Air Expeditionary Group.
photo by TECH SGT. JEFFREY ALLEN
CITIZENSHIP BOUND. Airman 1st Class Thanh Tran waits at the end of a long line of immigrants waiting to become American citizens during a naturalization naturalization, official act by which a person is made a national of a country other than his or her native one. In some countries naturalized persons do not necessarily become citizens but may merely acquire a new nationality. ceremony at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., in June. Airman Tran was one of almost 1,080 people from 142 countries that became citizens in western Missouri's largest naturalization ceremony. The Airman is with the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnnell Air Force Base, Kan.
photo by AIRMAN 1ST CLASS JESSICA LOCKOSKI
TIGHT SQUEEZE. Crew chiefs "spot" an F-16 Fighting Falcon being pushed into a hardened aircraft shelter A Hardened Aircraft Shelter (HAS), or Protective Aircraft Shelter (PAS), is a structure which houses and protects military aircraft from enemy attack. Cost considerations and building practicalities limit their use to fighter size aircraft. during a major dust storm at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, in May. Protecting combat aircraft from dust damage is key to keep the jets flying and supporting coalition ground forces. The Airmen are with Balad's 332nd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
photo by SENIOR AIRMAN JULIANNE SHOWALTER
HIGH PERCH. Lt. Col. Bryan White and his daughter, Katie, watch as the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, perform aerial acrobatics during the Soaring into Solstice air show at Eielson Air Force Base Eielson Air Force Base (IATA: EIL, ICAO: PAEI, FAA LID: EIL) is located in Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska. It is part of the 'Fairbanks, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area'. As of the 2000 census, the population of the base is 5,400. , Alaska. The colonel is with the 168th Air Refueling Wing.
photo by AIRMAN 1ST CLASS JONATHAN SNYDER