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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 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. 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.

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.

--Airman staff

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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

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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 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, 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.

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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

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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

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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, Fla.

photo by TECH SGT. JOHNNY L. SALDIVAR

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ONE RINGY DINGY. Telephone systems technician Staff Sgt. Maximilian Lopez verifies a dial tone for a customer at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., in June. The Airman is with the base's 60th Communications Squadron.

photo by AMANDA LOPEZ

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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

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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, 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

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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 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

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TIGHT SQUEEZE. Crew chiefs "spot" an F-16 Fighting Falcon being pushed into a hardened aircraft shelter 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

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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, Alaska. The colonel is with the 168th Air Refueling Wing.

photo by AIRMAN 1ST CLASS JONATHAN SNYDER
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