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The F-22A Raptor is a fifth-generation fighter with fourth-generation stealth technology, radical maneuvering capabilities, and the ability to fly at supersonic speed without afterburners.

It is the most dominant and advanced air superiority fighter in the world.

Space is a warfighting domain - not by our choosing, but because our potential adversaries have made it so.

The #Airmen of Peterson AFB: 21st Space Wing have that watch and are ready to defend our nation. They stand as guardians of freedom and justice, our nation’s sword and shield, its sentry and avenger.

Today I had the most fun I've ever had in my seven years with the Air Force. Earlier I was given the chance to accompany the marines in their V-22 osprey on a mission to deliver aid to those trapped high in the mountains far from the coast. As soon as we landed at any spot the response was overwhelming. I got more hugs, high fives, peace signs, thumbs up, and kisses from elderly ladies than I ever have before. The people were ecstatic to see us and we were happy to take pictures, talk, share a laugh, and empty the aircraft of supplies working together quickly. I can't really convey how moving it was. I was able to see the impact we're making. It's a long road ahead for the people of Puerto Rico but their attitudes seem defiant. From what I saw not even a hurricane as large as Maria was enough to crush the spirit of the people here. I feel privileged to be able to help.

Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 2017 - SrA David Anderson

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#CourageAlert: On the night of April 20, 2016, Staff Sgt. Bradley Little spotted a semi truck and three pickup trucks racing towards his compound in Agadez, Niger, where his Close Precision Engagement (CPE) team was deployed to protect convoy operations. He positioned his forces on the
compound and prepared to meet the threat.

Through his night vision goggles, he observed that each of the vehicles had several passengers. The vehicles approached the camp to within 500 meters of the perimeter and
separated into different directions as they increased speed. The semi truck proceeded east and halted 50 meters outside of the perimeter fence, while the remaining trucks drove toward
the compound’s sole Entry Control Point.

Little directed each CPE team, as well as on-scene forces, to establish a perimeter and move the most capable weapons to a position where they could block aggressors from reaching
the compound. He and his team of sharpshooters identified six or more passengers in each of the pickup trucks and then proceeded to assign targets.

With the vehicles approaching, Little instructed all responding forces to activate their visible laser aiming devices mounted on their weapon system as the final effort to halt the vehicles.
Upon seeing the lasers, the approaching trucks immediately halted, reversed course, and retreated 1,000 meters from the base for a span of twenty minutes before departing back
into the local village closest to the base.

Little’s leadership prevented the vehicles from threatening a perimeter that was not capable of stopping a racing vehicle. His decision to employ visible lasers prior to firing upon the vehicles showed his courage, foresight, and ability to think clearly while under pressure.

His actions enabled deployed Security Forces to initiate the region’s first outside-the-wire patrols, dominate a 25 kilometer Base Security Zone, and eventually extend the unmanned
aerial reconnaissance support to fight against regional terrorists organizations. For his intrepid leadership on that night, Little was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal.

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The 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. supported the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of the Echostar 105/SES-11 communications satellite from Space Launch Complex 39A at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Kennedy Space Center Oct. 11, 2017, at 6:53 p.m. EDT. (Courtesy photo by SpaceX)

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Have you ever seen anything as beautiful as this kind of #AirPower?

An A-10 Thunderbolt II shoots a flare off after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Oct. 6, 2017. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius, and short takeoff and landing capabilities, permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

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Happy 242nd birthday to the U.S. Navy!

We are proud to serve alongside our Nation's Sailors here at home and around the globe, and we send our very best to the entire U.S. Navy on this very special occasion. On behalf of our 660,000 active, guard, reserve and civilian Airmen, happy birthday! #242NavyBday

If you wanted to stir up something might we suggest a C-17; clearly it has the power to kick up a ton of dirt.

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Train as you fight to save lives!

#Airmen helped fulfill a Federal Aviation Administration requirement by participating in the Triennial National Disaster Medical Systems Exercise. The exercise brought together 100 volunteers from 25 agencies as they responded to a mock aircraft incident scenario. Read the full story http://www.145aw.ang.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1339028/train-as-you-fight-to-save-lives/

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#AirpowerAlert: The C-130 has a few very distinguishable physical features that make it stand out; most notable are its propellers that give it a 4,700-horsepower!

Whiteman Air Force Base's 509th Bomb Wing is one of just two #USAF units that operate the B-2 bomber. Can you name the other unit?

“On Oct. 1, 2017, at 10:08 p.m., I was asleep in my bed like every Sunday before that," said Maj. Charles Chesnut, a general surgeon assigned to the 99th Medical Group, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. "About an hour and a half later, I was awakened by the Air Combat Command emergency notification system: ‘Avoid downtown Las Vegas – active shooter on the strip.’”

Chesnut, along with three general and three resident surgeons assigned to the 99 MDG, responded to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada to help treat patients injured during the largest single shooter massacre in modern U.S. history.

#CourageAlert: As the Mosul offensive commenced, Staff Sgt. Christopher Lewis and the U.S. Navy SEAL Team in which he was embedded were tasked to advise, assist, and accompany Kurdish Peshmerga forces in order to clear two villages held by heavily entrenched ISIS fighters.

On Oct. 20, 2016, Lewis and his team escorted the partner force into enemy-held territory where they were quickly ambushed from three locations and engaged in a ten-hour firefight. As his team attempted to break contact with the enemy, the automated .50 caliber turret system on Lewis’ vehicle became disabled.

In the midst of withering grenade, mortar, and small arms fire, Lewis systematically engaged the enemy in multiple locations from the open turret. He held this vulnerable position for
hours despite direct enemy fire impacting within inches of him.

While the fight raged all around him, Lewis directed F-15Es and B-52s to conduct airstrikes within 400 meters of his team, eliminating enemy defensive fighting positions and fighters
moving toward their position. After successfully engaging multiple targets and suppressing enemy fire, Lewis identified, engaged, and destroyed an enemy vehicle-borne improvised
explosive device barreling toward his team at high speed - exploding within 100 meters of the convoy.

Moving out of the line of fire to recover, the convoy was ambushed again by enemy fire from a concealed tunnel entrance only 100 meters away. They maneuvered away from the attack as Lewis prepared to direct an airstrike on the building. During the movement, the team in the lead vehicle identified an improvised explosive device (IED) ahead and halted the convoy.

As the convoy backed away, another IED detonated, triggering seven subsequent explosions that rocked the team and mortally wounded one U.S. service member. Without hesitation,
Lewis leapt out of the turret and ran across the top of the truck to assist the wounded.

Lewis controlled the casualty evacuation on the radio while simultaneously providing medical care to his teammates. While he moved his severely wounded teammate and established a
hasty helicopter landing zone, he also worked with aircraft to assess and eliminate a second vehicle-borne threat before it reached his team.

Over the course of the hours-long firefight, Lewis engaged the enemy at close range on three occasions within 100 meters and directed four precise airstrikes, which provided his team
crucial air coverage and eliminated more than 20 enemy forces. He has been recommended for the Silver Star Medal for his actions.

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Ready for…..wait for it…..DUTY! We see what you did there 15th Wing

#AirpowerAlert: Much like the offensive coordinator of a football team, our Air Battle Managers are responsible for putting the right assets into place against our opponents. By using both airborne surveillance and electronic warfare to assist in controlling the outcome of air combat, ABMs are a huge asset to our combatant commanders.

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“To be the man, you gotta beat the man.” - Ric Flair

With 20 Commander in Chief's trophies there is no doubt Air Force Falcons football has been "The Man" for a long, long time.

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Our Elephant Walks are always an amazing site! Though they take a lot of effort and coordination, it’s the great men and women we call #Airmen who make it look so easy. Here, the Airmen of Misawa Air Base give a little bit of a behind-the-scenes look.

This C-5 Super Galaxy just returned from a humanitarian mission in #PuertoRico where it dropped off 4 U.S.Army Pave Hawk helicopters, 4 pallets of search and rescue equipment, 1 ATV and 39 search and rescue passengers.

The B-1 carries the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. Dyess Air Force Base B-1s recently deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam to take over Continuous Bomber Presence operations.

“Data is going to be the coin of the realm of the future. And he who knows how to control the data, exploit the data the fastest, is going to win.”

– Morley Stone, Chief technology Officer, Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL

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American Forces team up with the New Zealand Defense Force for Exercise Southern Katipo 2017.… t.co/cZ5btaISvx

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When life throws its punches he fights back. Read how boxing helped this #Airman find his inner #peace.… t.co/5LoNMDOn6a

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.@PACAF participates in the largest airshow in Northeast Asia held at #SeoulADEX2017 t.co/GjaFT30XY0 t.co/yVStMJUN3U

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#Airmen who create innovative new processes drive our success! #F16 t.co/TbPHHIlwsk t.co/Ts5XevUCOl

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