A Royal Canadian Air Force CC-150T Polaris strategic airlift and air-to-air refueler conducts refueling operations with Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet fighter jets over the Yukon in Canada, in transit back from Operation Noble Defender in Alaska, on October 15, 2021. Photo: Sgt Jennifer Kusche, 8 Wing Trenton
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Operation Noble Defender

A Royal Canadian Air Force CC-150T Polaris strategic airlift and air-to-air refueler conducts refueling operations with Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet fighter jets over the Yukon in Canada, in transit back from Operation Noble Defender in Alaska, on October 15, 2021. Photo: Sgt Jennifer Kusche, 8 Wing Trenton

U.S. Army Pfc. Blair Kocher, a fire support specialist assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, qualifies with the M17 Modular Handgun System at the combat pistol range on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 15, 2021. U.S. Army Alaska is home to the Army’s only Pacific airborne brigade combat team, and maintains the only airborne rapid-response capacity within the Pacific Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Justin Connaher)
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Spartan Steel Paratroopers switch up Howitzers for Handguns

U.S. Army Pfc. Blair Kocher, a fire support specialist assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, qualifies with the M17 Modular Handgun System at the combat pistol range on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 15, 2021. U.S. Army Alaska is home to the Army’s only [Read More …]

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II flies over Midland, Texas, Sept. 11, 2021. During the performance, Fullam showcased different aerial maneuvers, including simulated gun runs, highlighting the capabilities of the A-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob T. Stephens)
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Midland Airshow 2021

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II flies over Midland, Texas, Sept. 11, 2021. During the performance, Fullam showcased different aerial maneuvers, including simulated gun runs, highlighting the capabilities of the A-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob T. Stephens)

Airman 1st Class Isaiah Tirado, 49th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, hangs upside down during the 49th Wing’s first rappel skills training, Oct. 5, 2021, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Holloman Defenders 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)
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49th Wing Holds First Rappel Skills Training

Airman 1st Class Isaiah Tirado, 49th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, hangs upside down during the 49th Wing’s first rappel skills training, Oct. 5, 2021, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Holloman Defenders 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 [Read More …]

U.S. Air Force Maj. Josh Gunderson, F-22 Demo Team commander, performs the Raptor Slide during the Atlantic City Airshow, Aug. 17, 2021, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. During the Raptor-Slide the aircraft actually slides down and backwards under control before Gunderson adjusts the aircrafts position and powers out of the maneuver. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Don Hudson)
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Atlantic City Airshow

U.S. Air Force Maj. Josh Gunderson, F-22 Demo Team commander, performs the Raptor Slide during the Atlantic City Airshow, Aug. 17, 2021, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. During the Raptor-Slide the aircraft actually slides down and backwards under control before Gunderson adjusts the aircrafts position and powers out of the maneuver. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Don Hudson)

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, conduct a direct-fire mission during Bougainville II at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Oct. 10, 2021. Bougainville II is the second phase of pre-deployment training conducted by the battalion designed to increase combat readiness through complex and realistic live-fire training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brandon Aultman)
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1/12 Conducts Direct-Fire Practice during Bougainville II, PTA 2021

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, conduct a direct-fire mission during Bougainville II at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, Oct. 10, 2021. Bougainville II is the second phase of pre-deployment training conducted by the battalion designed to increase combat readiness through complex and realistic live-fire training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brandon Aultman)

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" perform the high bomb burst during the Wings Over Houston Airshow in Houston, Texas, Oct. 8, 2021. The high bomb burst is performed when four F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets break off in separate directions and a fifth jet flies vertically through that break-off point. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew D. Sarver)
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Thunderbirds take flight for Wings Over Houston Airshow

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” fly six F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets in a delta formation during the Wings Over Houston Airshow in Houston, Texas, Oct. 8, 2021. The Thunderbirds previously performed in Houston in 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew D. Sarver)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II flies over Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 6, 2021. The A-10, assigned to the A-10 Demonstration Team, flew in the Cleveland National Airshow alongside other aerial performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob T. Stephens)
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Cleveland National Airshow 2021

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II flies over Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 5, 2021. The A-10, assigned to the A-10 Demonstration Team, flew in the Cleveland National Airshow alongside other aerial performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob T. Stephens)

Airmen assigned to the 90th Security Forces Squadron participate in Crow Creek Challenge 2021 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, Oct. 1, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Munoz)
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Crow Creek Challenge 2021

Airmen assigned to the 90th Security Forces Squadron participate in Crow Creek Challenge 2021 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, Oct. 1, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Munoz)