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U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Blake Nickells, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated crew chief, waits out a storm while conducting pre-flight inspections on a B-52H Stratofortress at RAF Fairford, U.K., June 6, 2017. Exercises such as BALTOPS enable bomber crews to maintain a high state of readiness and proficiency and validate the bomber’s always-ready global strike capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson)  B-52s conduct bomber missions during BALTOPS 2017
Three B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., began missions in support of Baltic Operations on June 6, 2017.
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A Michigan Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker descends onto Riga International Airport, Latvia, for exercise Saber Strike 17 June 4, 2017. Two KC-135s flying out of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., landed at the airport carrying approximately 50 Airmen to participate in Saber Strike 2017. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh) U.S. Air Force aircraft arrives in Latvia to support exercise Saber Strike 2017
A Michigan Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker descends onto Riga International Airport, Latvia, for exercise Saber Strike 17 June 4, 2017. Two KC-135s flying out of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., landed at the airport carrying approximately 50 Airmen to participate in Saber Strike 2017. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena
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Master Sgt. Jacob Wavrin, right, 459th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, along with Staff Sgt. James Sidler, center, 459th AMXS aircraft mechanic, talk with Polish air force Staff Sgt. Radoslaw Tyc, left, during BALTOPS exercise at Powidz Air Base, Poland, June 5, 2017. BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region. Participating nations include Belgium,
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) Refuelers participate in BALTOPS 2017
Master Sgt. Jacob Wavrin, right, 459th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, along with Staff Sgt. James Sidler, center, 459th AMXS aircraft mechanic, talk with Polish air force Staff Sgt. Radoslaw Tyc, left, during BALTOPS exercise at Powidz Air Base, Poland, June 5, 2017. BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to
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French children release balloons into the air during a D-Day remembrance ceremony at the United States Army Air Forces Transport Memorial in Picauville, France, June 1, 2017. Each balloon has a placard tied to it with the name of a fallen service member who gave their life for the liberation of France. This event commemorates the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, the largest multinational amphibious landing and operational military airdrop in history, and highlights the U.S.' steadfast commitment to European allies and partners. Overall, approximately 400 U.S. service members from units in Europe and the U.S. are participating in ceremonial D-Day 73 events from May 31-June 7, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer) Tribute to the fallen: 73 years and counting
The U.S. Air Force, Army, U.K. representatives, German military, and members of the French government gathered for a D-Day remembrance ceremony at the United States Army Air Forces Transport Memorial in Picauville, France, June 1.Allied forces liberated Picauville 73 years ago following the D-Day landings at Normandy and established a temporary
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Brig. Gen. Csaba Ugrik, commander of 59th Air Base, Brig. Gen. Stephen Markovich, commander of the Ohio Air National Guard, Mr. David Kostelancik, chargé d’ affaires for the U.S. Embassy in Hungary, Gen. Tod Wolters, commander of the United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, Lt. Gen. Zoltan Orosz, PhD., deputy chief of defence for the Hungarian Defence Forces, and Brig. Gen. Albert Sáfár, chief of air forces for the Hungarian Defence Forces attended the Distinguished Visitor Day at the 59th Air Base in Kecskemét, Hungary, on June 2. Approximately 400 military members from the United States, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Czech Republic, including 200 Airmen from the Ohio National Guard, are participating in the largest air-to-air and air-to-ground exercise in Hungary, focused on conducting military-to-military engagements, interoperability and maintaining joint readiness. COMUSAFE Visits Multinational Load Diffuser Exercise in Hungary
General Tod Wolters, commander of United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, visited the Hungarian Defence Force’s 59th Air Base, Hungary, as part of a Distinguished Visitor Day, recognizing the efforts of six regional partners during Exercise Load Diffuser 2017 on Fri., June 2.
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A B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., lands on the runway at RAF Fairford, U.K., June 1, 2017. Bomber missions in the European theatre enable crews to maintain a high state of readiness and proficiency, and validate the Air Force’s always-ready global strike capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) U.S. bomber mission underway in European theatre
– B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and approximately 800 Air Force Global Strike Airmen deployed to RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, to support a number of exercises with joint partners and NATO Allies June 2.“These exercises are an excellent opportunity to display our global strike capability and our ability for sustained
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A 493rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, guides an F-15C Eagle onto the taxiway at Rovaniemi Air Base, Finland, May 26, in support of Arctic Challenge 2017. Through exercises like ACE 17, the U.S., allies and partner nations are able to train together in a realistic environment, working to ensure security, protect global interests and strengthen economic bonds in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Abby L. Finkel) U.S. Airmen strengthen regional partnerships at ACE 17
Flying high above Sweden, Norway and Finland, representatives from 11 nations and NATO trained together to strengthen partnerships and interoperability from May 22 to June 2 at Arctic Challenge 2017.
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Three U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 480th Fighter Squadron fly beside an 185th Air Refueling Wing, Sioux City, Iowa KC-135 Stratotanker over Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 30, 2017. For more than a week the Iowa Air National Guard has been conducting air-to-air refueling training with fighting falcons from the 52nd Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber) 185th ANG provides refueling training to F-16 Fighting Falcons

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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Arwa Cavendar, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, provides a pre-ceremony inspection prior to the Madingley Memorial Day Ceremony May 29, 2017, at Madingley Memorial Cemetery in Cambridge, England. The event included a wreath laying, fly overs and a firing of volleys. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Groening) U.S. Service members honor the fallen during Madingley Memorial Day Ceremony

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Brigadier General Dieter Bareihs, Director of Plans, Programs and Analysis for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, lays a wreath at the St. Mihiel American WWI cemetery in France in honor of Memorial Day, May 28. The cemetery, one of 20 permanent American military cemeteries in Europe, is home to more than 4,150 Americans who lost their lives during WWI. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Allie Stormer.)

Remembering the fallen at St. Mihiel
On Memorial Day we reflect upon the selfless service of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who gave their lives in defense of the nation throughout U.S history.American and French citizens paid their respects to World War I heroes during a remembrance ceremony at the St. Mihiel American Cemetery May 28.Brigadier General Dieter Bareihs, Director
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