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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rachel Yandon, a radio frequency transmission systems apprentice assigned to the 225th Support Squadron, Washington Air National Guard, wears a face mask like the ones she donated to mission essential personnel of the Western Air Defense Sector May 7, 2020.  Yandon also sewed and donated 150 masks to an Alabama hospital.
A Washington D.C., Air National Guard F-16 Fighting returns from a training mission April 3, 2012, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. The D.C. ANG provides air sovereignty forces to defend the nation's capital, and also provides fighter, airlift and support forces capable of local, national and global employment.
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City flies past the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument during a patrol in Washington D.C., March 16, 2017.
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors, E-3 Sentrys, C-17 Globemaster IIIs, C-130J Herculeses and C-12F Hurons participate in a close formation taxi known as an elephant walk at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 5, 2020. This event displayed the ability of the 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and the 477th Fighter Group to maintain constant readiness throughout COVID-19 by Total Force Integration between active-duty, Guard and Reserve units to continue defending the U.S. homeland and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors, E-3 Sentrys, C-17 Globemaster IIIs, C-130J Herculeses and C-12F Hurons participate in a close formation taxi known as an elephant walk at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 5, 2020. This event displayed the ability of the 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and the 477th Fighter Group to maintain constant readiness throughout COVID-19 by Total Force Integration between active-duty, Guard and Reserve units to continue defending the U.S. homeland and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors fly over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, following a close formation taxi known as an elephant walk, May 5, 2020. This event displayed the ability of the 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and the 477th Fighter Group to maintain constant readiness throughout COVID-19 by Total Force Integration between active-duty, Guard and Reserve units to continue defending the U.S. homeland and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor flies over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, following a close formation taxi known as an elephant walk, May 5, 2020. This event displayed the ability of the 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and the 477th Fighter Group to maintain constant readiness throughout COVID-19 by Total Force Integration between active-duty, Guard and Reserve units to continue defending the U.S. homeland and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor flies over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, following a close formation taxi known as an elephant walk, May 5, 2020. This event displayed the ability of the 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and the 477th Fighter Group to maintain constant readiness throughout COVID-19 by Total Force Integration between active-duty, Guard and Reserve units to continue defending the U.S. homeland and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor takes off while other Raptors taxi to the runway following a close formation taxi known as an elephant walk, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 5, 2020. This event displayed the ability of the 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and the 477th Fighter Group to maintain constant readiness throughout COVID-19 by Total Force Integration between active-duty, Guard and Reserve units to continue defending the U.S. homeland and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.
U.S. Air Force aircraft assigned to the 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and the 477th Fighter Group form an elephant walk at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 5, 2020. The large show-of-force demonstrated the wings’ rapid mobility capabilities and response readiness during COVID-19 and also highlighted the ability to generate combat airpower at a moment’s notice to ensure regional stability throughout the North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and Indo-Pacific.
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor taxis onto the runway prior to an elephant walk, May 5, 2020, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. This event displayed the ability of the 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and the 477th Fighter Group to maintain constant readiness throughout COVID-19 by Total Force Integration between active-duty, Guard and Reserve units to continue defending the U.S. homeland and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors taxi onto the runway prior to an elephant walk, May 5, 2020, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. This event displayed the ability of the 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and the 477th Fighter Group to maintain constant readiness throughout COVID-19 by Total Force Integration between active-duty, Guard and Reserve units to continue defending the U.S. homeland and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III flies over the flightline during an elephant walk, May 5, 2020, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The large show-of-force demonstrated the wings’ rapid mobility capabilities and response readiness during COVID-19 and also highlighted the ability to generate combat airpower at a moment’s notice to ensure regional stability throughout the North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and Indo-Pacific.
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor taxis onto the runway prior to an elephant walk, May 5, 2020, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. This event displayed the ability of the 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and the 477th Fighter Group to maintain constant readiness throughout COVID-19 by Total Force Integration between active-duty, Guard and Reserve units to continue defending the U.S. homeland and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.
U.S. Air Force aircraft assigned to the 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and 477th Fighter Group participate in a close formation taxi, known as an Elephant Walk, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 5, 2020. The large show-of-force demonstrated the wings’ rapid mobility capabilities and response readiness during COVID-19 and also highlighted the ability to generate combat airpower at a moment’s notice to ensure regional stability throughout the North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and Indo-Pacific. Aircraft included F-22 Raptors, C-17 Globemaster IIIs, E-3 Sentrys, C-12F Hurons, C-130J Super Herculeses and HH-60G Pave Hawks.
U.S. Air Force aircraft assigned to the 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and 477th Fighter Group participate in a close formation taxi, known as an Elephant Walk, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 5, 2020. The large show-of-force demonstrated the wings’ rapid mobility capabilities and response readiness during COVID-19 and also highlighted the ability to generate combat airpower at a moment’s notice to ensure regional stability throughout the North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and Indo-Pacific. Aircraft included F-22 Raptors, C-17 Globemaster IIIs, E-3 Sentrys, C-12F Hurons, C-130J Super Herculeses and HH-60G Pave Hawks.
Ms. Julie Kitka, president of the Alaska Federation of Natives shows the Commander’s Public Service Award given her by Lt. Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere, former commander of Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Alaskan Command, and Eleventh Air Force April 16, 2020, at Anchorage, Alaska. The award showcased Kitka’s dedication to the bridging of cultural differences and ceaseless efforts directly supported the Department of Defense’s Arctic Strategy and National Security interests.
The Commander’s Public Service Award, given to civilians who are not employed by the Department of the Air Force and who have either aided in realizing specific achievements, major projects, or assisted in an Air Force unit reach a major milestone is the first military award presented to Ms. Julie Kitka, president of the Alaska Federation of Natives April 16, 2020, at Anchorage, Alaska. Kitka served as an advisor to the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, and Alaskan Command, on behalf of more than one hundred and forty thousand Native people.
A bi-national Canadian and American command, NORAD employs a network of space-based, aerial and ground-based sensors, air-to-air refueling tankers and fighter aircraft, controlled by a sophisticated command and control network to deter, detect and defend against aerial threats that originate outside or within North American airspace.
A bi-national Canadian and American command, NORAD employs a network of space-based, aerial and ground-based sensors, air-to-air refueling tankers and fighter aircraft, controlled by a sophisticated command and control network to deter, detect and defend against aerial threats that originate outside or within North American airspace.