U.S. Air Force's Mission: Decide If You're Ready

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An F-15E Strike Eagle.
An F-15E Strike Eagle flies over Iraq May 5, 2018. (Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force)

The Air Force follows these three core values:

  • Integrity
  • Service Before Self
  • Excellence in All We Do

But what exactly does the Air Force do? Do they just fly planes all day long and laugh at everyone below?

No!

The Air Force focuses on flying, but only a small fraction of personnel actually fly. Most airmen and airwomen work on flight support missions, handling base affairs, protecting bases, constructing new airstrips, guarding missile sites, even doing rescues.

Here is a quick list of missions that might be handled by the Air Force:

  • Transporting cargo from base to base for any of the branches
  • Bombing runs
  • Close Air Support (CAS) for on-the-ground missions
  • Jet fighter patrols to protect airports, strategic locations, etc.
  • Airborne mapping & monitoring of targets
  • Maintenance of aerospace systems and planes
  • Base / embassy / airport / other security
  • Constructing a new base
  • In-flight refueling
  • Special rescue missions behind enemy lines
  • Medical service in impoverished areas
  • Food & supplies distribution around the world

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