From the eastern edge of Europe to the western reaches of the Pacific, and from North America to South Asia, few places were out of reach for the US Air Force during 2017.

Ongoing mission demands around the world for the last two decades has saddled the force with a high operational tempo, straining its airmen on the ground and taxing its undermanned pilot corps.

But they always rise to the occasion.

Below, you can see 25 photos of America's Air Force in 2017: