Demonstrating proven proficiency in a full range of technical tasks, those who ascend to the rank of Captain in the U.S. Air Force are essential to the success of America's homeland defense and global military strategy. Excelling in the application of advanced technology, these talented individuals provide critical hands-on expertise and operations support to carry their assigned missions to completion. Whether conducting important aerospace research as test engineers, serving as pilots or qualified flight crew, or operating as communication and navigation specialists, Air Force Captains play an integral role in the planning and execution of complex missions throughout the world. This coin, struck in a nickel alloy, is dedicated to the courage and skill of all those who have achieved the rank of Captain in the world's most powerful aviation force. The obverse contains a rendering of the insignia worn by all Air Force Captains and is accented with a blue enameled rim. The reverse features the Air Force Seal in full-color enamel. Each coin comes packaged with a detailed header card that describes the mission and history of the U.S. Air Force.