The foundation of America's Air Force, those who achieve the rank of Airman First Class provide critical support to bolster the strength of the world's most advanced aviation force. Dedicated to sustaining America's air superiority, they function as the basic element of every Air Force Command, mastering the core skills necessary to lead American forces to victory. Exhibiting unmatched enthusiasm and tireless dedication to their duties, Airmen First Class serve to strengthen the capacity of the Air Force to engage and defeat America's enemies throughout the world. Preparing aircraft for deployment and supporting the communication and navigation needs of forces engaged in combat, they are vital to the success of U.S. military operations around the globe. This coin is dedicated to the proven commitment and courage of all Airmen First Class, whose steady service helps keep America safe. Minted in bold enamel on the coin's obverse is the Airman First Class rank insignia. The reverse bears the classic crest and shield of the U.S. Air Force. Struck in a copper nickel alloy, this coin's rich antique finish is accented by colorful enamel highlights. Each coin comes packaged with a detailed header card that describes the contributions of Airmen First Class to the successful completion of the U.S. Air Force mission.