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AF Week in Photos

U.S. Air Force Academy Cadets 3rd Class Shawn Weathersby (left) and James Barney, both falconers at the academy falconry program, prepare to release their falcons Oct. 12, 2017, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. Nine cadets make up the academy’s falconry team, with four chosen each year to replace the graduating seniors. New cadet falconers begin training in January under upperclassman. Their daily duties include maintaining equipment in the facility, cleaning the mews, feeding the falcons, checking each bird’s health and weight and training them.

U.S. Air Force Academy Cadets 3rd Class Shawn Weathersby (left) and James Barney, both falconers at the academy falconry program, prepare to release their falcons Oct. 12, 2017, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. Nine cadets make up the academy’s falconry team, with four chosen each year to replace the graduating seniors. New cadet falconers begin training in January under upperclassman. Their daily duties include maintaining equipment in the facility, cleaning the mews, feeding the falcons, checking each bird’s health and weight and training them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Cupit)

A 48th Fighter Wing Airman embraces a family member at RAF Lakenheath, England, after returning from a deployment Oct. 11, 2017. F-15E Strike Eagles and Airmen from the 492nd Fighter Squadron and supporting units across the 48th Fighter Wing returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

A 48th Fighter Wing Airman embraces a family member at RAF Lakenheath, England, after returning from a deployment Oct. 11, 2017. F-15E Strike Eagles and Airmen from the 492nd Fighter Squadron and supporting units across the 48th Fighter Wing returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

Members of the 821st Contingency Response Group help to offload line trucks from a Ukrainian Anatov 124-100m cargo transporter onto the tarmac of Jose Aponte De La Toore Airport in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Oct. 11, 2017. The line trucks will be used to help repair the electrical grid in Puerto Rico that was destroyed after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

Members of the 821st Contingency Response Group help to offload line trucks from a Ukrainian Anatov 124-100m cargo transporter onto the tarmac of Jose Aponte De La Toore Airport in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Oct. 11, 2017. The line trucks will be used to help repair the electrical grid in Puerto Rico that was destroyed after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. David J. Murphy)

An F-22 Raptor pilot assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., conducts a preflight check at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 13, 2017. This F-22 flying training deployment is an example of how the U.S. is engaged, postured, and ready with credible force to assure, deter, and defend in an increasingly complex security environment.

An F-22 Raptor pilot assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., conducts a preflight check at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 13, 2017. This F-22 flying training deployment is an example of how the U.S. is engaged, postured, and ready with credible force to assure, deter, and defend in an increasingly complex security environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Staff Sgt. Victor Mancaruso, 85th Engineering Installation Squadron vehicle operator, secures a cargo container for a deployment to aid Puerto Rico at the 85th EIS Vehicle Operations building on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s land mobile radio communications infrastructure for first responders are in dire need of repair and the 85th EIS were requested by name to help get it back up and running.

Staff Sgt. Victor Mancaruso, 85th Engineering Installation Squadron vehicle operator, secures a cargo container for a deployment to aid Puerto Rico at the 85th EIS Vehicle Operations building on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s land mobile radio communications infrastructure for first responders are in dire need of repair and the 85th EIS were requested by name to help get it back up and running. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Travis Beihl)

Capt. Jon, a U-2 Dragon Lady pilot lands on the runway during his final flight with the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 12, 2017. The U-2 brings versatile high altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve.

Capt. Jon, a U-2 Dragon Lady pilot lands on the runway during his final flight with the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 12, 2017. The U-2 brings versatile high altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Robert Jones, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, extracts Karsten Kurtze, 52nd CES Spangdahlem fire and emergency services, during a simulated vehicle accident on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 19, 2017. Airmen from the 52nd CES and 52nd Medical Operations Support Squadron train together to practice and execute skills needed for real world scenarios.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Robert Jones, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, extracts Karsten Kurtze, 52nd CES Spangdahlem fire and emergency services, during a simulated vehicle accident on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 19, 2017. Airmen from the 52nd CES and 52nd Medical Operations Support Squadron train together to practice and execute skills needed for real world scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

Cadet Raymone Jackson, demonstration team member for the Wings of Blue, walks back after another successful jump Oct. 12, 2017, at Peterson Air Force  Base, Colo. Jackson was enlisted for three years before coming to the Air Force Academy and joining the Wings of Blue.

Cadet Raymone Jackson, demonstration team member for the Wings of Blue, walks back after another successful jump Oct. 12, 2017, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Jackson was enlisted for three years before coming to the Air Force Academy and joining the Wings of Blue. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James Kennedy)

Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, pins the Air Force Cross on Staff Sgt. Richard Hunter, a Special Tactics Airman with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, during a combined medal ceremony Oct. 17, 2017, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The SECAF awarded ten Air Force Special Operations Command Air Commandos valorous medals, including the Air Force Cross, for their combined efforts during a fierce firefight in a village near Kunduz Province, Afghanistan on Nov. 2, 2016. Hunter, a combat controller, was awarded the Air Force Cross and nine aircrew members on Spooky 43, an AC-130U Gunship with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, received Distinguished Flying Crosses and Air Medals with valor. Their actions on the ground, and in the air, were credited with saving more than 50 lives and eliminating 27 enemy forces.

Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, pins the Air Force Cross on Staff Sgt. Richard Hunter, a Special Tactics Airman with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, during a combined medal ceremony Oct. 17, 2017, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The SECAF awarded ten Air Force Special Operations Command Air Commandos valorous medals, including the Air Force Cross, for their combined efforts during a fierce firefight in a village near Kunduz Province, Afghanistan on Nov. 2, 2016. Hunter, a combat controller, was awarded the Air Force Cross and nine aircrew members on Spooky 43, an AC-130U Gunship with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, received Distinguished Flying Crosses and Air Medals with valor. Their actions on the ground, and in the air, were credited with saving more than 50 lives and eliminating 27 enemy forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Mitchell, 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III loadmaster, extends a chain during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Oct. 15, 2017, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to bases throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The aircraft can be outfitted to perform tactical airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation as missions require.
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Staff Sgt. Joshua Mitchell, 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III loadmaster, extends a chain during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Oct. 15, 2017, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to bases throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The aircraft can be outfitted to perform tactical airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation as missions require. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security delivers food and water to isolated Puerto Rico residents after their bridge was destroyed by Hurricane Maria in the mountains around Utuado, Puerto Rico, Oct. 12, 2017. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and its federal partners continue 24-hour operations to conduct missions in support of those affected by Hurricane Maria.
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security delivers food and water to isolated Puerto Rico residents after their bridge was destroyed by Hurricane Maria in the mountains around Utuado, Puerto Rico, Oct. 12, 2017. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and its federal partners continue 24-hour operations to conduct missions in support of those affected by Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts)

A 492nd Fighter Squadron member greets his wife after returning from a deployment, Oct. 4., 2017, at RAF Lakenheath, England. F-15E Strike Eagles and Airmen from the 492nd Fighter Squadron and supporting units across the 48th Fighter Wing returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.
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A 492nd Fighter Squadron member greets his wife after returning from a deployment, Oct. 4., 2017, at RAF Lakenheath, England. F-15E Strike Eagles and Airmen from the 492nd Fighter Squadron and supporting units across the 48th Fighter Wing returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) -- This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.