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A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor banks left causing vapor contrails during an aerial demonstration at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defense Exposition (AVALON) March 3, 2017, in Geelong, Australia. The F-22 is assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and is part of the F-22 Demonstration Team from Joint Base Langley Eustis, Va. AVALON 2017 was an ideal forum to showcase U.S. defense aircraft and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Gordinier)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor banks left causing vapor contrails during an aerial demonstration at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defense Exposition (AVALON) March 3, 2017, in Geelong, Australia. The F-22 is assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and is part of the F-22 Demonstration Team from Joint Base Langley Eustis, Va. AVALON 2017 was an ideal forum to showcase U.S. defense aircraft and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Gordinier)

Senior Airman Montrai Tate, with the 824th Base Defense Force, points to opposing forces during a firefight while participating in exercise Cope North on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, March 2, 2017. The exercise included 31 units and more than 2,700 personnel from three countries and continued the growth of strong, interoperable relationships within the Indo-Asia-Pacific region through integration of airborne and land-based command and control. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Senior Airman Montrai Tate, with the 824th Base Defense Force, points to opposing forces during a firefight while participating in exercise Cope North on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, March 2, 2017. The exercise included 31 units and more than 2,700 personnel from three countries and continued the growth of strong, interoperable relationships within the Indo-Asia-Pacific region through integration of airborne and land-based command and control. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

A 33rd Fighter Wing F-35A Lightning II takes off Feb. 27, 2017, to conduct sorties at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The F-35’s helmet mounted display system is the most advanced system of its kind. All the intelligence and targeting information an F-35 pilot needs to complete the mission is displayed on the helmet’s visor. This provides the pilot with unsurpassed situational awareness, positive target identification and precision strike in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristin Stewart)

A 33rd Fighter Wing F-35A Lightning II takes off Feb. 27, 2017, to conduct sorties at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The F-35’s helmet mounted display system is the most advanced system of its kind. All the intelligence and targeting information an F-35 pilot needs to complete the mission is displayed on the helmet’s visor. This provides the pilot with unsurpassed situational awareness, positive target identification and precision strike in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kristin Stewart)

Pararescuemen and combat rescue officers from the 103rd Rescue Squadron parachute to the ground after jumping from a C-17 Globemaster III during joint training with Human Space Flight Support Detachment 3 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, March 5 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)

Pararescuemen and combat rescue officers from the 103rd Rescue Squadron parachute to the ground after jumping from a C-17 Globemaster III during joint training with Human Space Flight Support Detachment 3 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, March 5 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)

An MC-130J Commando II receives fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker during a training sortie in support of Emerald Warrior 17 March 7, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. The MC-130J is assigned to the 9th Special Operations Squadron and the KC135R is assigned to Ohio Air National Guard’s 121st Air Refueling Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman Ashley Williams)

An MC-130J Commando II receives fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker during a training sortie in support of Emerald Warrior 17 March 7, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. The MC-130J is assigned to the 9th Special Operations Squadron and the KC135R is assigned to Ohio Air National Guard’s 121st Air Refueling Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman Ashley Williams)

Tech. Sgt. Rainier Howard, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs preflight inspection of a C-130J Super Hercules at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Tech. Sgt. Rainier Howard, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs preflight inspection of a C-130J Super Hercules at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds practice March 1, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The Thunderbirds perform numerous demonstrations throughout each year to display Air Force pride and dedication to the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class James Thompson)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds practice March 1, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The Thunderbirds perform numerous demonstrations throughout each year to display Air Force pride and dedication to the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class James Thompson)

Senior Airman Elias Wilson, 22nd Airlift Squadron, offloads cargo with Airmen from the 730th Air Mobility Squadron after arriving to Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 5, 2017. The team worked together to offload nearly 50,000 pounds of various cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Senior Airman Elias Wilson, 22nd Airlift Squadron, offloads cargo with Airmen from the 730th Air Mobility Squadron after arriving to Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 5, 2017. The team worked together to offload nearly 50,000 pounds of various cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

A C-130 Hercules, from Alaska Air National Guard’s 144th Airlift Squadron, flies over Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, March 4, 2017. After 41 years of flying the C-130, the squadron’s eight C-130s were divested, with the planes either being transferred to outside units or retired from service. The unit’s last two aircraft departed Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, the following day. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton)

A C-130 Hercules, from Alaska Air National Guard’s 144th Airlift Squadron, flies over Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, March 4, 2017. After 41 years of flying the C-130, the squadron’s eight C-130s were divested, with the planes either being transferred to outside units or retired from service. The unit’s last two aircraft departed Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, the following day. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton)

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.

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