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An A-10 Thunderbolt II with the 442nd Fighter Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., completes close-air support training with members of the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron and Estonian tactical air control party specialists at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range, Salina, Kan., Dec. 13, 2017. Members of the 146th ASOS organized the training between the 442nd FW and Estonia TACP. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Woodward)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II with the 442nd Fighter Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., completes close-air support training with members of the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron and Estonian tactical air control party specialists at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range, Salina, Kan., Dec. 13, 2017. Members of the 146th ASOS organized the training between the 442nd FW and Estonia TACP. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Woodward)

First Lt. Quinn Van Drew, C-130J Super Hercules first pilot, assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, pilots his aircraft during Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 15, 2017, above the Pacific Ocean near Guam. Operation Christmas Drop enhances humanitarian assistance and disaster relief crisis response capabilities by allowing aircrews from the U.S. Air Force, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (Koku Jieitai) and Royal Australian Air Force, to maintain and develop combat readiness through sustainable aircraft generation and training for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

First Lt. Quinn Van Drew, C-130J Super Hercules first pilot, assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, pilots his aircraft during Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 15, 2017, above the Pacific Ocean near Guam. Operation Christmas Drop enhances humanitarian assistance and disaster relief crisis response capabilities by allowing aircrews from the U.S. Air Force, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (Koku Jieitai) and Royal Australian Air Force, to maintain and develop combat readiness through sustainable aircraft generation and training for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon goes through a maintenance check during a hot pit session, Dec. 14, 2017, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The 96th Test Wing recently established the quarterly hot pit refueling capability, enabling aircrew to fly more sorties and maintainers more time to work on the aircraft. Although hot pitting is new for the test wing, it is a common occurrence for operational wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon goes through a maintenance check during a hot pit session, Dec. 14, 2017, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The 96th Test Wing recently established the quarterly hot pit refueling capability, enabling aircrew to fly more sorties and maintainers more time to work on the aircraft. Although hot pitting is new for the test wing, it is a common occurrence for operational wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Airmen from the 820th Base Defense Group low crawl through an obstacle during an Army Air Assault School readiness assessment, Dec. 7, 2017, at Camp Blanding, Fla. The AAA readiness assessment is designed to prepare Airmen for the course curriculum as well as its physical and mental stressors. During AAA, service members are taught an array of skills associated with rotary-winged aircraft, which improves the 820th BDG’s ability to swiftly deploy and defend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Snider)

Airmen from the 820th Base Defense Group low crawl through an obstacle during an Army Air Assault School readiness assessment, Dec. 7, 2017, at Camp Blanding, Fla. The AAA readiness assessment is designed to prepare Airmen for the course curriculum as well as its physical and mental stressors. During AAA, service members are taught an array of skills associated with rotary-winged aircraft, which improves the 820th BDG’s ability to swiftly deploy and defend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Snider)

A SpaceX “flight proven” first stage booster successfully lands on Landing Zone 1, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Dec. 15, 2017. The 45th Space Wing supported SpaceX’s successful launch of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Mission 13 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. (Courtesy photo by SpaceX)

A SpaceX “flight proven” first stage booster successfully lands on Landing Zone 1, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Dec. 15, 2017. The 45th Space Wing supported SpaceX’s successful launch of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Mission 13 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. (Courtesy photo by SpaceX)

Senior Airman Travis Bauerschmidt, 723rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft hydraulics systems journeyman, loosens a screw on the tail rotor of an HH-60G Pave Hawk, Dec. 15, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Members from the 723rd AMXS and 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron participated in the training to improve readiness and practice using  operational skillsets. The 723rd AMXS performed maintenance on helicopters and the 23rd CES conducted rescue operations including extinguishing a mock fire within an HH-60G Pave Hawk. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eugene Oliver)

Senior Airman Travis Bauerschmidt, 723rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft hydraulics systems journeyman, loosens a screw on the tail rotor of an HH-60G Pave Hawk, Dec. 15, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Members from the 723rd AMXS and 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron participated in the training to improve readiness and practice using operational skillsets. The 723rd AMXS performed maintenance on helicopters and the 23rd CES conducted rescue operations including extinguishing a mock fire within an HH-60G Pave Hawk. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eugene Oliver)

Airman Bonifacio Garcia, 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, and Airmen from Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases, hold up a 100-yard flag during rehearsal for the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl in Sam Boyd Stadium, Dec. 16, 2017 in Las Vegas. Approximately 150 Airmen volunteered to hold the flag for the pre-game ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum)

Airman Bonifacio Garcia, 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, and Airmen from Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases, hold up a 100-yard flag during rehearsal for the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl in Sam Boyd Stadium, Dec. 16, 2017 in Las Vegas. Approximately 150 Airmen volunteered to hold the flag for the pre-game ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum)

Soldiers jump from an Air Force C-130 Hercules at the Juliet drop zone during training, Dec. 12, 2017, in Pordenone, Italy. The Soldiers are paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, the Army’s contingency response force in Europe. (U.S. Army photo by Paolo Bovo)

Soldiers jump from an Air Force C-130 Hercules at the Juliet drop zone during training, Dec. 12, 2017, in Pordenone, Italy. The Soldiers are paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, the Army’s contingency response force in Europe. (U.S. Army photo by Paolo Bovo)

An Airman assigned to the 14th Weapons Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., stands outside a CV-22 Osprey before a night mission during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School advanced integration course at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 10, 2017. The CV-22 is a tiltrotor aircraft that possesses vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum)

An Airman assigned to the 14th Weapons Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., stands outside a CV-22 Osprey before a night mission during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School advanced integration course at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 10, 2017. The CV-22 is a tiltrotor aircraft that possesses vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum)

Staff Sgt. Richard Murkin, 823rd Base Defense Squadron fire team member, fires a .50 caliber M2 machine gun during a heavy weapons qualification, Dec. 13, 2017, at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Fla. Airmen train with the M2 to maintain their proficiency and remain familiar with the weapon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Staff Sgt. Richard Murkin, 823rd Base Defense Squadron fire team member, fires a .50 caliber M2 machine gun during a heavy weapons qualification, Dec. 13, 2017, at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Fla. Airmen train with the M2 to maintain their proficiency and remain familiar with the weapon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

A pilot assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron prepares an F-35A Lighting II for flight at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 1, 2017. Pilots perform a series of aircraft tests before every flight, with help from a crew chief, to ensure the aircraft is functioning properly and safe to fly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham)
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A pilot assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron prepares an F-35A Lighting II for flight at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 1, 2017. Pilots perform a series of aircraft tests before every flight, with help from a crew chief, to ensure the aircraft is functioning properly and safe to fly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham)

Loadmasters assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla., stand on the ramp of an MC-130H Combat Talon II during Coyote Freedom 401, Dec. 12, 2017, at the Nevada Test and Training Range, near Las Vegas. The team landed on the NTTR and established a forward arming and refueling point under the cover of darkness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)
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Loadmasters assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla., stand on the ramp of an MC-130H Combat Talon II during Coyote Freedom 401, Dec. 12, 2017, at the Nevada Test and Training Range, near Las Vegas. The team landed on the NTTR and established a forward arming and refueling point under the cover of darkness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

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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