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A KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio refuels an F-15E Strike Eagle with the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina over the southeastern United States August 8, 2018. The aerial refueling was an exercise to keep pilots and crew proficient and mission ready.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A. Emery)

A KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio, refuels an F-15E Strike Eagle with the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. over the southeastern U.S. Aug. 8, 2018. The aerial refueling was an exercise to keep pilots and crew proficient and mission ready. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A. Emery)

An Airman checks behind a simulated military escort for combatants at the Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo at Melrose Air Force Range, N.M., August 8, 2018. A total of 21 Air Force bases from around the world visited MAFR and Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, to participate in the EMT Rodeo, giving the technicians a wide assortment of scenarios to test their knowledge and training in the medical field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gage Adison Daniel)

An Airman checks for combatants behind a simulated military escort at the Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo at Melrose Air Force Range, N.M., Aug. 8, 2018. A total of 21 Air Force bases from around the world visited MAFR and Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., to participate in the EMT Rodeo, giving the technicians a wide assortment of scenarios to test their knowledge and training in the medical field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gage Adison Daniel)

A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pavehawk assigned to the 46th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron sits on the flight line as aircrew members pre flight the aircraft before a mission at an undisclosed location, Iraq, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Aug. 8, 2018. The 46th ERQS provides combat search and rescue capabilities across the region in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. In conjunction with partner forces, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve defeats ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and sets conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Keith James)

A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pavehawk assigned to the 46th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron sits on the flight line as aircrew members pre flight the aircraft before a mission at an undisclosed location in Iraq, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Aug. 8, 2018. The 46th ERQS provides combat search and rescue capabilities across the region in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. In conjunction with partner forces, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve defeats ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and sets conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Keith James)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Randall Miller, left, and Tech Sgt. Richard Thomas, both assigned to the 927th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla., participate in the set up of the En-route Patient Staging System during exercise Patriot Warrior at Fort McCoy, Wis., Aug. 10, 2018. Patriot Warrior is Air Force Reserve Command’s premier exercise, providing an opportunity for Reserve Airmen to train with joint and international partners in airlift, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Amy Picard)

Staff Sgt. Randall Miller, left, and Tech Sgt. Richard Thomas, both assigned to the 927th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., set up the En-route Patient Staging System during exercise Patriot Warrior at Fort McCoy, Wis., Aug. 10, 2018. Patriot Warrior is Air Force Reserve Command’s premier exercise, providing an opportunity for Reserve Airmen to train with joint and international partners in airlift, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Amy Picard)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon descends away from a KC-135 Stratotanker after receiving fuel to continue its mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq, Aug. 11, 2018. In conjunction with partner forces, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve defeats ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and sets conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon descends away from a KC-135 Stratotanker after receiving fuel to continue its mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq, Aug. 11, 2018. In conjunction with partner forces, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve defeats ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria, and sets conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor)

U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, jump from an Illinois Air National Guard C-130 Hercules while conducting airborne training at Malemute Drop Zone, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 9, 2018. The Soldiers of 4/25 belong to the only American airborne brigade in the Pacific and are trained to execute airborne maneuvers in extreme cold weather and high altitude environments in support of combat, partnership and disaster relief operations. Airmen from the 169th Airlift Squadron out of Peoria Air National Guard Base, Peoria, Ill., operated the C-130 Hercules. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, jump from an Illinois Air National Guard C-130 Hercules while conducting airborne training at Malemute Drop Zone, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 9, 2018. The Soldiers of 4/25 belong to the only American airborne brigade in the Pacific and are trained to execute airborne maneuvers in extreme cold weather and high altitude environments in support of combat, partnership and disaster relief operations. Airmen from the 169th Airlift Squadron out of Peoria Air National Guard Base, Peoria, Ill., operated the C-130. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman James Bridge, 77th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew team member, left center, and Staff Sgt. Samuel Ortiz, 77th AMU load crew team lead, remove a CCG laser guided seeker from a GBU-10 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Aug. 9, 2018. Load crew teams are required to perform training on loading and unloading all munitions from Shaw’s F-16CM Fighting Falcons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

Senior Airman James Bridge, 77th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew team member, left center, and Staff Sgt. Samuel Ortiz, 77th AMU load crew team lead, remove a CCG laser guided seeker from a GBU-10 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Aug. 9, 2018. Load crew teams are required to perform training on loading and unloading all munitions from Shaw AFB’s F-16CM Fighting Falcons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman James Bridge, 77th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew team member, operates a bomb loader at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Aug. 9, 2018. The bomb loader is utilized by load crew members to help transport munitions that Airmen may not be able to transport by hand. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

Senior Airman James Bridge, 77th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew team member, operates a bomb loader at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Aug. 9, 2018. The bomb loader is utilized by load crew members to help transport munitions that Airmen may not be able to transport by hand. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor from the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., receives fuel from a U.S Air Force Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, above Norway, Aug. 15, 2018. The F-22s practiced refueling and trained with Royal Norwegian air force F-35A Lightning II aircraft during a forward deployment to Orland Air Base, Norway. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

An F-22 Raptor from the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., prepares to receive fuel from a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, above Norway, Aug. 15, 2018. The F-22s practiced refueling and trained with Royal Norwegian air force F-35A Lightning II aircraft during a forward deployment to Orland Air Base, Norway. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

A C-17 Globemaster III with the 437th Airlift Wing, South Carolina flies through the clouds over southeastern United States August 10, 2018. The C-17 was had just finished being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A. Emery)
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A C-17 Globemaster III with the 437th Airlift Wing, South Carolina, flies through the clouds over the southeastern U.S. Aug. 10, 2018. The C-17 had just finished being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany A. Emery)

U.S. Army Spc. Dominic Mondragon, a UH-60 helicopter repairer with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, Colorado Army National Guard, attaches a sling load to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter while training with members of the Royal Jordanian Army during Northern Strike 18 in Alpena, Mich., Aug. 11, 2018. Northern Strike 18 is a National Guard Bureau-sponsored joint-force exercise that unites U.S. Department of Defense and multinational coalition service members to exercise proficiency in mission command, air, sea and ground maneuver integration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)
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U.S. Army Spc. Dominic Mondragon, a UH-60 helicopter repairer with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, Colorado Army National Guard, attaches a sling load to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter while training with members of the Royal Jordanian Army during Northern Strike 18 in Alpena, Mich., Aug. 11, 2018. Northern Strike 18 is a National Guard Bureau-sponsored joint-force exercise that unites U.S. Department of Defense and multinational coalition service members to exercise proficiency in mission command, air, sea and ground maneuver integration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

Aerospace medical technicians from the U.S. Air Force Reserve 927th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., participate in Tactical Combat Casualty Care training during Exercise Patriot Warrior 2018 at Fort McCoy, WI, August 15, 2018. Patriot Warrior is Air Force Reserve Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for Reserve Airmen to train with joint and international partners in airlift, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas A. Priest)
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Aerospace medical technicians from the 927th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., participate in Tactical Combat Casualty Care training during Exercise Patriot Warrior 2018 at Fort McCoy, Wis., Aug. 15, 2018. Patriot Warrior is Air Force Reserve Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for Reserve Airmen to train with joint and international partners in airlift, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas A. Priest)

Airmen from the Washington Air National Guard fight the Sheep Creek fire Aug. 6, 2018, near Northport, Wash. Washington Army and Air National Guardsmen made up 102 of the 350 personnel assigned to fight the Sheep Creek fire. (Washington Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Tim Chacon)
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Airmen from the Washington Air National Guard fight the Sheep Creek fire Aug. 6, 2018, near Northport, Wash. Washington Army and Air National Guardsmen made up 102 of the 350 personnel assigned to fight the Sheep Creek fire. (Washington Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Tim Chacon)

Senior Airman Jose Perez, 2nd Security Forces Squadron emergency services team member, clears an area during a hijacking exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., August 14, 2018. Air Force and DoD instructions direct annual exercises to keep units mission ready. These exercises range from hijackings to active shooters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)
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Senior Airman Jose Perez, 2nd Security Forces Squadron emergency services team member, clears an area during a hijacking exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 14, 2018. Air Force and Defense Department instructions direct annual exercises to keep units mission ready. These exercises range from hijackings to active shooters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa B. Corrick)

Airman 1st Class Jared King, 23d Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel system maintenance apprentice, interns as a firefighter during the “A Day In A Life” program, Aug. 10, 2018 at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The program challenges participating civil engineers to go behind-the-scenes to perform multiple jobs to better understand their fellow Airmen and better develop operational leaders. The firefighters from the 23d CES train daily through their multifaceted capabilities in fire prevention to ensure they are proficient in their duties to keep Moody safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)
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Airman 1st Class Jared King, 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel system maintenance apprentice, interns as a firefighter during the “A Day In A Life” program, Aug. 10, 2018 at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The program challenges participating civil engineers to go behind the scenes to perform multiple jobs to better understand their fellow Airmen and better develop operational leaders. The firefighters from the 23rd CES train daily through their multifaceted capabilities in fire prevention to ensure they are proficient in their duties to keep Moody AFB safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

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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