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Airlift Squadron loadmasters

Airman 1st Class Matthew Pfeffer, left, and Staff Sgt. Brian Gates, right, both 36th Airlift Squadron loadmasters out of Yokota Air Base, Japan, standby as the crew of a C-130J Super Hercules conducts a practice drop in preparation for Operation Christmas Drop 2018 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 6, 2018. Each year, OCD serves as a proving ground for the techniques used and shared between the U.S. Air Force and its regional partners in preparation to respond to natural disasters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

KC-135 Stratotanker refuels a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon

A 28th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker refuels a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Nov. 29, 2018. The F-16 is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft that has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James Cason)

aerial damage assessment following an earthquake showing a broken roadway

176th Wing members performed an aerial damage assessment in a C-130J "Combat King II" Nov. 30, 2018, over Southcentral, Alaska, following the earthquake that hit the Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Valley areas. In a matter of hours, members of the Alaska Air National Guard's Maintenance and Operation groups turned a planned community engagement into an aerial survey of earthquake damage, reporting findings to the State of Alaska's Joint Operations Center. (U.S. Air National Guard courtesy photo)

Security Forces Squadron patrolman guards a B-52

Airman 1st Class Chanelle Juhasz, 2nd Security Forces Squadron patrolman, guards a B-52 Stratofortress during Global Thunder 19 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 4, 2018. Global Thunder is a U.S. Strategic Command exercise designed to provide training opportunities to test and validate command, control and operational procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Honorary Col. Quinn Cogan sits in the cockpit of an A-10

Honorary Col. Quinn Cogan sits in the cockpit of an A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft Dec. 3, 2018, in the 5-bay hangar on Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Cogan was given a tour of the facility and made a fighter pilot for a day in conjunction with Sporting Kansas City's Victory Project. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bob Jennings)

Service members of the joint forces honor guard provide military honors during the departure of former President George H. W. Bush

Service members of the joint forces honor guard provide military honors during the departure of former President George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, from Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Texas Dec. 3, 2018. Nearly 4,000 military and civilian personnel from across all branches of the U.S. armed forces, including Reserve and National Guard components, provided ceremonial support. (Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez)

Mariana Murphy performs a layout step

U.S. Air Force Academy Senior Mariana Murphy performs a layout step out on the balance beam during the Blue Silver Meet Dec. 1, 2018 at the Academy's West Gym. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bill Evans)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing takes off from Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Dec. 3, 2018. The F-16 is a high-performance weapons system that has flown thousands of sorties in support of operations across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles McNamara)

Service members of the joint forces honor guard

Service members of the joint forces honor guard provide military honors during the arrival of former President George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, from Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Texas Dec. 5, 2018. Nearly 4,000 military and civilian personnel from across all branches of the U.S. armed forces, including Reserve and National Guard components, provided ceremonial support. (Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez)

Jump Training
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The 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron at Bagram Airfield Afghanistan performed jump training Dec. 2, 2018. These Airmen train during the week to ensure when they are called to do their job every member of the team can perform at their peak. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rito Smith)

A KC-135 Stratotanker
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A KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft with the 151st Air Refueling Wing prepares to refuel an HC-130J Combat King II with the 79th Recuse Squadron after a medevac mission over the Pacific Ocean Dec. 1, 2018. After a seven and a half hour flight, the HC-130 needed fuel to reach its destination of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Frankie D. Moore)

Deicing a C-17
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Airmen with the 732nd Aircraft Mobility Squadron deices a C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 1, 2018. JB Elmendorf-Richardson’s mission operations continue following a 7.2 earthquake hit to Anchorage, Alaska, on Nov. 30, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caitlin Russell)

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The 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron at Bagram Airfield Afghanistan performed jump training Dec. 2, 2018. These Airmen train during the week to ensure when they are called to do their job every member of the team can perform at their peak. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rito Smith)

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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