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Air National Guard F-22 Raptor approaches for a refueling

A Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 Raptor approaches a Wisconsin ANG KC-135 Stratotanker to receive aerial refueling, Dec. 11, 2018, over the Pacific Ocean, near the Hawaiian Islands. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, ANG and other Department of Defense services to provide warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

Super Hercules loadmaster

Royal Australian Air Force SGT Karl Penny, 37th Squadron C-130J Super Hercules loadmaster out of RAAF Base Richmond, Australia, looks out as the parachute for a Low-Cost, Low-Altitude bundle carries humanitarian aid down to the atoll of Kapingamarangi, Federated States of Micronesia, or FSM, during Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 13, 2018. Every December, U.S. Air Force crews from Yokota Air Base, Japan team up with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and RAAF to airdrop supplies to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, FSM, and the Republic of Palau. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

HH-60G Pave Hawk

Air National Guardsmen with the 129th Maintenance Squadron conduct pre-flight inspection on an HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter, Moffett Air National Guard Base, Calif., Dec. 11, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Personnel from the 45th Operations Group simulate astronaut rescue and recovery operations

Personnel from the 45th Operations Group, Detachment 3, simulate astronaut rescue and recovery operations, Dec 12, 2018, off the coast of Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla. As the U.S. prepares to return to human spaceflight, Det. 3 in coordination with NASA and commercial partners, will play a direct role in rescue and recovery of astronauts because they are the only Department of Defense unit responsible for all aspects of human spaceflight recovery including planning of rescue tactics, real-world execution, and overall command and control of the human spaceflight mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

A C-17 Globemaster III

A C-17 Globemaster III, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., releases flares above the Selah Airstrip over Yakima Training Center, Nov. 15, 2018. The aircraft-dispensed flares are used as infrared countermeasures designed to defeat heat-seeking, surface-to-air or air-to-air missiles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh)

C-130J aircrew pushes airdrop bundles

Gen. CQ Brown Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, assists a C-130J aircrew, from the 374th Airlift Wing, as they push airdrop bundles from the rear of the aircraft in support of Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2018. Brown’s visit to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, allowed him to familiarize himself with 36th Wing’s mission and role in promoting peace and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Bumpus)

C-130 Hercules

An Airman watches as a C-130 Hercules aircraft takes off from Creech Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 10, 2018. As one of the most challenging and complex missions of the year, Joint Forcible Entry exercise integrates decisive action while demonstrating crisis response and global mobility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley Stevens)

An F-35A Lightning II

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron awaits permission to taxi as an F-22 Raptor assigned to the 27th FS takes off in the background, Dec. 4, 2018, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Together, F-22s and F-35s successfully flew over 140 sorties and fired 13 missiles to culminate the first post-Hurricane Michael Combat Archer air-to-air exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson)

A metal technician welds

Senior Airman Courtnee Grafton, 380th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron metal technician, welds a piece of metal at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 9, 2018. The 380th EMXS fabrication flight is in charge of identifying and repairing aircraft structural damage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby)

B-52H Stratofortress
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The sun rises behind a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 12, 2018. The B-52 can carry nuclear-capable or precision-guided conventional ordnance more than 8,000 miles without refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)

A C-5 flight engineer
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Master Sgt. Christopher Boots, 22nd Airlift Squadron C-5M Super Galaxy flight engineer, completes pre-flight procedures on a C-5M prior to departing for Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to participate in an aeromedical evacuation proof of concept mission, Dec. 2, 2018, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Active-duty, Reserve and Delaware Air National Guard Airmen worked together during the mission to test the cargo compartment of the C-5M with the goal of establishing the aircraft as part of the universal qualification training program for all aeromedical evacuation crews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joey Swafford)

An Airman holds up a flag at the Las Vegas Bowl opening
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Airman 1st Class Ashley Libby, a 99th Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., raises her arms to keep the American flag off the ground during the 2018 Las Vegas Bowl opening ceremony at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Dec. 15, 2018. The half-ton flag required more than 200 Airmen to carry it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Andrew D. Sarver)

A-10 maintenance crew loads munitions
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Airmen assigned to the 451st Air Expeditionary Group work on loading munitions into the A-10 Warthog, Dec. 17, 2018, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. These Airmen are responsible for inspecting and loading munitions onto aircraft before they fly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rito Smith)

fire trucks spray a C-130H3
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Air Force fire trucks ceremoniously spray a C-130H3 Hercules to land at the 165th Airlift Wing in Savannah, Ga., Dec. 17, 2018, during Maj. Gen. Jesse Simmons final flight. Simmons and members of the Georgia Air National Guard were returning home after supporting the 50th Anniversary of the Argentine Air Force. The Georgia ANG established a state partnership with Argentina in 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amber Williams)

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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