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Col. Mark Auer, 121st Air Refueling Wing commander, hugs his wife, Nancy, after his final flight

Col. Mark Auer, 121st Air Refueling Wing commander, hugs his wife, Nancy, after his final flight, or fini-flight, Jan. 3, 2019, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. Auer, whose flying career spanned more than 31 years and included flying F-111 Aardvarks in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, is relinquishing command of the 121st ARW Jan. 6, 2019, and taking a position with the Ohio National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson)

A B-2 Spirit

A B-2 Spirit deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., conducts aerial refueling near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during an interoperability training mission Jan. 15, 2019. The aircraft flew in support of a U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission. USSTRATCOM bomber forces regularly conduct combined theater security cooperation engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating the U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)

Honor guard members demonstrate a flag-folding ceremony

Senior Airman Daniele Belovarac, 3rd Airlift Squadron loadmaster and Honor Guard flight leader and Senior Airman Ben Newsome, 436th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance, demonstrate a flag-folding ceremony Jan. 15, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

Heavy rocket launch

Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-6, Jan. 19, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

Air Force special operations force medical element works with Royal Danish Air Force medical personnel to treat patients aboard a C-146 Dornier aircraft

A U.S. Air Force special operations force medical element works with Royal Danish Air Force medical personnel to treat patients aboard a C-146 Dornier aircraft at Hurlburt Field, Fla., during flight operations for casualty evacuation and critical care training as part of exercise Emerald Warrior 19, Jan. 17, 2019. Emerald Warrior provides annual realistic and relevant pre-deployment training encompassing multiple joint operating areas to prepare special operations forces, conventional force enablers, partner nations and interagency elements to integrate with and execute full-spectrum special operations in a complex and uncertain irregular warfare security environment using all aspects of live, virtual and constructive training assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

An Apache AH-64 helicopter

An Apache AH-64 helicopter fires rounds during a close air support training mission during the Southern Strike Training Exercise at Camp Shelby, Miss., Jan. 18, 2019. Southern Strike 19 is a total force, multi-service training exercise hosted by the Mississippi Air National Guard’s Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Miss., and Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center near Hattiesburg, Miss., Jan. 15 - 30, 2019. The exercise emphasizes air-to-air, air-to-ground and special operations forces training opportunities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kiara N. Spann)

Airmen participate in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day remembrance march

Airmen assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing participate in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day remembrance march at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 18, 2019. Martin Luther King Jr. has been celebrated the third Monday in January as a federal holiday since 1986. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Caleb Worpel)

U.S. Air Force Academy basketball team

Kaelin Immel, U.S. Air Force Academy basketball team guard, looks for an open teammate for an inbounds play during the Mountain West Conference contest at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 19, 2019. Air Force defeated Nevada 79-74 in overtime. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bill Evans)

January’s “Super Blood Wolf Moon”

January’s “Super Blood Wolf Moon” full moon slides into Earth's shadow during a total lunar eclipse, Jan. 20, 2019 at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The eclipse coincides with a supermoon, a full moon that occurs when the natural satellite is at or near its closest point to Earth during its elliptical orbit. Supermoons appear slightly bigger and brighter in the sky than "normal" full moons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Heide Couch)

An F-35A Lightning II
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An F-35A Lightning II taxis down the flightline before a quarterly load crew competition at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 10, 2019. Six different aircraft maintenance units from Luke AFB competed in the 56th Fighter Wing Quarterly Load Crew Competition which evaluates technical proficiency, safety procedures and overall time to load munitions onto respective aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Caleb Worpel)

Maj. John Richardson, right, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron physician, practices medical care on a simulated patient during exercise Emerald Warrior/Trident
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Maj. John Richardson, right, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron physician, practices medical care on a simulated patient during exercise Emerald Warrior/Trident at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., January 16, 2019. Emerald Warrior/Trident is the largest joint special operations exercise where U.S. Special Operations Command forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Erin Piazza)

Special operations teams practice during an active shooter drill
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Cannon Air Force Base's Special Operations Forces medical element works in conjunction with Clovis Police Department's SWAT team for an active-shooter exercise at the fairgrounds in Clovis, N.M., Jan. 16, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

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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