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A firefighter gets in position to battle a simulated fire during a training exercise

A firefighter gets in position to battle a simulated fire during a training exercise at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, April 17, 2019. Fire departments from Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas, and Lawton, Okla. converged on the Sheppard AFB fire pit to practice different methods of combating an aircraft fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio)

An Airman helps a Cub Scout put on a helmet

Senior Airman Maricely Fuentes, 104th Operations Support Flight technician, helps a Cub Scout put on a helmet during a base tour April 19, 2019, at Barnes National Guard Base, Mass. Cub Scouts from Pack 338 and Troop 338 visited the 104th Fighter Wing and gained a better understanding of what the Air National Guard does on a daily basis. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Randy Burlingame)

F-15E Strike Eagle

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron takes off from the flightline at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, April 24, 2019. The 48th Fighter Wing is participating in a readiness exercise, held April 23-25, focused on continuous operations over a 48-hour period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

An Airman analyzes a computer

Capt. Garrett Sinclair, 347th Operations Support Squadron chief of weapons and tactics, analyzes a computer during exercise FT 19-04, April 18, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The five-day exercise will give base personnel an opportunity to experience contingency operations in a contested and degraded combat environment. During the exercise, personnel will be evaluated on how well they defend and recover the base from ground-opposition forces, as well as mortar and missile attacks, while in mission oriented protective posture gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taryn Butler) (This photo has been altered for security purposes by blurring out sensitive equipment.)

A special tactics operator jumps out of the back of an MC-130H

A special tactics operator from the 24th Special Operations Wing jumps out of the back of an MC-130H Combat Talon II, Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 19, 2019. The 24th SOW is the Air Force’s only special tactics wing and U.S. Special Operations Command’s tactical air-to-ground integration force and the Air Force’s special operations ground force to enable global access, precision strike, personnel recovery and battlefield surgery operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michelle Di Ciolli)

An Airman assists wounded personnel to a Humvee after responding to a simulated ground attack during exercise

Tech. Sgt. Nathaniel Mace, 23rd Security Forces Squadron flight chief, left, assists wounded personnel to a Humvee after responding to a simulated ground attack during exercise FT 19-04, April 17, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 23rd SFS responded to a surface-to-air site through a ground attack and ambush, resulting in the Airmen providing self-aid buddy care and escorting wounded personnel to a medical facility. The exercise focused on high operations tempo and the ability to survive and operate in a chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear environment to meet chief of Staff of the Air Force and the commander of Air Combat Command’s intent for readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Airmen from the 121st Maintenance Group prepare a CFM-56 turbofan engine for shipment

Airmen from the 121st Maintenance Group prepare a CFM-56 turbofan engine for shipment April 23, 2019, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. The 121st Air Refueling Wing's KC-135 Stratotankers have four of these engines, each capable of producing 21,634 pounds of thrust. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ralph Branson)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein watch a T-38C Talon

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein watch a T-38C Talon “Missing Man” formation flyover with guests during a memorial service celebrating the life of retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, April 18, 2019. Cole, the last surviving Doolittle Raider, was the copilot on a B-25 Mitchell for then-Col. Jimmy Doolittle during the storied World War II Doolittle Tokyo Raid. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

A B-25 Mitchell takes off from the flightline

A B-25 Mitchell takes off from the flightline at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 18, 2019. The B-25 was flown April 18, 1942, during the Doolittle Raid – a World War II operation to bomb Japan. The mission was the United States’ response to the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Airmen fire a Browning M2 machine gun
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Airman 1st Class Vincent Cortorillo, left, and Senior Airman Braylyn Banks, center, 20th Security Forces Squadron entry controllers, fire a Browning M2 machine gun, while Staff Sgt. Robert Riley, right, 20th SFS combat arms instructor supervises at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, near Wedgefield, S.C., April 19, 2019. Airmen assigned to the 20th SFS participated in a two-day course intended to teach them the history of the weapon, as well as proper firing etiquette. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

An Airman directs a vehicle as it is backed into a C-130 Hercules
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Tech. Sgt. Russell Hudson, 39th Aerial Port Squadron air transportation technician, directs a vehicle as it is backed into a C-130 Hercules aircraft during an engine-running onload at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., April 17, 2019. Hudson is one of six team members representing the 39th APS at the Air Force Reserve Command’s biannual Port Dawg Challenge at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., April 22-26 (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Casciotta)

An Airman holds an AIM-9X missile
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Senior Airman Damien Tamberelli, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Blue, holds an AIM-9X missile at the 96th Test Wing’s first quarter weapons-load competition April 20, 2019, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The F-16 Blue Team defeated the F-15 Eagle Red Team in a competition to load an AIM-9X and an Mk-82 the fastest and with the fewest mistakes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

An Airman hugs his family as he returns from a six-month deployment
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Aircrew from the 391st Fighter Squadron return from a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia, April 17, 2019, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Friends and families reunited with their loved ones during a homecoming held for the aircrew members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

An Airman pulls a vibrating screed during rapid airfield damage repair training
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Airman 1st Class Michael Blumer, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation and air conditioning apprentice, center, pulls a vibrating screed during rapid airfield damage repair training at Osan Air Base, South Korea, April 19, 2019. RADR is a quick process used to repair damages on an airfield where civil engineers evaluate damages, prepare areas for repair and pour concrete to return the airfield an operational status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ramon A. Adelan)

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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