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An F-15E Strike Eagle

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, U.K., receives fuel from a 351st Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker at RAF Mildenhall, U.K., during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise over the skies of England, April, 24, 2019. Exercise scenarios were designed to ensure 100th Air Refueling Wing Airmen were fully prepared for potential contingencies in the wing’s area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Milano)

Airmen smooth concrete on the flight line

8th Civil Engineer Squadron members smooth concrete on the flight line at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, May 2, 2019. The 8th CES applied rapid airfield damage repair methods to fix a rupture that caused damage to the flight line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Air National Guardsmen drop water from a MAFF

Air National Guardsmen with the 152nd Airlift Wing from Reno, Nev., drop water during the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System training and recertification week at Grand Canyon Hills, Colo., May 6, 2019. The 302nd AW at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is hosting the annual training where members of the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard with the 302nd AW, 152nd AW and 153rd AW from Cheyenne, Wyo., train for the 2019 fire season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amber Sorsek)

Airmen take inventory of a toolbox

Airman 1st Class Amanda Pacheco and Airman Kristin Reichert, both 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentices, take inventory of a toolbox at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 1, 2019. Toolbox inspections are conducted to ensure tools are serviceable and accounted for. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A cadet competes in a high-jump competition

U.S. Air Force Academy cadet, Wyatt Murphy, competes in a high-jump competition during the Academy's annual Twilight Open at the Air Force Academy’s Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 3, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley)

An F-35A Lightning II taxis

An F-35A Lightning II taxis during a combat exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, May 1, 2019. The 388th Fighter Wing and 419th FW, along with F-16 Fighting Falcon units from Holloman AFB, N.M. and Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, conducted an integrated combat exercise where maintainers were tasked to continually provide ready aircraft and pilots to take off in waves to simulate a large force engagement with enemy aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Security Forces Airmen participate in quarterly weapons training

Security Forces Airmen with the 121st Air Refueling Wing participate in quarterly weapons training during a regularly scheduled drill at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, May 5, 2019. The Airmen practiced shooting while wearing gloves and gas masks to experience weapons handling as they would in a chemical warfare environment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn)

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform at the Thunder Over the Sound: Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show, Biloxi, Miss., May 5, 2019. Since 1953, the Thunderbirds team has served as America’s premier air demonstration squadron, entrusted with the vital mission to recruit, retain and inspire past, present and future Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cory W. Bush)

A training instructor uses toy airplanes to provide an air traffic control demonstration

Staff Sgt. Stephen Hughes, 334th Training Squadron instructor, uses toy airplanes to provide an air traffic control demonstration to Maverick Vanhuss of Metairie, La., during the Thunder Over the Sound: Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., May 4, 2019. The two-day event included multiple static displays on the flight line and featured performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Black Daggers. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind event where a base and its surrounding city have jointly hosted one air show taking place in two locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches
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An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test, May 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)

Honor Guard bugler
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Airman 1st Class Giovanni Wilson, Eglin Air Force Base Honor Guard, holds the bugle during the 50th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal memorial service at Eglin AFB, Fla., May 4, 2019. Names of recent fallen and past EOD technicians are added to the memorial wall and flags presented to their families during a ceremony each year at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex at Eglin AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

World War II reenactors pose in front of a Douglas C-47 Skytrain
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World War II reenactors pose in front of a Douglas C-47 Skytrain at the D-Day 75th anniversary Commemoration at the Air Mobility Command Museum, Dover Air Force Base, Del., May 4, 2019. The plane was open for cabin and cockpit tours throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

An Airman parachutes onto the airfield
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An Airman from the 57th Rescue Squadron parachutes onto the airfield at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 3, 2019. The 57th RQS leads, organizes, trains and equips the Guardian Angel’s weapons system and combat support teams to conduct day and night personnel recovery operations in combat. The squadron also provides combatant commanders with options to report, locate, recover and reintegrate isolated personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Firefighters simulate decontaminating their wingman
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Firefighters assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron simulate decontaminating their wingman during an exercise at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 2, 2019. Exercise participants who entered the chemical and explosives lab went through the decontamination process after investigating the building. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney)

An Airman participates in a MWD demonstration
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Airman 1st Class Darren Raines, 22nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, participates in a MWD demonstration at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., May 2, 2019. The 22nd SFS held multiple demonstrations for Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, 18th Air Force commander, to show what their purpose is and how they protect the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron is parked on the ramp at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, May 9, 2019. The B-52H supports stability in the region by providing its unique capabilities to the dynamic defense posture. This aircraft is part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in order to defend American forces and interests in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)
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A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron is parked on the ramp at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, May 9, 2019. The B-52H supports stability in the region by providing its unique capabilities to the dynamic defense posture. This aircraft is part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in order to defend American forces and interests in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)

Airmen rappel out of an Black Hawk
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Staff Sgt. Jesse Koritar, 90th Ground Combat Training Squadron training instructor, signals for his men to rappel out of an Army UH-60 Black Hawk at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., May 2, 2019. During flight, the noise from wind and rotors is too loud to communicate verbally requiring the use of hand signals to accurately transfer information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Sokolov)

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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