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Alligator on MacDill Runway

An alligator blocks potential air traffic on the runway at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 9, 2019. The alligator was escorted off of the flightline by members of the 6th Air Mobility Wing Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kory McLellan)

Airmen use a KC-10 Extender to refuel an F-15C

Airmen from the 6th and 9th Air Refueling Squadrons, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., use a KC-10 Extender to refuel an F-15C Eagle, during exercise Northern Edge, May 14, 2019, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Units participating in Northern Edge have access to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, one of the largest training ranges in the world with approximately 65,000 square miles of available airspace; 2,500 square miles of land and 42,000 square nautical miles of surface, subsurfaces and overlying airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

A falconer launches his hawk

Jens Fleer, 52nd Fighter Wing base falconer, launches his male hawk at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 14, 2019. Fleer trains hawks to keep the sky clear of birds that could damage aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

T-38C Talon

Lt. Col. Samuel Moore, pilot, and Lt. Col. Christopher Jackson, copilot, fly a T-38C Talon assigned to the 560th Flying Training Squadron over a military operations area in East Texas, May 13, 2019. The pilots conducted training for instructor qualifications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Boitz)

Airmen, local law enforcement representatives and family members prepare for a ruck march in support of National Police Week

Airmen, local law enforcement representatives and family members prepare for the rigorous 3-mile “Three Bear” ruck march, May 13, 2019, at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas, in support of National Police Week. National Police Week honors those who have sworn to protect and defend and pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

A KC-46, performs a flyover at the Air Force Memorial

A KC-46 Pegasus assigned to McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., performs a flyover during a Heritage to Horizons concert at the Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Va., May 15, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced the 319th Air Base Wing’s upcoming redesignation to the 319th Reconnaissance Wing, May 11, 2019, at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. The redesignation, initiated by Gen. Mike Holmes, Air Combat Command commander, aligns Grand Forks AFB’s host wing and the 69th Reconnaissance Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Reeves Jr.)

A C-5M Super Galaxy takes off

A C-5M Super Galaxy takes off during a readiness exercise at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., May 9, 2019. The base conducted a weeklong exercise that evaluated Travis AFB’s readiness and ability to execute and sustain rapid global mobility around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Heide Couch)

An Airman grounds a C-17

Senior Airman Matthew Hatcher, 945th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, grounds a C-17 Globemaster III during a readiness exercise at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., May 9, 2019. The base conducted a weeklong exercise that evaluated Travis AFB’s readiness and ability to execute and sustain rapid global mobility around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)

The Thunderbirds perform
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The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds perform at the Legends In Flight air show at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 11, 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)

An Airman operates ground equipment that replenishes liquid oxygen systems on a C-17
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Senior Airman Daniel Kardas, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace equipment journeyman, operates ground equipment that replenishes liquid oxygen systems on a C-17 Globemaster III, May 9, 2019, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The 437th AMXS is comprised of combat-ready maintainers and support personnel who inspect, service and maintain the assigned C-17 aircraft at JB Charleston. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua R. Maund)

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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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