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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein smile

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein smile during the SECAF's farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 21, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

An F-22 Raptor

An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 525th Fighter Squadron from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, flies away after refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, during exercise Northern Edge, May 16, 2019, over Alaska. Northern Edge is designed to sharpen participants’ tactical combat skills, to improve command, control and communication relationships and to develop plans and programs across the Joint Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

An Aviator inspects an M2 machine gun

A 41st Rescue Squadron Special Mission Aviator inspects an M2 machine gun during a fini-flight, May 14, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The fini-flight is a long-standing Air Force tradition that occurs when a pilot departs from the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)

A B-52H Stratofortress

A U.S. B-52H Stratofortress prepares to join with Qatar Emiri Air Force Mirage 2000s and U.S. F-35A Lightning IIs to fly in formation over Southwest Asia, May 21, 2019. This flight was conducted to continue building military-to-military relationships with the QEAF. The B-52H is part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keifer Bowes)

First Lt. Xavier Jones, 17th Training Squadron test team project manager, performs box steps with a 50 pound weight during the police week warrior workou

First Lt. Xavier Jones, 17th Training Squadron test team project manager, performs box steps with a 50 pound weight during the police week warrior workout of the day challenge May 16, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Each competing team of two sprinted between eight workout stations, comprised of various style gym equipment and functional movements while wearing a level-4 plate carrier and had 17 minutes to complete the course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

F-35 Lightning II demonstration team members sprint to their positions

F-35 Lightning II demonstration team members sprint to their positions during the ground show at the Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 17, 2019. The team’s ground show consists of pre-flight inspections with sharp, quick-paced movements that showcase the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)

A boom operator walks through a KC-135R Stratotanker

Senior Airman Taylor Manz, a 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, walks through a KC-135R Stratotanker during exercise Northern Edge, May 16, 2019, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Northern Edge is designed to sharpen participants’ tactical combat skills, to improve command, control and communication relationships and to develop plans and programs across the joint force. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Kayshel Trudell)

Airmen fly a KC-135 Stratotanker

Airmen fly a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron out of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, May 16, 2019. The 340th EARS is primarily made up of Air National Guard personnel and conducts approximately 5,000 annual refuelings, contributing to more than 3,000 strikes from coalition airpower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Drzazgowski)

A MiG-17F

A MiG-17F performs an aerial maneuver during the Twilight Show at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 17, 2019. The Twilight Show allowed air and ground crews to practice processes and procedures a day before the Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Damon Kasberg)

An airman uses his phone to take a photo of an electrical box during the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warfighter Challenge
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Staff Sgt. AJ Massa, 6th Civil Engineer Squadron, uses his phone to take a photo of an electrical box during the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warfighter Challenge at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 8, 2019. The Eglin AFB-based exercise provides Airmen the chance to experience EOD problem-solving scenarios and network with others in the career field to help improve the mission. Massa and his team are from MacDill AFB, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

A pilot for the F-16 Viper Demonstration Team performs aerial maneuvers
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Maj. Garrett Schmitz, pilot for the F-16 Viper Demonstration Team, performs aerial maneuvers with an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., May 16, 2019. Air Combat Command pilots must complete rigorous training and receive certification from four levels of U.S. Air Force leadership before they can earn the title of Demonstration Team Commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Marcus M. Bullock)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson receives a high-five from a child
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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson receives a high-five from a child during the Joint Base Andrews 2019 Air and Space Expo at JB Andrews, Md., May 10, 2019, while visiting the MQ-9 Reaper. The MQ-9 was a static display at this year’s show celebrating legends in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley Stevens)

A KC-135R Stratotanker delivers fuel to a KC-46A
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A KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., delivers fuel to a KC-46A Pegasus aircraft during a night-time refueling over Louisiana, May 16, 2019. This is the first time the 6th AMW refueled the KC-46A. The KC-46A, a next-generation aerial refueling platform, alongside the KC-135, enables global reach for the joint force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Frank Rohrig)

Capt. Sarah, 799th Air Base Squadron Force Support Flight chief, carries 1st Lt. Ryann, 799th ABS Military Personnel Flight commander, during a police week defender challenge
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Capt. Sarah, 799th Air Base Squadron Force Support Flight chief, carries 1st Lt. Ryann, 799th ABS Military Personnel Flight commander, during a police week defender challenge at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., May 14, 2019. Five teams completed a variety of tasks starting with memorial push-ups, followed by other physical and mental challenges, to compete for the quickest race time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley Stevens)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon deploys a flare
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon deploys a flare over an undisclosed location on April 15, 2019. The F-16 fills a critical role of enabling local security, denying the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria safe havens and preventing resurgent networks in the U.S. Air Force's Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Drzazgowski)

A pararescueman participates in a static line parachute jump
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An 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescueman participates in a static line parachute jump into the water from a 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130J Hercules near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 11, 2019. The pararescueman is deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Chris Hibben)

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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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