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"Thunderbirds" and F-22 Raptor fly over Lake Michigan

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" and F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team fly over Lake Michigan, June 27, 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 U.S. Air Force rugby player, tackles a Navy rugby player during a tournament

Tech. Sgt. Jess Tharp, U.S. Air Force rugby player, tackles a Navy rugby player during a tournament match of the Armed Forces Women’s Rugby Championship, July 6, 2019, in Wilmington, N.C. A tackle can take place anywhere in the field and ends when a ruck is formed, a player on their feet gains possession or the ball leaves the tackle area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cambria Lynn Ferguson)

Airman welds the MJ-1 STEP

Airman Jeffery Jenkins, 31st Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology technician, welds the MJ-1 STEP, July 1, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The 31st MXS provides accessory maintenance, avionics, periodic phase inspections, fabrication and aerospace ground equipment for 50 assigned F-16C/D Fighting Falcon aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever)

F-22 during an aerial refueling mission

Maj. Paul Lopez, F-22 Demonstration Team commander, rides behind a KC-135 Stratotanker during an aerial refueling mission over Spokane, Wash., June 20, 2019. Representing the U.S. Air Force and Air Combat Command, the F-22 Demonstration Team travels to 25 air shows a season to showcase the performance and capabilities of the world's premier fifth-generation fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Samuel Eckholm)

Vice President Michael R. Pence hosts an all-call assembly

Vice President Michael R. Pence hosts an all-call assembly in the Combined Space Operations Center July 10, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Pence received briefings on the evolution of launch operations at the Western Range and CSpOC operations. He also thanked the service members as well as touched on the importance of Vandenberg AFB’s role in protecting space as a warfighting domain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

Airmen load a contracted Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft

Airmen from the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron load a contracted Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft with cargo pallets as part of Global Heavyweight Service at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, July 9, 2019. The U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s Air Mobility Division and Airlift Control Team orchestrate the utilization of commercial international heavyweight air tenders to move cargo. The use of GHS missions provides an important airlift capability for backlogged or difficult to move items from the cargo yard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Stephen Hudson)

Tech. Sgt. completes an obstacle course

Tech. Sgt. Rafiq Pickett, 108th Security Forces Squadron, completes an obstacle course at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., June 25, 2019. SFS coordinated a two-week tactical training that included one week of classroom coursework and an additional week of field activities, such as active shooter, MOUT (military operations in urban terrain) training and an obstacle course. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Andrea A. S. Williamson)

A pararescueman lands into the ocean during over-water parachute training

A pararescueman assigned to the 57th Rescue Squadron parachutes into the ocean during over-water parachute training off the coast of Italy, July 9, 2019. The Airmen partnered with C-130J Hercules aircraft and crews from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in order to complete their quarterly parachute training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kelsey Tucker)

An F-15E Strike Eagle conducts aerial refueling with a KC-10

An F-15E Strike Eagle conducts aerial refueling with a KC-10 Extender from the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, July 2, 2019, within U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility. The fighter aircraft performs air-to-air and air-to-ground missions using the pilot to detect, target and engage aerial threats and a weapons system officer to designate ground targets. The F-15 is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air superiority over the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Keifer Bowes)

Corrosion control technicians apply primer to an A-10 Thunderbolt II
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Corrosion control technicians with the 576th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron apply primer to an A-10 Thunderbolt II July 2, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The squadron is part of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, which provides logistics, support, maintenance and distribution for the nation's premier fighter aircraft including the F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon and A-10 Thunderbolt. In addition, the Ogden ALC maintains the C-130 Hercules, T-38 Talon and other weapon systems, as well as the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alex R. Lloyd)

Airmen from the Kadena Honor Guard
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Airmen from the Kadena Honor Guard stand at ease during the 18th Wing change of command ceremony July 8, 2019, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The change of command is a traditional military ceremony in which the departing commander assembles troops for presentation to the incoming commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Seefeldt)

Fort George G. Meade, Md. -- 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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