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Airmen prepare a KC-10 Extender before a mission

Airmen with the 6th Air Refueling Squadron prepare a KC-10 Extender before a mission to conduct a flyover for Maj. Brent Burklo’s funeral, July 16, 2019, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Burklo was a KC-10 pilot at the 6th ARS who died July 10, 2019, after a two-year battle with cancer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)

Airmen prepare to transport a patient onto a UH-60 Blackhawk

Airmen from the 386th Expeditionary Medical Group based at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, and Tactical Air Control Party Airmen with the 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron, prepare to transport a patient onto a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter during medical evacuation training at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 12, 2019. Medics and TACP's trained together to hone their skills and become more efficient at treating injuries and coordinating medevac efforts for casualties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

F-22 Raptor Demo Team

Air Force Maj. Paul Lopez, F-22 Raptor Demo Team commander, performers aerial maneuvers July 14, 2019, at the “Mission Over Malmstrom” open house event on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The team flies at air shows around the globe, performing maneuvers that demonstrate the capabilities of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The two-day event featured performances by aerial demonstration teams, flyovers and static displays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob M. Thompson)

Student pilot is thrown into a solo tank after pilot’s first solo flight.

2nd Lt. Corey Persons, 71st Student Squadron student pilot, is thrown into a solo tank by 71st student pilots, 2nd Lt. Graham McAninich and 2nd Lt. Kyle Blanchette, July 15, 2019, at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. It is Air Force tradition to be thrown into the solo tank upon completion of a student pilot’s first solo flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Crul)

"Thunderbirds" perform at the F-AIR Colombia Air Show

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" perform at the F-AIR Colombia Air Show in Rionegro, Colombia, July 13, 2019. The team traveled to Colombia for the first time in more than 50 years to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Colombian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Andrew D. Sarver)

Basic cadet is hugged by family member

Basic cadet candidates at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colo., arrive July 17, 2019 to begin their journey of becoming an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Incoming personnel transitioned quickly into a military mindset after saying goodbye to family and friends. (U.S. Air Force photo by Darcie L. Ibidapo)

F-35A Lightning II’s conduct air refueling operation

F-35A Lightning II’s from Hill Air Force Base, Utah conduct air refueling operations with a KC-135R assigned to the Utah Air National Guard’s 151st Air Refueling Wing over the Utah Test and Training Range, July 11, 2019, during a Basic Surface Attack orientation flight. The 151st ARW frequently refuels F-35s from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings due to their close proximity to one another. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Winn)

Cadets participate in a basic cadet training field day

U.S. Air Force Academy cadets participate in a basic cadet training field day at the Air Force Academy’s cadet athletic fields, July 12, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colo. This annual event promotes esprit de corp and encourages team development while cadets compete as a squadron in various sports for the title of BCT field-day champions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Armstrong)

Bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region

Master Sgt. Napoleon Ortiz, 374th Operations Support Squadron evaluator loadmaster, asks questions to a member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019. The purpose of the event was to share airlift operations techniques and procedures, to learn from each other and to build a stronger relationship between the U.S. and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters fly in formation with a C-130 Hercules
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Two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters fly in formation with a C-130 Hercules aircraft showcasing a simulated air refueling operation, July 10, 2019, during a Combat Search and Rescue demonstration over the Terrazzo. The demonstration included a showcase of a variety of aircraft including four A-10 Thunderbolts, two HH-60s, a C-130 Hercules and a U-2 flyover. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley)

Airmen study engine components during a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter repairer
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Airmen assigned to Detachment 1, 362nd Training Squadron, study engine components during a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter repairer course at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., July 15, 2019. The Airmen will spend nearly four months studying the Blackhawk helicopter as well as learning the U.S. Army’s customs and courtesies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Monica Roybal)

A B-2 Spirit aircraft is prepped for launch
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A B-2 Spirit aircraft is prepped for launch July 17, 2019 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Whiteman AFB is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the inaugural flight of the B-2 in 1989. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas M. Barley)

F-35 groundbreaking ceremony at RAF Lakenheath, England
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, center, breaks ground with 48th Fighter Wing personnel and local civic leaders, partners and contractors during an F-35 groundbreaking ceremony at RAF Lakenheath, England, July 15, 2019. The ceremony signifies the ongoing construction projects that will facilitate two F-35A Lighting II squadrons making RAF Lakenheath the first permanent international site for the U.S. fifth-generation aircraft in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

F-35A Lightning II pilot prepares to taxi
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Capt. Joseph Walz, 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot, prepares to taxi during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. The goal of the operation is to enhance interoperability with NATO allies and partners to improve combined operational capabilities. F-35s provide unmatched lethality, survivability and adaptability to war-fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

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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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