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Tech. Sgt. looks out over Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Tech. Sgt. Jason Burnham, 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules loadmaster, looks out over Plovdiv, Bulgaria, during exercise Thracian Fall 19, Sept. 30, 2019. Five loadmasters were qualified to perform wet-wing defuel operations during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kirsten Brandes)

An F-15E Strike Eagle conducts a combat air patrol mission

An F-15E Strike Eagle conducts a combat air patrol mission over an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Sept. 24, 2019. The F-15 plays a key role in Air Force Central Command operations by maintaining constant readiness in support of air operations, providing deterrence and stability and bolstering the mission efforts of coalition partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)

Airman cuts the first slice of cake during the Air Force Ball

Airman 1st Class Abagail Wright, 334th Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant dedicated crew chief, cuts the first slice of cake during the Air Force Ball in Goldsboro, N.C., Oct. 5, 2019. It’s an Air Force tradition for the youngest Airman in attendance to cut the first piece of cake. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Derry)

An AC-130J Ghostrider gunship takes off

A 73rd Special Operations Squadron AC-130J Ghostrider gunship takes off from Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 26, 2019. The AC-130J, the newest, most advanced gunship in the world, is used for close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance missions to support special operations forces worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph P. Leveille)

Airman reviews mission notes at the Saylor Creek Bombing Range

Airman 1st Class Thomas Koop, 124th Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party Airman, reviews mission notes at the Saylor Creek Bombing Range, Idaho, Oct. 5, 2019. The primary role of 124th ASOS Airmen is providing close air support by directing combat strike aircraft against enemy targets. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor Walker)

Airmen prepare for the quarterly load crew competition

Airmen with the 4th Maintenance Squadron prepare for the quarterly load crew competition at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Oct. 4, 2019. The load crew competition showcases weapon crews’ highly developed skills with precise loading capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Demond B. Mcghee)

Maj. Gen. Clinton Crosier shakes hands with Bubba Wallace

Maj. Gen. Clinton Crosier, is the deputy, deputy chief of staff for strategy, integration and requirements, shakes hands with Bubba Wallace, driver of the No. 43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del., Oct. 6, 2019. The Air Force is one of many sponsors of the No. 43 car that started in the 26th position for the ‘Drydene 400’ Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

First Lt. deciphers encrypted messages during training exercise

First Lt. Brett Emerson, 492nd Fighter Squadron pilot, deciphers encrypted messages during an escape and evade, rescue and recover training exercise at Stanta Training Range near Thetford, United Kingdom, Oct. 2, 2019. Participants were required to navigate to a recovery location while evading capture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher S. Sparks)

USAF cadets jump to block a spike during a volleyball match

Cambria Galloway, center, and Denise Ssozi, right, U.S. Air Force Academy cadets, jump to block a spike during a volleyball match against the University of Wyoming at the Cadet East Gym, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 3, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley)

A C-17 Globemaster III takes off during exercise Mobility Guardian 2019
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A C-17 Globemaster III from Dover Air Force Base, Del., takes off during exercise Mobility Guardian 2019 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept. 27, 2019. Mobility Guardian improves the readiness and capabilities of mobility Airmen to deliver rapid global mobility and builds a more lethal, ready Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

Airmen conduct an A-10C Thunderbolt II phase inspection
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Airmen assigned to the 23rd Maintenance Squadron conduct an A-10C Thunderbolt II phase inspection at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Oct. 8, 2019. The 23rd MXS maintainers depanel the aircraft to reach the internal workings and perform in-depth examinations on A-10s after every 500 flight hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

Thunderbirds and the Royal Air Force Red Arrows fly a 15-ship parade-style flat pass
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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Royal Air Force Red Arrows fly a 15-ship parade-style flat pass to close out the Great Pacific Airshow over Huntington Beach, Calif., Oct. 6, 2019. The pass symbolically closed out the Red Arrows North American Tour, which visited cities in the U.S. and Canada over more than 10 weeks with other jet demonstration teams including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ned T. Johnston)

Staff Sgt. performs a simulated casualty assessment
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Staff Sgt. Rafael Ibarra, 673rd Medical Group medic, performs a simulated casualty assessment while instructing tactical combat casualty care during exercise Polar Force 20-1, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 7, 2019. Designed to test mission readiness, Polar Force is a two-week exercise that develops the skills required to face and overcome adverse scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon taxis down the runway
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An 8th Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon taxis down the runway for a routine training flight at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 8, 2019. The 8th FW, which is comprised of two F-16 squadrons, conducts air-to-ground and air-to-air missions against adversaries when called upon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stefan Alvarez)

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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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