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Faces of Honor

Senior Airman Rafael Edwin, 2nd Flight Test Squadron, stands ready to bring in the colors during the Eglin Air Force Base Honor Guard course graduation ceremony, Dec. 6, 2019, at Eglin AFB, Fla. The graduation performance includes flag detail, rifle volley, pall bearers and bugler for friends, family and unit commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Airman’s Medal Ceremony

Members of the 137th Special Operations Wing stand at attention as Master Sgt. Bryan Whittle, assigned to the 205th Engineering and Installation Squadron, is presented with the Airman’s Medal during a ceremony at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, Dec. 8, 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

Five-ship formation

A five-ship formation consisting of a C-17 Globemaster III and four F-22 Raptors fly over Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 5, 2019. The flyover was in honor of the 2019 Pacific Air Chiefs Symposium. The symposium built mutual understanding of varied regional perspectives through bilateral engagements and multinational panels and meetings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)

Operation Varsity 19-04

Airmen assigned to the 86th Security Forces Squadron perform combat training during exercise Operation Varsity 19-04, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2019. The security forces Airmen wore Mission-Oriented Protective Posture gear while training to familiarize themselves with chemical-attack procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

Welding a pit plate

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Mason Hughes, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron structural journeyman, welds a pit plate closed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 4, 2019. Pit plates are covers that protect water valves around the installation and are welded down for safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

C-130s at Joint Forcible Entry 2019

C-130J Super Hercules aircraft soar through the skies during the Joint Forcible Entry 2019 exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 7, 2019. The exercise demonstrates the Air Force’s ability to tactically deliver and recover combat forces via airdrops and combat landings in a simulated contested area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Refuel and go

A KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon Dec. 7, 2019, over South Dakota. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Ramah Husidic)

Operation Christmas Drop 2019

Senior Airman Lauren Shaw, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, watches a low-cost, low-altitude bundle drop as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019 operating out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 8, 2019. In its 68th year, the Christmas drop is the world’s longest running airdrop training mission, providing critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands and impacting approximately 20,000 people across 1.8 million square nautical miles of operating area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Tuskegee Airman Birthday

Retired Col. Charles McGee, a member of the Tuskegee Airman, high-fives Airmen during his visit to Dover Air Force Base, Del., Dec. 6, 2019. McGee, who was celebrating his 100th birthday at Dover AFB, served a total of 30 years in the Air Force, beginning with the U.S. Army Air Corps, and flew a total of 409 combat missions during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

F-22 formation
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Two F-22 Raptors fly over Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 5, 2019. The F-22 performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

Air Chiefs Symposium
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, walk through the 2019 Pacific Air Chiefs Symposium Honor Cordon at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 5, 2019. The theme of this year’s Air Chiefs Symposium, “A Collaborative Approach to Regional Security,” focuses on building mutual understanding of varied regional perspectives through bilateral engagements and multinational panels and meetings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mikaley Kline)

Promotion ceremony
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Col. Thomas E. Segars Jr., Air Force Global Strike Command security forces chief, has his new rank pinned on by his children during a promotion ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 26, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Wrightsman)

F-15E Strike Eagle takeoff
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An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron takes off at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, Dec. 5, 2019. The F-15's superior maneuverability and acceleration are achieved through its high engine thrust-to-weight ratio and low-wing loading. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

Courthouse facility dog brightens days
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Preston, 30th Space Wing courthouse facility dog, focuses on an Airman who visited the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, Dec. 4, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Preston, the Defense Department’s first certified courthouse facility dog, was trained through the POOCH, or prisoners overcoming obstacles and creating hope, program for two years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks)

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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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Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
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