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Airmen check over the first MQ-9 Reaper

Airmen from the 29th Aircraft Maintenance Unit check over the first MQ-9 Reaper to be transported through ferry flight, Jan. 8, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Typically when new MQ-9s are sent to Holloman AFB, they are taken apart to ship and then reassembled when they arrive. A ferry flight allows for the aircraft to be flown to its destination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Autumn Vogt)

Crew chief, inspects a F-35A Lightning II wheel

Airman 1st Class Hunter Underwood, 63rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, inspects the wheel of an a F-35A Lightning II Jan. 7, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Luke AFB is the largest F-35A training base in the Air Force, providing combat-ready Airmen and pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)

The waning gibbous moon is seen above a C-5 Galaxy

The waning gibbous moon is seen above a C-5 Galaxy on the flightline at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 10, 2020. Frigid weather caused the nearby trees to be engulfed in frost as Airmen worked to maintain the transport aircraft. The C-5 enables the U.S. Air Force to provide heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capabilities, and is one of the largest aircraft in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher)

Master Sgt. and his children during a ceremony awarding him the Bronze Star Medal

Master Sgt. Jehu Forte, 703rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, receives hugs from his son, Abram, and daughter, Thalia, as he addresses Airmen and distinguished guests during a Bronze Star Medal ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 8, 2020. Forte received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement for his actions during a deployment in support of U.S. and coalition forces in the Middle East. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher)

A C-17 Globemaster III sits on the flightline

A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing sits on the flightline at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., Jan. 8, 2020. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Explosive ordnance team members prepare equipment during a training exercise

Staff Sgt. Jackson Judge, Airman 1st Class Tyler McConnell and Senior Airman Colby Forsythe, explosive ordnance team members from the 31st Civil Engineer Squadron, prepare equipment during a training exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Jan. 8, 2020. EOD Airmen are often assigned to some of the most dangerous missions and perform tactically harrowing and technically demanding tasks in diverse environments worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever)

Senior Airman inspects engine blades for deficiencies before an eco-wash

Senior Airman Wilfredo Vargas, 911th Maintenance Squadron jet propulsion technician, inspects engine blades for deficiencies before an eco-wash at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., Jan. 9, 2020. The technicians check engine inlets ensuring there is no damage before the engine receives an eco-wash as that could cause further damage to the engine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

An F-15E Strike Eagle flies through overcast skies

An F-15E Strike Eagle flies through overcast skies, Jan. 7, 2020, near Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The F-15E is a two-seat, dual-role, totally integrated fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and deep interdiction missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Kobialka)

Airmen unroll a fuel bladder

Airmen of the 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron unroll a fuel bladder at the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia Jan. 11, 2020. The multi-ton bladder requires many Airmen to coordinate, remove sharp objects from the pad and roll out due to the size and weight of the bladder. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Satran)

Fighter Wings conducted an F-35 Lightning II Combat Power Exercise
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The active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings conducted an F-35 Lightning II Combat Power Exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Jan. 6, 2020. The exercise demonstrated the ability to employ a large force of F-35As, testing readiness in the areas of personnel accountability, aircraft generation, ground operations, flight operations and combat capability against air and ground targets. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Airmen compete in the Rapid Aircraft Generation and Employment weapons-loading competition
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Airmen from the 31st and 731st Munition Squadrons compete in the Rapid Aircraft Generation and Employment weapons-loading competition at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Jan. 7, 2020. Dressed as the legendary, Rosie the Riveter, the first all-female team, or “Bouncing Bettys,” took first place in the RAGE event by demonstrating preparation and communication which are bedrocks for success in any military conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever)

A KC-46 Pegasus flies away
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A KC-46 Pegasus assigned to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing flies away after being refueled during a refueling training mission over Kansas, Jan. 6, 2020. The training mission allowed 911th Airlift Wing personnel from pilots to boom operators to use the opportunity to sharpen their skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Air Force fire protection specialists make their way toward a frozen lake during ice-rescue training
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Air Force fire protection specialists with the 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron make their way toward a frozen lake during ice-rescue training at Six Mile Lake on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 11, 2020. JBER firefighters conducted training in subzero temperatures to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for safe rescue and recovery operations in, on and around ice and cold water. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

An HH-60W Pave Hawk hangs in the anechoic chamber
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A 413th Flight Test Squadron HH-60W Pave Hawk hangs in the anechoic chamber at the Joint Preflight Integration of Munitions and Electronic Systems hangar, Jan. 6, 2020, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The J-PRIMES anechoic chamber is a room designed to stop internal reflections of electromagnetic waves, as well as insulate from external sources of electromagnetic noise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

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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