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F-35A Lightning II pilots return after exercise

F-35A Lightning II pilots with the 421st Fighter Squadron return after flying a sortie during exercise Red Flag 20-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 3, 2020. Red Flag is the Air Force's premiere large-scale combat exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

An F-15 Eagle engine test

Aerospace propulsion technicians assigned to the 48th Maintenance Group test an F-15 Eagle engine at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, Feb. 5, 2020. Engines are tested inside of “hush houses” to minimize noise and provide a safe area for maintainers to inspect them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

Staff Sgt. holds security during exercise Frozen Defender

Staff Sgt. Dwight Stalter, 435th Security Forces Squadron contingency response team leader, holds security during exercise Frozen Defender in Grostenquin, France, Jan. 16, 2020. The environment and conditions of the airfield in France helped participants hone their skills in unknown locations and terrain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

Minuteman III launches during a developmental test

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during a developmental test, Feb. 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft sits on the flightline

An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft sits on the flightline at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Jan. 16, 2020. The JSTARS provides commanders with vital intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to help maintain security and stability in the region where they are operating. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Wilkes)

Staff Sgt. practices ascending a four-story vertical wall

Staff Sgt. William Coleman, 96th Civil Engineer Squadron, practices ascending a four-story vertical wall as part of the rescue technician course Jan. 16, 2020, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Department of Defense Fire Academy course provides hands-on high elevation rescue, rappelling and moving in confined spaces training for firefighters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Airmen experience what it takes to keep the KC-135R Stratotanker in a 'ready state' in sub-zero temperatures

Working in minus 30-degree temperatures, aircrews from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., and Wright Air National Guard Base, Utah, train in the same arctic conditions in Interior Alaska that aircrews at Eielson AFB, Alaska, routinely work in, Jan. 29, 2020. The visiting Airmen experienced what it takes to keep the KC-135R Stratotanker in a 'ready state' in sub-zero temperatures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amber Bowers)

Senior Airman Breanna Miller operates a bomb loader

Senior Airman Breanna Miller, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 77th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew team member, operates a bomb loader during a Load Crew of the Year competition at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 31, 2020. Participating load crews inspected, loaded and mounted various munitions in a fast-paced environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Maldonado)

An F-15E Strike Eagle takes off

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron takes off in support of exercise Point Blank 20-1 at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom, Jan. 30, 2020. Point Blank is a bilateral exercise that enhances professional relationships and improves overall coordination with allies and partner militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Whiteley)

CSAF Gen. David L. Goldfein delivers a State of the Air Force brief

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein delivers a State of the Air Force brief during the Air Force Civic Leader Conference at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 30, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum)

Fire truck hoses down a fire during a live-fire training exercise

A 366th Civil Engineering Squadron fire truck hoses down a fire during a live-fire training exercise Jan. 24, 2020, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Firefighters use water or foam to smother fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Kobialka)

Bilateral joint training in Japan

A B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and six F-16 Fighting Falcons from Misawa Air Base, Japan, conduct bilateral joint training with four Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s off the coast of Northern Japan, Feb. 4, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command’s bomber forces regularly conduct combined theater security cooperation engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Senior Airman gets his eyes checked using a slit lamp

Senior Airman Mitchel Delfosse, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical environmental system journeyman, gets his eyes checked using a slit lamp, Jan. 30, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The slit lamp allows the optometrist to see a 3D version of the inside of the eye. It also is used to check for any eye abnormalities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexi Bosarge)

An MQ-9 Reaper flies over the Nevada Test and Training Range

An MQ-9 Reaper flies over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Jan. 14, 2020. MQ-9 aircrew provide dominant, persistent attack and reconnaissance for combatant commanders and coalition partners around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Rio Rosado)

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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