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Nellis AFB take-offs

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 6th Weapons Squadron, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, takes off for a training mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 12, 2021. The school provides academic and advisory support to numerous units, enhancing air combat training for Airmen from the Air Force, Department of Defense and U.S. allied services each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)

CMSAF takes part in Dover mission brief

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass speaks with Senior Airman Anthony Ashcroft, an aircraft structural maintenance journeyman assigned to the 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Jan. 7, 2021. Located near New Castle, Del., the 166th AW is home to the Delaware Air National Guardsmen who maintain and fly the C-130 Hercules in support of strategic airlift and airdrop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephani Barge)

KC-135s support Operation Octave Quartz

An F-16 Fighting Falcon based in the Central Command area of operations conducts armed aerial patrols in Somalia in support of Operation Octave Quartz, Jan. 12, 2021. The F-16’s support to OOQ demonstrates the U.S. military's reach and power projection across vast distances to hold adversaries at risk with flexible, precise and lethal force that is capable of rapidly responding anywhere on the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Carnes)

Air Force Academy Women's Swimming Quad Meet 2021

Cadet Second Class Emily Bardak performs the butterfly stroke during the Women's Quad Meet in the Cadet Natatorium at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 9, 2021. The U.S. Air Force Academy defeated Colorado Mesa and the Colorado School of the Mines but fell to Northern Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarah Goldblum)

Military Working Dog Training

Staff Sgt. Angel Trejo, military working dog handler, and MWD Feri search for a hidden explosive aid during training at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 6, 2021. Handlers train their dogs to detect the odor and presence of explosives to prepare them for force protection and antiterrorism operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarah Goldblum)

‘Super Bowl’ of weapons loading competitions held at Nellis

An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 66th Weapons Squadron sits on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 14, 2021. The A-10 Thunderbolt II has excellent maneuverability at low airspeed and altitude and is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus)

Exercise Dragon Shield 2021

Multi-capable Airmen of the 644th Combat Communications Squadron prepare to assist an emergency airlift with the Guam Army National Guard during exercise Dragon Shield at Northwest Field, Guam, Jan. 13, 2021. This exercise was conducted by the 644 CBCS to set up communication in a simulated austere deployed environment as part of the capstone of initial qualification training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Brooks)

U.S. Air Force F-22 Demonstration Team

An F-22 Raptor performs a pedal turn maneuver, Jan. 15, 2021, at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The F-22, a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force, is designed to project air dominance, rapidly and at great distances to defeat threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Davis Donaldson)

59th Presidential Inauguration

Members of the United States Joint Forces Color Guard march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. in support of the 59th Presidential Inauguration rehearsal, Jan. 18, 2021. Military members from across all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Reserve and National Guard components, provided ceremonial support during the inaugural period. (DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Kobialka)

KC-135 provides fuel to F-15s
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Two F-15E Strike Eagles depart after receiving fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 28th Expeditionary Aircraft Refueling Squadron, during an in-air refueling mission over Southwest Asia, Jan. 20, 2021. The F-15E is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride)

379th ESFS and EOD team up for counter UAS training
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Tech. Sgt. Brook A. Hamilton, 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of explosive ordnance disposal training, places an XRS-150 X-ray in front of a simulated downed unmanned aerial system during an exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Jan. 20, 2021. The 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and 379th ECES defended against an UAS that posed a potential threat to the safety and security of Al Udeid AB. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

SecAF Barrett Clap Out
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Sharene Brown, Mollie Raymond, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. Raymond, Airmen and Guardians applaud as Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett departs during her final day as the 25th Air Force secretary at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Jan. 19, 2021. The clapping-out ceremony is a traditional send-off for departing senior leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich)

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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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