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Tech. Sgt. Gary Washington off-loads vehicles from a C-17 Globemaster III during an airlift mission July 25, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Shindand in Herat, Afghanistan. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic and tactical delivery of troops and any type of cargo to main operating and forward operating bases in Afghanistan. The aircraft can perform airlift and airdrop missions and transport ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required.  Washington is a loadmaster assigned to the 316th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marleah Miller)

Tech. Sgt. Gary Washington off-loads vehicles from a C-17 Globemaster III during an airlift mission July 25, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Shindand in Herat, Afghanistan. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic and tactical delivery of troops and any type of cargo to main operating and forward operating bases in Afghanistan. The aircraft can perform airlift and airdrop missions and transport ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations when required. Washington is a loadmaster assigned to the 316th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marleah Miller)

Staff Sgt. David Bayle inspects an aircraft pin for cracks under a black light after dipping the part into chemicals mixed to show cracks normally invisible to the naked eye Aug. 6, 2013, at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia. Bayle is a nondestructive inspection craftsman assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton)

Staff Sgt. David Bayle inspects an aircraft pin for cracks under a black light after dipping the part into chemicals mixed to show cracks normally invisible to the naked eye Aug. 6, 2013, at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia. Bayle is a nondestructive inspection craftsman assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton)

Members of the 51st Security Forces Squadron respond to a ground attack during Operational Readiness Exercise Beverly Midnight 13-03 Aug. 8, 2013, at Osan Air Base, Korea. This is the base’s fourth simulated wartime contingency exercise in 2013 that will test the base's ability to defend and execute the mission in a heightened state of readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Emerson NuÒez)

Members of the 51st Security Forces Squadron respond to a ground attack during Operational Readiness Exercise Beverly Midnight 13-03 Aug. 8, 2013, at Osan Air Base, Korea. This is the base’s fourth simulated wartime contingency exercise in 2013 that will test the base's ability to defend and execute the mission in a heightened state of readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Emerson Nunez)

Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Carson, Colo., cross the Arlington National Bridge en route to Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to honor a fallen comrade Maj. David Gray by completing the "DG 140” Aug. 8, 2013. The DG 140 is a 140-mile memorial ruck march for Gray, that began at the Casualty Reception Center at Dover Air Force Base, Del., to Gray's headstone at Arlington National Cemetery Aug. 4 - 8. Gray was killed in action in Afghanistan and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Carlin Leslie)

Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Carson, Colo., cross the Arlington National Bridge en route to Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to honor a fallen comrade Maj. David Gray by completing the "DG 140” Aug. 8, 2013. The DG 140 is a 140-mile memorial ruck march for Gray, that began at the Casualty Reception Center at Dover Air Force Base, Del., to Gray's headstone at Arlington National Cemetery Aug. 4 - 8. Gray was killed in action in Afghanistan and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Carlin Leslie)

Senior Airman Nicholas Macdonald performs a night-vision goggle inspection Aug. 8, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Airmen from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., conducted the training here because their night-vision inspection equipment was undergoing maintenance.  Macdonald is a precision measurement equipment laboratory calibration technician assigned to the 20th Component Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan)

Senior Airman Nicholas Macdonald performs a night-vision goggle inspection Aug. 8, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Airmen from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., conducted the training here because their night-vision inspection equipment was undergoing maintenance. Macdonald is a precision measurement equipment laboratory calibration technician assigned to the 20th Component Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan)

Coast Guard rescue swimmer Jason Foyne instructs 1st Lt. Michael Gallinoto on rescue procedures as an HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City approaches during a joint training exercise Aug. 9, 2013, in Port Republic N.J.  Gallinoto is an F-16C Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)

Coast Guard rescue swimmer Jason Foyne instructs 1st Lt. Michael Gallinoto on rescue procedures as an HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City approaches during a joint training exercise Aug. 9, 2013, in Port Republic N.J. Gallinoto is an F-16C Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the163rd Fighter Squadron in Fort Wayne, Ind., takes flight during Red Flag-Alaska 13-3 Aug. 12, 2013, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Typically, Ref Flag-Alaska conducts two combat scenarios each day. The scenarios are shaped to meet each exercise’s specific training objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lauren-Taylor Levin)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the163rd Fighter Squadron in Fort Wayne, Ind., takes flight during Red Flag-Alaska 13-3 Aug. 12, 2013, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Typically, Ref Flag-Alaska conducts two combat scenarios each day. The scenarios are shaped to meet each exercise’s specific training objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lauren-Taylor Levin)

Staff Sgt. Spenser Amos finds a new number location on a line equipment number block Aug. 8, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The infrastructure flight maintains all communications cabling including copper wiring, indoor cabling, outdoor cabling and all telephone switches. Amos is a cyber transport systems technician assigned to the 628th Communications Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman George Goslin)

Staff Sgt. Spenser Amos finds a new number location on a line equipment number block Aug. 8, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The infrastructure flight maintains all communications cabling including copper wiring, indoor cabling, outdoor cabling and all telephone switches. Amos is a cyber transport systems technician assigned to the 628th Communications Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman George Goslin)

Airman 1st Class William Williams grinds a piece of steel tube Aug. 7, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The sheet metal is used to simulate steel work on a C-17 Globemaster III wing.  Williams is an aircraft metals technology journeyman assigned to the 437th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan)

Airman 1st Class William Williams grinds a piece of steel tube Aug. 7, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The sheet metal is used to simulate steel work on a C-17 Globemaster III wing. Williams is an aircraft metals technology journeyman assigned to the 437th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan)

Master Sgt. Tim Thornton walks towards arc welding protection drapes Aug. 7, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The red drapes protect individuals not wearing a welding shield from taking in the intense light emitted during welding produces. Thornton is the NCO in charge of the 437th Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan)
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Master Sgt. Tim Thornton walks towards arc welding protection drapes Aug. 7, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The red drapes protect individuals not wearing a welding shield from taking in the intense light emitted during welding produces. Thornton is the NCO in charge of the 437th Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan)

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) -- This week's photos feature Airmen 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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