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An A-10C Thunderbolt II departs after completing air-to-air refueling from a KC135 Stratotanker while over Michigan, Sept. 13, 2013. Both units are assigned to the Michigan Air National Guard and stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. The A-10 is assigned to the 107th Fighter Squadron. The KC-135 is assigned to the 171st Air Refueling Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. David Kujawa)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II departs after completing air-to-air refueling from a KC135 Stratotanker while over Michigan, Sept. 13, 2013. Both units are assigned to the Michigan Air National Guard and stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. The A-10 is assigned to the 107th Fighter Squadron. The KC-135 is assigned to the 171st Air Refueling Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. David Kujawa)

Staff Sgt. Brian Fielhauer and Senior Airman Otto Kelly service the engine of a KC-135 Stratotanker as part of the isochronal inspection process of the aircraft Sept. 14, 2013, at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. Kelly is a member of the 191st Maintenance Squadron at Selfridge ANGB. During the process, all components of the aircraft undergo an extensive inspection and preventive maintenance. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Hanet)

Staff Sgt. Brian Fielhauer and Senior Airman Otto Kelly service the engine of a KC-135 Stratotanker as part of the isochronal inspection process of the aircraft Sept. 14, 2013, at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. Kelly is a member of the 191st Maintenance Squadron at Selfridge ANGB. During the process, all components of the aircraft undergo an extensive inspection and preventive maintenance. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Hanet)

Workers prepare the Air Force's third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite for launch Sept. 12, 2013, near Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The space vehicle was encapsulated into its fairing Aug. 27, 2013, before being mated to an Atlas V rocket. It was scheduled to launch Sept. 18, 2013. AEHF is a joint-service system that provides survivable, near worldwide, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority national military operations. (Courtesy photo/Lockheed Martin)

Workers prepare the Air Force's third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite for launch Sept. 12, 2013, near Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The space vehicle was encapsulated into its fairing Aug. 27, 2013, before being mated to an Atlas V rocket. It was scheduled to launch Sept. 18, 2013. AEHF is a joint-service system that provides survivable, near worldwide, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority national military operations. (Courtesy photo/Lockheed Martin)

Airman 1st Class Sean Dugan stands at attention before performing the flag folding ceremony during the 9/11 memorial service Sept. 11, 2013, in the chapel on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. The memorial service marks the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when al-Qaeda operatives hijacked passenger jets and flew them into the Pentagon, World Trade Center towers in New York City and one jet that crashed in Shanksville, Penn. Dugan is assigned to the 55th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Charles Haymond)

Airman 1st Class Sean Dugan stands at attention before performing the flag folding ceremony during the 9/11 memorial service Sept. 11, 2013, in the chapel on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. The memorial service marks the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when al-Qaeda operatives hijacked passenger jets and flew them into the Pentagon, World Trade Center towers in New York City and one jet that crashed in Shanksville, Penn. Dugan is assigned to the 55th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Charles Haymond)

The first F-35A Lightning II to land at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, arrives Sept. 13, 2013. The multirole, fifth-generation fighter arrived from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nev., and is scheduled to undergo post-production modifications at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Alex R. Lloyd)

The first F-35A Lightning II to land at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, arrives Sept. 13, 2013. The multirole, fifth-generation fighter arrived from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nev., and is scheduled to undergo post-production modifications at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Alex R. Lloyd)

Lt. Col. Doug Soho flies co-pilot to Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke during the first flight of a C-17 Globemaster III Sept. 12, 2013, to Joint Base Charleston, S.C. This historical event comes more than 20 years after the 437th Airlift Wing and the 315th Airlift Wing took delivery of the very first C-17 to enter the Air Force inventory June 14, 1993. It also marks the successful completion of C-17 production for the Air Force. Clarke is the Air National Guard director.  Soho is the 437th Operations Group chief of standards and evaluations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan)

Lt. Col. Doug Soho flies co-pilot to Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke during the first flight of a C-17 Globemaster III Sept. 12, 2013, to Joint Base Charleston, S.C. This historical event comes more than 20 years after the 437th Airlift Wing and the 315th Airlift Wing took delivery of the very first C-17 to enter the Air Force inventory June 14, 1993. It also marks the successful completion of C-17 production for the Air Force. Clarke is the Air National Guard director. Soho is the 437th Operations Group chief of standards and evaluations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dennis Sloan)

An F-15C Eagle prepares to refuel with a KC-135R Stratotanker Sept. 12, 2013, en route to the Arctic Challenge Exercise in Ørland, Norway. The F-15C in coordination with fighters from other nations provided the air-to-air attack element in many of the scenarios during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Christopher Mesnard)

An F-15C Eagle prepares to refuel with a KC-135R Stratotanker Sept. 12, 2013, en route to the Arctic Challenge Exercise in Ørland, Norway. The F-15C in coordination with fighters from other nations provided the air-to-air attack element in many of the scenarios during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Christopher Mesnard)

Staff Sgt. Bobby Pantfoader performs a flag folding demonstration during the 9/11 Remembrance Retreat ceremony Sept. 11, 2013, at Ellsworth Air Force. The ceremony was held to pay homage to those lost in wartime and during the tragic events on Sept. 11, 2001. Pantfoader is assigned to the 28th Force Support Squadron base honor guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada)

Staff Sgt. Bobby Pantfoader performs a flag folding demonstration during the 9/11 Remembrance Retreat ceremony Sept. 11, 2013, at Ellsworth Air Force. The ceremony was held to pay homage to those lost in wartime and during the tragic events on Sept. 11, 2001. Pantfoader is assigned to the 28th Force Support Squadron base honor guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk taxies on the flightline as a U-2 makes its final approach Sept. 17, 2013, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. The RQ-4 and U-2 are the Air Force’s primary high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk taxies on the flightline as a U-2 makes its final approach Sept. 17, 2013, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. The RQ-4 and U-2 are the Air Force’s primary high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings)

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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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