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Army CH-47D Chinook helicopters and their components are unloaded from a C-5M Super Galaxy Oct. 29, 2013, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The helicopters were used in Afghanistan and are being returned to the United States as military forces are withdrawn from the country. The C-5s are assigned to the 436th Airlift Wing.

Army CH-47D Chinook helicopters and their components are unloaded from a C-5M Super Galaxy Oct. 29, 2013, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The helicopters were used in Afghanistan and are being returned to the United States as military forces are withdrawn from the country. The C-5s are assigned to the 436th Airlift Wing.

U.S. Air Force Academy freshman quarterback, Nate Romine, pitches to wide receiver, Sam Gagliano, during the Air Force-Notre Dame game Oct. 26, 2013, at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The game marked Romine's first start as quarterback for Air Force.

U.S. Air Force Academy freshman quarterback, Nate Romine, pitches to wide receiver, Sam Gagliano, during the Air Force-Notre Dame game Oct. 26, 2013, at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The game marked Romine's first start as quarterback for Air Force.

Tech. Sgt. Thomas Hough scans for threats during a retrograde mission to Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, Oct. 28, 2013. The 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron is assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing and is a tactical airlift hub responsible for transporting passengers and cargo across U.S. Central Command. Hough, an Eagle River, Alaska native, is deployed from the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard. Hough is a 737th EAS C-130H Hercules loadmaster.

Tech. Sgt. Thomas Hough scans for threats during a retrograde mission to Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, Oct. 28, 2013. The 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron is assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing and is a tactical airlift hub responsible for transporting passengers and cargo across U.S. Central Command. Hough, an Eagle River, Alaska native, is deployed from the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard. Hough is a 737th EAS C-130H Hercules loadmaster.

Staff Sgt. Robert Molina practices sharp turning during an ATV training class Oct. 25, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  Approximately 20 Airmen from the 96th Security Forces Squadron and the 96th Ground Combat Training Squadron received the training over two days.  The new riders learned riding fundamentals and even some complicated techniques during the four-hour course. Molina is assigned to the 96th Ground Combat Training Squadron.

Staff Sgt. Robert Molina practices sharp turning during an ATV training class Oct. 25, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Approximately 20 Airmen from the 96th Security Forces Squadron and the 96th Ground Combat Training Squadron received the training over two days. The new riders learned riding fundamentals and even some complicated techniques during the four-hour course. Molina is assigned to the 96th Ground Combat Training Squadron.

The U.S. Air Force and Navy Honor Guard Drill Team pay tribute to retired Gen. David C. Jones as he is laid to rest Oct. 25, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Jones served four years as chief of staff of the Air Force from 1974 to 1978 until he was appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, June 21, 1978. As chairman, he served as the senior military adviser to the president, the National Security Council and the secretary of defense.  During the Korean War, Jones was assigned to a bombardment squadron where he accumulated more than 300 flight hours on missions over North Korea.

The U.S. Air Force and Navy Honor Guard Drill Team pay tribute to retired Gen. David C. Jones as he is laid to rest Oct. 25, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Jones served four years as chief of staff of the Air Force from 1974 to 1978 until he was appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, June 21, 1978. As chairman, he served as the senior military adviser to the president, the National Security Council and the secretary of defense. During the Korean War, Jones was assigned to a bombardment squadron where he accumulated more than 300 flight hours on missions over North Korea.

Ten C-130 Hercules aircraft taxi on a runway during a large formation mission Oct. 22, 2013, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.  The C-130s flew toward the Aomori region, testing Yokota AB’s capability to launch aircraft and assist anywhere in the Western Pacific region.

Ten C-130 Hercules aircraft taxi on a runway during a large formation mission Oct. 22, 2013, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The C-130s flew toward the Aomori region, testing Yokota AB’s capability to launch aircraft and assist anywhere in the Western Pacific region.

Army Soldiers board a C-17 Globemaster III during an unloading mission Oct. 23, 2013, at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The Soldiers partnered with Airmen from the 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron to learn how to properly unload large airframes. The Soldiers are assigned to the 622nd Movement Control Detachment from Fort Eustis, Va.

Army Soldiers board a C-17 Globemaster III during an unloading mission Oct. 23, 2013, at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The Soldiers partnered with Airmen from the 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron to learn how to properly unload large airframes. The Soldiers are assigned to the 622nd Movement Control Detachment from Fort Eustis, Va.

Senior Airman Justin Tamayo monitors incoming combat aircraft during a joint live-fire exercise Oct. 23, 2013, at a regional range in Southwest Asia. The 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron provides air-to-ground joint terminal attack controllers and weather expertise to the U.S. Army Central Task Force. Tamayo hails from Keaau, Hawaii, and is deployed from Fort Carson, Colo. Tamayo is 82nd EASOS tactical air control party.

Senior Airman Justin Tamayo monitors incoming combat aircraft during a joint live-fire exercise Oct. 23, 2013, at a regional range in Southwest Asia. The 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron provides air-to-ground joint terminal attack controllers and weather expertise to the U.S. Army Central Task Force. Tamayo hails from Keaau, Hawaii, and is deployed from Fort Carson, Colo. Tamayo is 82nd EASOS tactical air control party.

Airman 1st Class Lucas Gray goes through the steps to remove and install a hydraulic reservoir on a T-38 Talon Oct. 24, 2013, at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Gray is assigned to the 364th Training Squadron, Aircraft Hydraulic Systems course.

Airman 1st Class Lucas Gray goes through the steps to remove and install a hydraulic reservoir on a T-38 Talon Oct. 24, 2013, at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Gray is assigned to the 364th Training Squadron, Aircraft Hydraulic Systems course.

Family members wave to returning service members of the 27th Fighter Squadron Oct. 18, 2013, at Langley Air Force Base, Va.. More than 300 Airmen deployed in support of Pacific Command theater security package rotation to Kadena Air Base, Japan. While on deployment 27th FS pilots and maintainers integrated with the U.S. Navy and Japanese Self Defense Force.
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Family members wave to returning service members of the 27th Fighter Squadron Oct. 18, 2013, at Langley Air Force Base, Va.. More than 300 Airmen deployed in support of Pacific Command theater security package rotation to Kadena Air Base, Japan. While on deployment 27th FS pilots and maintainers integrated with the U.S. Navy and Japanese Self Defense Force.

Capt. Candice Adams Ismirle waits to receive a radiation treatment Oct. 22, 2013, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. After approximately two years in remission, Ismirle recently learned her cancer had returned.
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Capt. Candice Adams Ismirle waits to receive a radiation treatment Oct. 22, 2013, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. After approximately two years in remission, Ismirle recently learned her cancer had returned.

A C-130 Hercules takes off as part of a large formation mission Oct. 22, 2013, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The 10 C-130's flew during the mission to practice airlift tactics and procedures, highlighting Yokota AB's role as the primary airlift hub for the Western Pacific for peacetime and contingency operations.
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A C-130 Hercules takes off as part of a large formation mission Oct. 22, 2013, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The 10 C-130's flew during the mission to practice airlift tactics and procedures, highlighting Yokota AB's role as the primary airlift hub for the Western Pacific for peacetime and contingency operations.

Maj. Erin Kelley performs a preflight check on a C-130H Hercules before embarking on a retrograde mission to Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, Oct. 28, 2013. The 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron is assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing and is a tactical airlift hub responsible for transporting passengers and cargo across U.S. Central Command. Kelley, a Kalamazoo, Mich. native, is deployed from the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard. Kelley is a 737th EAS pilot.
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Maj. Erin Kelley performs a preflight check on a C-130H Hercules before embarking on a retrograde mission to Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, Oct. 28, 2013. The 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron is assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing and is a tactical airlift hub responsible for transporting passengers and cargo across U.S. Central Command. Kelley, a Kalamazoo, Mich. native, is deployed from the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard. Kelley is a 737th EAS pilot.

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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