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A cargo parachute deploys out of the back of a C-130 Hercules Feb. 4, 2014, above Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. Certified riggers among the aerial porters at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., pack the parachutes with care before each drop. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi)

A cargo parachute deploys out of the back of a C-130 Hercules Feb. 4, 2014, above Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. Certified riggers among the aerial porters at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., pack the parachutes with care before each drop. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi)

Airmen don their M50 protective masks as they brush up on their chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear, self-aid and buddy care skills Feb. 9, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The exercise was part of the New Jersey Air National Guard 108th Wing’s Ability to Survive and Operate Rodeo evaluation. The Airmen also practiced post-attack reconnaissance and maintenance of their Beretta M9 pistols and M16 rifles. These skills enable Airmen to function effectively in hostile environments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

Airmen don their M50 protective masks as they brush up on their chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear, self-aid and buddy care skills Feb. 9, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The exercise was part of the New Jersey Air National Guard 108th Wing’s Ability to Survive and Operate Rodeo evaluation. The Airmen also practiced post-attack reconnaissance and maintenance of their Beretta M9 pistols and M16 rifles. These skills enable Airmen to function effectively in hostile environments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

A snow plow removes snow and ice outside the base main gate Feb. 12, 2014, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Though severe winter weather is rare at Shaw AFB, this winter season has presented a fair amount of snow, sleet and ice. More than once this season, base officials had to reduce manning to mission essential personnel due to inclement weather. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston)

A snow plow removes snow and ice outside the base main gate Feb. 12, 2014, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Though severe winter weather is rare at Shaw AFB, this winter season has presented a fair amount of snow, sleet and ice. More than once this season, base officials had to reduce manning to mission essential personnel due to inclement weather. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston)

Two F-15E Strike Eagles are parked on the flightline Feb.10, 2014, as the sun sets over Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. More than 3,200 service members and 125 aircraft from joint U.S. and allied combat forces from around the world participate in Red Flag 14-1, hosted by the 414th Combat Training Squadron. The main objective of the exercise is to increase capabilities to defend against future threats.The F-15Es are assigned to the 391st Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lorenz Crespo)

Two F-15E Strike Eagles are parked on the flightline Feb.10, 2014, as the sun sets over Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. More than 3,200 service members and 125 aircraft from joint U.S. and allied combat forces from around the world participate in Red Flag 14-1, hosted by the 414th Combat Training Squadron. The main objective of the exercise is to increase capabilities to defend against future threats.The F-15Es are assigned to the 391st Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lorenz Crespo)

Airman 1st Class Bradley Gann rolls a deflated parachute Feb. 4, 2014, at Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. After rolling the canopy, aerial porters "daisy-chain" the lines at the end of the parachute to prevent tangling. Gann is an aerial porter with the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi)

Airman 1st Class Bradley Gann rolls a deflated parachute Feb. 4, 2014, at Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. After rolling the canopy, aerial porters "daisy-chain" the lines at the end of the parachute to prevent tangling. Gann is an aerial porter with the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi)

An F-22 Raptor from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker refueling boom Feb. 7, 2014. The KC-135 provides the core aerial refueling capability for the Air Force and has filled this role for more than 50 years. The tanker is assigned to Fairchild AFB, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mary O'Dell)

An F-22 Raptor from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker refueling boom Feb. 7, 2014. The KC-135 provides the core aerial refueling capability for the Air Force and has filled this role for more than 50 years. The tanker is assigned to Fairchild AFB, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mary O'Dell)

An Airman assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing laughs with his son after returning from a five-month deployment Feb. 7, 2014, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Approximately 200 Airmen returned home from their tour to U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston)

An Airman assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing laughs with his son after returning from a five-month deployment Feb. 7, 2014, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Approximately 200 Airmen returned home from their tour to U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston)

Staff Sgt. Steven Stein (right) works with members of his joint terminal attack controller team to plot targets during a joint training exercise Feb. 6, 2014, at the Bollen Live-Fire Range Complex on Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. The JTACs worked with C-17A Globemaster IIIs and A-10C Thunderbolt IIs in the mountainous, snowy terrain of central Pennsylvania. Stein is a JTAC from the 11th Air Support Operations Squadron, 3rd Air Support Group, which supports the U.S. Army's 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Staff Sgt. Steven Stein (right) works with members of his joint terminal attack controller team to plot targets during a joint training exercise Feb. 6, 2014, at the Bollen Live-Fire Range Complex on Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. The JTACs worked with C-17A Globemaster IIIs and A-10C Thunderbolt IIs in the mountainous, snowy terrain of central Pennsylvania. Stein is a JTAC from the 11th Air Support Operations Squadron, 3rd Air Support Group, which supports the U.S. Army's 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Airmen and firefighters assess the scene of a simulated bombing during an emergency response exercise Jan. 30, 2014, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The emergency responders are assigned to the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken Wright)

Airmen and firefighters assess the scene of a simulated bombing during an emergency response exercise Jan. 30, 2014, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The emergency responders are assigned to the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken Wright)

A C-17A Globemaster III of the 436th Airlift Wing, 512th Airlift Wing (Air Force Reserve Command) practices low-level terrain masking techniques over the Bollen Live-Fire Range Complex during a training mission on Feb. 6, 2014, Fort Indiantown Gap, PA. The C-17A is from Dover Air Force Base, Del. Bollen Range supports live-fire training activities for most fighter units in the northeastern United States as well as helicopter and heavy transport and special  mission aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)
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A C-17A Globemaster III of the 436th Airlift Wing, 512th Airlift Wing (Air Force Reserve Command) practices low-level terrain masking techniques over the Bollen Live-Fire Range Complex during a training mission on Feb. 6, 2014, Fort Indiantown Gap, PA. The C-17A is from Dover Air Force Base, Del. Bollen Range supports live-fire training activities for most fighter units in the northeastern United States as well as helicopter and heavy transport and special mission aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Second Lt. Quianna Samuels checks newborn Guinevere Grant, the daughter of Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Xavier Grant, Jan. 30, 2014, at Langley Air Force Base, Va. Samuels is a registered nurse with the 33rd Medical Group Labor and Deliver unit. In 2013, Samuels aided in the initial response to the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, where her nursing skills were put to the test. Grant is a Patrol Coast Squadron electrician mate assigned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Brooke Betit)
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Second Lt. Quianna Samuels checks newborn Guinevere Grant, the daughter of Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Xavier Grant, Jan. 30, 2014, at Langley Air Force Base, Va. Samuels is a registered nurse with the 33rd Medical Group Labor and Deliver unit. In 2013, Samuels aided in the initial response to the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, where her nursing skills were put to the test. Grant is a Patrol Coast Squadron electrician mate assigned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Brooke Betit)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during Red Flag 14-1 on Jan. 28, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The mission of the 414th Combat Training Squadron, the unit that plans and executes Red Flag, is to maximize the combat readiness and survivability of participants by providing a realistic training environment. There are approximately 125 aircraft participating in the exercise. The F-16 is assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during Red Flag 14-1 on Jan. 28, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The mission of the 414th Combat Training Squadron, the unit that plans and executes Red Flag, is to maximize the combat readiness and survivability of participants by providing a realistic training environment. There are approximately 125 aircraft participating in the exercise. The F-16 is assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard)

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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