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Chief Master Sgt. Alex C. Escarcega (bib number 123) is seconds into his race Feb. 15, 2014, at Flatirons Golf Course in Boulder, Colo. Escarcega was the sole reservist to compete in the 2014 Armed Forces Cross-Country Championship’s 8-kilometer event. He finished with a time of 34:24 in the Men’s Master category. Escarcega is assigned to the 310th Operations Group at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., and serves as the organization’s chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Chief Master Sgt. Alex C. Escarcega (bib number 123) is seconds into his race Feb. 15, 2014, at Flatirons Golf Course in Boulder, Colo. Escarcega was the sole reservist to compete in the 2014 Armed Forces Cross-Country Championship’s 8-kilometer event. He finished with a time of 34:24 in the Men’s Master category. Escarcega is assigned to the 310th Operations Group at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., and serves as the organization’s chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nicholas B. Ontiveros)

Lt. Col. John Gonzales takes to the sky Feb. 11, 2014, at Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Ark. Gonzales delivered Tail No. 649, a A-10C Thunderbolt II, to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., as part of the 188th Fighter Wing’s conversion from an A-10 mission to a remotely-piloted aircraft, intelligence and targeting mission. The 188th FW now has seven A-10s remaining on station, with the last two aircraft are slated to depart in June. Gonzales is a 23rd Operations Support Squadron commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman John Hillier)

Lt. Col. John Gonzales takes to the sky Feb. 11, 2014, at Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Ark. Gonzales delivered Tail No. 649, a A-10C Thunderbolt II, to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., as part of the 188th Fighter Wing’s conversion from an A-10 mission to a remotely-piloted aircraft, intelligence and targeting mission. The 188th FW now has seven A-10s remaining on station, with the last two aircraft are slated to depart in June. Gonzales is a 23rd Operations Support Squadron commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman John Hillier)

Airman 1st Class Austin Ballantine receives instructions during a simulated live-fire exercise Feb. 5, 2014, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. The 435th Air Ground Operations Wing establishes expeditionary airfield operations and communications and provides theater-wide combat support and training. Ballantine is a 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Airman 1st Class Austin Ballantine receives instructions during a simulated live-fire exercise Feb. 5, 2014, at Grafenwoehr, Germany. The 435th Air Ground Operations Wing establishes expeditionary airfield operations and communications and provides theater-wide combat support and training. Ballantine is a 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

A C-17 Globemaster III moves into position behind a KC-135 Stratotanker for an in-flight refueling Feb. 13, 2014, over southern Kentucky. The C-17 is from the from the 445th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve Wing based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The KC-135 is from the Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Wing and operates out of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)

A C-17 Globemaster III moves into position behind a KC-135 Stratotanker for an in-flight refueling Feb. 13, 2014, over southern Kentucky. The C-17 is from the from the 445th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve Wing based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The KC-135 is from the Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Wing and operates out of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)

Tech. Sgt. Frank Castonguay pours a fluorescent oil bath over a KC-135 Stratotanker brake key inside a magnetic field generator Feb. 11, 2014, at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. The oil bath coats the part in fluorescent particles, which are attracted to any cracks after a magnetic field is established on either end of the part. This method quickly allows non-destructive inspection shop members to identify dangerous defects in parts. Castonguay is a 100th Maintenance Squadron NDI craftsman. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillon Johnston)

Tech. Sgt. Frank Castonguay pours a fluorescent oil bath over a KC-135 Stratotanker brake key inside a magnetic field generator Feb. 11, 2014, at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. The oil bath coats the part in fluorescent particles, which are attracted to any cracks after a magnetic field is established on either end of the part. This method quickly allows non-destructive inspection shop members to identify dangerous defects in parts. Castonguay is a 100th Maintenance Squadron NDI craftsman. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillon Johnston)

A C-130H Hercules assigned to the 103rd Airlift Wing weathers the storm Feb. 13, 2014, at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Conn. More than a half dozen machines from the adjacent Bradley International Airport worked to clear the rapidly accumulating snow from the aircraft ramp. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Erin McNamara)

A C-130H Hercules assigned to the 103rd Airlift Wing weathers the storm Feb. 13, 2014, at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Conn. More than a half dozen machines from the adjacent Bradley International Airport worked to clear the rapidly accumulating snow from the aircraft ramp. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Erin McNamara)

Capt. Zachary Proano (left) and Capt. Andrew Parlsen conduct a training mission on a B-52H Stratofortress Feb. 11, 2014, over Nevada. The 23rd Bomb Squadron conducted a live ordnance training mission dropping Cluster Bomb Unit 103 and CBU-87 at the Nevada Test and Training Range. Proano is a 23rd BS radar navigator and Parlsen is a 23rd BS Navigator. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Capt. Zachary Proano (left) and Capt. Andrew Parlsen conduct a training mission on a B-52H Stratofortress Feb. 11, 2014, over Nevada. The 23rd Bomb Squadron conducted a live ordnance training mission dropping Cluster Bomb Unit 103 and CBU-87 at the Nevada Test and Training Range. Proano is a 23rd BS radar navigator and Parlsen is a 23rd BS Navigator. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 35th Fighter Squadron land in sync after a training sortie Feb. 13, 2014, at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. The pilots faced different training scenarios to further reinforce their ability to fight off aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 35th Fighter Squadron land in sync after a training sortie Feb. 13, 2014, at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. The pilots faced different training scenarios to further reinforce their ability to fight off aggressors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

Senior Airman Jacob Pacheco performs maintenance on a B-52H Stratofortress part Jan. 30, 2014, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. The fabrication flight handles all aircraft assigned to Minot AFB and schedules routine maintenance for each one. With Boeing no longer making many parts for the aging aircraft, the fabrication flight improvises and creates handcrafted solutions. Pacheco is with the 5th Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brittany Y. Auld)

Senior Airman Jacob Pacheco performs maintenance on a B-52H Stratofortress part Jan. 30, 2014, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. The fabrication flight handles all aircraft assigned to Minot AFB and schedules routine maintenance for each one. With Boeing no longer making many parts for the aging aircraft, the fabrication flight improvises and creates handcrafted solutions. Pacheco is with the 5th Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brittany Y. Auld)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon taxis for a training mission during Red Flag 14-1 as an F-22 Raptor takes off Jan. 30, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Combat units come together from the United States and its allied countries to engage in realistic combat training scenarios within the base's 2.9-million acre test and training range complex. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon taxis for a training mission during Red Flag 14-1 as an F-22 Raptor takes off Jan. 30, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Combat units come together from the United States and its allied countries to engage in realistic combat training scenarios within the base's 2.9-million acre test and training range complex. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)

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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