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Senior Airman Brandon W. Motley watches for air support with night vision during evening operations Aug. 13, 2014, on the Grayling Air Gunnery Range during Operation Northern Strike in Grayling, Mich. Northern Strike was a three-week exercise led by the National Guard that demonstrated the combined power of joint and multinational air and ground forces. Motley is a tactical air control party specialist with the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron. TACPs were with the Air National Guard’s 169th ASOS from Peoria, Ill., and more than 5,000 other armed forces members from 12 states and two coalition nations participated in the combat training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

Senior Airman Brandon W. Motley watches for air support with night vision during evening operations Aug. 13, 2014, on the Grayling Air Gunnery Range during Operation Northern Strike in Grayling, Mich. Northern Strike was a three-week exercise led by the National Guard that demonstrated the combined power of joint and multinational air and ground forces. Motley is a tactical air control party specialist with the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron. TACPs were with the Air National Guard’s 169th ASOS from Peoria, Ill., and more than 5,000 other armed forces members from 12 states and two coalition nations participated in the combat training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

Staff Sgt. Luis Rodriguez from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron conducts an early morning walk-around of a Thunderbirds  F-16D Fighting Falcon Aug. 11, 2014, at Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. The Thunderbirds are the premier flying demonstration group and performed for the Atlantic City "Thunder Over the Boardwalk Airshow" Aug. 13.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)

Staff Sgt. Luis Rodriguez from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron conducts an early morning walk-around of a Thunderbirds F-16D Fighting Falcon Aug. 11, 2014, at Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. The Thunderbirds are the premier flying demonstration group and performed for the Atlantic City "Thunder Over the Boardwalk Airshow" Aug. 13. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)

Staff Sgt. Nathan A. Hruska fires his Beretta M9 pistol during a weapons qualification Aug. 15, 2014, at Operation Northern Strike in Alpena, Mich. Northern Strike was a 3-week exercise led by the National Guard that demonstrated the combined power of joint and multinational air and ground forces. Hruska is a tactical air control party specialist with the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron. TACPs were with the Air National Guards 169th ASOS from Peoria, Ill., and more than 5,000 other armed forces members from 12 states and two coalition nations participated in the combat training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

Staff Sgt. Nathan A. Hruska fires his Beretta M9 pistol during a weapons qualification Aug. 15, 2014, at Operation Northern Strike in Alpena, Mich. Northern Strike was a 3-week exercise led by the National Guard that demonstrated the combined power of joint and multinational air and ground forces. Hruska is a tactical air control party specialist with the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron. TACPs were with the Air National Guards 169th ASOS from Peoria, Ill., and more than 5,000 other armed forces members from 12 states and two coalition nations participated in the combat training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

A KC-135 Stratotanker taxis through the wash rack, also known as a bird bath, after a mission Aug. 18, 2014. The KC-135 is assigned to the Air National Guard’s 134th Air Refueling Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Young)

A KC-135 Stratotanker taxis through the wash rack, also known as a bird bath, after a mission Aug. 18, 2014. The KC-135 is assigned to the Air National Guard’s 134th Air Refueling Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Young)

An F-22 Raptor performs a refueling  with a KC-135 Stratotanker during a training mission Aug. 7, 2014, near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The F-22 is designed to project air dominance, rapidly and at great distances. The F-22 is assigned to the 525th Fighter Squadron and the KC-135 is from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephany Richards)

An F-22 Raptor performs a refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker during a training mission Aug. 7, 2014, near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The F-22 is designed to project air dominance, rapidly and at great distances. The F-22 is assigned to the 525th Fighter Squadron and the KC-135 is from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephany Richards)

Staff Sgt. Jesse Mitchell cuts a metal structure with a blow torch Aug. 3, 2014, in Southwest Asia. Airmen from the 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron came from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar to establish more permanent structures than the current tents used as passenger terminals. The unit is composed of Pennsylvania Air National Guard members deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mitchell is a 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron pavement and equipment operator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock)

Staff Sgt. Jesse Mitchell cuts a metal structure with a blow torch Aug. 3, 2014, in Southwest Asia. Airmen from the 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron came from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar to establish more permanent structures than the current tents used as passenger terminals. The unit is composed of Pennsylvania Air National Guard members deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mitchell is a 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron pavement and equipment operator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock)

Capts. Andrea Delosreyes and Trent Parker and Airman 1st Class Kevin Haggith walk the flightline Aug. 11, 2014, after taking part an in-air refueling mission over Iraq. The aircrew unloaded 40,000 gallons of fuel to aircraft completing missions in Iraq. President Barack Obama authorized humanitarian aid deliveries to Iraq as well as targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel from Islamic extremists. U.S. Central Command directed the operations. Delosreyes and Parker are pilots and Haggith is a boom operator with the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Capts. Andrea Delosreyes and Trent Parker and Airman 1st Class Kevin Haggith walk the flightline Aug. 11, 2014, after taking part an in-air refueling mission over Iraq. The aircrew unloaded 40,000 gallons of fuel to aircraft completing missions in Iraq. President Barack Obama authorized humanitarian aid deliveries to Iraq as well as targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel from Islamic extremists. U.S. Central Command directed the operations. Delosreyes and Parker are pilots and Haggith is a boom operator with the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Staff Sgt. Michael Wright scans the area for potential obstacles during a training mission Aug. 12, 2014, near Yokota Air Base, Japan. Wright is a 459th Airlift Squadron UH-1N Huey helicopter crew chief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephany Richards)

Staff Sgt. Michael Wright scans the area for potential obstacles during a training mission Aug. 12, 2014, near Yokota Air Base, Japan. Wright is a 459th Airlift Squadron UH-1N Huey helicopter crew chief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephany Richards)

A patient at the Golisano Children's Hospital looks through his Thunderbirds coloring book after being visited by U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron team members Aug. 15, 2014, during the Rochester International Air Show in Rochester, N.Y. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez)

A patient at the Golisano Children's Hospital looks through his Thunderbirds coloring book after being visited by U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron team members Aug. 15, 2014, during the Rochester International Air Show in Rochester, N.Y. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez)

MQ-9 Reaper crew chiefs perform a routine inspection Aug. 12, 2014, on an MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron thoroughly inspects each part of the aircraft before takeoff and after landing, looking for any discrepancies that could interfere with the proper operation of the aircraft. Inspections are performed based on various factors including total hours flown and discrepancies noticed or reported during training sorties. The crew chiefs are assigned to the 49th AMXS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Leah Ferrante)
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MQ-9 Reaper crew chiefs perform a routine inspection Aug. 12, 2014, on an MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron thoroughly inspects each part of the aircraft before takeoff and after landing, looking for any discrepancies that could interfere with the proper operation of the aircraft. Inspections are performed based on various factors including total hours flown and discrepancies noticed or reported during training sorties. The crew chiefs are assigned to the 49th AMXS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Leah Ferrante)

Capts. Andrew Glowa, left, and William Piepenbring launch flares from two A-10C Thunderbolt IIs Aug. 18, 2014, over southern Georgia. Both pilots are with the 74th Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Pilots, maintainers and support Airmen ensure Moody AFB’s A-10s stay mission ready for daily training sorties and deployments downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter)
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Capts. Andrew Glowa, left, and William Piepenbring launch flares from two A-10C Thunderbolt IIs Aug. 18, 2014, over southern Georgia. Both pilots are with the 74th Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Pilots, maintainers and support Airmen ensure Moody AFB’s A-10s stay mission ready for daily training sorties and deployments downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter)

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