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Members of the 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron push and drive toward the finish line during the Summer Bash bed race Aug. 21, 2014, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Each team consisted of four pushers or pullers and one driver. The driver had to perform several tasks from one end of the lane in order to cross the finish line. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Xavier Navarro)

Members of the 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron push and drive toward the finish line during the Summer Bash bed race Aug. 21, 2014, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Each team consisted of four pushers or pullers and one driver. The driver had to perform several tasks from one end of the lane in order to cross the finish line. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Xavier Navarro)

An F-15C Eagle takes off on a training mission with a Bulgarian aircraft at Graf Ignatievo Air Base near Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Aug. 21, 2014. Pilots, maintainers and a mixture of other professions from RAF Lakenheath, England, including Airmen from Ramstein Air Base, Germany will enhance interoperability with Bulgaria and maintain joint readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Hailey Haux)

An F-15C Eagle takes off on a training mission with a Bulgarian aircraft at Graf Ignatievo Air Base near Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Aug. 21, 2014. Pilots, maintainers and a mixture of other professions from RAF Lakenheath, England, including Airmen from Ramstein Air Base, Germany will enhance interoperability with Bulgaria and maintain joint readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Hailey Haux)

Senior Airman Jessie Mechling,  (left) electronic warfare systems journeyman, and Tech. Sgt. Daniel Schultz, electronic warfare systems craftsman, review technical order instructions at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Aug. 25, 2014. The Airmen are assigned to the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.  The unit flies the EC-130H Compass Call aircraft whose primary mission is disruption of enemy command and control communications and to limit adversary coordination essential for enemy force management. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)

Senior Airman Jessie Mechling, (left) electronic warfare systems journeyman, and Tech. Sgt. Daniel Schultz, electronic warfare systems craftsman, review technical order instructions at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Aug. 25, 2014. The Airmen are assigned to the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The unit flies the EC-130H Compass Call aircraft whose primary mission is disruption of enemy command and control communications and to limit adversary coordination essential for enemy force management. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)

An U.S. fighter jet refuels from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker Aug. 21. (U.S. AirForce photo/Staff Sgt. Shawn  Nickel)

An U.S. fighter jet refuels from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker Aug. 21. (U.S. AirForce photo/Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

Capt. Eirk Hulme hugs his son on the flight line at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 25, 2014, after returning from exercises in the U.S.  Hulme is an F-15E Strike Eagle fighter pilot with the 494th Fighter Squadron. Red Flag is an advanced training program and provides participants with valuable training in planning and executing a wide-­variety of combat missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea)

Capt. Eirk Hulme hugs his son on the flight line at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 25, 2014, after returning from exercises in the U.S. Hulme is an F-15E Strike Eagle fighter pilot with the 494th Fighter Squadron. Red Flag is an advanced training program and provides participants with valuable training in planning and executing a wide-­variety of combat missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., taxis to the runway during Green Flag-West 14-09 at Nellis AFB, Nev., Aug. 21, 2014. Green Flag exercises give visiting units the opportunity to train in air-to-ground combat operations. Many of the training exercise scenarios call for providing air support to ground troops who are participating in ground combat exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo /Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., taxis to the runway during Green Flag-West 14-09 at Nellis AFB, Nev., Aug. 21, 2014. Green Flag exercises give visiting units the opportunity to train in air-to-ground combat operations. Many of the training exercise scenarios call for providing air support to ground troops who are participating in ground combat exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo /Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler)

Staff Sgt. Michael Griggs checks his work on a strut safety wire in an A-10C Thunderbolt II at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Aug.12, 2014. Griggs is an aerospace propulsion craftsman with the 23rd Component Maintenance Squadron. Aircraft are sent to the phase hangar every 500 and 1,000 hours for in-depth inspections. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Callaghan)

Staff Sgt. Michael Griggs checks his work on a strut safety wire in an A-10C Thunderbolt II at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Aug.12, 2014. Griggs is an aerospace propulsion craftsman with the 23rd Component Maintenance Squadron. Aircraft are sent to the phase hangar every 500 and 1,000 hours for in-depth inspections. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Callaghan)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor flies over clouds during RED FLAG-Alaska 14-3 Aug. 20, 2014, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The F-22, assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, possesses a sophisticated sensor suite allowing the pilot to track, identify, shoot and kill air-to-air threats before being detected. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jim Araos)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor flies over clouds during RED FLAG-Alaska 14-3 Aug. 20, 2014, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The F-22, assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, possesses a sophisticated sensor suite allowing the pilot to track, identify, shoot and kill air-to-air threats before being detected. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jim Araos)

Captain Nathan Maxton, 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member, fires at a moving target Aug. 20, 2014, during the Cascade Challenge at Range 103 next to North Fort Lewis at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The participants shot the Colt M-4 carbine assault rifle and the Beretta M-9 pistol and were graded on their time of completion, and the amount of times they hit the target. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keoni Chavarria)

Captain Nathan Maxton, 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member, fires at a moving target Aug. 20, 2014, during the Cascade Challenge at Range 103 next to North Fort Lewis at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The participants shot the Colt M-4 carbine assault rifle and the Beretta M-9 pistol and were graded on their time of completion, and the amount of times they hit the target. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keoni Chavarria)

For the first time ever, the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing flies the MQ‐9 Reaper in the airspace over the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, Calif., July 30, 2014. (Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman Michael Quiboloy)
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For the first time ever, the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing flies the MQ‐9 Reaper in the airspace over the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, Calif., July 30, 2014. (Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman Michael Quiboloy)

Tech. Sgt. Matthew Spittler, right, and Senior Airman Tyler Trocano, center, await extraction with Sgt. 1st Class Steven Sparks from 2nd platoon, Charlie Troop, Team 2-2, 1st Battalion, 126th Cavalry Regiment, Michigan National Guard, Dowagiac, Mich. on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the Illinois Army National Guard. The training took place during Operation Northern Strike 2014 near Grayling, Mich. on Aug. 11, 2014. Both Airmen are Joint Terminal Air Controllers from the 148th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. Operation Northern Strike 2014 is a joint multinational combined arms training exercise conducted in Michigan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Scott Thompson)
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Tech. Sgt. Matthew Spittler, right, and Senior Airman Tyler Trocano, center, await extraction with Sgt. 1st Class Steven Sparks from 2nd platoon, Charlie Troop, Team 2-2, 1st Battalion, 126th Cavalry Regiment, Michigan National Guard, Dowagiac, Mich. on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the Illinois Army National Guard. The training took place during Operation Northern Strike 2014 near Grayling, Mich. on Aug. 11, 2014. Both Airmen are Joint Terminal Air Controllers from the 148th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. Operation Northern Strike 2014 is a joint multinational combined arms training exercise conducted in Michigan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Scott Thompson)

A C-130 Hercules from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., is being escorted by Canadian Alpha Jets during Operation Northern Strike 2014 near Rogers City, Mich., on Aug. 7, 2014. Operation Northern Strike 2014 is a joint multinational combined arms training exercise conducted in Michigan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Scott Thompson)
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A C-130 Hercules from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill., is being escorted by Canadian Alpha Jets during Operation Northern Strike 2014 near Rogers City, Mich., on Aug. 7, 2014. Operation Northern Strike 2014 is a joint multinational combined arms training exercise conducted in Michigan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Scott Thompson)

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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