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Staff Sgt. Napoleon Ortiz communicates with his crew members Aug. 31, 2014, at Yokota Air Base, Japan, during the Shizuoka Comprehensive Disaster Drill. A C-130 Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron airlifted Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members to Shizuoka airport and performed an airdrop of simulated humanitarian supplies. Ortiz is a loadmaster with the 36th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)

Staff Sgt. Napoleon Ortiz communicates with his crew members Aug. 31, 2014, at Yokota Air Base, Japan, during the Shizuoka Comprehensive Disaster Drill. A C-130 Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron airlifted Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members to Shizuoka airport and performed an airdrop of simulated humanitarian supplies. Ortiz is a loadmaster with the 36th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)

The Army’s 11th Quartermaster Company parachute riggers assemble 40 container delivery system bundles of water onto a C-17 Globemaster III for a humanitarian airdrop Aug. 30, 2014, over the area of Amirli, Iraq. Two C-17s dropped 79 bundles of fresh drinking water totaling 7,513 gallons. In addition, two C-130 Hercules dropped 30 bundles containing 3,032 gallons of water and 7,056 Meals, Ready to Eat. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

The Army’s 11th Quartermaster Company parachute riggers assemble 40 container delivery system bundles of water onto a C-17 Globemaster III for a humanitarian airdrop Aug. 30, 2014, over the area of Amirli, Iraq. Two C-17s dropped 79 bundles of fresh drinking water totaling 7,513 gallons. In addition, two C-130 Hercules dropped 30 bundles containing 3,032 gallons of water and 7,056 Meals, Ready to Eat. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

Kunsan Air Base F-16 Fighting Falcons and South Korean KF-16s taxi to the runway together Aug. 21, 2014, during Exercise Buddy Wing 14-8 at Seosan Air Base, South Korea. The purpose of the exercise was to improve interoperability between the two air force’s fighter squadrons, and to practice with South Korean KF-16 units for their first upcoming Red Flag exercise in Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Taylor Curry)

Kunsan Air Base F-16 Fighting Falcons and South Korean KF-16s taxi to the runway together Aug. 21, 2014, during Exercise Buddy Wing 14-8 at Seosan Air Base, South Korea. The purpose of the exercise was to improve interoperability between the two air force’s fighter squadrons, and to practice with South Korean KF-16 units for their first upcoming Red Flag exercise in Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Taylor Curry)

Tops in Blue members perform Aug. 28. 2014, at the Memorial Auditorium in Wichita Falls, Texas. The group performed music and entertainment stemming from a variety of popular culture with an Air Force twist for service members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photos/Airman 1st Class Jelani Gibson)

Tops in Blue members perform Aug. 28. 2014, at the Memorial Auditorium in Wichita Falls, Texas. The group performed music and entertainment stemming from a variety of popular culture with an Air Force twist for service members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photos/Airman 1st Class Jelani Gibson)

HH-60 Pave Hawk crew members participate in a downed pilot exercise Aug 26, 2014, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 31st Rescue Squadron uses various fixed- and rotary-wing insertion and extraction assets providing combat and humanitarian search, rescue and medical assistance in all environments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman)

HH-60 Pave Hawk crew members participate in a downed pilot exercise Aug 26, 2014, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 31st Rescue Squadron uses various fixed- and rotary-wing insertion and extraction assets providing combat and humanitarian search, rescue and medical assistance in all environments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman)

Airmen from the 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron repair sections of the runway Aug. 27, 2014, at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The improvements will provide a safe environment to sustain current flying operations and secure future mission capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Connor Estes)

Airmen from the 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron repair sections of the runway Aug. 27, 2014, at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The improvements will provide a safe environment to sustain current flying operations and secure future mission capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Connor Estes)

Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Jackson fires a round from a .45-caliber pistol Aug. 15, 2014, in Valdosta, Ga. When shooting, Jackson wears eye protection with the right lens covered with masking tape. This prevents eye strain by allowing him to keep his right eye open for long periods of time. Jackson is an aircraft metals technology craftsman with the 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron on Moody Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter)

Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Jackson fires a round from a .45-caliber pistol Aug. 15, 2014, in Valdosta, Ga. When shooting, Jackson wears eye protection with the right lens covered with masking tape. This prevents eye strain by allowing him to keep his right eye open for long periods of time. Jackson is an aircraft metals technology craftsman with the 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron on Moody Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter)

F-16 Fighting Falcons Thunderbirds perform a five-ship formation after refueling from a 92nd Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker Sept. 1, 2014, over Glacier National Park, Mont. The Thunderbirds were making their way back to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., where they are assigned to the 57th Wing’s U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Janelle Patiño)

F-16 Fighting Falcons Thunderbirds perform a five-ship formation after refueling from a 92nd Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker Sept. 1, 2014, over Glacier National Park, Mont. The Thunderbirds were making their way back to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., where they are assigned to the 57th Wing’s U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Janelle Patiño)

Airmen with the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow a 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules into position for operations during Steadfast Javelin II Sep. 3, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Steadfast Javelin II prepares U.S., NATO allies and European security partners to conduct unified land operations through the simultaneous combination of offensive, defensive, and stability operations appropriate to the mission and the environment, and to sustain interoperability with partner nations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan)

Airmen with the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow a 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules into position for operations during Steadfast Javelin II Sep. 3, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Steadfast Javelin II prepares U.S., NATO allies and European security partners to conduct unified land operations through the simultaneous combination of offensive, defensive, and stability operations appropriate to the mission and the environment, and to sustain interoperability with partner nations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan)

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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