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A weapons load crew team from the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit work together to lift an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile onto an LAU-128 Missile launcher Jan. 5, 2015, during a quarterly weapons load competition on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The competition tests teams’ abilities to arm F-15 Eagles in a fast and safe manner. The competition was held between the 44th and 67th Aircraft Maintenance Units of the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Naoto Anazawa)

A weapons load crew team from the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit work together to lift an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile onto an LAU-128 Missile launcher Jan. 5, 2015, during a quarterly weapons load competition on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The competition tests teams’ abilities to arm F-15 Eagles in a fast and safe manner. The competition was held between the 44th and 67th Aircraft Maintenance Units of the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Naoto Anazawa)

A C-130H Hercules and C-130J Super Hercules participate in an interfly formation flight Dec. 23, 2014, near Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Roland, Ark. The C-130J and C-130H normally fly in separate formations to maximize the performance potential of both aircraft types, but can be employed together in an interfly formation if necessary. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Scott Poe)

A C-130H Hercules and C-130J Super Hercules participate in an interfly formation flight Dec. 23, 2014, near Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Roland, Ark. The C-130J and C-130H normally fly in separate formations to maximize the performance potential of both aircraft types, but can be employed together in an interfly formation if necessary. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Scott Poe)

Staff Sgt. Tavis Scheller and Senior Airman Micah Rodriguez ensure packages filled with ammonium nitrate are not damaged Dec. 11, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The ammonium nitrate is used along with other explosives to train military working dogs in detecting chemical hazards. Scheller is a 19th Maintenance Squadron munitions flight senior inspector and Rodriguez is 19th MXS munitions flight stockpile surveillance crewmember. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Harry Brexel)

Staff Sgt. Tavis Scheller and Senior Airman Micah Rodriguez ensure packages filled with ammonium nitrate are not damaged Dec. 11, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The ammonium nitrate is used along with other explosives to train military working dogs in detecting chemical hazards. Scheller is a 19th Maintenance Squadron munitions flight senior inspector and Rodriguez is 19th MXS munitions flight stockpile surveillance crewmember. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Harry Brexel)

A 56th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter prepares to land Dec. 30, 2014, at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. The primary mission of the HH-60G is to conduct day and night personnel recovery operations and they also fly into hostile environments to recover isolated personnel during war. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Erin O’Shea)

A 56th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter prepares to land Dec. 30, 2014, at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. The primary mission of the HH-60G is to conduct day and night personnel recovery operations and they also fly into hostile environments to recover isolated personnel during war. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Erin O’Shea)

U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons’ running back Shayne Davern breaks away from the Western Michigan Broncos’ defense during the first half of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl game Dec. 20, 2014. The Air Force won the game 38-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz Copan)

U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons’ running back Shayne Davern breaks away from the Western Michigan Broncos’ defense during the first half of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl game Dec. 20, 2014. The Air Force won the game 38-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz Copan)

An aircraft maintainer stands on the flightline in front of a snow-covered C-5M Super Galaxy Jan. 6, 2015, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Aircraft maintenance operations continued to keep the mission moving even though 1.4 inches of snow blanketed the flightline and aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik)

An aircraft maintainer stands on the flightline in front of a snow-covered C-5M Super Galaxy Jan. 6, 2015, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Aircraft maintenance operations continued to keep the mission moving even though 1.4 inches of snow blanketed the flightline and aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik)

An A-29 Super Tucano sits on the flightline during a preflight inspection Jan. 8, 2015, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. At the completion of Moody AFB’s Afghan pilot and maintenance training mission, the aircraft is set to provide an air-to-ground capability to the Afghan air force. The A-29 is assigned to the 81st Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan)

An A-29 Super Tucano sits on the flightline during a preflight inspection Jan. 8, 2015, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. At the completion of Moody AFB’s Afghan pilot and maintenance training mission, the aircraft is set to provide an air-to-ground capability to the Afghan air force. The A-29 is assigned to the 81st Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan)

Senior Airmen Tyler Dray and Jerry Mitchell use an ice auger Nov. 20, 2014, while constructing an ice bridge in Fairbanks, Alaska. The bridge must be constructed every other year to provide access to the $20 million range complex used to train pilots from around the world during Red Flag-Alaska exercises. Dray is a range maintenance structures journeyman and Mitchell is a heavy equipment operator with the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

Senior Airmen Tyler Dray and Jerry Mitchell use an ice auger while constructing an ice bridge in Fairbanks, Alaska. The ice bridge will be used throughout the winter months to connect civilization to the Blair Lakes Bomb Range that is 33 miles away through the wilderness. The bridge must be constructed every other year to provide access to the $20 million range complex used to train pilots from around the world during Red Flag-Alaska exercises. Dray is a range maintenance structures journeyman and Mitchell is a heavy equipment operator with the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

Construction continues on the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Dec. 31, 2014, in Dayton, Ohio. The 224,000 square-foot building is scheduled to open to the public in 2016, and is being privately financed by the Air Force Museum Foundation, a nonprofit organization chartered to assist in the development and expansion of the museum's facilities. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

Construction continues on the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Dec. 31, 2014, in Dayton, Ohio. The 224,000 square-foot building is scheduled to open to the public in 2016, and is being privately financed by the Air Force Museum Foundation, a nonprofit organization chartered to assist in the development and expansion of the museum's facilities. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

The KC-46A Pegasus development program completed its first flight of Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) aircraft #1 Dec. 28, 2014. The maiden flight took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington and landed at Boeing Field, Seattle. (Courtesy photo)
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The KC-46A Pegasus development program completed its first flight of Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) aircraft #1 Dec. 28, 2014. The maiden flight took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington and landed at Boeing Field, Seattle. (Courtesy photo)

Senior Airman Charlton Hampton refuels an F-15C Eagle from a KC-135 Stratotanker Dec. 23, 2014, near Okinawa, Japan. Mid-air refueling gives the Air Force the ability to extend the range of its aircraft, which is integral to the global reach of U.S. military power and humanitarian relief in the event of a crisis. Charlton is a 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman)
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Senior Airman Charlton Hampton refuels an F-15C Eagle from a KC-135 Stratotanker Dec. 23, 2014, near Okinawa, Japan. Mid-air refueling gives the Air Force the ability to extend the range of its aircraft, which is integral to the global reach of U.S. military power and humanitarian relief in the event of a crisis. Charlton is a 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman)

Staff Sgt. Dontea White scans the area around his convoy for simulated explosive ordnance devices Dec. 17, 2014, during the dismounted operations portion of the Base Security Operations course at the Silver Flag Alpha Range Complex north of Las Vegas, Nev.. White is training for his first deployment and is currently assigned to the 512th Security Forces Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (U.S. Air force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay)
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Staff Sgt. Dontea White scans the area around his convoy for simulated explosive ordnance devices Dec. 17, 2014, during the dismounted operations portion of the Base Security Operations course at the Silver Flag Alpha Range Complex north of Las Vegas, Nev.. White is training for his first deployment and is currently assigned to the 512th Security Forces Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (U.S. Air force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay)

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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