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Two F-15E Strike Eagles wait to receive fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker Jan. 23, 2015, on their way to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., in support of Red Flag 15-1. The exercise, featuring aircraft from 21 different Air Force squadrons, offers realistic combat training involving the air, space and cyber forces of the U.S. and its allies. The F-15s are assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing and the KC-135R is assigned to the 916th Air Refueling Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aaron J. Jenne)

Two F-15E Strike Eagles wait to receive fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker Jan. 23, 2015, on their way to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., in support of Red Flag 15-1. The exercise, featuring aircraft from 21 different Air Force squadrons, offers realistic combat training involving the air, space and cyber forces of the U.S. and its allies. The F-15s are assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing and the KC-135R is assigned to the 916th Air Refueling Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aaron J. Jenne)

Capt. Lee Place greets his overjoyed children as he exits the aircraft Jan. 20, 2015, at Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station, Minn. Members of the 934th Airlift Wing, friends, and family welcomed home their Airmen as they returned back from an overseas deployment. Place is assigned to the 934th Operations Support Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Shannon McKay)

Capt. Lee Place greets his overjoyed children as he exits the aircraft Jan. 20, 2015, at Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station, Minn. Members of the 934th Airlift Wing, friends, and family welcomed home their Airmen as they returned back from an overseas deployment. Place is assigned to the 934th Operations Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Shannon McKay)

Staff Sgt. Ryan Oliver inspects the rotor on a UH-1N Iroquois Jan. 27, 2015, on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Oliver completes a preflight inspection prior to each flight to ensure there are no mechanical faults in the aircraft. Oliver is a 40th Helicopter Squadron special missions aviator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillon Johnston)

Staff Sgt. Ryan Oliver inspects the rotor on a UH-1N Iroquois Jan. 27, 2015, on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Oliver completes a preflight inspection prior to each flight to ensure there are no mechanical faults in the aircraft. Oliver is a 40th Helicopter Squadron special missions aviator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillon Johnston)

Members of the 354th Fighter Wing inspection team walk toward first responders Jan. 26, 2015, during a major accident response exercise (MARE) at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The MARE tested first responders’ skills in a controlled environment to give Icemen confidence in handling the event in a real-world situation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Turner)

Members of the 354th Fighter Wing inspection team walk toward first responders Jan. 26, 2015, during a major accident response exercise (MARE) at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The MARE tested first responders’ skills in a controlled environment to give Icemen confidence in handling the event in a real-world situation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Turner)

Four F-16 Fighting Falcons prepare to launch during Red Flag 15-1 Jan. 26, 2015, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is a realistic combat exercise involving U.S. and allied air forces conducting training operations on the 15,000 square mile-Nevada Test and Training Range. The F-16s are assigned to the 175th Fighter Squadron, Joe Foss Air National Guard Station, Sioux Falls, S.D. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika)

Four F-16 Fighting Falcons prepare to launch during Red Flag 15-1 Jan. 26, 2015, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is a realistic combat exercise involving U.S. and allied air forces conducting training operations on the 15,000 square mile-Nevada Test and Training Range. The F-16s are assigned to the 175th Fighter Squadron, Joe Foss Air National Guard Station, Sioux Falls, S.D. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika)

Airmen load an aerial bulk fuel delivery system (ABFDS) onto a C-130J Super Hercules Jan. 16, 2015, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The ABFDS is used to jump fuel in or out of a fuel bladder. The Airmen are assigned to the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cliffton Dolezal)

Airmen load an aerial bulk fuel delivery system (ABFDS) onto a C-130J Super Hercules Jan. 16, 2015, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The ABFDS is used to jump fuel in or out of a fuel bladder. The Airmen are assigned to the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cliffton Dolezal)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon launches during Red Flag 15-1 Jan. 26, 2015, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides an opportunity for Air National Guard aircrew and maintainers to enhance their tactical operational skills alongside units from around the Air Force. The F-16 is assigned to the 134th Fighter Squadron, Burlington Air National Guard Base, Burlington, Vt. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon launches during Red Flag 15-1 Jan. 26, 2015, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides an opportunity for Air National Guard aircrew and maintainers to enhance their tactical operational skills alongside units from around the Air Force. The F-16 is assigned to the 134th Fighter Squadron, Burlington Air National Guard Base, Burlington, Vt. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika)

Master Sgt. Bobby Pena surveys a drop zone during a personnel airdrop mission at Exercise Cope South Jan. 24, 2015, near Sylhet, Bangladesh. Cope South is a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored, bilateral tactical airlift exercise conducted in Bangladesh, with a focus on cooperative flight operations, day and night low-level navigation, tactical airdrop, and air-land missions as well as subject matter expert exchanges in the fields of operations, maintenance and rigging disciplines. Pena is a tactical air control party member assigned to the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Jake Bailey)

Master Sgt. Bobby Pena surveys a drop zone during a personnel airdrop mission at Exercise Cope South Jan. 24, 2015, near Sylhet, Bangladesh. Cope South is a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored, bilateral tactical airlift exercise conducted in Bangladesh, with a focus on cooperative flight operations, day and night low-level navigation, tactical airdrop, and air-land missions as well as subject matter expert exchanges in the fields of operations, maintenance and rigging disciplines. Pena is a tactical air control party member assigned to the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Jake Bailey)

Two F-22 Raptors taxi to the runway during Red Flag 15-1 Jan. 27, 2015, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is one of a series of advanced training programs administered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, designed to increase combat readiness and effectiveness. The F-22s are assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Thomas Spangler)

Two F-22 Raptors taxi to the runway during Red Flag 15-1 Jan. 27, 2015, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is one of a series of advanced training programs administered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, designed to increase combat readiness and effectiveness. The F-22s are assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Thomas Spangler)

Members of an audience honor three former space pioneers at the 48th annual Apollo 1 Memorial Ceremony Jan. 27, 2015, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The ceremony honored the lives of the three crew members, Command Pilot Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White II and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee, who were killed by a flash fire during a launch pad test of their Saturn 1B rocket, Jan. 27, 1967.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)
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Members of an audience honor three former space pioneers at the 48th annual Apollo 1 Memorial Ceremony Jan. 27, 2015, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The ceremony honored the lives of the three crew members, Command Pilot Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White II and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee, who were killed by a flash fire during a launch pad test of their Saturn 1B rocket, Jan. 27, 1967. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

Four F-35 Lightning IIs perform the first-ever F-35 aircraft flyover, opening the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl game Jan. 25, 2015, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The F-35s assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff. Sgt. Nestor Cruz )
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Four F-35 Lightning IIs perform the first-ever F-35 aircraft flyover, opening the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl game Jan. 25, 2015, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The F-35s assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff. Sgt. Nestor Cruz )

Airmen use signaling mirrors to communicate their location to a C-130J Super Hercules as it flies overhead Jan. 15, 2015, at Fort Polk, La. After signaling the aircraft, it dropped essentials for surviving in the wilderness such as Meals, Ready to Eat, water and communication equipment. The Airmen are assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cliffton Dolezal)
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Airmen use signaling mirrors to communicate their location to a C-130J Super Hercules as it flies overhead Jan. 15, 2015, at Fort Polk, La. After signaling the aircraft, it dropped essentials for surviving in the wilderness such as Meals, Ready to Eat, water and communication equipment. The Airmen are assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cliffton Dolezal)

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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