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Twelve Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers, from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, taxi onto the runway during Exercise Forceful Tiger on Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 1, 2015. During the aerial exercise, the Stratotankers delivered 800,000 pounds of fuel to approximately 50 aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marcus Morris)

Twelve Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers, from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, taxi onto the runway during Exercise Forceful Tiger on Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 1, 2015. During the aerial exercise, the Stratotankers delivered 800,000 pounds of fuel to approximately 50 aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marcus Morris)

Firefighters extinguish an aircraft fire during training at the burn pit on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 27, 2015. The firefighters are from the Merced County Fire Department’s Castle Fire Station 62, Atwater, Calif. The MCFD is responsible for responding to fires at Castle Airport, which was formerly Castle AFB, and trains at Nellis AFB every year to meet Federal Aviation Administration training requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika)

Firefighters extinguish an aircraft fire during training at the burn pit on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 27, 2015. The firefighters are from the Merced County Fire Department’s Castle Fire Station 62, Atwater, Calif. The MCFD is responsible for responding to fires at Castle Airport, which was formerly Castle AFB, and trains at Nellis AFB every year to meet Federal Aviation Administration training requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, from the 354th Fighter Wing, sits on the flightline on March 25, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The 354th FW mission is “To prepare aviation forces for combat, deploy Airmen in support of global operations and enable the staging of forces.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, from the 354th Fighter Wing, sits on the flightline on March 25, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The 354th FW mission is “To prepare aviation forces for combat, deploy Airmen in support of global operations and enable the staging of forces.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

An Airman operates a Tunner 60K aircraft cargo loader while conducting Rapid Raptor program training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 26, 2015. The training exercised Rapid Raptor capabilities to quickly deploy a package of combat-ready F-22 Raptors and C-17 Globemaster IIIs loaded with supporting personnel and equipment to any forward operating base in the world. The Airman is assigned to the 773rd Logistics Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Alejandro Pena)

An Airman operates a Tunner 60K aircraft cargo loader while conducting Rapid Raptor program training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 26, 2015. The training exercised Rapid Raptor capabilities to quickly deploy a package of combat-ready F-22 Raptors and C-17 Globemaster IIIs loaded with supporting personnel and equipment to any forward operating base in the world. The Airman is assigned to the 773rd Logistics Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Alejandro Pena)

An Airman from the 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit walks toward a KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft during Exercise Forceful Tiger on Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 1, 2015. The Stratotankers allowed approximately 50 aircraft to stay airborne during the exercise for more than four hours.The KC-135 is assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Maeson L. Elleman)

An Airman from the 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit walks toward a KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft during Exercise Forceful Tiger on Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 1, 2015. The Stratotankers allowed approximately 50 aircraft to stay airborne during the exercise for more than four hours.The KC-135 is assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Maeson L. Elleman)

Master Sgt. Erick Lizarraga, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron structural maintenance craftsman, entertains local youths at South Tinh Phong primary school, Quang Ngai province, Vietnam, during an engineering project March 26, 2015. Efforts undertaken during Operation Pacific Angel 2015 help multilateral militaries in the Pacific improve and build relationships across a wide spectrum of civic operations, which bolsters each nation's capacity to respond and support future humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tong Duong)

Master Sgt. Erick Lizarraga, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron structural maintenance craftsman, entertains local youths at South Tinh Phong primary school, Quang Ngai province, Vietnam, during an engineering project March 26, 2015. Efforts undertaken during Operation Pacific Angel 2015 help multilateral militaries in the Pacific improve and build relationships across a wide spectrum of civic operations, which bolsters each nation's capacity to respond and support future humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tong Duong)

The Thunderbirds pilots perform the Line Break Loop maneuver during the Thunder on the Bay Air Show, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., March, 28, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez)

The Thunderbirds pilots perform the Line Break Loop maneuver during the Thunder on the Bay Air Show, at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., March, 28, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez)

Master Sgt. James Chism prepares to march in for his retirement ceremony along with Lt. Col. James Hilburn, the presiding officer, at the Air Force memorial in Arlington, Va, April 1, 2015. During the spring, summer and fall months, the Air Force Memorial plays host to nearly three official ceremonies each day, including retirements, promotions, reenlistments and several others. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. David Salanitri)

Master Sgt. James Chism prepares to march in for his retirement ceremony along with Lt. Col. James Hilburn, the presiding officer, at the Air Force memorial in Arlington, Va, April 1, 2015. During the spring, summer and fall months, the Air Force Memorial plays host to nearly three official ceremonies each day, including retirements, promotions, reenlistments and several others. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. David Salanitri)

Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, fly over Europe on March 20, 2015. The aircraft were participating in a flying training deployment with the Estonian air force and also participating in additional, unrelated training with the Finnish and Swedish air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christine Griffiths)

Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, fly over Europe on March 20, 2015. The aircraft were participating in a flying training deployment with the Estonian air force and also participating in additional, unrelated training with the Finnish and Swedish air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christine Griffiths)

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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