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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon “Triple Nickel” aircraft pilot assigned to the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from Aviano Air Base, Italy, waits as Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron complete a final check of the aircrafts weapons before taking off on a combat sortie from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, July 14, 2015. The F-16 is a multi-role fighter aircraft that is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. Members of the Triple Nickel are deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and NATO’s Resolute Support mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford/Released)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from Aviano Air Base, Italy, waits as Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron complete a final check of the aircraft’s weapons before taking off on a combat sortie from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, July 14, 2015. The F-16 is a multirole fighter aircraft that is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. Members of the 555th EFS are deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and NATO’s Resolute Support mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford)

A special tactics special operation weatherman from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron carries his para chute and gear after performing a HALO jump during exercise Talisman Sabre in Northern Territory, Australia, July 10, 2015. Credible, ready maritime forces help to preserve peace and prevent conflict. Talisman Sabre participants have the opportunity to further enhance their ability to respond to crises as part of a joint or combined effort. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephen G. Eigel)

A special tactics special operation weatherman from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron carries his parachute and gear after performing a high-altitude, low-opening jump during exercise Talisman Sabre in Northern Territory, Australia, July 10, 2015. Credible, ready maritime forces help to preserve peace and prevent conflict. Talisman Sabre participants had the opportunity to further enhance their ability to respond to crises as part of a joint or combined effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stephen G. Eigel)

APEX students offload a pallet of household goods July 7, 2015 onto a 60K tunner at Travis Air Force Base, California. Students were required to complete a minimum of 36 hours of hands-on training as part of the APEX training course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amber Carter)

Aerial Port Expeditor Program students offload a pallet of household goods July 7, 2015, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Students were required to complete a minimum of 36 hours of hands-on training as part of the APEX training course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber Carter)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, return home from a deployment to Southwest Asia at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, St. Joseph, Mo., July 8, 2015. The Airmen were deployed for 120 days supporting airlift missions to the region. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bruce Jenkins)

Airmen assigned to the 139th Airlift Wing return home to, following a deployment to Southwest Asia. The Airmen were deployed for 120 days supporting airlift missions to the region. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman Bruce Jenkins)

Spouses of military members at the 180th Fighter Wing were given the rare opportunity to take a ride on a KC-135 Stratotanker and watch F-16 Fighting Falcons being refueled mid-air on July 12, 2015, in Swanton, Ohio. The “Spouse Lift” included wives of the pilots flying the F-16s. From the refueling pod on the underside of the tanker, spouses watched as the F-16s approached, close enough to wave “hello,” the lower side of the tanker’s tail to receive fuel. The spouses were also given the chance to talk to the fighter pilots with headsets from the refueling pod. Military members depend on their husbands and wives for support that is critical to the success of the mission. The “Spouse Lift” was a fantastic chance for 180th Airmen to give a little something back.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker July 12, 2015, in Swanton, Ohio. Spouses of 180th Fighter Wing Airmen participated in the “Spouse Lift,” which gave them the opportunity to view an air refueling from the pod on the underside of the tanker. Military members depend on their husbands and wives for support, which is critical to the success of the mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Nic Kuetemeyer)

The 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron defeated the 436th Security Force Squadron 18-12 in intramural softball July 6, 2015, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Johnson)

Adam Paini, the 436th Security Forces Squadron pitcher, throws a softball to a 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron player, during an intramural softball game July 6, 2015, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This is Paini’s first year pitching for the 436th SFS and he tossed two strikeouts during the game. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Johnson)

A C-130 Hercules takes off during a training exercise at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Ten C-130s participated in the exercise which tested the 36th Airlift Squadron’s ability to perform large formation flights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Owsianka/Released)

A C-130 Hercules takes off during a training exercise at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Ten C-130s participated in the exercise, which tested the 36th Airlift Squadron’s ability to perform large-formation flights. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Owsianka)

A 91st Security Forces Group member guards the fence line of a launch facility during an exercise near Donnybrook, N.D., June 29, 2015. Airmen from 219th Security Forces Squadron and 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron worked together to pacify personnel dressed as simulated aggressors and recapture a launch facility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sahara L. Fales)

A 91st Security Forces Group member guards the fence line of a launch facility during an exercise near Donnybrook, N.D., June 29, 2015. Airmen from 219th Security Forces Squadron and 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron worked together to pacify personnel dressed as simulated aggressors and recapture a launch facility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sahara L. Fales)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, flies during a Red Flag 15-3 sortie at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 13, 2015. The 366th Fighter Wing, assigned to Mountain Home AFB, is the lead wing of Red Flag 15-3 which is designed to provide a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel which will increase their combat readiness and effectiveness for future real-world missions.

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, flies during a Red Flag 15-3 sortie at Nellis AFB, Nev., July 13, 2015. The 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home AFB is the lead wing for Red Flag 15-3, which is designed to provide a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will increase their combat readiness and effectiveness for future real-world missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 80th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, takes off at Jungwon Air Base ROK, during Buddy Wing 15-6, July 8, 2015. In an effort to enhance U.S. and ROKAF air combat capability, Buddy Wing exercises are conducted multiple times throughout the year on the peninsula to sharpen interoperability between the allied forces so that if need be, they are always ready to fight as a combined force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 80th Fighter Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, takes off at Jungwon AB during Buddy Wing 15-6, July 8, 2015. Buddy Wing exercises are conducted multiple times throughout the year to sharpen interoperability between U.S. and South Korean forces so, if the need arises, they are always ready to fight as a combined force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson)

Medics from the 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron make their way through the woods for the Care Under Fire exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, July 12, 2015. The Care Under Fire exercise was designed locally by the 446th ASTS in order to simulate combat conditions and establish team oriented training scenarios. Medics were offered land navigation training in order to enhance their combat readiness in austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Liddicoet/Released)
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Medics from the 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron make their way through the woods during exercise Care Under Fire at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., July 12, 2015. The exercise was designed locally by the 446th ASTS in order to simulate combat conditions and establish team oriented training scenarios. Medics participated in land navigation training in order to enhance their combat readiness in austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Daniel Liddicoet)

Two Airmen from the 96th Security Forces Squadron Airman run for cover during a shoot, move and communicate drill at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla, June 23, 2015. The mandatory training requirement is in addition to annual weapons qualification training. The exercise consists of Airmen firing simmunition ammo while advancing toward, away from and to the side of a target. This is followed by a building sweep and clear drill. The Defenders perform the highly kinetic training at Eglin’s Base Tango range. The range was previously used for security forces pre-deployment training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
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Two Airmen from the 96th Security Forces Squadron run for cover during a shoot, move and communicate drill at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 23, 2015. The mandatory training requirement is in addition to annual weapons qualification training. The exercise consisted of Airmen firing simulated ammunition while advancing toward, away from and to the side of a target. They also conducted a building sweep and clear drill. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

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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