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An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot prepares for takeoff during Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25, 2016. 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. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot prepares for takeoff during Red Flag 16-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25, 2016. 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. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)

Jerni Self, a freshman, competes in the pole vault competition at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s 26th annual Air Force Invitational Track and Field meet at the Academy's Cadet Field House in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 22, 2016. Self placed third with a vault of 11 feet 5 ¾ inches. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bill Evans)

Jerni Self, a freshman, competes in the pole vault competition at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s 26th annual Air Force Invitational Track and Field meet at the Academy's Cadet Field House in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 22, 2016. Self placed third with a vault of 11 feet 5 ¾ inches. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bill Evans)

The KC-46A Pegasus performs its first-ever aerial refueling Jan. 24, 2016, passing 1,600 pounds of fuel to an F-16 Fighting Falcon. (Boeing photo/Paul Weatherman)

The KC-46A Pegasus performs its first-ever aerial refueling Jan. 24, 2016, passing 1,600 pounds of fuel to an F-16 Fighting Falcon. (Boeing photo/Paul Weatherman)

Senior Airman Angelique Culver, a 59th Dental Support Squadron dental lab technician, examines dentures at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Jan. 26, 2016. The 59th DSS supports more than 90,000 patients, seven residencies and two dental fellowships by providing a high-performance health system dedicated to excellence in global dental care and education. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Keith James)

Senior Airman Angelique Culver, a 59th Dental Support Squadron dental lab technician, examines dentures at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Jan. 26, 2016. The 59th DSS supports more than 90,000 patients, seven residencies and two dental fellowships by providing a high-performance health system dedicated to excellence in global dental care and education. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Keith James)

Senior Airman Taylor Lancaster, a 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft crew chief, guides a B-52H Stratofortress on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 9, 2015. Lancaster’s main duty is to ensure his jet is fixed and prepared to take off before its flight time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sahara L. Fales)

Senior Airman Taylor Lancaster, a 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft crew chief, guides a B-52H Stratofortress on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 9, 2015. Lancaster’s main duty is to ensure his jet is fixed and prepared to take off before its flight time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sahara L. Fales)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon with the 18th Aggressor Squadron prepares to take off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, shortly after sunrise Jan. 24, 2016, in transit to Kadena Air Base, Japan, to participate in training exercises. More than 150 maintainers from the 354th Fighter Wing will keep the Aggressors in the air and prepare U.S. Airmen, Sailors and Marines for contingency operations along with coalition partners in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon with the 18th Aggressor Squadron prepares to take off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, shortly after sunrise Jan. 24, 2016, in transit to Kadena Air Base, Japan, to participate in training exercises. More than 150 maintainers from the 354th Fighter Wing will keep the Aggressors in the air and prepare U.S. Airmen, Sailors and Marines for contingency operations along with coalition partners in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

An Air Force Reserve pararescueman descends into the Atlantic Ocean from a C‐17 Globemaster III in an effort to recover a NASA astronaut as part of an exercise Jan. 14, 2016, off the shore of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The 45th Operations Group’s Detachment 3 joined NASA's Commercial Crew Program; Air Force pararescuemen; combat rescue officers; and survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists to practice recovering astronauts quickly and safely in the event they would need to abandon their spacecraft. (U.S Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

An Air Force Reserve pararescueman descends into the Atlantic Ocean from a C‐17 Globemaster III in an effort to recover a NASA astronaut as part of an exercise Jan. 14, 2016, off the shore of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The 45th Operations Group’s Detachment 3 joined NASA's Commercial Crew Program; Air Force pararescuemen; combat rescue officers; and survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists to practice recovering astronauts quickly and safely in the event they would need to abandon their spacecraft. (U.S Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)

A Caterpillar front loader clears the Dover Air Force Base, Del., flightline near a C‐5M Super Galaxy airlift aircraft, assigned to the 436th Airlift Wing, during recovery operations Jan. 25, 2016, after Winter Storm Jonas. Heavy equipment cleared the open areas while hand shovels were used to clear the 22 inches of accumulated snow from around the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

A Caterpillar front loader clears the Dover Air Force Base, Del., flightline near a C‐5M Super Galaxy airlift aircraft, assigned to the 436th Airlift Wing, during recovery operations Jan. 25, 2016, after Winter Storm Jonas. Heavy equipment cleared the open areas while hand shovels were used to clear the 22 inches of accumulated snow from around the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)

Senior Airman Ian Kuhn, a survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) instructor with the 103rd Rescue Squadron, demonstrates how to build a concealed shelter during a combat and water survival training course at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., Jan. 20, 2016. During this training, aircrew members gained refresher training on using their emergency radios, tactical movements through difficult terrain, how to build shelters, ways to build fires and methods for evading the enemy. (U.S. Air National Guard/Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)

Senior Airman Ian Kuhn, a survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) instructor with the 103rd Rescue Squadron, demonstrates how to build a concealed shelter during a combat and water survival training course at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., Jan. 20, 2016. During this training, aircrew members gained refresher training on using their emergency radios, tactical movements through difficult terrain, how to build shelters, ways to build fires and methods for evading the enemy. (U.S. Air National Guard/Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)

A mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle, driven by a member of the 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron Security Forces Flight, patrols the flightline as the sun sets on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2016. Security forces members at the airfield are responsible for the security of more than 150 aircraft and $2.2 billion in resources. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)
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A mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle, driven by a member of the 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron Security Forces Flight, patrols the flightline as the sun sets on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2016. Security forces members at the airfield are responsible for the security of more than 150 aircraft and $2.2 billion in resources. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)

Senior Airman Winchell Austria, of the 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron’s Security Forces Flight, scans a sector with binoculars at Delta-1 Post on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2016. The post provides flightline security and overwatch for convoys returning from missions outside the wire in conjunction with security positions held by additional NATO forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)
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Senior Airman Winchell Austria, of the 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron’s Security Forces Flight, scans a sector with binoculars at Delta-1 Post on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2016. The post provides flightline security and overwatch for convoys returning from missions outside the wire in conjunction with security positions held by additional NATO forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)

A B-1 Lancer flies over the Norma Brown building during the 75th Diamond Anniversary ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 26, 2016. The B-1 flew over after a Vultee BT-15 Valient flew over. Both were symbolic; the vintage BT-15 represented the planes that Goodfellow pilots trained on, and the B-1 represented the intelligence support training the base now provides. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Scott Jackson)
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A B-1 Lancer flies over the Norma Brown building during the 75th Diamond Anniversary ceremony on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 26, 2016. The B-1 flew over after a Vultee BT-15 Valient flew over. Both were symbolic; the vintage BT-15 represented the planes that Goodfellow pilots trained on, and the B-1 represented the intelligence support training the base now provides. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Scott Jackson)

Senior Airman Christopher Gonzales, of the 144th Security Forces Squadron, is welcomed home by Megan Woodby at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Calif., Jan. 21, 2016. Gonzales was deployed for more than seven months in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)
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Senior Airman Christopher Gonzales, of the 144th Security Forces Squadron, is welcomed home by Megan Woodby at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Calif., Jan. 21, 2016. Gonzales was deployed for more than seven months in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

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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