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An F-35A Lightning II pilot prepares to taxi

An F-35A Lightning II pilot from the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, prepares to taxi during exercise Agile Lightning, Aug. 5, 2019. Agile Lightning is an exercise in adaptive basing methodology in which personnel and aircraft can forward deploy any place in the world to complete essential missions vital to the defense of U.S. assets and personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)

A 4th Space Launch Squadron mission assurance technician

Staff Sgt. Shane Stilson, 4th Space Launch Squadron mission assurance technician, stands in a Self-Contained Atmospheric Protective Ensemble suit at Space Launch Complex 6, Aug. 3, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Airmen don SCAPE suits to perform duties near rocket fuel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear)

Tech. Sgt. refills the C-130H Hercules with liquid oxygen

Tech. Sgt. Dante Cheatham, 179th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group maintainer, refills the C-130H Hercules with liquid oxygen, Aug. 12, 2019, in Mansfield, Ohio. The C-130H, which holds 24 liters of liquid oxygen, is used to ensure air crew have oxygen when flying at high altitudes. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Wade)

An F-16C Fighting Falcon "Thunderbirds" flies over the Pacific Northwest region

An F-16C Fighting Falcon from the The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" flies over the Pacific Northwest region Aug. 8, 2019. The Thunderbirds participated in the Abbotsford International Air Show in Abbotsford, Canada, Aug. 9-11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cory W. Bush)

Senior Airman secures a panel on an F-15E Strike Eagle

Senior Airman Michael Hirsch, 492nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainer, secures a panel on an F-15E Strike Eagle during exercise Combat Hammer at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Aug. 14, 2019. Combat Hammer is part of the U.S. Air Force Weapon Systems Evaluation Program, which is designed to evaluate the reliability, maintainability, suitability and accuracy of precision guided munitions as well as high technology air-to-ground munitions from tactical deliveries against realistic targets with realistic enemy defenses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

Airmen begin the Dash & Splash event

Airmen begin the Dash & Splash event near Post'l Point Aug. 9, 2019, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The race was a two-mile run followed by a 200-meter run across Choctawhatchee Bay. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during Red Flag-Alaska

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron takes off during exercise Red Flag-Alaska at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2019. Red Flag-Alaska serves as an ideal platform for international engagement, which has a long history of including allies and partners, ultimately enabling all involved to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures while improving interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ramon A. Adelan)

Senior Airmen put on mission oriented protective posture gear

Senior Airman Emma Grove, left, and Senior Airman Soloman Ivy, 908th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering assistants, put on mission oriented protective posture gear during exercise Patriot Warrior 2019, at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., Aug. 10, 2019. Patriot Warrior is Air Force Reserve Command’s premier exercise, providing an opportunity for Airmen to train with joint and international partners in airlift, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richard Mekkri)

Airman prepares to launch an F-22 Raptor

Airman 1st Class Paris Johnson, 94th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, prepares to launch an F-22 Raptor during exercise Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 23, 2019. Red Flag was designed to train units on realistic combat-like situations with U.S. and allied forces in a controlled environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tristan Biese)

F-22 flies a twilight demonstration during
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Maj. Paul Lopez, F-22 Demonstration Team commander, flies a twilight demonstration during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., July 28, 2019. Founded in 2007, the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team showcases the unique capabilities of the world's premier fifth-generation fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Samuel Eckholm)

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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.