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An F-35A Lightning II taxis during sunset

An F-35A Lightning II, 388th Fighter Wing, taxis during sunset for a night flying operation at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Aug. 20, 2019. The 388th FW is the Air Force’s first combat-coded F-35A wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Iowa native mimics the sound of a F-16 Fighting Falcon

Konner Fischer, a Sioux Falls native, mimics the sound of a F-16 Fighting Falcon while the air demonstration squadron U.S. Thunderbirds perform at the Sioux Falls Air Show at Joe Foss Field, S.D., Aug. 17-18. Attendees enjoyed 15 aerial acts, a large variety of static planes, simulators, Star Wars characters, children’s inflatables and food stations during the weekend show. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jorrie Hart)

Staff Sgt.works on a C-130J Super Hercules

Staff Sgt. Collette Portzer, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion technician, works on one of four engines on a C-130J Super Hercules at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Nev., Aug. 15, 2019. Portzer changed the oil and inspected the engine to meet future mission requirements. The aircraft was in Reno in part of an eight-day training exercise conducted by the 39th Airlift Squadron to prepare for deployed operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class River Bruce)

Opening ceremony for African Partnership Flight Kenya 2019

Col. Melinda Swanson, 102nd Medical Group commander, shakes hands with Maj. Gen. Francis C. Ogolla, commander of the Kenya Air Force, following the opening ceremony for African Partnership Flight Kenya 2019 at Laikipia Air Base, Kenya, Aug 20, 2019. Swanson is providing medical support during the program as part of the State Partnership Program between Kenya and the Massachusetts National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Renae Pittman)

B-2 Spirit's 30th anniversary celebration

Maj. Gen. James Dawkins, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations commander, addresses local government officials, Airmen and Northrop Grumman employees during the B-2 Spirit's 30th anniversary celebration at Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., Aug. 20. Dawkins flew a B-2 Spirit nicknamed "The Spirit of Pennsylvania" into combat bombing missions during Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Giancarlo Casem)

Squad leaders developing their skills to effectively communicate

Tech. Sgt. Justin Amburgey, left, 824th Base Defense Squadron squad leader, discusses strategy with Staff Sgt. Miranda Roberts, 824th BDS fire team leader, during the Tactical Leaders Course, Aug. 10, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The seven-day course revolved around squad leaders developing their skills to effectively communicate, team build and mission plan. These skills were assessed during a 36-hour simulated operation where squad leaders lead Airmen through tactical situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Azaria E. Foster)

Reserve Citizen Airmen participating in exercise

Reserve Citizen Airmen participating in exercise Patriot Warrior 2019 conduct a training scenario Aug. 17, 2019, at Fort McCoy, Wis. Patriot Warrior is Air Force Reserve Command's premier exercise providing Airmen an opportunity to train with joint and international partners in airlift, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. The exercise builds on capabilities for the future fight, increasing the readiness, lethality and agility of the Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

Senior Airman inspects the shelf life of perishable items

Senior Airman Terri Harris, 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron expeditionary theater distribution center journeyman, inspects the shelf life of perishable items in an ETDC at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Aug. 13, 2019. Items found to be expired are sent to be tested or disposed of. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Student flight attend Bring a Friend To Drill Day

Master Sgt. Robert Krider, 104th Civil Engineering Squadron operations non-commissioned officer in charge, talks to members of the 104th Fighter Wing student flight during Bring a Friend To Drill Day, Aug. 17, 2019, at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass. The members of student flight and their friends saw F-15 Eagles take off and visited a number of sections including explosive ordnance disposal, security forces and maintenance shops. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Randy Burlingame)

Airman approaches an exterior aircraft fire with water hose
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Airman Kristina Schneider, 312th Training Squadron student, approaches an exterior aircraft fire with a water hose outside the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug 16, 2019. Though Schneider has graduated three fire academies throughout her civilian firefighting career, she expands her knowledge with aircraft fire suppression during her technical school training at Goodfellow AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ethan Sherwood)

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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.