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An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter flies over Aviano Air Base

An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter operated by the 56th Rescue Squadron flies over Aviano Air Base, Italy, Feb. 12, 2020. The 56th RQS integrates with the Guardian Angels weapon system and other special forces to support insertion, extraction and recovery of both U.S. and allied combatants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Thomas S. Keisler IV)

Airman 1st Class enters a C-17 Globemaster III

Airman 1st Class Eric Walker, 911th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, enters a C-17 Globemaster III at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pa., Feb. 7, 2020. Crew chiefs work in all kinds of weather, including freezing temperatures, to maintain operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Airfield and weather systems journeyman, and apprentice rappel down a radio antenna tower

Col. Dan Walls, left, 23rd Wing commander, Senior Airman Austin Webster, 23rd Operations Support Squadron radar, airfield and weather systems journeyman, and Airman Jacob Carline, 23rd OSS RAWS apprentice, rappel down a radio antenna tower during an immersion tour Feb. 10, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

SECAF tours RAF Lakenheath

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett tours the 48th Component Maintenance Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, Feb. 13, 2020. Barrett’s first visit to RAF Lakenheath included tours of various work centers, where she paused to speak with Airmen and recognized outstanding performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Maxwell)

Senior Airman practices low-light photography

Senior Airman Jeremy Wolff, a combat photojournalist assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron, practices low-light photography at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Feb. 10, 2020. Combat Camera provides senior Department of Defense and joint leaders with a directed imagery capability in support of strategic, operational and planning requirements during wartime operations, worldwide crises, contingencies, joint exercises and humanitarian operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Roslyn Ward)

F-15E Strike Eagles fly during a ‘Furious 48’ exercise

F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron fly over RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, during a ‘Furious 48’ exercise Feb. 11, 2020. Exercises like this provide aircrew and support personnel the experience needed to maintain a ready force capable of ensuring the collective defense of the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

Air Force Academy cadet performs on a balance beam during a gymnastics meet

Briona Carswell, an Air Force Academy cadet, performs on a balance beam during a gymnastics meet against Illinois State and Seattle Pacific at the Air Force Academy’s Cadet Gymnasium in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 8, 2020. (U.S.Air Force photo by Bill Evans)

United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket carries the Solar Orbiter into space

United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket carries the Solar Orbiter into space as it launches Feb. 9, 2020, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Solar Orbiter is a sun-observing satellite that performs measurements of the inner heliosphere and close observations of the polar regions of the sun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Conti)

Launch of exercise Cope North 2020

Members of the U.S. military, Royal Australian Air Force, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force stand in formation to launch exercise Cope North 2020 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 12, 2020. In 2010, Pacific Air Forces, JASDF and RAAF formed the Trilateral Exercise Coordination Organization, building the foundation for multilateral engagements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gracie Lee)

An F-35A Lightning II fighter jet prepares to take off
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An F-35A Lightning II fighter jet assigned to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, prepares to take off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 11, 2020. With its aerodynamic performance and advanced integrated avionics, the F-35A provides next-generation stealth, enhanced situational awareness and reduced vulnerability for the United States and allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

Explosive ordnance disposal team respond to a suspicious package
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Airmen of the 332nd Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team respond to a suspicious package at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Feb. 11, 2020. The EOD team safely verified that the package did not pose a threat to the Airmen and facilities of the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson)

F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team pilot performs during the Singapore Airshow 2020
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Maj. Joshua Gunderson, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team pilot, performs during an aerial demonstration at the Singapore Airshow 2020 near the Changi Exhibition Center Feb. 12, 2020. This event marks the first time the F-22 flew air-demo operations with the U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II at the Singapore Airshow. The biennial defense exhibition is an opportunity for the U.S. to demonstrate combat capabilities through static displays and aerial demonstrations while strengthening its partnership with Singapore. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Johnathon Wines)

Airmen engage simulated opposing forces
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Airman 1st Class Nathan Ortiz, right, and fellow tactical air control party apprentices assigned to the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron engage simulated opposing forces while conducting small unit training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Alaska, Feb. 12, 2020. The small unit training reinforced fundamental combat skills and fostered team cohesion under physical and mental stress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

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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.