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An F-15E Strike Eagle shoots out flares

An F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet assigned to Strike Aircraft Maintenance Unit shoots out flares during Gunsmoke over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Nev., May 15, 2019. Various aircraft to include the F-15E, F-15C, F-35 Lightning II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II and HH-60 helicopter competed in strafing runs for Gunsmoke. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

Security Forces Airmen discuss a plan of action before a dry-run exercise engaging simulated enemy combatants

Security Forces Airmen from the 165th Airlift Wing discuss a plan of action before a dry-run exercise engaging simulated enemy combatants at RAF Mildenhall, U.K., June 5, 2019. 165th SFS Airmen are conducting their annual training which consists of tactical combat casualty care, rappelling techniques and combatives. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amber Williams)

U.S. and Italian Air Forces aircraft fly in formation

U.S. and Italian Air Forces aircraft consisting of F-35 Lightning IIs, F-16 Fighting Falcons and a B-52 Stratofortress, fly in formation over the Adriatic Sea during exercise Astral Knight 19, June 4, 2019. Astral Knight is an exercise taking place throughout various locations in Europe, involving more than 900 Airmen and supports the collective defense and security of NATO allies and U.S. forces in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

A military working dog takes down a decoy

Gina, a military working dog assigned to the 51st Security Forces Squadron, takes down a decoy during Yokota's 2019 National Police Week Hard Dog Fast Dog competition, May 24, 2019, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Fifteen teams competed in the three competitions: Iron Dog competition, Hard Dog Fast Dog competition and Top Dog competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

A C-130 drops a Container Delivery System bundle

A C-130 Hercules transport aircraft from the 120th Airlift Wing, Montana Air National Guard, drops a Container Delivery System bundle on the flight line May 29, 2019, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The Montana ANG wing uses Malmstrom AFB’s flight line as drop zone known as Charging Charlie, to conduct routine airdrop training missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Devin Doskey)

Retired Army Private First Class Joseph Morettini, 82nd Airborne, 508th Regiment, Easy Company, poses for a photo during a ceremony held in honor of all airborne troops

Retired Army Private First Class Joseph Morettini, 82nd Airborne, 508th Regiment, Easy Company, poses for a photo during a ceremony held in honor of all airborne troops and flight crew that served on D-Day in Picauville, France, June 4, 2019. On June 6, 1944, Morettini dropped from midnight skies into Normandy with the objective to overtake an enemy stronghold near Picauville. During the ceremony’s conclusion, Morettini remarked to each active U.S. airborne infantrymen he shook hands with: “I dropped here 75 years ago.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)

Thunderbirds perform a delta burst

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds perform a delta burst at the Kirtland Air and Space Fiesta at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., May 18, 2019. The Air Show featured a series of aeronautical and ground-based performances, and a STEM and space exhibition. The Fiesta was capped off by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Early estimates put the crowd at more than 35,000. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

Air Force Academy Class of 2019 graduates toss their hats skyward

U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2019 graduates toss their hats skyward as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds roar overhead during the graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 30, 2019. During the ceremony 989 cadets crossed the stage to become the Air Force's newest second lieutenants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Darcie L. Ibidapo)

A lead crew member prepares an F-15D Eagle for weapons

Senior Airman Jacob Johnson, 18th Maintenance Group weapons lead crew member, prepares an F-15D Eagle for weapons during the first bilateral weapons load exchange between Kadena Air Base and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, May 23, 2019. The goal of the training is to accurately and safely load munitions while strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance in order to secure a free-and-open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Seefeldt)

An Airman operates the fuel injection arm of a KC-10 Extender connected to an F-35 Lightning II
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Tech. Sgt. Arriel Bromley, 78th Aerial Refueling Squadron in-flight refueler, out of McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., operates the fuel injection arm of a KC-10 Extender connected to an F-35 Lightning II for a mid-air refueling training mission during exercise Astral Knight 19 over the Adriatic Sea, June 3, 2019. Astral Knight is a joint, multinational exercise taking place throughout various locations in Europe, with more than 900 Airmen participating in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

An Airman closes the ramp on a C-130
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Senior Airman Brett Hook, a 123rd Airlift Wing loadmaster, closes the ramp on a C-130 Hercules aircraft at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., June 1, 2019, in preparation for a deployment to France. Hook and 30 other Kentucky Guardsmen will participate in the 75th-anniversary reenactment of D-Day by airdropping U.S. Army paratroopers over Normandy on June 9. The aircraft has been striped with historically accurate Allied Forces livery in honor of the event, which turned the tide of World War II in the European theater. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Aircraft fly in formation over the beaches of Normandy
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C-130s from the 317th Airlift Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and the 314th AW, Little Rock AFB, Ark., fly in formation over the beaches of Normandy, France, while participating in fly-over events June 4, 2019. More than 26 aircraft and 2,000 military personnel from various units and countries will participate in approximately 55 commemorative D-Day events from May 31 to June 9, 2019. D-Day remains a historic reminder of how the dedicated resolve of allies with a common purpose and shared vision can build proven partnerships that endure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy McGuffin)

A first sergeant hangs from a pull-up bar
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A first sergeant hangs from a pull-up bar during the 2019 Defenders’ Challenge at Osan Air Base, South Korea, May 22, 2019. In honor of police week, the 51st Security Forces Squadron held various events to pay tribute to law enforcement members who have fallen in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

Airmen train Japan Air Self-Defense Force members on the process of cutting concrete slab as part of Rapid Airfield Damage Repair practice
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374th Civil Engineer Squadron Airmen train Japan Air Self-Defense Force members on the process of cutting concrete slab as part of Rapid Airfield Damage Repair practice, during Exercise Beverly Morning 19-01, at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 15, 2019. Exercise Beverly Morning 19-01 gave the 374th CES and JASDF the opportunity to train together on RADR, the process of quickly and effectively repairing airfields, allowing for operations to continue during combat situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

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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.