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F-35 Lightning II performs aerial maneuvers

Capt. Andrew Olson, F-35 Lightning II demonstration team pilot and commander, performs aerial maneuvers during the Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow in Quebec, Canada, Sept. 7, 2019. The team consists of 10 Airmen who help showcase the world’s most technologically advanced fifth-generation fighter jet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)

Firefighters mark the highest point firefighters reached in the twin towers on 9/11

Firefighters from the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard and the South Burlington Fire Department, climb the stairs of a six-story parking garage tower to mark the highest point firefighters reached in the twin towers on 9/11, Burlington International Airport, South Burlington, Vt., Sept. 11, 2019. While carrying the U.S. and Vermont state flags, they ascended to the top and back down 18 times, the equivalent of the 78th floor of the south tower that firefighters reached during the attacks which took the lives of 343 firefighters among the 2,977 total victims. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Campbell)

An F-15C Eagle and two F-15E Strike Eagles rendezvous with a KC-135 Stratotanker

An F-15C Eagle and two F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, painted with their respective squadron heritage color scheme, rendezvous with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refuelling Wing during a flypast over the MSPO Expo at Kielce, Poland, Sept. 3, 2019. The MSPO Expo is an international defense industry exhibition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

U.S. Air Force Academy football players raise their hands in victory

U.S. Air Force Academy football players raise their hands in victory following the Aug. 31, 2019, game against Colgate at Falcon Stadium, Colo. Air Force defeated Colgate 48-7. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley)

An HC-130J Combat King II parked on the flightline

An HC-130J Combat King II is parked on the flightline prior to taking off at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Aug. 30, 2019. The aircraft was used to transport personnel and equipment to Little Rock AFB in support of Hurricane Dorian aircraft relocation efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Alder)

Tech. Sgt. during exercise Ample Strike 2019

Tech. Sgt. Ryan Shipman, 2nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party noncommissioned officer in charge, watches as the close air support target is terminated during exercise Ample Strike 2019, near Náměšť Air Base, Czech Republic, Sept. 5, 2019. As a joint terminal attack controller, Shipman is responsible for directing the action of combat aircraft engaged in close air support and other offensive air operations from a forward position. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber taxis down a runway

A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., taxis down a runway at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, Sept. 11, 2019. Three B-2 bombers, Airmen and support equipment from Whiteman AFB deployed to RAF Fairford as part of Bomber Task Force Europe. These multinational missions strengthen professional relationships and improves overall coordination with allies and partner militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

High sheriffs look at an F-15 Eagle engine

High sheriffs look at an F-15 Eagle engine at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, Sept. 6, 2019. The office of high sheriff is an independent non-political royal appointment for a single year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle conducts a combat air patrol

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle conducts a combat air patrol mission over an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Sept. 3, 2019. The F-15C plays a key role in Air Force Central Command operations by maintaining constant readiness in support of air operations by providing deterrence and stability and bolstering the mission efforts of coalition partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)

U.S. Air Force Capt. conducts a preflight walk-around
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Benjamin Aiken, 517th Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III pilot, assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska conducts a preflight walk-around in preparation for an air drop sortie during exercise Mobility Guardian 2019, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept. 10, 2019. Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier, large-scale mobility exercise. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian improves the readiness and capabilities of mobility Airmen to deliver rapid global mobility and builds a more lethal and ready Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)

Airmen prepare for pole-top rescue training
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Airmen assigned to the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron prepare for pole-top rescue training Aug. 23, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During their weekly pole-top rescue training, the Airmen practice emergency life-saving maneuvers to retrieve members who may become injured while working on a power pole. The Airmen also practice confined space rescue and bucket truck rescue to ensure each Airmen is prepared during an emergency situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hanah Abercrombie)

An F-16 from receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender
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An F-16 from the 40th Flight Test Squadron located at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender from McGuire AFB, N.J., during flutter testing, Aug. 23, 2019. Flutter testing evaluates the vibration characteristics of the airplane at certain speeds to assess the impact on the plane and identify potential structural weaknesses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Raven)

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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.