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Brass tactics

Senior Airman Gabriel Micks, 18th Security Forces Squadron member, fires an M240B at Camp Hansen, Japan, Sept. 30, 2021. The 18th SFS provides aircraft security and maintains the largest security force mobility commitment in the Pacific Air Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

Into the wild blue yonder

An F-35A Lightning II takes off to complete the final test exercise of the nuclear design certification process at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Sept. 21, 2021. Test pilots flew to the Tonopah Test Range at Nellis AFB and released two B61-12 Joint Test Assemblies from operationally realistic flight envelopes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus)

School’s in session

Airman 1st Class Nathaly Joya, assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing, New York Air National Guard, spends time with two Afghan boys working on English words and counting numbers at Liberty Village, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Sept. 14, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities in permanent or temporary structures. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel)

Just roll with it

Maj. Joshua “Cabo” Gunderson, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander, performs at the Thunder Over New Hampshire Air Show at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., Sept. 11, 2021. The mission of the F-22 Demonstration Team is to showcase the unmatched maneuverability of the Air Force's 5th generation air dominance stealth fighter, highlight the history of the Air Force's service through heritage formation flights and interacting with local communities through outreach events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Tucker)

Lifting the sun

Airmen assigned to the 354th Munitions Squadron unload a shipping container during a munitions barge at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 18, 2021. The munitions barge is a semi-annual receipt of munitions shipped from depots throughout the continental United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron L. Guerrisky)

Ready for takeoff

An Airman with the 335th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., prepares for takeoff at Tyndall AFB, Fla., Sept. 20, 2021. Before takeoff, a pilot must complete a series of preflight safety checks to include inspecting the exterior of the aircraft and the cockpit for any damage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

Locked and loaded

An Airman from the 2nd Munitions Squadron assembles munition for the Air Force Global Strike Challenge at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sep. 21, 2021. The Air Force Global Strike Challenge exercise helps to enhance readiness, teamwork, mission pride and competitive spirit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Pugh)

Ascension in smoke

U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, Thunderbirds, perform during the California Capital Airshow at Mather Airport, Calif., Sept. 24, 2021. Travis Air Force Base participated in the event alongside the Thunderbirds and connected with the community by showcasing what happens behind the gates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Nicholas Pilch)

Top Tiger competition

Leadership assigned to the 23rd Wing inspect an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during the Top Tiger competition at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 30, 2021. Wing and group leadership graded teams on aircraft appearance, aircraft form binder accuracy, individual dress and appearance and customs and courtesies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Double vision
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A row of 18 KC-135 Stratotankers line up on the flightline at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept. 29, 2021. This effort sought to validate maintenance generation and operational capability to launch multiple aircraft using minimum takeoff interval procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Gomez)

Target acquired
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Air Force military working dog, Daria, runs towards Senior Airman Justin Collins, center, 60th Security Forces Squadron MWD handler, during a K-9 demonstration at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 10, 2021. MWD handlers train MWDs in law enforcement, including how to detect drugs and explosives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chustine Minoda)

Alone in the dark
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An F-15E Strike Eagle, 336th Fighter Squadron, sits on the runway in preparation for takeoff at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Oct. 4, 2021. The 336th FS is deploying jets to Larissa Air Base, Greece, in support of operation Castle Forge, a U.S. Air Forces Europe-Air Forces Africa-led joint, multi-national training event designed to provide a dynamic, partnership-focused environment that raises the U.S. commitment to collective defense in the Black Sea region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Lynn)

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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.