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An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 2, 2019. The test demonstrates the United States’ robust, flexible and ready nuclear deterrent tailored to deter 21st century threats and reassurance to U.S. allies. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong)

Basic military training trainees receive the first operational camouflage pattern uniforms

Basic military training trainees assigned to the 326th Training Squadron receive the first operational camouflage pattern uniforms during initial issue, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Oct. 2, 2019. The OCP uniforms work in all climates and across the spectrum of the Air Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

"Thunderbirds" fly during the Thunder Over Georgia air show

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" fly over Warner Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Sept. 28, 2019, during the Thunder Over Georgia air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Andrew D. Sarver)

Pilot flies an American flag outside of an aircraft

A 7th Expeditionary Airborne Command and Control Squadron pilot flies an American flag outside of an E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft after completing a mission at an undisclosed location, Sept. 28, 2019. The E-8 Joint STARS has been consistently deployed in various areas of responsibility since 2001 and helps provide air and space power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Roslyn Ward)

A B-1B Lancer descends after conducting air refueling

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., descends after conducting air refueling operations with a KC-135R Stratotanker assigned to the Utah Air National Guard’s 151st Air Refueling Wing, Sept. 30, 2019 over central Utah. The Utah Air National Guard’s KC-135R fleet is capable of refueling a variety of fighters, bombers and heavy cargo aircraft in the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps inventory. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Winn)

CSAF hosts Inspector of the Polish Air Force at the Pentagon

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein hosts Inspector of the Polish Air Force Brig. Gen. Jacek Pszczola during a counterpart visit at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Oct. 2, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

F-16 Fighting Falcons line up in formation

U.S. Air Force 52nd Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcons line up in formation on the runway for a show of forces display at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 1, 2019. The 52nd FW has a suppression of enemy air defenses mission and must be able to respond to emerging competitors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

Senior Airman builds a GBU-32

Senior Airman Alan Hernandez, assigned to the 3rd Munitions Squadron, builds a GBU-32 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 2, 2019, while participating in exercise Polar Force 20-1. Polar Force 20-1 is designed to exercise multiple elements of the Agile Combat Employment concept of operations, which include generating fifth generation combat power from austere locations, command and control using nontraditional methods and rapid airlift capabilities to sustain a forward operating location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher)

A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft lands

A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron lands at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 26, 2019. The CV-22 is used to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply for special operations forces around the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph P. Leveille)

Pilot hangs the American flag inside a KC-135 Stratotanker
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A 28th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron pilot hangs the American flag inside a KC-135 Stratotanker at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Sept. 24, 2019. The flags represent the commitment of the men and women of the armed forces, the global coalition to defeat terrorism and honors those who have died protecting the freedoms the flag represents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)

Airman performs post-flight inspections on a KC-135 Stratotanker
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A 385th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airman performs post-flight inspections on a KC-135 Stratotanker after an aerial refueling mission at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Sept. 24, 2019. During the mission, the KC-135 aircrew provided aerial refueling for F-15E Strike Eagles and F-16 Vipers at an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)

A C-130 Hercules fires off flares
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A C-130 Hercules from the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard, fires off flares over Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyo., during a training mission Sept. 24, 2019. The 153rd Airlift Wing's primary mission is to provide combat airlift to the state of Wyoming and the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jon Alderman)

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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.

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