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Fireworks behind a C-130J Super Hercules

Fireworks explode behind a C-130J Super Hercules during Celebrate America at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 3, 2019. Celebrate America is an annual event that provides military members and their families the opportunity to enjoy games, food and bands before culminating in a fireworks display over the Yokota airfield to celebrate Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

The 143d Airlift Wing welcomes home more than 100 Airmen

The 143d Airlift Wing welcomes home more than 100 Airmen from their recent deployment in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, July 4, 2019 at Quonset Air National Guard Base, North Kingstown, R.I. The Airmen returning include personnel from a cross-section of aviation operations, aircraft maintenance and support specialties. (Air National Guard Photos by Staff Sgt. Deirdre Salvas)

Airmen from the 81st Training Group marching

Airmen from the 81st Training Group march during the 81st TRG change of command ceremony on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., July 1, 2019. U.S. Air Force Col. Chance Geray, incoming 81st TRG commander, assumed command from Col. Leo Lawson, Jr., outgoing 81st TRG commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

An F-16D Fighting Falcon pilot demonstrates proper flare technique

An F-16D Fighting Falcon pilot from the 40th Flight Test Squadron demonstrates proper flare technique during a training mission near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 6, 2019. A flare is an aerial infrared countermeasure used by planes or helicopters to counter an infrared homing surface-to-air missile or air-to-air missile. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Hoskins)

Warrior Games female athletes

Department of Defense Warrior Games female athletes pose for a photo after the sitting volleyball finals in Tampa, Fla., June 30, 2019. Warrior Games is a Paralympic style sporting event with 300 athletes from all DoD service branches and five international coalition partners. Active duty and veteran wounded warriors compete in 13 adaptive sports to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country. Warrior Games athletes have overcome significant physical and psychological challenges, not always visible to others and have demonstrated that life continues after becoming wounded, ill or injured. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James R. Crow)

A U-2 Dragon Lady pilot

A U-2 Dragon Lady pilot prepares for a sortie at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., June 26, 2019. The U-2 is a single-seat, single-engine, high-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft that routinely flies eight to 11-hour missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tristan D. Viglianco)

Heart of the Team Award during the 2019 DoD Warrior Games

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Garrett Kuwada raises his Heart of the Team Award for Team Air Force during the 2019 DoD Warrior Games closing ceremonies in Tampa, Fla., June 30, 2019. Warrior Games is a Paralympic style sporting event with 300 athletes from all DoD service branches and five international coalition partners. Active duty and veteran wounded warriors compete in 14 adaptive sports to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country. This year’s event took place between the Amalie Arena, the Tampa Convention Center and MacDill Air Force Base over a span of 10 days. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

The 66th Rescue Squadron rappel from an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter

Pararescuemen assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron (RQS) rappel from an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., June 26, 2019. The mission of the 66th RQS is to provide rapidly deployable, expeditionary and agile combat search and rescue forces to theater CINCs in response to contingency operations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)

Lightning strikes at dawn near NASA’s Orion test vehicle

Lightning strikes at dawn near NASA’s Orion test vehicle during a rollout on Pad 46, June 28, 2019 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Orion test vehicle launched July 2, 2019 to perform the Ascent Abort Test 2, a test of the launch abort system, in preparation for human space flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

An F-35A Lightning II conducts aerial refueling with a KC-10 Extender
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An F-35A Lightning II conducts aerial refueling with a KC-10 Extender from the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, June 20, 2019 within U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility. The fifth-generation fighter aircraft provides the pilot with comprehensive situational awareness in a sphere around the aircraft for missile and aircraft warnings, day and night vision, extended range detection and precision targeting against air and ground threats, granting the U.S. Air Force and its allies’ air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Keifer Bowes)

U.S. Airmen present the colors of the American flag next to their Royal military partners
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U.S. Airmen present the colors of the American flag next to their Royal military partners during the second game of Major League Baseball’s London Series at London Stadium June 30, 2019. The game featured two of MLB's oldest teams, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in front of a sold-out venue of 60,000 fans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Maxwell)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II
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An A-10C Thunderbolt II, assigned to the A-10 Demonstration Team, sits on the flightline following an aerial performance in Dubuque, Iowa, July 3, 2019. The A-10 Demo Team co-headlined the Dubuque Airshow and Fireworks display, along with the U.S. Army Golden Knights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Betty Chevalier)

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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.