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A patient looks through a phoropter

A patient looks through a phoropter during an eye examination training session at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pa., April 11, 2019. The training session taught optometry personnel how to properly use a phoropter to determine the prescription of glasses a patient needs to correct their vision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

An F-15E Strike Eagle

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron performs a high-speed pass over RAF Lakenheath, England, April 10, 2019. The 492nd conducts routine training daily to ensure RAF Lakenheath brings unique air combat capabilities to the fight when called upon by U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

An Airman provides security for the Anbar Operations Center

Senior Airman Enrique Perez, a 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Reservist deployed from March Air Reserve Base, Calif., provides security for the Anbar Operations Center from a tower on Al Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq, April 9, 2019. Perez is part of a team of security forces Airmen forward deployed from Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, tasked with a mission supplementing Marine force protection teams. Total Force Defenders provide quick reaction force teams and security overwatch of the Anbar Operations Center and are integrated with a team of Army, Navy and Marine counterparts. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)

An HC-130 Hercule

An HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., deploys its refueling drogues over the Ohio River during the Thunder Over Louisville airshow in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2019. The Kentucky Air National Guard once again served as the base of operations for military aircraft participating in the annual event, which has grown to become one of the largest single-day air shows in North America. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

An aircraft tug sits ready for takeoff

An aircraft tug, which is used to move extremely heavy aircraft, now assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing sits ready for takeoff at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., April 11, 2019. The aircraft tug is counterweighted by approximately 40,000 pounds of weights to balance a C-17 Globemaster III. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Two reusable rocket boosters land after the successful launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Arabsat 6A

Two reusable rocket boosters land after the successful launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Arabsat 6A on April 12, 2019, at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. This marks the second launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket; the most powerful space vehicle flying today. (U.S. Air Force photo by James Rainier)

Airmen compete in the Malvesti portion of the Best Ranger Competition

Staff Sgt. Marcos Silverio and Master Sgt. Sean Deam, Charlie flight chief, compete in the Malvesti portion of the Best Ranger Competition, April 12, 2019, at Fort Benning, Ga. Both Airmen are tactical air control party personnel from the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Riley, Kan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

Airmen file onto a 747

Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings file onto a 747 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, bound for the Middle East to support the F-35A Lightning II’s first deployment there. The Airmen arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates this week to support the Air Force Central Command mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Air Force's Gianni Orlando makes a crease dive to score

Air Force's Gianni Orlando makes a crease dive to score against University of Richmond goalie, Jack Rusbuldt April 13, 2019 at Falcon Stadium, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. Air Force defeated the University of Richmond 14-7, handing the Southern Conference Champions their first conference loss of the season and achieving a three-way tie for the top spot in the league. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to 555th Fighter Squadron flies through clouds near Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 10, 2019. The Triple Nickel provides combat air power on demand to U.S. and NATO combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Sommer Giron)

Airmen simulate extinguishing a fire
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Airmen from the 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron simulate extinguishing a fire during an HC-130J Combat King II fire egress and personnel extrication during exercise FT 19-04, April 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. During the exercise, personnel were evaluated on how well they defended and recovered the base from ground-opposition forces, as well as mortar and missile attacks, while donning mission oriented protective gear, proving they can also protect themselves from any chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear agents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

A  pilot waits to taxi
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A 388th Fighter Wing pilot waits to taxi prior to launching on the F-35A Lightning II’s first deployment to the Middle East. Airmen in the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, April 15, 2019, to support the Air Force Central Command mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Airmen demonstrate Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System ability
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Master Sgt. Sean Deam, Charlie flight chief, and Staff Sgt. Marcos Silverio, along with other competitors, demonstrate Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System ability for certification in preparation for the Best Ranger Competition, April 10, 2019, at Fort Benning, Ga. Both Airmen are tactical air control party from the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Riley, Kan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

A C-17 Globemaster III
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A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing sits on the flightline at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pa., April 16, 2019. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

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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.