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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An aircrew assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron prepares to load qualified evacuees aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in support of Afghanistan evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Aug. 21, 2021. The Department of Defense is committed to supporting the U.S. State Department in the departure of U.S. and allied civilian personnel from Afghanistan, and to evacuate Afghan allies safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Crul)

The 350th ARS refuel Red Flag 21-3 at NAFB

Tech. Sgt. Alex Esquibel, noncommissioned officer in charge of wing tactics at the 350th Air Refueling Squadron, looks out the boom window of a KC-135 Stratotanker while refueling an F-22 Raptor during a refueling mission over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Nev., Aug. 6, 2021. The refueling mission was part of exercise Red Flag 21-3. Red Flag exercises began in 1975 as an aerial combat exercise, but have evolved to include warfighting across air, space and cyberspace domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus)

Afghanistan airlift operations

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Squadron, 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C., support the Afghanistan withdrawal airlift, Aug. 17, 2021. The 315th Airlift Wing sent multiple C-17 Globemaster IIIs to aid in the withdrawal from Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen)

Red Flag-Nellis 21-3 Operations

A KC-46A Pegasus assigned to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., takes off for an exercise Red Flag-Nellis 21-3 mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 3, 2021. The KC-46A is equipped with a refueling boom driven by a fly-by-wire control system, and is capable of fuel offload rates required for large aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)

JBER Airmen take home the Prime BEEF

Airmen assigned to the 773rd Civil Engineer Squadron pull a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle during the Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force, or Prime BEEF, program at Camp Mad Bull on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 4, 2021. The Airmen worked in small teams on a multi-station obstacle course to prepare for situations they might encounter while in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher)

Red Flag-Alaska 21-3

An F-15C Eagle assigned to Kadena Air Base, Japan, takes off from the flightline at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 17, 2021. Fighter jets from the U.S. Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force inventories gathered at the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, a 77,000-square-mile airspace, Aug. 12-27, to simulate air combat scenarios to refine air tactics and joint operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Conrad)

MC-130J Commando II Low Level Flight over Ukraine and the Black Sea

An 352nd Special Operations Wing flight doctor looks out the back of an MC-130J Commando II over Ukraine, Aug. 12, 2021. The 352nd SOW, which is part of U.S. European Command, is ready and postured to project forces at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Izabella Workman)

B-2 Spirit Arrives at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland

Three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., arrive at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, Aug. 23, 2021. The aircraft will take part in their first forward operation out of Iceland, highlighting Air Force Global Strike Command’s capabilities of executing bomber agile combat employment in the European theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria Hommel)

EUCOM Afghan Evacuation Operations

Airmen set up tents at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 19, 2021. Ramstein AB personnel are providing aid to qualified Afghanistan evacuees, including safe and temporary lodging, food, medical screenings and more, in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Edgar Grimaldo)

Alaska Air National Guard’s 211th Rescue Squadron hones aerial capabilities at JBER

An Alaska Air National Guard HC-130J Combat King II operated by aircrew from the 211th Rescue Squadron, 176th Wing, takes off from an unpaved landing strip at Malemute Drop Zone, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 18, 2021. The training prepared the guardsmen to operate in austere locations with unfinished or shorter runways. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

Personnel Support for Contingency Operations

Service members rest and wait at Personnel Support for Contingency Operations en route to Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The service members are deploying in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kylie Barrow)

Dover AFB C-5Ms provide rapid global mobility

Personnel from the 436th Aircraft Maintenance and 436th Logistics Readiness Squadrons refuel a C-5M Super Galaxy before departing from Dover Air Force Base, Del., Aug. 18, 2021. The C-5M is a strategic transport aircraft, the largest aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)


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.