AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo Dec. 17, 2021 Enjoying the scenery Loadmasters assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron look out over Mount Fuji from the rear of an MC-130J Commando II during a flight over Japan in support of exercise Resolute Dragon, Dec. 9, 2021. The 1st SOS conducted an airdrop in support of the exercise, demonstrating their long-range joint resupply capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Monte) Details Download Turkey Shoot preflight Members from the 33rd Rescue Squadron perform preflight checks on an HH-60G Pave Hawk before participating in a Turkey Shoot at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 29, 2021. The Turkey Shoot is an annual base-wide competition allowing units like the 33rd RQS to perform their duties in different scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro) Details Download Axe it out Staff Sgt. James Willett, 341st Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, uses an axe to prevent embers from re-sparking during the Gibson Flats fire in Great Falls, Mont., Dec. 1, 2021. The Malmstrom Air Force Base Fire Department responded as part of a mutual aid agreement with Cascade County and worked with several other fire departments to extinguish the fire. (U.S. Air Force Courtesy photo) Details Download Gas and go A KC-46 Pegasus assigned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. prepares for air refueling during the first mission over the North Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 2, 2021. The KC-46 maintains air refueling edge through the use of both the refueling boom and drogue systems, allowing for simultaneous air refueling of multiple aircraft with wing pods. The KC-46 is designed to refuel allied and coalition aircraft and provide multifunctional support, like passenger and cargo transport along with medical and humanitarian relief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ariel Owings) Details Download Cool School Students at the Arctic Survival School listen to Senior Airman David Wolfgram, Air Education and Training Command Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape instructor at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 8, 2021. The Air Force has recognized the importance of preparing aircrew for operations in extreme polar regions, and SERE specialists perform a vital role in doing just that. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb) Details Download Show of force Four Japanese Air Self Defense Force F-2s, one U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, and seven U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs fly in formation over the Pacific Ocean during Operation Iron Dagger, Dec. 9, 2021. The exercise signals the continuing effort to support the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s dynamic force employment concept through agile combat employment, which supports the National Defense Strategy efforts to conduct training with allies while maintaining global peace and security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Braden Anderson) Details Download Scanning the horizon U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Taylor Welliver, assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, scans Ali Al Salem Air Base’s security zone for any possible threats around the base in Kuwait, Dec. 5, 2021. Security Forces members from the 386th ESFS provide installation defense, which includes routine base security checks within a 5-kilometer radius extending outward from the perimeter of ASAB. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Daryn Murphy) Details Download Rapid mobility An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 356th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, 354th Air Expeditionary Wing, flies over Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, during Operation Iron Dagger, Dec. 6, 2021. This dynamic force employment demonstrates the 354th AEW’s ability to rapidly mobilize and deploy fifth-generation airpower across the Indo-Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong) Details Download Humanitarian crisis training Special tactics operators assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, watch a CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron, take off from the Eglin Range Complex, Fla., Dec. 8, 2021. The 23rd STS conducted a large-scale humanitarian aid and disaster relief exercise involving approximately 300 participants designed to challenge ST Airmen with a complex tactical and leadership training environment they would encounter in a real-world humanitarian crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Carly Kavish) Details Download Team up U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons fly in formation behind a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker after aerial refueling above U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, Dec. 8, 2021. The F-16 is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft that delivers war-winning airpower to the USCENTCOM AOR. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Frank Rohrig) Details Download Just dropping by U.S. Airmen assigned to the 57th Rescue Squadron parachute to a drop zone during training at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Dec.10, 2021. The 57th RQS provides personnel recovery and combat search and rescue. In order to perform these tasks, jump training is one of the many requirements the Airmen go through to ensure they can complete these missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Noah Sudolcan) Details Download Special delivery Three F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron taxi on the runway upon initial delivery to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 10, 2021. The 354th Fighter Wing is expected to receive a total of 54 F-35s by the end of 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais) Details Download 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.