AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo March 4, 2022 Lightning in the sky U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 495th Fighter Squadron, return to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom, after concluding a training exercise, Feb. 22, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rachel Maxwell) Details Download Fireside chat Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, left, and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., center, speak at a fireside chat during the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla., March 3, 2022. Brown and Raymond highlighted the fact that as warfighting continues to evolve, so must leadership. It was a recurring idea for both generals that force modernization relies on changing the status quo and developing a style of leadership that might differ from the previous decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Elora J. McCutcheon) Details Download Cope North 22 U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron prepare to conduct aerial refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during exercise Cope North 22 over the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 17, 2022. The exercise allows participating nations to hone vital readiness skills and enhance interoperability among multiple mission areas to include air superiority, interdiction, electronic warfare, tactical airlift and aerial refueling capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford) Details Download Smokescreen assault Staff Sgt. Madison Bedor, 926th Security Forces Squadron, and other Integrated Defense Leadership Course students, emerge from a smokescreen while assaulting an opposing force position during an exercise at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, Feb. 18, 2022. The students recovered simulated critical components and weapons during the assault training. IDLC is a two-week, hands-on learning experience designed to help Reserve defenders achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric M. White) Details Download Sunset over Ali Al Salim U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft sit on the flightline during sunset at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Feb. 21, 2022. The C-130 is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for airdropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daira Jackson) Details Download Wing readiness exercise A formation of F-15C/D Eagles assigned to the 44th and 67th Fighter Squadrons taxi on the flightline during a routine wing readiness exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 2, 2022. The training is routinely conducted at U.S. Air Force bases across Japan and around the globe to ensure U.S. Airmen’s readiness to respond to a range of potential contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson) Details Download Attention to detail A 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron team secures a GBU-12 on to an F-16 Fighting Falcon during the squadron’s annual weapons load competition at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 25, 2022. The quick-paced competition tests the knowledge and proficiency of the Airmen. The winning load crew is scheduled to be announced at the Maintenance Professionals of the Year Banquet in April. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.) Details Download FalconSAT X maintenance Air Force Academy cadets Wade Lawrie and Dominic Flack clean a FalconSAT X structural panel prior to mounting a solar panel in the Department of Astronautics Space Systems Research Center clean room, Feb. 16, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Armstrong) Details Download Partners in the sky A B-52H Stratofortress from the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom is escorted by two Swedish Saab JAS 39 Gripens, Feb. 18, 2022. The Swedish fighters met with the B-52 during a sortie over Sweden to practice establishing communications between the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Wright) Details Download Take aim and fire An Airman with the 9th Security Forces Squadron fires his weapon at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 15, 2022. The shoot was a part of annual weapons training for 9th SFS Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juliana Londono) Details Download Gas and go An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing approaches a KC-10 Extender assigned to the 60th Air Mobility Wing, to receive fuel so it can continue its security patrol above Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 13, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cameron Otte) Details Download Structure fire training U.S. Air Force firefighters assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron simulate putting out a structure fire at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Feb. 16, 2022 during exercise Grand Shield 22-3, the installation’s most recent readiness training event. First responders including security forces, medical and firefighters, responded to various on-base scenarios during the training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stefan Alvarez) 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.