AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo May 6, 2022 Eagle-in-waiting An F-15D Eagle assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron is prepared in a hangar before departing for RED FLAG-Alaska at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 15, 2022. RED FLAG-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces directed field training exercise focused on improving the combat readiness of U.S. and international forces and provides training for units preparing for air and space expeditionary force tasking. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sebastian Romawac) Details Download Spring Tattoo Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. salutes Air Force Honor Guard members as they conduct a pass in review during the Air Force’s 75th Birthday Celebration Spring Tattoo on the Air Force Ceremonial Lawn at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., May 3, 2022. The mission of the honor guard is to represent all Airmen in the U.S. Air Force by demonstrating military excellence, precision and discipline while inspiring patriotism in audiences worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stuart Bright) Details Download Bird's eye view The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, perform a series of maneuvers during the Fort Lauderdale Airshow at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May 1, 2022. The event included numerous aircraft and static displays and was the team’s first beach show of the season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicolas A. Myers) Details Download Cadets take aim U.S. Air Force Academy senior cadets receive a firearm safety lesson from combat arms training and maintenance instructors at the base's firing range in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 22, 2022. CATM personnel are tasked with providing small arms instruction to U.S. Air Force members and conducting weapons inspections, safety checks, and maintaining range operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Armstrong) Details Download Germany bound A 158th Fighter Wing crew chief taxis an F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 158th FW at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., May 2, 2022. The aircraft departed to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to continue NATO’s enhanced air policing mission along the eastern flank. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richard Mekkri) Details Download Lessons from Mom Rachel Young teaches her 8-year-old daughter, Melody, math concepts at their home in Magnolia, Del., April 5, 2022. Young is one of thousands of military spouses whose year-round support of their families and communities are recognized each May during Military Spouse Appreciation month. May 6, the Friday before Mother’s Day, is the day adopted by President Ronald Reagan to recognize military spouses around the world for their contributions, support and sacrifice to the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cydney Lee) Details Download Fueled for the fight A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 168th Air Refueling Wing refuels F-22 Raptors from the 3rd Wing alongside F-15 Eagles from the 144th Fighter Wing over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Alaska, April 18, 2022. The aircraft trained together as part of Alaska Dissimilar Aircraft Combat Training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Charles Vaughn) Details Download Going for the win A 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron team moves a guided bomb unit into place during a weapons load competition April 29, 2022, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The quick-paced competition pits the F-16 Fighting Falcon Blue team against the F-15 Eagle Red team in a test of knowledge, proficiency, speed and skill. The Red Team emerged victorious. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.) Details Download Employing the big guns Staff Sgt. Dominic Brinker, 66th Rescue Squadron special missions aviator instructor, inspects an HH-60G Pave Hawk’s .50 caliber machine gun during routine training at the Nevada Test and Training Range at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 28, 2022. The 66 RQS tactically employ the HH-60G and its crew in hostile environments to recover downed aircrew and isolated personnel during day, night or marginal weather conditions in contested airspace, employing skills such as weapons employment, shipboard operations and aerial refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Rufus) Details Download Loaded and ready! Airmen assigned to the 452nd Air Mobility Wing and Marines assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Pendleton, Calif., load 155 mm M777 howitzers onto a C-17 Globemaster III at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., Apr. 27, 2022. The weapon systems are a part of the security assistance the U.S. is providing for wartime operations in Eastern Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn White) Details Download Water works Hunter Walasik, a 911th Civil Engineering Squadron contractor, sprays water onto the flightline to test the storm drainage system at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pa., April 27, 2022. The 911th CES tested the drainage system as part of their spill response planning. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert) Details Download Constant communication Staff Sgt. Dallas Moore, 65th Air Base Squadron Air Traffic Control watch supervisor, verifies flight progress strips in the Radar Approach Control facility at Lajes Field, Portugal, April 26, 2022. Air traffic controllers at RAPCON record the general information and intent of each aircraft on the strips. By monitoring this information and keeping constant communication with pilots, RAPCON ensures the safe arrival and departure of aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John R. Wright) 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.