AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo June 10, 2022 Soaring above the clouds An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, flies alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, U.K., during a refueling mission over the North Sea, May 24, 2022. The F-35A is a fifth-generation fighter that provides the joint warfighter unprecedented global precision attack capability against current and emerging threats, while complementing the Air Force’s air superiority fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Long) Details Download Thunder over Dover A spectator climbs a rock wall during the 2022 Thunder Over Dover Airshow at Dover Air Force Base, Del., May 22, 2022. The airshow gave visitors the opportunity to see Air Force aircraft spanning the last 75 years and enabled them to talk face-to-face with military personnel about how they execute and sustain rapid global mobility every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. J.D. Strong II) Details Download Falcons assemble! A formation of F-35A Lightning IIs and F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing assemble during a routine readiness exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, May 20, 2022. The formation demonstrated the 354th FW's ability to rapidly mobilize and launch aircraft from its strategic arctic location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Beaux Hebert) Details Download Building the framework Airmen with the 24th Special Operations Wing deployment cell set up a TM-75 tent at an undisclosed location in the Southwestern U.S., May 27, 2022. The 24th SOW D-Cell is composed of Airmen from different career fields to provide each other with unique knowledge and expertise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hiram Martinez) Details Download Fast-rope A 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element team member fast-ropes out of an HH-60G Pave Hawk at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 16, 2022. This training started with controlled fast roping operations in a rappel tower, followed by helicopter iterations with and without equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephen Pulter) Details Download Smoky assault Senior Airman Melanie Gonzales, a defender with the 403rd Security Forces Squadron stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., assaults an enemy position during an area security operations exercise at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio, May 19, 2022. The training was part of the two-week Integrated Defense Leadership Course, based at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, and with training grounds at CJAG. IDLC was designed to provide Reserve defenders with intensely focused hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric M. White) Details Download Homeward bound An HC-130J Combat King II, assigned to the 79th Rescue Squadron, taxis down the flight line at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 7, 2022. Members of the 355th Wing returned home on two C-130s after a six-month overseas deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kaitlyn Ergish) Details Download Defender Challenge Staff Sgt. Andrew Tutone and Tech. Sgt. Kevin Belanger, both assigned to the 96th Security Forces Squadron, push a Humvee during part of the Defender Challenge event at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 17, 2022. Teams competed in various timed challenges related to the security forces experience. The challenge was part the 96th Security Forces Squadron’s Police Week activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.) Details Download Partners in the sky Two Royal Jordanian Air Force female pilots and a U.S. Air Force loadmaster look out from the back of a HC-130J Combat King II during a low-level mission over outlying areas of Wadi Rum, Jordan, May 16, 2022. The engagement is part of an ongoing partnership between the two countries focused on empowering women in aviation to cultivate and strengthen relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Goonan) Details Download Feathery friend Staff Sgt. Brooklyn Matson, an emergency management specialist with the 378th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, holds a falcon at the Prince Sultan Air Base Museum, Saudi Arabia, May 28, 2022. More than 700 U.S. service members attended the Saudi Cultural Day. The three-day event was hosted through a collaborative effort between the Scientist's Gift Program, local members of the Royal Saudi Air Force, and the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing’s Host Nation Coordination Cell, to provide an opportunity to learn about the history, culture, and traditions of Saudi Arabia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Noah J. Tancer) Details Download Checkered Eagle An F-15C Eagle flies over the base during exercise Checkered Flag 22-2 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., May 18, 2022. Checkered Flag is a large-force aerial exercise that fosters readiness and interoperability through the incorporation of 4th-and 5th-generation aircraft during air-to-air combat training. The 22-2 iteration of the exercise was held May 9–20, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Dastas) Details Download Agile Combat Employment Airmen from the 127th Maintenance Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. perform Agile Combat Employment training while securing bombs to a transport cart during exercise Agile Rage 22 at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Mich., June 7, 2022. ACE is not a specific mission, but a universal application to all combat air force operations. ACE is the ability to project combat power anytime, anywhere, while remaining operationally unpredictable to complicate an adversary's decision-making process. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Master Sgt. David Kujawa) 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.