AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo Oct. 7, 2022 A flash of Lightning An F-35A Lightning II assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., prepares to be refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 161st Air Refueling Wing during a local sortie, Sept. 16, 2022. The 161st ARW operates out of Goldwater Air National Guard Base, conducting regular air refueling missions with their regional partners at Luke AFB. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. James A. Richardson Jr.) Details Download Combatives Instructor Course Senior Airman Josiah Morales, 921st Contingency Response Squadron defender, practices a sweeping leg takedown on Tech. Sgt. Angela Hunt, 921st CRS defender, during the Basic Combatives Instructor Course at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 8, 2022. The 821st Contingency Response Group recently hosted the first mobile training team from the Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center to sharpen the skillsets of defenders through the week-long course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dennis Hoffman) Details Download Welcome home First Lt. Russell Bowman, 437th Operations Support Squadron intelligence operations officer in charge, embraces his family after returning from a deployment to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Oct. 3, 2022, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. After 16 consecutive years of active service, the 816th EAS was inactivated and will be replaced by the 8th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Silvera) Details Download KC Air Show The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “the Thunderbirds” perform an aerial demonstration at the KC Air Show in Gardner, Kan., Sept. 2, 2022. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform nearly 70 shows this year across more than 30 show sites around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew D. Sarver) Details Download Dragon Challenge 2022 Tactical air control party specialists from the 18th Air Support Operations Group compete in Dragon Challenge 2022 at Pope Army Airfield, N.C., Sept. 29, 2022. The annual competition is designed to identify the best Joint Terminal Attack Controller teams within the group by testing the competitors’ steadfast physical, technical, tactical and field-knowledge skills under mock combat conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sydney Knizekewich) Details Download F-22 Raptor's 25th Anniversary An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 3rd Wing lands on the flightline at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 20, 2022. This year marks the aircraft’s 25th anniversary of consistently providing America and its allies with fifth-generation air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Patrick Sullivan) Details Download Air Force chief scientist visits Kadena AB Senior Airman Sarah Grabowski, 18th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, fit-tests a G-suit for Dr. Victoria Coleman, Air Force chief scientist, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 26, 2022. Coleman serves as the chief scientific adviser to the secretary of the Air Force, Air Force chief of staff, and chief of Space Operations, providing assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the department’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sebastian Romawac) Details Download Hurricane preparations A C-17 Globemaster III relocates during preparations for Hurricane Ian at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Sept. 28, 2022. The base routinely relocates aircraft prior to extreme weather conditions to continue the rapid global mobility mission and to prevent potential damage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Silvera) Details Download Helping hand A Reserve Airman with the 304th Rescue Squadron receives a helping hand from one of his teammates during maritime training on the Columbia River in Portland, Ore., Sept. 13, 2022. The Airmen of the 304th RS are trained to conduct combat search and rescue in any location or climate. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Steph Sawyer) Details Download Hurricane Ian relocation An HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to the 920th Rescue Wing departs before Hurricane Ian arrives at Patrick Space Force Base, Fla., Sept. 26, 2022. In less than 24 hours, all of the wing's HC-130J Combat King II aircraft and HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters were prepared, pre-flight checked, then flown or loaded to be transported from the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master. Sgt. Kelly Goonan) Details Download Perimeter secure Airman 1st Class Samantha Karnes, 509th Security Forces Squadron security response team member, secures the perimeter around a B-2 Spirit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Sept. 21, 2022. Airmen with the 509th SFS successfully repelled simulated attackers during readiness training to prepare for real world threats in the field. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Phoenix Lietch) Details Download Exercise Golden Bee Airmen assigned to the 60th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron simulate loading patients on a C-17 Globemaster III in preparation for exercise Golden Bee at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 22, 2022. Exercise Golden Bee is a joint readiness exercise designed to provide training integration and rehearse strategic and operational objectives in the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Karla Parra) 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.