AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo July 7, 2023 Belly of the beast A U.S. Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy assigned Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., arrives and unloads cargo at Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru, June 27, 2023, during exercise Resolute Sentinel 23. The 439th Airlift Wing provides worldwide air movement of troops, supplies, equipment and medical patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Corban Lundborg) Details Download Fire line Defenders assigned to the 301st Security Forces Squadron, Carswell Field, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas, fire the M4 carbine and M249 light machine gun during a training exercise, June 15, 2023, at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Ohio. Defenders from the 301st SFS traveled to Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, to participate in Air Force Reserve Command’s Integrated Defense Leadership Course to develop combat skills necessary for wartime situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christina Russo) Details Download Nighttime landing An MQ-9 Reaper conducts the first MQ-9 landing on a dirt landing zone during a training exercise near Fort Stockton, Texas, June 15, 2023. The nighttime landing on an unimproved surface was part of a larger Air Force Special Operations Command exercise involving members of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron from Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alysa Calvarese) Details Download Salute to Service Roquan Smith, an athlete in the NFL, runs through a drill with a football camp participant during a visit to Kadena Air Base, Japan, June 23, 2023. Smith and fellow athlete, Jonathan Abram, visited Kadena AB as part of the NFL’s “Salute to Service” program in coordination with the United Service Organizations to visit Airmen and learn more about Kadena AB’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sebastian Romawac) Details Download Sunny taxi A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing, South Dakota National Guard, taxis in from an agile combat employment movement during exercise Air Defender 2023 at Lechfeld Air Base, Germany June 14, 2023. AD23 integrated both U.S. and allied airpower to defend shared values, while leveraging and strengthening vital partnerships to deter aggression around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Luke Olson) Details Download Water rescue Cadets participate in combat survival training, June 21, 2023, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. More than 1,000 Academy cadets, taught by cadet cadre and supervised by SERE specialists, learned to survive and evade as isolated personnel while receiving training on austere medical care, food procurement, aircraft signaling, water survival and navigation. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Trevor Cokley) Details Download Over the mountain F-15C Eagles fly near a KC-135 Stratotanker over Mount Hood, Ore., as part of Operation Centennial Contact, June 27, 2023. The movement, which also included flights over Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore and Glacier National Park, was part of Air Mobility Command’s celebration of 100 years of air refueling operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lawrence Sena) Details Download Up-close An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot with the South Dakota Air National Guard’s 114th Fighter Wing looks up while flying under a KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel over southeast South Dakota, June 27, 2023. Nearly all internal fuel can be pumped through the flying boom, the KC-135’s primary fuel transfer method. One crewmember, known as the boom operator, is stationed in the rear of the plane and controls the boom during in-flight air refueling. (U.S. Air National Guard photo Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot) Details Download Airlift support A UH-1N Huey from the 40th Helicopter Squadron flies by during a demonstration with Terry Kroeger, vice-chairman for the Strategic Command Consultation Committee at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., June 28, 2023. The 40th HS ensures strategic security by providing flexible, rapid-response helicopter airlift support to the 341st Missile Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Christopher Volkmar) Details Download Buzz cut Basic cadets from the Class of 2027 arrive at the U.S. Air Force Academy for in-processing, or “I-Day,” June 28, 2023, in Colorado Springs, Colo. I-Day marks the start of their journey of becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force and Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley) Details Download Celebrate America Fireworks explode behind a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron during the Celebrate America event at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 3, 2023. Celebrate America is an annual event providing military members and their families the opportunity to enjoy games, food and live bands before culminating in a fireworks display over the Yokota AB airfield to celebrate Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe) Details Download Full throttle An F-15C Eagle engine is tested in a full afterburner state at Kadena Air Base, Japan, June 21, 2023. U.S. Airmen from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron test aircraft engines like this in a specialized hangar to ensure all components function properly before use. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Edward Yankus) 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.