AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo Aug. 11, 2023 Acceptance Day U.S. Air Force Academy cadets participate in the annual Acceptance Day Parade at Stillman Field in Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug. 9, 2023. Acceptance Day marks the completion of Basic Cadet Training at the Academy, where new cadets receive their fourth-class shoulder boards, signifying their acceptance into the Cadet Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Rayna Grace) Details Download Lancer refuel A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., conducts aerial refueling during a Red Flag 23-3 mission at Nellis AFB, Nev., July 26, 2023. This Red Flag exercise will provide more complex, realistic scenarios concentrated on warfighting in the Indo-Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis) Details Download Clearing a path Staff Sgt. Brenden Turney, 176th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection craftsman, delimbs a tree as part of an Innovative Readiness Training project at Shepard Point, Alaska, July 26, 2023. The IRT program is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Defense that leverages the skills and capabilities of military personnel to support civil-military cooperation, humanitarian missions and community development. (Alaska National Guard photo by Robert DeBerry) Details Download Raptor’s nest The sun sets on a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor from the 199th Air Expeditionary Squadron, known as the Hawaiian Raptors Squadron, comprised of the 19th and the 199th Fighter Squadrons, after a day of flying during Talisman Sabre 23 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia, July 24, 2023. Talisman Sabre is the largest bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Australia and demonstrates the capability to rapidly deploy and operate to accomplish a wide range of missions alongside joint and allied partners to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Robert H. Dabbs) Details Download Tune up Airman 1st Class Luciano Battalini, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion specialist, services a B-1B Lancer’s gearbox during Red Flag-Nellis 23-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 20, 2023. Red Flag is a combat training exercise shared with a variety of attack, fighter and bomber aircraft, preparing Air Force, joint and coalition pilots, aircrew and operators to fight against a peer-level adversary in any combat environment. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Yendi Borjas) Details Download Jolly good training An HH-60W Jolly Green II assigned to the 34th Weapons Squadron returns to base after participating in air-to-air combat training over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Nev., July 29, 2023. All HH-60Ws have folding rotor blades to improve air transportability and shipboard operations, advancing the ability to project airpower anytime, anywhere. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Rufus) Details Download Weapon’s check U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Summer Curry, 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron equipment liaison office technician, cross references weapons against a list of inventory during an equipment organization visit at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Aug. 10, 2023. With the second largest expeditionary theater distribution center in U.S. Air Forces Central Command, the 386th ELRS supplies weapons and other mission-critical items to members deployed throughout the 21-nation area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Long) Details Download Lightning in tow A U.S. Air Force 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief tows an F-35A Lightning II at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2023. Maintenance crews worked throughout the day to return the aircraft to the fighter ramps to resume normal flying operations after the aircraft had been hangared for the duration of Typhoon Khanun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessi Roth) Details Download Inspiring future generations Capt. Kaity Toner, Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” public affairs officer, meets with patrons after the Thunderbirds performance during the Sioux Falls Airshow at Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls, S.D., July 29, 2023. The airshow was a free event aimed to inspire future generations about different opportunities within the aviation industry. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jordan M. Hohenstein) Details Download Friendly flyers U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from Seventh Air Force joined South Korean F-35A Lightning IIs to conduct combined flight operations July 28, 2023, employing munitions at a live-fire training area off the west coast of South Korea. These events demonstrate the South Korean and U.S. Air Forces’ continued interoperability and showcase their ability to provide commanders with rapid and flexible response options. (South Korea Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Kwan-Young Hong) Details Download Remaining calm under pressure Capt. Chase Todd, 40th Helicopter Squadron pilot, holds his breath underwater during underwater egress training in the base pool at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., Aug. 3, 2023. The training is essential for placing aircrew in a psychologically and physiologically challenging situation and is mandatory every three years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mary Bowers) Details Download Night strike Senior Airman Zanier Woodard, 121st Security Forces Squadron defender, fires his weapon during an M-4 carbine night qualifying session at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, Aug. 5, 2023. Security Forces Airmen qualify in darkness using flashlights, infrared scopes and night vision goggles to ensure mission success no matter the time of day. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ralph Branson) Details Download Servicing the Falcon Staff Sgt. Austin Klein, 180th Fighter Wing crew chief, services a liquid oxygen bottle for an F-16 Fighting Falcon during exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field in Camp Douglas, Wis., Aug. 7, 2023. Northern Lightning is a joint training exercise emphasizing user-defined objectives resulting in tailored, scenario-based, full-spectrum training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Sarah Stalder Lundgren) Details Download Hanging in there Basic cadets from the class of 2027 complete the obstacle course at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Jacks Valley in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 20, 2023. Basic Cadet Training is a six-week indoctrination program to guide the transformation of new cadets from civilians to military academy cadets prepared to enter a four-year officer commissioning program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rayna Grace) 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. To view all Week in Photos collections, click here.