AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo Oct. 27, 2023 Attention to detail Staff Sgt. Quinn Ball, 56th Maintenance Group weapons load crew member, secures an AIM-9X Sidewinder to an F-35A Lightning II during the third quarterly weapons load competition Oct. 6, 2023, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Exercises like the weapons load competition help advance training to produce command focused U.S., allied and partner Airmen to meet warfighting needs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Katelynn Jackson) Details Download Lightning II showcase An F-35 Lightning II performs during the Thunder Over the Rock Air Show at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Oct. 21, 2023. The demonstration was conducted by Maj. Kristin Wolfe, F-35 pilot, who showcased the aircraft’s general and advanced capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Saisha Cornett) Details Download Digging it! U.S. Air Force Airman Paul Thurman-Kibler, 374th Civil Engineer Squadron structures apprentice, shovels debris while conducting Rapid Airfield Damage Repair training during exercise Beverly Morning 24-1 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 22, 2023. The 374th CES broke apart and removed damaged concrete before filling the cavity with quick-drying concrete and leveling it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Samantha White) Details Download Friendly formation Fighter aircraft from the United States, Japan and South Korea conduct a trilateral escort flight of a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress over international waters near South Korea Oct. 22, 2023. U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 80th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Wing, flew alongside Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s from the 8th Air Wing and South Korean air force F-15Ks from the 11th Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Karla Parra) Details Download Golden Gateway Travis Air Force Base Airmen move a simulated patient during exercise Golden Gateway at Travis AFB, Calif., Oct. 18, 2023. The readiness exercise, hosted by Travis AFB, showcased the installation’s role in enabling integration between active duty and reserve forces in support of rapid global mobility to meet mission requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Nicholas Pilch) Details Download Extending the mission U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Blake Thomson, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, conducts aerial refueling over the East China Sea, Oct. 17, 2023. Aerial refueling capabilities extend airborne training time and combat radius, ensuring U.S. and allied nation aircraft are postured to maintain regional peace and stability within the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tylir Meyer) Details Download Aerial demonstration A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor performs maneuvers during a demonstration at the 2023 Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition media day at Seoul Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 16, 2023. Approximately 200 U.S. service members showcased a cross-section of U.S. military aircraft for static displays, flyovers and aerial demonstrations during Seoul ADEX 23. (U.S. Air Force by Master Sgt. Eric Burks) Details Download Training the best An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron takes off for a flight in support of U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 16, 2023. The school provides academic and advisory support to numerous units, enhancing air combat training for thousands of Airmen from the Air Force, Department of Defense and U.S. allied services each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Wyatt Stabler) Details Download Smoke and Thunder Tech. Sgt. Paul Wyckoff, 18th Combat Weather Squadron staff weather officer, walks through a cloud of smoke during exercise Thunder Challenge 2023 at Fort Liberty, N.C., Oct. 16, 2023. Thunder Challenge is an annual exercise in which combat weather teams compete in events that test their knowledge of CW operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Spencer Slocum) Details Download On guard U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, guard a C-17 Globemaster III at Nevatim Air Base, Israel, Oct. 15, 2023. The mission provided Israel Defense Forces with additional resources, including vital munitions and emphasized the United States’ unwavering support for the IDF and the Israeli people. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airmen Edgar Grimaldo) Details Download Saying goodbye Senior Airman Osvaldo Rodriguez Matias, 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-17 Globemaster III crew chief, spends time with a loved one before he deploys from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 27, 2023. More than 400 Airmen were the first on Travis AFB to experience Air Force Force Generation — the Air Force’s new deployment model. (U.S. Air Force photo by Nicholas Pilch) Details Download Tight formation Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron fly over RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, Oct. 14, 2023. Operating with a variety of U.S. Air Force aircraft and units in Europe aids in maintaining a ready and postured force prepared to respond to and support global operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Hayman) Details Download Feeling the heat Airman 1st Class Kyle Datu and Staff Sgt. Matt Trevizo, 99th Civil Engineering Squadron fire protection specialists, extinguished a fire during an aircraft live fire training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 12, 2023. Propane ignitors are built in multiple positions throughout and around the training fuselage, providing firefighters with a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Rufus) Details Download Pushing the Reaper U.S. Air Force maintenance personnel assigned to the 319th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron push an MQ-9 Reaper into a hardened aircraft shelter after arrival at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 13, 2023. This was the first of several MQ-9s deploying to Kadena AB to strengthen regional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in support of the U.S-Japan alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tylir Meyer) Details Download Morning patrol A security forces Airman conducts a morning patrol during exercise Defender Flag 2023, Oct. 23, 2023, at Fort Bliss, Texas. Defender Flag 2023 is a competition that determines the best-of-the-best security forces teams and individuals using a variety of base ground defense scenarios, with ten teams of 10 members representing each Air Force major command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah Pedrazzini) 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.