AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo July 17, 2020 JBER Salutes local COVID-19 Heroes An F-35A Lightning II from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, maneuvers over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 10, 2020, as part of JBER Salutes, a two-day event to show appreciation to service members and nearly 100 Anchorage-area “COVID Heroes” and their guests. The service members and COVID Heroes, nominated for their support to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, toured various areas of the installation, viewed exhibits and static displays of aircraft, and watched demonstrations by explosive ordnance disposal, military working dog teams, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear experts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña) Details Download U.S. Air Force Academy Basic Cadet Training Class of 2024 U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2024 basic cadets complete the assault course at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 14, 2020. The course is part of phase two of training which takes place in Jacks Valley at the academy. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cadets maintained a safe social distance on the course at all times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley) Details Download Maj. Garret "Toro" Schmitz performs dedication pass Maj. Garret Schmitz, F-16 Viper Demonstration Team pilot and commander, performs a dedication pass in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., July 16, 2020. The dedication pass is an aerial salute to service members past and present. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Ingold) Details Download JBER Salutes local COVID-19 Heroes Alaska Air National Guardsmen with the 212th Rescue Squadron operate an all-terrain vehicle at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 10, 2020, as part of JBER Salutes, a two-day event to show appreciation to service members and nearly 100 Anchorage-area “COVID Heroes” and their guests. The service members and COVID Heroes, nominated for their support to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, toured various areas of the installation, viewed exhibits and static displays of aircraft, and watched demonstrations by explosive ordnance disposal, military working dog teams, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear experts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña) Details Download KC-46A Pegasus Completes Its First Aeromedical Evacuation Mission Tech. Sgt. Leah Oakleaf, 931st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, reviews her technical order for configuration plans of the fuselage cargo palette locks at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 11, 2020. Rapid response from vendors to create quality replacement for parts such as cargo locks and outlets played a key role in resolving deficiencies that previously withheld the KC-46A Pegasus from operating as an aeromedical evacuation aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nilsa Garcia) Details Download Overall inspection Airmen assigned to the 911th Maintenance Squadron perform a home-station check inspection of a C-17 Globemaster III at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pa., July 7, 2020. Airmen performed the first-ever HSC in the new two-bay hangar that was built as part of the 911th Airlift Wing’s ongoing aircraft conversion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert) Details Download 378th Expeditionary Operations Group conducts integrated combat turns for effectiveness Airmen assigned to the 378th Expeditionary Operations Group conduct an integrated combat turn to test their capability to rapidly land, refuel, weapons reload and take off at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, July 3, 2020. The integrated combat turn allows the fighter jet to spend less time on the ground and more time in combat operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt Benjamin Wiseman) Details Download 48 th CES firefighters participate in quarterly training U.S. Air Force firefighters assigned to the 48th Civil Engineering Squadron conduct a controlled burn training exercise at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, July 8, 2020. 48th CES firefighters participate in live fire and smoke training quarterly to ensure readiness for real-world situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte) Details Download KC-46 first refuel of Navy Blue Angels A KC-46 Pegasus assigned to the 931st Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., lines up to refuel an U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet, July 1, 2020 over South Dakota. This marks the first time the 931st ARW refueled the Blue Angels using a KC-46. The KC-46 represents the beginning of a new era in air-to-air refueling capability to support the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The modernized fly-by-wire boom provides a larger air-refueling envelope than the KC-46’s predecessor, the KC-135 Stratotanker. In addition to the boom, the aircraft is capable of refueling through drogue and wing aerial fueling pods, or WARPs, to provide simultaneous multi-point air refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Andrea Morris) Details Download Green light, Go: JGSDF conduct jump training from Yokota C-130's Loadmasters assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron watch a C-130J Super Hercules taxi at Hyakuri Air Base, Japan, July 8, 2020. Over the course of two days, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force paratroopers and Yokota AB service members completed a bilateral jump training mission, enhancing U.S. and Japanese interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gabrielle Spalding) Details Download Special Tactics Airmen integrate combat capabilities during Commando Crucible Air Force special tactics operators and simulated partner forces load a CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron after executing a full mission profile during exercise Commando Crucible at Eglin Range, Fla., June 30, 2020. The exercise provided a rigorous operating environment that tested ST operators, their support teammates and outside agency participants on the abundance of moving parts and products required in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rose Gudex) 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.