AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo April 7, 2023 Night obstacles Candidates compete in a morning obstacle course during the Special Warfare Training Wing Assessment and Selection Course at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 15, 2023. The training wing prepares candidates physically, mentally, emotionally and cognitively for demanding careers as special warfare operators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Miriam Thurber) Details Download Home sweet home Master Sgt. David Schnabel, 8th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron first sergeant, is welcomed home from a deployment by a loved one at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., April 4, 2023. The deployment was the 62nd Airlift Wing’s first under the new Air Force Force Generation Model in support of U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command operations. The new AFFORGEN Model aims to reconstitute Air Mobility Command’s manpower, aircraft and equipment into force elements that train, deploy and recover as cohesive units throughout each phase of the cycle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Callie Norton) Details Download Defending the Arctic Two U.S. Air Force CV-22B Ospreys with the 352nd Special Operations Wing take off during a bilateral training exercise at Utti Air Base, Finland, March 30, 2023. The exercise represents the U.S. and its allies' continuing commitment to the defense and security of the Arctic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Izabella Workman) Details Download Bringing out the big guns U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shelby Duncan, 33rd Rescue Squadron special missions aviator, conducts pre-flight inspections on a GAU-18 .50 caliber weapon system at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 29, 2023. The GAU-18 is capable of firing between 650 and 800 rounds per minute at ranges of up to 1,800 meters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Roth) Details Download Monumental approach Two UH-1N Hueys from the 1st Helicopter Squadron, Joint Base Andrews, Md., prepare to land on the National Mall, Washington, D.C., April 6, 2023. The squadron provides priority airlift for national-level civil and military senior leadership in the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nicholas Priest) Details Download All systems go Col. Kristoffer Smith, 20th Fighter Wing commander, performs pre-flight checks during exercise Red Flag-Nellis 23-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 20, 2023. The 20th FW Wild Weasels actively seek out advanced, realistic and innovative training opportunities to hone individual skills and integrate all-domain capabilities to deter and defeat adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Madeline Herzog) Details Download It’s hard to say goodbye An Airman from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. shaves his mustache off during the Mustache Dash event at Fairchild AFB, March 31, 2023. The Mustache Dash was created to raise awareness for mental health highlighting social, physical, mental and spiritual fitness; the four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Morgan Dailey) Details Download Lighting up the night A U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron releases training flares during a flight over the Pacific Ocean, March 27, 2023. During a real-world contingency, the flares would be used as a countermeasure to confuse and redirect heat-seeking missiles targeting the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Roth) Details Download Diving in Special warfare candidates perform swim tactics and team-building exercises during the Special Warfare Training Wing Assessment and Selection Course at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 14, 2023 . Trainees in every course in the pipeline are provided holistic support to prepare each candidate physically, mentally, emotionally and cognitively for demanding careers as special warfare operators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jennifer Gangemi) Details Download Walking with Pride Sixteen KC-46A Pegasus and five KC-135 Stratotankers line up for an elephant walk during exercise Lethal Pride at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., March 27, 2023. The elephant walk launched the exercise and consisted of aircraft and air crews from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing and the 931st Air Refueling Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brenden Beezley) Details Download Surviving the elements U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cody Hallas, 133rd Contingency Response Team, builds an Igloo in Crystal City, Manitoba. Hallas participated in a five-day field training exercise as part of the Canadian Air Operations Survival training course. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) Details Download Inspection ready Two KC-135 Stratotankers sit on the flightline during a Nuclear Operations Readiness Inspection at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, April 1, 2023. The NORI is used to validate Airmen readiness and nuclear deterrence capabilities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman First Class Ivy Thomas) 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.