AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo May 19, 2023 Commemorative flight An F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 120th Fighter Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, painted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the unit, flies with an F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 134th Fighter Squadron, Vermont Air National Guard, over Leadville, Colo., May 8, 2023. Today the 120th FS is a dual-purpose fighter squadron with pilots qualified to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions including Offensive Counter-Air, Defensive Counter-Air, OCA Interdiction, Close Air Support and Combat Search and Rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Matthew Plew) Details Download No holds barred U.S. Air Force pararescuemen remove rebar blocking their path during an exercise at the San Xavier Mine, Ariz., May 4, 2023. The pararescuemen participated in a simulated rescue situation at the mine as part of RED FLAG-Rescue, the Defense Department’s premier combat search and rescue exercise, which is hosted twice a year at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman William Finn) Details Download Racing dragon Kadena Air Base’s Shogun Women team competes in the 2023 Naha Hari Dragon Boat Races in Naha City, Japan, May 5, 2023. Two teams from Kadena AB faced off against other U.S. and Japanese boat teams in the annual tradition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Raymond Geoffroy) Details Download Right this way! U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Darryle Masnayon, 254th Security Forces Squadron security lead, talks to a Philippine air force member about proper weapons handling during subject matter expert exchanges as part of exercise Cope Thunder at Basa Air Base, Philippines, May 8, 2023. Ready and capable combat forces serve as a deterrent to aggressors by emphasizing the U.S. and Philippines’ resolve to work together to promote regional stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sebastian Romawac) Details Download Paw patrol Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, waits outside of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter May 2, 2023, at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The flight was part of Guardian Response 23, a joint service military and multi-component exercise focused on domestic disaster response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza) Details Download Prop check A U.S. Airman assigned to the 86th Maintenance Squadron inspects the propeller of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft before takeoff at Elefsina Air Base, Greece, May 2, 2023, as part of the Stolen Cerberus X joint training exercise. Maintenance personnel were essential for mission success throughout the exercise and worked around the clock to ensure all aircraft ran smoothly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Andrew Bertain) Details Download Dusty landing A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III participating in Exercise Golden Phoenix takes off on a dirt runway at Schoonover Airfield, Calif., May 9, 2023. Golden Phoenix is a large-scale readiness exercise hosted by Travis Air Force Base with full-spectrum support from partner units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Heide Couch) Details Download Museum Mile M. Mottet, age 5, finishes a race during the inaugural Museum Mile event hosted by the Air Force Marathon Office May 11, 2023, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Roughly 400 participants ran the 1-mile family-friendly course that wound through the museum grounds before finishing under the wingtips of a historic aircraft at the Air Park. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza) Details Download Sky fall Air Force special tactics operators assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing conduct military freefall operations from an MC-130H Combat Talon II assigned to the 15th Special Operations Squadron during exercise Emerald Warrior 23 at Eglin Range, Fla., April 24, 2023. Emerald Warrior is the largest joint special operations exercise involving U.S. Special Operations Command forces training to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua De Guzman) Details Download Full throttle Capt. Samuel Larson, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander, cruises at high airspeeds during the Air Power over Hampton Roads Air Show at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., May 7, 2023. The Raptor has a sleek aerodynamic design and increased thrust, allowing the aircraft to cruise at supersonic airspeeds without using afterburner, otherwise known as supercruise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaela Smith) Details Download Attention to detail Tech. Sgt. Katie Ha, 312th Airlift Squadron C-5M Super Galaxy flight engineer, performs a walk-around inspection of a C-5M during a maximum aircraft generation event for Exercise Golden Phoenix at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., May 12, 2023. In support of the maximum generation event, the 60th Air Mobility Wing launched 21 aircraft in rapid succession, providing the opportunity for Airmen to hone readiness capabilities in a response to potential real-world contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Nicholas Pilch) Details Download Feeling the heat Firefighters assigned to the 180th Civil Engineer Squadron battle a controlled burn outside of a aircraft fuselage during a training exercise at the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, Ohio, May 8, 2023. Training for diverse, real-world scenarios ensure Airmen are fully trained, qualified, prepared and ready to deploy world-wide at all times. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Sarah Stalder Lundgren) Details Download Fear the Reaper An MQ-9 Reaper lands on Highway 287 during exercise Agile Chariot in Rawlins, Wyo., April 30, 2023. Instead of relying on large, fixed bases and infrastructure, Agile Combat Employment uses smaller, more dispersed locations and teams to rapidly move and support aircraft, pilots and other personnel wherever they are needed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Carly Kavish) Details Download High altitude comms Pennsylvania Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 111th Attack Wing install an antenna on a communications tower at Biddle Air National Guard Base, Horsham, Pa., May 7, 2023. This installation consisted of climbing approximately 50 feet up the tower, properly rigging the antenna to the tower, and testing it from the ground. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Casner) 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.