AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo Nov. 3, 2023 Takeoff by the Strip An HH-60W Jolly Green II assigned to the 34th Weapons Squadron takes off to participate in a combat search and rescue training mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 23, 2023. One of the HH-60W's primary missions is to conduct personnel recovery operations in hostile environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Rufus) Details Download 23rd Chief of Staff of the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David W. Allvin is sworn in as the Air Force’s 23rd Chief of Staff at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., Nov. 2, 2023. The brief ceremony took place soon after Senate confirmation while Allvin was attending the Corona Fall executive conference at the Academy. The location was particularly relevant to Allvin since he swore his commissioning oath at the Academy 37 years ago as a graduate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stuart Bright) Details Download First trilateral aerial exercise A U.S. Air Force KC-46 Pegasus operates beside a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 80th Fighter Squadron over the Indo-Pacific, Oct. 22, 2023. U.S. F-16s from the 80th FS flew alongside Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s from the 8th Air Wing and South Korea Air Force F-15Ks from the 11th Wing, conducting the first trilateral aerial exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Karrla Parra) Details Download Intense water drill Combat rescue officer candidates perform an intense water drill as part of a Phase II training exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 17, 2023. During the exercise, instructors assessed the candidates’ ability to handle intense pressure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Robert Allen Cooke III) Details Download Dominating the skies An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 3rd Wing takes off above Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 27, 2023. The F-22 is designed to project air dominance and is essential in Alaska, an integral location in the Air Force’s Arctic Strategy, providing power projection across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julia Lebens) Details Download Strafing run An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing performs a strafing run during Luke Air Force Base’s honorary commander event over the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Ariz., Oct. 26, 2023. The event was a showcase of the base’s aerial ability, with honorary commanders witnessing firsthand strafing and bombing demonstrations from the F-35, F-16 Fighting Falcon, HH-60W Jolly Green II and A-10 Thunderbolt II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Katelynn Jackson) Details Download Radio call Staff Sgt. Tyree Lee, 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron, radios in critical information during a deployment response exercise Oct. 19, 2023, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The weeklong exercise evaluated the base’s ability to survive and operate in wartime and contingency situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.) Details Download Bomber landing A B-52 Stratofortress assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., lands at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in support of a Bomber Task Force mission Oct. 22, 2023. The United States’ steadfast commitment to security and stability of the Indo-Pacific region remains unchanged. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Jonathan Villegas) Details Download Gunship maintenance Staff Sgt. Andrew English, 4th Special Operations Squadron special missions aviator, inspects a 105mm cannon on an AC-130J Ghostrider at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 31, 2023. English is the recipient of the 2023 United Service Organization Airman of the Year award for extinguishing a fire that started in the cockpit of an AC-130J while in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bailey Wyman) Details Download Race to completion Senior Airman Yvener Desir, Airman 1st Class Andrew Bankson and Staff Sgt. Michael Rosa, all with the 96th Maintenance Squadron, race against other ammo teams to build a Joint Direct Attack Munition GBU-31 prior to the 96th Maintenance Group’s weapons load competition Oct. 27, 2023, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Two ammo teams quickly and precisely built the bombs that would be loaded onto an F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon by weapons loaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.) Details Download Working with Weasels An F-16C Fighting Falcon engine runs during a Working with Weasels tour at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 19, 2023. Jet engines are tested in a hangar, known as a “Hush House,” to ensure that all components function and perform properly for the fighter squadrons at the 20th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Meghan Hutton) Details Download Defender tactics Members of the Pacific Air Forces Defender Challenge team take on the tactics portion of the competition Oct. 24, 2023, at the Fort Bliss Doña Ana Range Complex near Chaparral, N.M. The competition, hosted by the Air Force Security Forces career field and planned and executed by the Air Force Security Forces Center, determines the best-of-the-best security forces teams and individuals using a variety of base ground defense scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Craig Z. Rodarte) Details Download Controlling the puck U.S. Air Force Academy cadet Luke Robinson and University of Alaska Anchorage's Nolan Cunningham fight for control of the puck during a hockey game at the Avis Alaska Sports Complex in Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 21, 2023. The USAFA Falcons defeated the UAA Seawolves 4-3 in overtime, marking the first time the Falcons have defeated the Seawolves in Anchorage since 1974. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Patrick Sullivan) Details Download Thunderbirds over Magic Kingdom The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” perform a flyover over Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 30, 2023. The Thunderbirds performed the flyover to help kick off National Veterans and Military Family Month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Burdette) 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.