AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo Nov. 17, 2023 Simulated patient extraction A U.S. Air Force quick reaction force member assigned to the 409th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron helps a rescue specialist cut apart a vehicle to extract a simulated patient during a training exercise at Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Nov. 1, 2023. The exercise allowed the 409th ESFS to work alongside rescue specialists to improve the command’s ability to respond to any personnel recovery contingency on the African continent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex) Details Download 23rd Air Force Chief of Staff Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin salute for the national anthem during Allvin’s welcome ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 17, 2023. Allvin was officially sworn in as the 23rd Air Force chief of staff Nov. 2, 2023, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich) Details Download Raptor sortie An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 3rd Wing conducts a sortie during exercise Polar Force 24-2 above Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 7, 2023. Polar Force is a training exercise designed to test JB Elmendorf-Richardson’s mission readiness as well as honing Airmen’s skills and techniques in a simulated expeditionary environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julia Lebens) Details Download Leader Orientation Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall speaks with students and guests during the Senior Leader Orientation Course at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 13, 2023. The course provides training for newly selected brigadier generals and Senior Executive Service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich) Details Download Regional security A U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancer flies over an undisclosed location Nov. 5, 2023. The aircraft was part of a Bomber Task Force mission that supports and affirms the United States' commitment to regional security and the collective capabilities of military partners in the region, demonstrating the ability to inject overwhelming combat power into the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) Details Download NFL Veterans Day Salute Rob Gronkowski, former NFL player, celebrates with U.S. Air Force Academy cadets after completing a tandem parachute jump in Colorado Springs, Colo., Nov. 12, 2023. The Academy hosted the members of the Fox Sports team for this year’s NFL Veterans Day Salute. The two-hour pregame show with hosts Curt Menafee, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, Terry Bradshaw, Rob Gronkowski and Jay Glazer was broadcasted live from the Terrazzo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rayna Grace) Details Download First Red Hawk The first T-7A Red Hawk, piloted by Maj. Jonathan Aronoff, 416th Flight Test Squadron pilot, and Steve Schmidt, Boeing test pilot, soars over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 8, 2023. The T-7A will replace the 1960s-era T-38 aircraft by providing advanced pilot training capabilities for aviators learning to fly both tactical and bomber aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bryce Bennett) Details Download Night fire A security forces Airman assigned to the 114th Security Forces Squadron fires a M4A1 carbine during the new Defender Qualification Course at Joe Foss Field, S.D., Nov. 4, 2023. The 114th SFS implemented the DQC to tackle the ever-changing operational environments and stay ready to defend the homeland and defeat aggression in any field of engagement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Luke Olson) Details Download Arctic takeoff An E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System assigned to the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron takes off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 7, 2023. The aircraft provides an accurate, real-time picture of the battlespace to the Joint Air Operations Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julia Lebens) Details Download Honorarily promoted Retired Lt. Col. James H. Harvey III., a Tuskegee Airman and one of the nation’s first African American fighter pilots, is honorarily promoted to colonel at Empower Field in Denver, Colo., Nov. 4, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley) Details Download Post-flight inspection U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Gonzalez performs a post-flight inspection on a KC-135 Stratotanker at an undisclosed location in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Oct. 29, 2023. The U.S. and partner nations maintain a highly agile fighting force, leveraging the most advanced platforms to dominate the warfighting landscape for the long-term security and stability of the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexander Cook) Details Download Majestic view U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Milo Carter, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, gazes at Mt. Fuji during Operation Volant Spouse 2023 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 4, 2023. The 36th AS maintains C-130J Super Hercules mission-ready aircrew to conduct theater airlift, special operations, aeromedical evacuation, search and rescue, repatriation and humanitarian relief missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Spencer Tobler) Details Download Museum worthy Crews relocate an SR-71 Blackbird static display inside the Hill Aerospace Museum’s new L.S. Skaggs Gallery at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Oct. 23, 2023. In September, a significant portion of the museum’s aircraft collection was moved into the new gallery by museum staff and volunteers from organizations outside the museum. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar) Details Download Jet fuel test Senior Airman Tabitha Burger, a 64th Air Refueling Squadron petroleum, oils and lubricants specialist, tests jet fuel for particulates and water at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., Oct. 24, 2023. POL Airmen ensure the gas is clean, clear and dry before it enters the fuel lines, gets pumped to the trucks and eventually loaded onto the KC-46 Pegasus for receiving aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Victoria Nelson) Details Download Under the red lights U.S. Airmen assigned to The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Concert Band perform at a concert in Przemyśl, Poland, Oct. 27, 2023. The U.S. Air Force bands provide an essential element in inspiring service members, fostering the support of citizens and the promotion of national interests at home and abroad. (Department of Defense photo by Senior Airman Jan K. Valle) 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.