AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo Feb. 9, 2024 Newest fighter Eglin Air Force Base accepted its sixth F-15EX Eagle II fighter aircraft Jan. 26, 2024, at Eglin AFB, Fla. The 53rd Wing now has four, and the 96th Test Wing has two as the units continue joint developmental and operational testing on the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd. Lt. Rebecca Abordo) Details Download Control check U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kristopher Putnam checks the control panel of an HC-130J Super Hercules during a flight from Ämari Air Base, Estonia, to Aviano Air Base, Italy, Jan. 26, 2024. The U.S. established diplomatic relations with Estonia in 1922 following its declaration of independence during World War I. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Jakel) Details Download Preparations begin Airmen assigned to the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron stand on the wing of a C-130J Super Hercules during the Gnarly Explodeo readiness exercise at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Feb. 1, 2024. During this exercise, the 19th Airlift Wing executed The Rocket Launch Playbook, a supplement to the base’s Installation Deployment Plan that provides a means for the wing to rapidly deploy eight of its C-130Js in an extremely accelerated timeline to enable the Joint Force scheme of maneuver. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Julian Atkins) Details Download Reunited and it feels so good Staff Sgt. Caymen Bryant, 121st Air Refueling Wing, is welcomed home by his family after returning from an overseas deployment at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, Feb. 2, 2024. The 121st Air Refueling Wing strives to deliver combat-ready Airmen, unwavering nuclear deterrence and first response to the security and defense of the state and nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wendy Kuhn) Details Download Gone in a blur Maj. Kristin Wolfe, F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team commander, demonstrates the capabilities of the F-35A during a practice flight at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Feb. 6, 2024. The F-35A is a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jack Rodgers) Details Download Showcasing rapid response Airman 1st Class Carlos Ortega, 819th RED HORSE Squadron structural apprentice, saws a sheet of plywood into pieces during a unit validation exercise at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., Jan. 29, 2024. The 819 RHS is a self-sufficient, 240-person mobile squadron capable of rapid response and independent operations worldwide in remote, austere environments. RED HORSE stands for Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Christopher Volkmar) Details Download Multinational formation During exercise Cope North 24, a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress is flanked by U.S. Navy, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft during a multinational formation over Tinian and Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, Feb. 6, 2024. Participants exercise interoperability during Cope North 24 through agile combat employment and integrated generation of air power from dispersed locations across the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gerald R. Willis) Details Download Eyes on target Staff Sgt. John Hauck, 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of customer vehicle maintenance, aims down a scope while holding a defensive position during exercise Beverly Midnight 24-1 at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Jan. 29, 2024. Testing general arming procedures, 8th LRS Airmen were charged with defending their infrastructure to prevent mission disruption and supplement the 8th Security Forces Squadron’s ability to protect the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Earick) Details Download Frosty the Super Hercules A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron sits in the snow on the flightline at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 5, 2024. The base recorded more than 3 inches of snowfall during a 12-hour period, the most since 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe) Details Download Gnarly Explodeo Senior Airmen Carlos Palomino and Alex Phillips, assigned to the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Joshua Herron, assigned to the 19th Maintenance Squadron, review paperwork during the Gnarly Explodeo readiness exercise at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Jan. 30, 2024. During this exercise, the 19th Airlift Wing executed The Rocket Launch Playbook, a supplement to the base’s Installation Deployment Plan that provides a means for the wing to rapidly deploy eight of its C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in a significantly accelerated timeline to enable the Joint Force scheme of maneuver. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Julian Atkins) Details Download Walking the walk A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry assigned to the 552nd Air Control Wing taxis during a multinational elephant walk as part of exercise Cope North 24 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 5, 2024. Cope North enhances U.S. relationships and interoperability with our regional allies and partners by providing the opportunity to exchange information and improve shared tactics to better integrate multilateral defense capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gerald R. Willis) Details Download Jab and move Air Force's Luke Kohout lands a body blow against the University of Washington's Omar Vergara during the U.S. Air Force Academy West Invitational at the Cadet Boxing Gym, Jan. 27, 2024, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Air Force dominated the competition, winning 19 of the 24 bouts in the Academy's first-ever USAFA West Invitational. (U.S. Air Force photo by Adalyn Greene) Details Download All good for takeoff Staff Sgt. Aubrey Crenshaw, a crew chief with the 525th Expeditionary Fighter Generation Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, marshals an F-22 Raptor piloted by 1st Lt. Jake Heydinger, 525th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, in support of exercise Bamboo Eagle 24-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25, 2024. Approximately 3,000 U.S. service members across four branches flew, maintained, and supported more than 150 aircraft from 24 units in more than 10 locations during Bamboo Eagle, a U.S. Air Force Warfare Center exercise executed during what would typically be the third week of Red Flag 24-1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Curt Beach) Details Download Upon closer review U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Deion Neal and Airman 1st Class Huy Ha, 480th Fighter Generation Squadron weapons load crew chiefs, inspect a GBU-38 joint direct attack munition during a load competition at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Jan. 25, 2024. This loading competition incorporated the munitions building portion into the overall competition, a first for Spangdahlem AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Albert Morel) Details Download This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. 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