Air Force Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo Sept. 26, 2014 Valiant Shield 2014 Ships from the George Washington and Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Groups and aircraft from the Air Force and Marine Corps operate in formation at the conclusion of Valiant Shield 2014. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only exercise integrating Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps assets, offering real-world joint operational experience to develop capabilities that provide a full range of options to defend U.S. interests and those of its allies and partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh) Details Download 140920-F-QV785-908 Steve Chu crosses the finish line as the 2014 U.S. Air Force Marathon Men's full marathon champion at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Sept 20. "I wanted to win this for my wife," said Chu, whose wife is an active duty Air Force major. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Libecap) Details Download 140921-F-XX999-903 Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) completed a successful launch of their Falcon 9 Dragon spacecraft headed to the International Space Station from Space Launch Complex 40, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Sept. 21, 2014 at 1:52 a.m. EDT. A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th Space Wing provided support to the mission, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, security, safety and public affairs. (Courtesy photo/John Studwell/AmericaSpace) Details Download 140918-F-DL404-901 Tech. Sgt. Hunter Pettit and Tech. Sgt. Shiloh Blanco, remove and install an M61A1 20mm gun on an F-16 to acquire the firing solenoid for future training of armament students on Sept. 18, 2014 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Pettit and Blanco are instructors with the 363rd Training Squadron. The parts removed from the aircraft will be used for M61A1 gun training for over 120 students for fiscal year 2015 without having to spend money on parts. (U.S. Air Force Photo Danny Webb) Details Download 140919-F-BD983-900 Airmen from Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., render a salute as the National Anthem is sung prior to the start of a 5K run on the flight line Sept. 19, 2014. The run was the kickoff event for a day full of activities supporting Wingman Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue) Details Download Valiant Shield 2014 An F-15C Eagle takes off in front of B-52 Stratofortesses during Valiant Shield 2014, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 16, 2014. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only exercise, integrating Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps assets, offering real-world joint operational experience to develop capabilities that provide a full range of options to defend U.S. interests and those of its allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. William Banton) Details Download 140919-F-FF749-924 Airmen from the 48th Mission Support Group watch a training exercise from a building constructed as a mock village during a force-on-force exercise at Stanford Training Area, England, Sept. 19, 2014. More than 130 48th MSG Airmen participated in the training exercises and practiced scenarios they could possibly encounter in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea) Details Download AAD14 kicks off public showing Capt. Lindsey Kinsinger helps a child into the flight deck of a C-130J Super Hercules at the Africa Aerospace & Defence Expo at Waterkloof Air Force Base, South Africa, Sept. 20, 2014. The C-130, from the 37th Airlift Squadron, was part of a total-force team of Guard, Reserve and active-duty Soldiers and Airmen at the expo. Air show attendees were given an opportunity to view the inside of an Air Force C-130J and C-17 Globemaster III. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Travis Edwards) Details Download 140923-F-YQ276-364 A KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild Air Force Base refuels a B-1B Lancer during a training exercise Sept. 23, 2014, over South Dakota. For more than 50 years the KC-135 has provided the core aerial refueling capability for the Air Force. The aircraft can travel up to 1,500 miles with 150,000 pounds of transfer fuel, which enables the Air Force to project rapid, flexible military power. The B-1B is assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mary O'Dell) Details Download Invictus Games 2014 Retired Master Sgt. Matthew Burke prepares for Invictus Games 2014 in London Sept. 9, 2014. The Invictus Games are the United Kingdom’s version of the Warrior Games, bringing together wounded veterans from 14 nations for events including track and field, archery, wheelchair basketball, road cycling, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, swimming, sitting volleyball and a driving challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee) Details Download Steadfast Javelin II A C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 142nd Airlift Squadron, Delaware Air National Guard is on the flight line at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia. U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team prepare to depart from the base Sept. 7, 2014, during exercise Steadfast Javelin II. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon) 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.