AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo July 17, 2015 'Viper' weapon loaders on the line An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from Aviano Air Base, Italy, waits as Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron complete a final check of the aircraft’s weapons before taking off on a combat sortie from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, July 14, 2015. The F-16 is a multirole fighter aircraft that is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. Members of the 555th EFS are deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and NATO’s Resolute Support mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford) Details Download 320th STS trains for personnel recovery A special tactics special operation weatherman from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron carries his parachute and gear after performing a high-altitude, low-opening jump during exercise Talisman Sabre in Northern Territory, Australia, July 10, 2015. Credible, ready maritime forces help to preserve peace and prevent conflict. Talisman Sabre participants had the opportunity to further enhance their ability to respond to crises as part of a joint or combined effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stephen G. Eigel) Details Download APEX teaches Port Dawgs new tricks Aerial Port Expeditor Program students offload a pallet of household goods July 7, 2015, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Students were required to complete a minimum of 36 hours of hands-on training as part of the APEX training course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber Carter) Details Download Airmen return home on nation’s birthday Airmen assigned to the 139th Airlift Wing return home to, following a deployment to Southwest Asia. The Airmen were deployed for 120 days supporting airlift missions to the region. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman Bruce Jenkins) Details Download 180th FW Spouse Lift An F-16 Fighting Falcon is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker July 12, 2015, in Swanton, Ohio. Spouses of 180th Fighter Wing Airmen participated in the “Spouse Lift,” which gave them the opportunity to view an air refueling from the pod on the underside of the tanker. Military members depend on their husbands and wives for support, which is critical to the success of the mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Nic Kuetemeyer) Details Download Softball Adam Paini, the 436th Security Forces Squadron pitcher, throws a softball to a 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron player, during an intramural softball game July 6, 2015, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This is Paini’s first year pitching for the 436th SFS and he tossed two strikeouts during the game. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class William Johnson) Details Download C-130s complete drop training A C-130 Hercules takes off during a training exercise at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Ten C-130s participated in the exercise, which tested the 36th Airlift Squadron’s ability to perform large-formation flights. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Owsianka) Details Download Launch facility recapture exercise A 91st Security Forces Group member guards the fence line of a launch facility during an exercise near Donnybrook, N.D., June 29, 2015. Airmen from 219th Security Forces Squadron and 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron worked together to pacify personnel dressed as simulated aggressors and recapture a launch facility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sahara L. Fales) Details Download Red Flag 15-3 kicks off at Nellis An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, flies during a Red Flag 15-3 sortie at Nellis AFB, Nev., July 13, 2015. The 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home AFB is the lead wing for Red Flag 15-3, which is designed to provide a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will increase their combat readiness and effectiveness for future real-world missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika) Details Download USAF, ROKAF pilots soar at Buddy Wing 15-6 An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 80th Fighter Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, takes off at Jungwon AB during Buddy Wing 15-6, July 8, 2015. Buddy Wing exercises are conducted multiple times throughout the year to sharpen interoperability between U.S. and South Korean forces so, if the need arises, they are always ready to fight as a combined force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson) Details Download Medics from the 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Medics from the 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron make their way through the woods during exercise Care Under Fire at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., July 12, 2015. The exercise was designed locally by the 446th ASTS in order to simulate combat conditions and establish team oriented training scenarios. Medics participated in land navigation training in order to enhance their combat readiness in austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Daniel Liddicoet) Details Download Training with Eglin Defenders Two Airmen from the 96th Security Forces Squadron run for cover during a shoot, move and communicate drill at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 23, 2015. The mandatory training requirement is in addition to annual weapons qualification training. The exercise consisted of Airmen firing simulated ammunition while advancing toward, away from and to the side of a target. They also conducted a building sweep and clear drill. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.) 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.