AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo Dec. 11, 2015 The mission matters: Time and weather won’t win Lt. Col. Mark Sletten, an F-35 Lightning II program integration officer, lowers the canopy on an F-16 Fighting Falcon before taxiing to take off Dec. 7, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. More than 30 maintenance Airmen worked an early shift to help launch several jets to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., for Checkered Flag 16-1, a large-force exercise that simulates a large number of aircraft in a deployed environment to cross-check weapons systems. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Joseph Swafford) Details Download Firing weapons near Kabul Tech. Sgt. Stephen Upton shoots an M-16 rifle at a firing range near Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2015. Upton is assigned to the Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air as a personal security detail member. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Corey Hook) Details Download B-1s, KC-135 launch for first LFE in PRTC A B-1B Lancer launches from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 2, 2015. The B-1B is one of many aircraft participating in the first large force exercise in the newly expanded Powder River Training Complex. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class James L. Miller) Details Download Falcons football Jacobi Owens, a U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons running back, runs with the ball against San Diego State in San Diego, Dec. 4, 2015. Air Force lost to San Diego State 27-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Details Download Australian KC-30 photos An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 416th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is in the process of a midair fuel transfer from a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A tanker Dec. 3, 2015. This was the first flight as part of a coalition tanker aerial refueling certification effort to qualify Australian, United Arab Emirates and Italian tankers to refuel U.S. Air Force F-16s, F-15 Eagles, B-1B Lancers, and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs using their respective booms. The test team will check for qualities such as fuel pressure surges, stability of the aircraft being refueled and the handling qualities of the boom for certification. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christian Turner) Details Download I see the problem Airman 1st Class William Hamal, a 19th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, replaces a forward main landing gear strut on a C-130J Super Hercules Nov. 19, 2015, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Aircraft structural maintenance personnel restore and maintain the structural integrity of aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stephanie Serrano) Details Download 1st Fighter Wing hosts coalition aerial exercise An F-22 Raptor, Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 and French air force Rafale fly in formation as part of a trilateral exercise held at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Dec. 7, 2015. The exercise simulates a highly contested, degraded and operationally limited environment where U.S. and partner pilots and ground crews can test their readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kayla Newman) Details Download Honoring the past Military members salute during the singing of the national anthem at the Hickam Field Remembrance Ceremony hosted by the 15th Wing on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 2015. Survivors and their family members attended the 74th remembrance ceremony, which honored the men and women who lost their lives on Hickam Field during the two waves of attacks launched by the Imperial Japanese Navy on Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich) Details Download Nov. 30, 2015, UH-1N 'Huey' lands at US Air Force Academy Preparatory School A UH-1N Huey from the 37th Helicopter Squadron at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., lands at the U.S. Air Force Academy's preparatory school in Colorado Springs, Colo., Nov. 30, 2015. The helicopter and crew familiarized cadet candidates with the aircraft and its mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) 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.