AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo May 26, 2023 Flares out U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors assigned to the 43rd Fighter Squadron drop flares during a training sortie over the Gulf of Mexico, May 4, 2023. The 43rd FS trains all new F-22 pilots in the Department of the Air Force to include academics, aircraft fundamentals, refueling and combat maneuvering. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Betty R. Chevalier) Details Download On the move Airmen assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron carry simulated victims to a safe zone during a recovery exercise at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., May 18, 2023. After rendering aid and suppressing enemy fire, the team was recovered by two HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sir Wyrick) Details Download Morning taxi A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, taxis before takeoff during 2023 Korea Flying Training at Gwangju AB, South Korea, April 26, 2023. KFT 23 is a combined training event focused on the tactical execution of combat missions to maintain military readiness and is part of the South Korean-U.S. alliance’s annual training program. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Cameron Silver) Details Download Play ball A player on the 6th Security Forces softball team “Gobblers” laughs during the Police Week softball game at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 17, 2023. The softball tournament was held along with other events as part of Police Week, which honors law enforcement members who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Killian) Details Download Friendship Festival A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron sits on the flightline at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 21, 2023, during the Japanese-American Friendship Festival fireworks display. The two-day festival allowed visitors to learn more about the U.S.-Japan bilateral partnership while also strengthening bonds between Yokota AB and local communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe) Details Download Under arrest U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Norberto A. Gonzalez, Senior Airman Curtis Rhoden and Airman 1st Class Katlin Anders, assigned to the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom, represent Team U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa during a Mobile Aircraft Arresting System challenge April 25, 2023, at the Air Force Civil Engineer Readiness Challenge IX at Silver Flag Training Site, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Eight teams representing various major commands battled it out for the title of Readiness Challenge champion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel Robbins) Details Download Full throttle A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 391st Fighter Squadron takes off from Kadena Air Base, Japan, in support of exercise Southern Beach, May 16, 2023. Southern Beach is a locally organized bilateral training exercise for U.S. forces and Japan Air Self-Defense units to practice mission planning, flying and debriefing together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessi Roth) Details Download Pioneers of airpower Retired Lt. Col. James Harvey, an original Tuskegee Airman, stands in front of the Tuskegee Airman Statue during a wreath-laying ceremony May 7, 2023, at the U.S. Air Force Academy Honor Garden in Colorado Springs, Colo. The annual tribute recognized how the actions of the Tuskegee Airmen changed the Air Force, the military and the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rayna Grace) Details Download High noon An F-35 Lightning II performs a flyover during noon meal formation at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 12, 2023. During the traditional formation dating back to the academy's founding, as many as 4,000 cadets march across the Terrazzo to the Air Force song, helping the USAFA commandant assess the current state of discipline among the cadet wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley) Details Download Safety check U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chase McAvaney, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear element team member, scan a room for hazardous elements during a joint CBRN training at Camp Kinser, Japan, May 17, 2023. The combined training demonstrates emergency management integration between the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Army CBRN response units while familiarizing each team with the other’s techniques and procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tylir Meyer) Details Download Feel the thunder The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" perform in the 2023 Augusta Air Show in Augusta, Ga., May 11, 2023. The show marked the first Thunderbirds performance in Augusta in 23 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dakota Carter) Details Download Runway repair Airman 1st Class John Olarte, 374th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and heavy equipment journeyman, cuts concrete to perform a spall repair at Kanoya Air Base, Japan, May 15, 2023. A four-person team from Yokota AB traveled to Kanoya AB to teach Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force engineers how to complete a spall repair. A spall is a breakaway of the concrete surface, often extending to the top layers of reinforced steel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Spencer Tobler) Details Download Proficiency training Tactical Air Control Party Airmen with the 124th Air Support Operations Squadron conduct proficiency training on various vehicle, radio and weapons systems at Saylor Creek Air Force Range, Idaho, May 8, 2023. As the dedicated liaisons between ground forces and supporting aircraft, ASOS members must maintain proficiency in various equipment to assist their host units better. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Morgan) Details Download Checkered Flag An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot with the 93rd Fighter Squadron, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., rests on the edge of the cockpit during Checkered Flag 23-2 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., May 17, 2023. Checkered Flag is a large-force aerial exercise that fosters readiness and interoperability by incorporating fourth and fifth-generation aircraft during air-to-air combat training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tiffany Del Oso) 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.