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AF Week in Photos

Pair of Ellsworth B-1’s further demonstrate force employment model in Pacific

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing is taxied to its parking spot at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 30, 2020. The B-1 returned to base after supporting a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrated the Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jette Carr)

Machine gunning to maintain mission readiness

Airman 1st Class Samantha Demello, a 673rd Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, qualifies on the M2A1 machine gun at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 23, 2020. The 673rd SFS weapons-qualified Airmen support mission readiness by preserving continued deployability. The focus on readiness demonstrates the installation’s resiliency and posture for the future throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Farnsworth)

F-35s arrive at Eielson

Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft fly over the Alaska Highway en route to their new home with the 354th Fighter Wing at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 21, 2020. The F-35 represents a new model of international cooperation, ensuring U.S. and coalition-partner security well into the 21st century. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Adam Keele)

USECAF and CMSAF visits Keesler AFB

While performing the duties of Under Secretary of the Air Force, Shon Manasco, along with Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, listen to Master Sgt. Brandon Long, 37th Training Wing Detachment 5 military training instructor, brief the physical-training procedures used by the basic military trainees outside of Erwin Manor at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., April. 22, 2020. Keelser AFB is one of three Air Education and Training Command locations Manasco and Wright toured to see first-hand adjustments to operations to mitigate and minimize COVID-19 impacts to the basic, technical and flying training pipelines, all of which have been deemed mission essential. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Bird’s eye view

C-17 Globemaster III aircraft assigned to the 911th Airlift Wing stand ready on the flightline at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pa., April 29, 2020. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

Maintaining the Pace

Airman 1st Class Diante Lowe, a 3rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 727th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs maintenance on an aircraft at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., April 23, 2020. Newer and less-experienced maintenance Airmen at Cannon AFB have taken on increased roles and responsibilities since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing their skill set, readiness and resilience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maxwell Daigle)

76th and 78th ARS Local Training Flight

An Air Force Reserve KC-10 Extender with the 78th Air Refueling Squadron, 514th Air Mobility Wing, refuels a KC-10 Extender with the 76th ARS, 514th AMW, during a refueling training flight over the eastern coast of the U.S., April 25, 2020. The 76th and 78th ARS took turns refueling one another to ensure Airmen stay current on training requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Evans)

Chaplains get creative to inspire during COVID-19

Chaplain (Capt.) Jonathan Dawson, 436th Airlift Wing chaplain, speaks during a recorded service April 25, 2020, at Chapel 1 on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The recordings are created during the week and aired on Sunday due to COVID-19 restrictions. The recordings allow the chapel to provide services while ensuring people's safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

Team Hickam TFI Readiness

F-22 Raptors, a KC-135 Stratotanker and a C-17 Globemaster III taxi on the runway during a routine training schedule April 21, 2020, at Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii. The active-duty 15th Wing and Air National Guard’s 154th Wing, both assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, work together to deliver combat airpower, tanker fuel, humanitarian support and disaster relief across the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

38th RQS conducts high angle rescue training

A pararescueman assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron rappels down a climbing wall during high angle rescue training, April 28, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The training ensures pararescuemen stay proficient in extracting casualties from areas such as ravines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taryn Butler)

Canadian and U.S. forces conduct bi-national air defense exercise

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jets from Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing, and Royal Canadian air force CF-18 fighter jets from 3 Wing, Bagotville, Quebec, fly in formation with a Pennsylvania Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker from the 171st Air Refueling Wing during a Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and Canadian NORAD Region cross-border demonstration, April 23, 2020. Aircrew and members of the ANG and RCAF practiced tactical-intercept skills in the air-defense exercise designed to reinforce interoperability across the United States and Canadian border. (U.S. Air National Guard courtesy photo by Capt. Kyle Tufts)

Refueling Eagles

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, breaks away from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, U.K., after receiving fuel off the English Coast, April 23, 2020. The 100th ARW provides air-refueling support throughout the European and African areas of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez)


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.

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