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AF Week in Photos

F-15E Strike Eagles watch over troops in CENTCOM

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle flies over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Feb. 10, 2021. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Carnes)

CSAF joins KC-46A operational survey sortie

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., speaks to the aircrew of a KC-46A Pegasus assigned to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, after the crew performed aerial refueling operational surveys out of Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 22, 2021. At full operational capability, the KC-46A will be able to provide next generation aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and partner-nation aircraft (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chris Drzazgowski)

350th EARS provides fuel to E-3

A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system arrives to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 350th Expeditionary Aircraft Refueling Squadron, during a mission over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Feb. 12, 2021. The AWACS provides situational awareness of friendly, neutral and hostile activity, command and control of an area of responsibility, battle management of theater forces, all-altitude and all-weather surveillance of the battle space, and early warning of enemy actions during joint, allied and coalition operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride)

USAFA Hockey vs Canisius College

Air Force forward Thomas Daskas attempts to get around Canisius College defenseman Blake Wareham during a home game at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Cadet Ice Arena, in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 20, 2021. Air Force defeated Canisius 5-1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Armstrong)

9th EBS take off for BTF Deployment

A B-1B Lancer prepares to take off from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 21, 2021. The 7th Bomb Wing routinely supports bomber training missions around the globe, carrying the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josiah Brown)

Emerald Warrior 21.1

Special tactics operators assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing, and forward area refueling point members assigned to the 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, coordinate with U.S. Navy MH-60 Seahawk helicopters and an Air Force MC-130H, to establish a forward arming and refueling point location during exercise Emerald Warrior 21.1, at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 20, 2021. Emerald Warrior is the largest joint special operations exercise involving U.S. Special Operations Command forces training to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Edward Coddington)

Shell Ops refuel F-16’S

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons depart after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Aircraft Refueling Squadron, while flying routine operations over Southwest Asia, Feb. 16, 2021. The F-16 is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft that delivers airpower to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Taylor Harrison)

National Guard members provide assistance in Southern Ohio after ice storm

Members of the Ohio Air National Guard’s 200th RED HORSE Squadron help clear roads in Gallia and Lawrence counties Feb. 23, 2021, in southern Ohio. More than 100 members of the Ohio National Guard were called in to assist local authorities after a recent ice storm. RED HORSE stands for Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron Engineers. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by 2nd Lt. Christi A. Richter)

Cope North 21

U.S. Air Force Capt. Gene Walker signals a C-130J Super Hercules as it approaches the landing zone during exercise Cope North in Angaur, Palau, Feb. 11, 2021. The annual exercise enhances U.S. relations with regional allies and partners, and promotes security and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Staff Sgt. Ryan Brooks)

Minuteman III ICBM operational test launch

An Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operation test Feb. 23, 2021, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. ICBM test launches demonstrate the U.S. nuclear enterprise is safe, secure, effective and ready to defend the United States and its allies. (U.S. Space Force photo by Chris Okula)

USAFA DFME Metal Fabrication Lab

Cadet 1st Class Isaac Perkins shapes a piece of hot steel into a knife as part of the physical metallurgy class in the Air Force Academy’s mechanical engineering metal fabrication laboratory, Feb. 17, 2021. The mission of the Air Force Academy is to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become leaders of character, motivated to lead the Air and Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Armstrong)

KC-135 soars over CENTCOM AOR

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, assigned to the 350th Expeditionary Aircraft Refueling Squadron, flies over Qatar, Feb. 13, 2021. The KC-135 delivers U.S. Air Forces Central Command a global reach aerial refueling capability to support joint and coalition aircraft throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)

Preflight Check

Airman Legea Howard, 384th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, performs preflight checks for the Black History Month diversity and inclusion flight at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Feb. 18, 2021. In addition to minority representation and diversity inclusion, the flight provided a chance for young boom-operator Airmen to obtain qualification training and improve mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Gomez)

Refueling Raptors

An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing prepares to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 434th Air Refueling Wing, over the Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 23, 2021. The F-22 performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tiffany A. Emery)


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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