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AF Week in Photos

Eielson AFB generates F-35A fleet for Arctic Gold 21-2

Twenty-five F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing prepare to launch during exercise Arctic Gold 21-2 April 7, 2021, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Arctic Gold evaluated the 354th FW’s ability to effectively generate aircraft and deploy personnel and cargo from across the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

CMSAF shares time with Airmen during BMT graduation

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass addresses Airmen after their basic military training graduation ceremony, April 8, 2021, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Bass represents the highest enlisted level of leadership. As such, she provides direction for the enlisted force and represents their interests, as appropriate, to the American public and to those in all levels of government. She also serves as the personal adviser to the chief of staff and the secretary of the Air Force on all issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, and proper utilization and progress of more than 600,000 Total Force Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

Fairchild Supports Noble Defender

Two F-15C Strike Eagles assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing fly in formation with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., during operation Noble Defender over San Francisco, April 6, 2021. Noble Defender simulated air defense of ports in California and North Carolina. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lawrence Sena)

Dover AFB supports 775th EAEF NPC training

Master Sgt. Leonardo Erazo, 5th Health Care Operations Squadron medical logistics flight chief, simulates decontaminating the inside of a Negatively Pressurized Conex loaded on a C-17 Globemaster III at Dover Air Force Base, Del., April 7, 2021. NPC’s are containment units designed to allow in-flight medical care for patients with diseases like COVID-19 while minimizing the possible spread of infectious diseases to medical personnel and aircrew on board. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

100th ARW refuels BTF

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 351st Air Refueling Squadron and the 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare to inspect a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft before taking part in a Bomber Task Force mission at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom, April 12, 2021. Strategic bomber missions familiarize aircrew with air bases and operations in different geographic combatant commands’ operation areas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez)

Polar Force 21-5

Airmen assigned to the 673rd Security Forces Squadron defend Camp Mad Bull from a simulated attack during exercise Polar Force 21-5 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 8, 2021. Polar Force is a training exercise designed to test JB Elmendorf-Richardon’s mission readiness and to help hone Airmen’s skills and techniques in a simulated expeditionary environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Farnsworth)

KC-135 refuels F-16s in CENTCOM

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon flies over the U.S. Air Force Central Command area of responsibility at sunrise during a mission supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, April 5, 2021. The F-16 is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft that delivers airpower to the USCENTCOM AOR. CJTF-OIR enables its partners to ensure the enduring defeat of the Islamic State group in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and sets conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride)

USAFA Lacrosse vs Mercer University

Air Force’s Matthew O’Rourk looks for an opening against Mercer University’s Matt O’Connor during a lacrosse game, April 3, 2021, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. A dominant fourth quarter by Mercer pushed the Bears past the Falcons, 15-13, in the Southern Conference matchup. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Armstrong)

Cryo techs go below zero

Senior Airman Steven C. Rehana, 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron cryogenics technician, purges a liquid oxygen cart at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, April 15, 2021. The cryogenics flight is responsible for providing more than 4,000 gallons of liquid oxygen per month to aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Miranda A. Loera)

Pope Field Hosts First All-Female Air Drop

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division descend from a C-17 Globemaster III during Pope Army Airfield's first all-female airdrop, April 13, 2021. The mission involved two C-17s, one from Joint Base Charleston, S.C., and the other from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The all-female, joint aircrew and jumpers were made up of Airmen and Soldiers from four different installations. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Margaret Burneske)

31st FW kicks-off base defense readiness exercise

Airman 1st Class Kevin Biscocho, 606th Air Control Squadron radar frequency transmission technician, talks with Senior Airman Casandra Feliciana, 31st Dental Squadron dental lab technician, during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The training was conducted to assess and improve the team’s proficiency in executing and implementing proper decontamination procedures in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

Fly the Fleet

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters from the 920th Rescue Wing perform an elephant walk April 10, 2021 during an exercise at Patrick Space Force Base, Fla. An elephant walk is a term used to describe aircraft taxiing and taking off in close formation. The 920th RQW is the only Air Force Reserve Command unit that trains and equips Airmen to carry out its mission to plan, lead, and conduct military rescue operations and missions to deny competitors and adversaries exploitation of isolated personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

KC-135 keep NATO partners aircraft on partol in CENTCOM

A U.S. Air Force pilot checks an oxygen mask on a KC-135 Stratotanker before a mission supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, April 10, 2021. The KC-135 delivers U.S. Air Forces Central a vital global reach aerial refueling capability to support joint and coalition aircraft throughout the USCENTCOM AOR. CJTF-OIR enables its partners to ensure the enduring defeat of the Islamic State group in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and sets conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Carnes)

Mobility Airmen exercise ACE, joint force integration in Indo-Pacific

An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 19th Fighter squadron flies over Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 31, 2021. Two C-130J Super Hercules flew alongside two F-22 Raptors to allow aircrew from the 41st Airlift Squadron to exercise combat capabilities they would encounter if the aircraft were to come under attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)


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.