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AF Week in Photos

Sound of Speed Airshow flies for the community

A B-2 Spirit flies overhead during the Speed of Sound Airshow at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, Mo., May 2, 2021. The air show was hosted by the 139th Airlift Wing and city of St. Joseph to thank the community for their continued support. Approximately 30,000 people attended the weekend performances including the B-2 and the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Acting Secretary of the Air Force visits Tyndall

Acting Secretary of the Air Force John P. Roth operates an unmanned ground vehicle at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., May 10, 2021. Tyndall AFB’s robotic ‘dogs’ represent a significant technological advancement to the Air Force and are the first of their kind in the Department of Defense to be added to the installation as an extra layer of force protection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

Stratotanker pre-flight checks

Tech. Sgt. Vince Stokes, 141st Air Refueling Squadron book operator, walks through a KC-135R Stratotanker at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. May 6, 2021. The KC-135 provides an aerial refueling capability excelling in the role for more than 60 years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)

DEFENDER-Europe 21

U.S. Army Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division and Royal Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment board a C-17 Globemaster III at Pope Army Airfield, N.C., on their way to exercise Defender-Europe 21, May 7, 2021. The U.S. Army-led exercise is designed to build readiness and interoperability between the U.S., NATO allies and partner militaries. The exercise involving more than 30,000 multinational forces from 26 nations will conduct nearly simultaneous operations across more than 30 training areas in 14 countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)

31 OSS ATCs keep their eyes on the sky

Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Cabezas scans the horizon for landing lights and obstructions on the flightline at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 7, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Tuskegee Airman Wreath Laying Ceremony 2021

Retired Lt. Col. Vorry Moon of the Tuskegee Airman "Hooks" Jones Chapter, salutes during the playing of the national anthem during a Tuskegee Airman wreath-laying ceremony in the Honor Garden at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., May 7, 2021. The annual tribute recognizes how the actions of the Tuskegee Airman changed the Air Force, the military, and the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley)

C-130J Super Hercules

A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron sits on the flightline during the morning fog at Yokota Air Base, Japan, April 30, 2021. Yokota AB serves as the primary western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Aircraft fire training; 7th CES, 512th CES and Abilene Regional Airport firefighters team up

Two Abilene Regional Airport aircraft rescue team firefighters perform wellness checks on each other during nighttime aircraft fire training at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 4, 2021. Aircraft fires can reach temperatures of over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Safe practices and clear communication while responding to emergencies are crucial to the safety of those who need assistance as well as the responders assisting them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Barksdale AFB hosts 2021 Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show

The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” perform an aerial maneuver at the 2021 Barksdale Air Force Base Defenders of Liberty Air Show at Barksdale AFB, La., May 7, 2021. The weekend air show included civilian aircraft performances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)

317th AW leaders test state-of-the-art VR gloves

Chief Master Sgt. Mark Umfleet, 317th Airlift Wing command chief, tests HaptX Gloves Development Kit 2 at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2021. Introducing virtual reality gloves into a training environment allows students to feel each action as it is performed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

DoD tests CBRN Aircrew Protective Suit Upgrade at Nellis

Airmen assigned to the 88th Test and Evaluation Squadron, pose for a photo in full Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear flight gear during a developmental test at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 21, 2021. The Airmen participated in on-going testing of the new Uniform Integrated Protective Ensemble Air two-piece system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dwane R. Young)

Hometown Hero, Alyssa Carson, takes flight with Thunderbirds

Alyssa Carson, “hometown hero,” is fitted for her pilot helmet by a member of the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, prior to her flight with the demonstration team at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 7, 2021. Carson got to fly with the team as part of the squadron’s Hometown Hero program, which salutes American citizens doing amazing things in their communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan E. Ramos)

AZNG assists active component with vaccinations of service members and dependents

Senior Airman Zachary Reddick, 62nd Medical Group aerospace medical technician, applies a bandage after administering the COVID-19 vaccination to a service member at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz., May 6, 2021. The Arizona National Guard is partnering with active-duty components to surge capacity and capability in providing vaccinations to service members and their dependents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Matkin)

KC-10 Refuels Joint Fighters

An F-22 Raptor, assigned to the 3rd Wing, receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender over Alaska during exercise Northern Edge 21, May 7, 2021. The exercise is one in a series of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command exercises designed to sharpen the joint forces’ skills; to practice tactics, techniques, and procedures; to improve command, control and communication relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor)


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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