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AF Week in Photos

C-5 flare testing

A 436th Airlift Wing C-5M Super Galaxy releases flares during a test May 12, 2021, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Dover Air Force Base aircraft and aircrew released the flares as part of a two-week defensive countermeasures test program with the 46th Test Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Defenders receive OC spray training

Airman 1st Class Levi Rainbolt, 81st SFS installation entry controller, is sprayed with oleoresin capsicum by Justin Depew, 81st Security Forces Squadron unit trainer, during OC spray training at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., May 18, 2021. The training is a required one-time exposure of the OC spray for all security forces members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Families and Airmen welcome home 317th Airlift Wing members

Staff Sgt. Nolan Brandt, 39th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, holds his 1-year-old son, Samuel, after returning from a deployment, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 15, 2021. This deployment showcased that the 317th Airlift Wing is able to conduct its mission on a global scale even though the world is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

KC-135 Stratotanker Refuels F/A-18 Hornets

A KC-135 Stratotanker pilot from the 350th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron prepares to refuel F/A-18D Hornet aircraft during a mission supporting a dynamic force employment over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, May 18, 2021. DFEs enhance CENTCOM’s ability to deter aggression and promote security and stability within the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Harnden)

Heritage Hawg

A pilot with the 190th Fighter Squadron, 124th Fighter Wing, Boise, Idaho, flies an A-10 Thunderbolt II with a newly painted World War II heritage paint scheme from the Air National Guard’s paint facility in Sioux City, Iowa to its new home at the Idaho Air National Guard, Gowen Field, Idaho, May 12, 2021. The heritage A-10 aircraft was painted to commemorate the 190th FS’s 75th Anniversary and made to mimic the 1944 version of the P-47 Thunderbolt flown in WWII by the 405th Fighter Squadron, which was later redesignated as the 190th FS. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Mercedee Wilds)

612th Air Base Squadron visits the Children of Love Orphanage Foundation in La Paz, Honduras

Senior Airman Matthew Cowden, driver operator assigned to the 612th Air Base Squadron at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, plays basketball with a child from the Children of Love Foundation Orphanage in La Paz, Honduras, May 23, 2021. The 612th ABS sponsors the orphanage, where they donate clothing and needed supplies, as well as visiting the facility to spend time with the children. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lauren Brune)

2021 Atlanta Air Show

Maj. Kristin Wolfe, F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team pilot and commander, performs the "dedication pass" maneuver for air show onlookers at the 2021 Atlanta Air Show at the Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, Ga., May 23, 2021. The air show was the first show of the year for the demonstration team including the full aerial demonstration profile as well as a formation heritage flight with a P-51 Mustang. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Kip Sumner)

Wild Weasel Walk-Through: Readiness and Emergency Flight

Col. Timothy B. Murphy, 35th Fighter Wing vice commander, identifies training substances in a biological experiment laboratory while wearing a hazmat suit during a Wild Weasel Walk-Through at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 17, 2021. Base leadership conducts the weekly walk-throughs to learn more about the various units visited across base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

34th Weapons Squadron competes in Gun Smoke 2021 at Nellis AFB

An HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to the 34th Weapons Squadron lands during a training competition at the Nevada Test and Training Range, Nev., May 18, 2021. The competition incorporated multiple units and career fields and allowed instructors at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School the chance to get out and fly. (U.S. Air Force video screen capture by Airman 1st Class Zachary Rufus)

Beta Integrated Defense Leadership Course Bolsters Defender Combat Readiness

Tech. Sgt. Casey Mistric, a member of the 403rd Security Forces Squadron, listens to instructions prior to beginning a live-fire training exercise at Camp James A. Garfield, Ohio, May 20, 2021. Mistric and fellow security forces members from multiple units across the Air Force Reserve Command participated in the beta edition of the two-week Integrated Defense Leadership Course, May 10–24 at CJAG and Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. The IDLC was designed to provide security forces Airmen with intensely focused, hands-on training to achieve and maintain combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric M. White)

B-1B Lancer Undergoes Electronic Warfare Testing in the BAF

Ground crews move a B-1B Lancer into position at the Benefield Anechoic Facility on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., May 20, 2021. The B-1B, assigned to the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron, 53rd Wing, out of Dyess AFB, Texas, will be used to conduct testing of Pre-processor Flight Software 6.42. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Christine Saunders)

U.S. Air Force Academy Graduation 2021

U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2021 graduates toss their service caps as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly overhead during the Academy’s graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 26, 2021. A total of 1,019 cadets crossed the stage to become the Air Force and Space Force’s newest second lieutenants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley)


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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