AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo June 2, 2023 Class of 2023 The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2023 graduates toss their hats into the sky as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "the Thunderbirds" roar overhead at the Academy's Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 1, 2023. Nine-hundred twenty-one cadets crossed the stage to become the Air Force and Space Force’s newest second lieutenants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley) Details Download Bird’s-eye view An F-35A Lightning II pilot assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, receives fuel in-flight from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, over the Pacific Ocean May 23, 2023. The F-35As are currently deployed to Kadena AB conducting integrated operations with joint partners and allies to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Yosselin Campos) Details Download Flying with pride Senior Airman Trissa Bennet, 912th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, hangs American flags aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility May 10, 2023. Bennet flew the flag honoring her grandfather, a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Cabanero) Details Download Hoist ‘er up! Air Force Research Laboratory personnel and NASA staff hoist Campos, a fire and rescue training manikin, into a seat at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 17, 2023. AFRL and NASA tested the most current iteration of an astronaut crew seat and flight suit that will be used on the Orion space capsule during the next mission to the moon under the Artemis Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Richard Eldridge) Details Download The power of teamwork U.S. Air Force special tactics Airmen with the 320th Special Tactics Squadron pull an MC-130J Commando II 150 meters across the flightline during Monster Mash, an operational readiness and resilience training, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 5, 2023. These training events, consisting of physically and mentally demanding tasks, are routinely conducted among special tactics units to ensure operational readiness and enhance resiliency among the operators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessi Roth) Details Download Bridge crossing Master Sgt. Kevin Bronson, 9th Security Forces Squadron superintendent, crosses a bridge during the National Police Week ruck march, May 15, 2023, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. The march allowed participants to show support and remembrance for fallen defenders and appreciation for those currently wearing the badge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel A. Burns) Details Download Dominating the skies An F-22 Raptor assigned to the F-22 Demonstration Team, 1st Fighter Wing, conducts an aerial demonstration during the Wings over Wayne Air Show and Science and Technology Expo at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., May 20, 2023. The team showcased the maneuverability of the fifth-generation air dominance stealth fighter during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leighton Lucero) Details Download Feeling the burn Senior Airman Kyle Hansen, 18th Security Forces Squadron defender, does team push-ups during a defenders’ challenge in honor of National Police Week at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 16, 2023. The challenge consisted of several events designed to push the physical and mental limits of the participants while also encouraging teamwork and camaraderie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessi Roth) Details Download Stealth landing A n F-117 Nighthawk lands at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, during exercise Northern Edge 23-1, May 10, 2023. NE 23-1 provides an opportunity for joint, multinational and multi-domain operations designed to implement high-end, realistic war fighter training, develop and improve joint interoperability and enhance the combat readiness of participating forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sheila deVera) Details Download Remembering the fallen Airmen render a salute during a Memorial Day ceremony held at Madingley American Cemetery in Cambridge, England, May 29, 2023. The cemetery serves as a final resting place for 3,812 military personnel with 3,812 graves and 5,127 names listed on the Walls of the Missing, honoring American servicemen and women who lost their lives during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seleena Muhammad-Ali) Details Download Murph Challenge Tech. Sgt. Josh Banks, 916th Air Refueling wing command post controller, conducts pullups as part of an annual Murph Challenge event at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., May 25, 2023. Participants competed in the annual Murph Challenge as a way celebrate the memory of U.S. Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy, whose actions in Afghanistan and previous actions during his military tenure earned him the posthumous Medal of Honor, the United States’ highest military decoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal) Details Download Night ops An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron takes off, May 24, 2023, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Pilots from the 309th FS conducted night operations to enhance their abilities to execute the mission anytime, anywhere. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mason Hargrove) Details Download A special day Graduates in the combat control, special reconnaissance and special tactics officer career fields don their berets during a ceremony, May 11, 2023, in Whispering Pines, N.C. The special warfare operators earn their berets after completing the rigorous training pipeline and they honor the beret every day by upholding the high personal and professional standards of the operator community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Miriam Thurber) Details Download Cutting through the skies An F-22 Raptor assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, flies over the Alaskan Range during exercise Northern Edge 23-1, May 10, 2023. NE 23-1 allows the U.S. Joint Force to develop Joint All-Domain Operations concepts through exercises and experimentation for application in operations around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Ariana Wilkinson) Details Download 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.