AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo Sept. 1, 2023 Greeting the crowd, upside down Maj. Kristin Wolfe, F-35 Lightning II Demonstration Team commander, performs aerial acts over hundreds of spectators during the Gowen Thunder Airshow, Aug. 27, 2023, at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho. The purpose of Gowen Thunder is to provide a safe and memorable community event thanking Idaho’s citizens, employers and community partners for their unwavering support. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur) Details Download Skin check A U.S. Air Force maintainer assigned to the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron inspects the low observable skin on a B-2 Spirit during Bomber Task Force 23-4, Keflavik, Iceland, Aug. 18, 2023. The BTF provides the 393rd EBS an opportunity to posture B-2 within the European theater strategically, enabling NATO allies and partners to integrate with the world’s only operational stealth bomber and operate as a cohesive force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Salazar) Details Download Feeling the heat Airman Lucas Shelton, 127th Wing firefighter, douses a training fire inside a building at a controlled structure burn during exercise Northern Strike 23 at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., Aug 14, 2023. Northern Strike 2023 is a premier reserve component training event that integrates U.S. and partner nation readiness training to build interoperability and strengthen partnerships in an all-domain environment. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Oposnow) Details Download Special delivery A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron receives cargo in Kismayo, Somalia, Aug. 16, 2023. The 75th EAS provides airlift support across East Africa, increasing regional access and helping generate the right effects at the right place and time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dhruv Gopinath) Details Download Engine replacement Staff Sgt. Manuel Castaneda and Tech Sgt. Anthony Staley, 943rd Maintenance Squadron rescue crew chiefs, replace an HH-60G Pave Hawk engine, Aug. 2, 2023, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The crew chiefs replaced the engine to change the seal on its input module. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quion Lowe) Details Download All strapped in U.S. Air Force Capt. Quincy Watts, a 510th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, prepares for takeoff at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, Aug. 22, 2023, during exercise Astral Knight 23 Part 6. AK23-6 demonstrates U.S. commitment to peace and stability in Europe while working alongside allies and partners to deter threats to national sovereignty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Longoria) Details Download Viper sortie Maj. Daniel Thompson, 8th Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, conducts an F-16 Viper training sortie over White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Aug. 22, 2023. Thompson and his fellow instructor pilots are responsible for molding and training the next generation of combat-ready Viper pilots and preparing them for action in possible future conflicts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Roidan Carlson) Details Download Mental preparations U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jose Perez, 726th Expeditionary Mission Support Squadron Fly-Away Security program manager, gazes out of a window ahead of a mission at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Aug. 16, 2023. The 726th EMSS provides security forces, satellite communications, munitions support, vehicle management, contracting, finance and logistics to support U.S. Air Force personnel in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dhruv Gopinath) Details Download Cargo offload Cargo processing specialists assigned to the 32nd Aerial Port Squadron use a K-Loader to offload cargo from a C-130J Super Hercules Aug. 18, 2023, at Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pa. K-Loaders speed up the loading and unloading process, reducing aircraft turnaround times and increasing operational efficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo Master Sgt. Jeffrey Grossi) Details Download Defensive position U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tia Whitfield, 8th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, holds a defensive position during an opposing forces training event as part of exercise Beverly Pack 23-2 at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Aug. 22, 2023. 8th SFS members responding to the OPFOR alert were put into a scenario with no radio communications and had to practice other techniques to relay information to one another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Karla Parra) Details Download Reaper in the shadows Airman 1st Class Anika Manabat, 432nd Aircraft Maintenace Squadron, guides an MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft after it landed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Aug. 22, 2023, during the Agile Combat Employment exercise Agile Hunter. The exercise helped increase joint interoperability between the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps, and it was the first time an MQ-9 landed at Camp Pendleton (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria Nuzzi) Details Download Prepared for takeoff Senior Airman Jason Green, an F-35A Lightning II crew chief with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 33rd Fighter Wing, prepares an F-35 for takeoff at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wisc., Aug. 11, 2023. Volk Field offers a joint training environment for current and future weapons platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Abigail Duell) Details Download Three of a kind Three F-22 Raptors assigned to the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, fly next to a KC-46A Pegasus, assigned to the 133rd Aerial Refueling Squadron, during exercise Red Flag-Alaska 23-3 over the Joint Pacific-Alaska Range Complex, Alaska, Aug. 18, 2023. The JPARC provides more than 77,000 square miles of airspace, one conventional bombing range and two tactical bombing ranges containing 510 different types of targets and 45 threat simulators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Britten) Details Download Nebraska volleyball flyover A KC-135R Stratotanker flies with F-16 Fighting Falcons over a University of Nebraska–Lincoln volleyball game during Volleyball Day in Lincoln, Neb., Aug. 30, 2023. The event broke the world record for women’s sporting event attendance with 92,003 fans. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Alexander D. Schriner) 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. To view all Week in Photos collections, click here.