AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo Jan. 27, 2023 Enhancing interoperability Forces from U.S. Central Command components and the Israel Defense Forces participate in exercise Juniper Oak 23-2, Jan. 25, 2023, over the USCENTCOM area of responsibility. The bilateral military exercise is designed to enhance interoperability between the U.S. and Israel militaries. (Israel Defense Forces courtesy photo) Details Download There through thick and thin Staff Sgt. Leirin Simmons trains Ffreddie, her military working dog, on a firing range at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 21, 2023. Dogs and their handlers are required to train together around live fire to ensure safe interoperability in stressful real-world situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephani Barge) Details Download Load 'er up A special missions aviator assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron prepares .50-caliber ammunition for a training flight at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 17, 2023. The 33rd RQS provides a ready combat search and rescue platform to aid in exercises and real-world operations in the Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sebastian Romawac) Details Download Attacking the basket U.S. Air Force Academy's Marcell McCreary drives past University of Wyoming's Ethan Anderson during a basketball game at Clune Arena at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 17, 2023. Air Force defeated Wyoming 82-74. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley) Details Download Down we dive... The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, practice during the team's inaugural winter training trip Jan. 12, 2023, at Spaceport America, N.M. The trip marks the team's 70th anniversary, displaying seven decades of airshow experience and best practices in preparation for the upcoming season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicolas Myers) Details Download Clearing the way Staff Sgt. Josue Saint-Juste, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron pavements and heavy equipment supervisor, cuts a tree branch at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 12, 2023. Airmen removed fallen debris as part of a post-storm cleanup effort after Travis AFB experienced extreme weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chustine Minoda) Details Download Modernizing the Falcon An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Dannelly Field Air National Guard Base, Ala., taxis into a hangar at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Jan. 12, 2023. The updated aircraft, part of a modernization effort for the 354th Fighter Wing throughout 2023, offers enhanced capabilities to replicate more advanced threats and provide more realistic training to pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ricardo Sandoval) Details Download Rapid deployment Staff Sgts. Manuel Padilla and Michael Roberts set up communication equipment during exercise Jersey Devil at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Jan. 11, 2023. The exercise tested the Airmen’s ability to rapidly deploy personnel globally to quickly open airfields and establish, expand, sustain and coordinate air mobility operations in any environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Anastasia Tompkins) Details Download St. Elmo's Fire Capt. Katleen Ybarra and 1st Lt. Logan Pethtel, 91st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker pilots, experience the phenomenon of St. Elmo’s Fire while flying through stormy weather in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Jan. 6, 2023. St. Elmo's Fire occurs through electric friction caused by specific weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Diana M. Cossaboom) Details Download Ten-HUT! More than 500 Airmen assigned to the 323rd Training Squadron graduate from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Jan. 18, 2023. Lt. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and commander of the Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network, Fort George G. Meade, Md., reviewed the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Vanessa R. Adame) Details Download Next-gen warfighter Capt. Ryan McCary, 165th Air Support Operations Squadron tactical control party specialist, looks out from the back of a taxiing HH-60G Pave Hawk during exercise Sunshine Rescue at the Air Dominance Center in Savannah, Ga., Jan. 23, 2023. The exercise trains Airmen on leading-edge combat search and rescue capabilities for next-generation warfighting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Goonan) Details Download Catching a breath A trainee swims with other candidates in the Special Warfare Training Wing Assessment and Selection Course at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Jan. 17, 2023. The training wing prepares candidates physically, mentally, emotionally and cognitively for demanding careers as special warfare operators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Miriam Thurber) Details Download Refueling the Rivet U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sadie Jurado, 91st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling specialist, fuels a RC-135V/W Rivet Joint, assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, during a mission in exercise Juniper Oak within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Jan. 25, 2023. Juniper Oak is a large-scale bilateral exercise aimed to enhance interoperability between U.S. and Israeli armed forces contributing to regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Asselta) Details Download Heavy cargo Senior Airmen Davonte Martinez and Victor Davis load cargo during a security assistance mission at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Jan. 20, 2023. Since January 2021, the Defense Department has provided Ukraine with critical security capabilities needed to defend against Russian aggression. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marco Gomez) 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.