AF Week in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo Dec. 8, 2023 Polar bear formation 168th Wing KC-135s line up in 10 degrees-below-zero weather to form a polar bear formation at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 2, 2023. The polar bear charge was a demonstration of the wing’s ability to rapidly generate combat airpower, showcasing the U.S. Air Force's strength in the Arctic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey) Details Download Wish granted The 125th Fighter Wing, in collaboration with the Make-A-Wish organization, fulfilled the wish of 10-year-old Easton to become a fighter pilot at the Jacksonville Air National Guard Base, Fla., Dec. 7, 2023. Easton underwent an exciting transformation as he stepped into the shoes of an F-15C Eagle fighter pilot for the day. The day included a swear-in ceremony, a tour of the flight line where he had the opportunity to watch jets takeoff, a sit inside the cockpit of an F-15, and tours of the fire department and air traffic control tower located at Jacksonville International Airport. For the tour, Easton wore a custom-made flight suit as an honorary “eagle driver” and was granted the aviator call sign “Vibin’” by pilots of the 159th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Chelsea Smith) Details Download Gas and go A KC-135 Stratotanker refuels a B-52 Stratofortress over the Pacific Northwest region of the United States during exercise Titan Fury 24-1, Nov. 17, 2023. During the exercise, Airmen demonstrated how various support activities contribute to generating and mobilizing KC-135s including security, maintenance, services, fuel operations and others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Arachikavitz) Details Download Santa's helpers Airmen from the 36th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron sit on the ramp of a C-130J Super Hercules after completing low-cost, low-altitude bundle drops at the island of Koror, Dec. 3, 2023, during Operation Christmas Drop 2023. The capabilities employed during OCD are a unique method of delivery suited to the region. Coast Humanitarian Air Drop takes the LCLA capability to the types of environments seen throughout the Pacific. Together, CHAD and LCLA represent a unique Humanitarian Aid/Disaster Response capability that enables rapid response operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe) Details Download Flying with flare A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., flies over Air Force Dare Bombing Range, N.C., Nov. 16, 2023, for exercise Razor Talon 24-1. RT-24 is an Agile Combat Employment focused exercise designed to test the 4th Fighter Wing’s ability to operate as a lead wing, generating combat airpower while continuing to move, maneuver, sustain the wing and subordinate force elements in a dynamic, contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin M. Rumbaugh) Details Download Honoring a legend Senior Airman Trey Davidson, 121st Air Refueling Wing Base Honor Guard Airman, presents a flag to Sgt. Thomas Newton, a documented Tuskegee Airman, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 2, 2023. Newton, who was stationed at Rickenbacker ANGB when it was named Lockbourne Air Force Base, returned after 74 years to be the guest of honor during a ceremony to celebrate the 75th anniversary of desegregation in the United States military. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman First Class Ivy Thomas) Details Download Lightning strike The U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II Demonstration Team pilot performs a demonstration over the Al Maktoum International Airport during the first day of the Dubai Airshow in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 13, 2023. Many coalition partners have expressed interest in the United States’ advanced platforms, including the F-35 Lightning II and the MQ-9 Reaper. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jhade Herrera) Details Download Top commando An Airman competes in the Air Force Special Operations Command Service Member of the Year competition at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 15, 2023. The winner will represent the U.S. Air Force during the annual United States Special Operations Command SMOY competition. USSOCOM presents the award annually to an enlisted member who exemplifies exceptional performance and superior leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bailey Wyman) Details Download Fear the Viper Capt. Aimee Fiedler, F-16 Viper Demonstration Team commander and pilot, flies during the Stuart Air Show in Stuart, Fla., Nov. 11, 2023. The F-16 Viper Demo Team performs at around 24 air shows annually. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dallin Wrye) Details Download Attention to detail Staff Sgt. Arthur Smith, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, conducts a thru-flight inspection at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Nov. 30, 2023, in support of Operation Christmas Drop 2023. A thru-flight inspection is a thorough inspection of an aircraft that is conducted before, during and after flight to ensure safety and efficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe) Details Download Sat time U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Goeppinger, 644th Combat Communication Squadron expeditionary communications specialist, uses a communications system to contact members from the 644th CBCS on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, at Tinian, Nov. 14, 2023. Knight Call field training exercise is a joint effort between the 644th CBCS and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25, to implement new communications methods for search and rescue operations, practice tactical Agile Combat Employment and Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations methods. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Allon Lapaix) Details Download Intake inspection Staff Sgt. Nathan Nybakke, 311th Maintenance Squadron Propulsion noncommissioned officer in charge, performs an intake inspection of a F-16 Viper at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Nov. 16, 2023. High-power engine run maintenance involves verification of serviceability of the aircraft and engine prior to and after flight or maintenance completion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michelle Ferrari) 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.