96th maintainers, operations highlighted in AF's Year in Photos U.S. Air Force Logo Jan. 9, 2023 Attention to detail Senior Airman Jahee Standley and Staff Sgt. Summer Lankford, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-15 Eagle Red Team members, move a GBU-39B small diameter bomb into place during the squadron’s first quarter weapons load competition at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., April 29, 2022. The quick-paced competition pits the F-16 Fighting Falcon Blue Team against the F-15 Red Team in a test of knowledge, proficiency, speed and skill. The Red Team emerged victorious this quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.) Details Download Graduation march Airmen assigned to the 322nd Training Squadron graduate from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, July 28, 2022. Lt. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, commander of Air Force Reserve Command, reviewed the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Miriam Thurber) Details Download Flight of the Flock MC-130J Commando IIs from the 1st Special Operations Squadron fly in formation during “Flight of the Flock” off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 7, 2022. The 1st SOS conducts specialized mobility with the MC-130J in order to conduct infiltration, exfiltration and resupply for allied forces in austere environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter) Details Download Attention to detail Tech. Sgt. Justin St Thomas, 162nd Wing aircraft engine specialist, inspects the liner of an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet engine for cracks, bulges and blemishes at Morris Air National Guard Base, Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 9, 2022. Aircraft engine specialists play a critical role in ensuring aircraft engines are in prime condition to execute safe missions and exercises. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Charles Givens) Details Download Moon launch The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" practice during the team's inaugural winter training trip at Spaceport America, N.M., Jan. 20, 2022. The trip provided the team a month of airshow practice while in different conditions and terrains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicolas Myers) Details Download CMSAF visit Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass (right) prepares for a snowmobile ride to Point Barrow, Alaska, during a visit to Utqiagvik, Alaska, Jan. 12, 2022. During the visit, 1st Air Support Operations Group personnel provided a demonstration of remote communications equipment by securely relaying a message from Point Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost point in the United States, to Pacific Air Forces headquarters at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais) Details Download Desert Falcon A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon flies between Israeli Air Force aircraft during Desert Falcon in Israel, Jan. 16, 2022. The joint, international exercise allowed for Israeli and U.S. aircrews to fly wing-to-wing and train together for various aerial scenarios and strikes. (Israeli Air Force courtesy photo) Details Download Graduation Day More than 600 Airmen and Guardians assigned to the 326th Training Squadron graduated from Basic Military Training, March 3, 2022. Lt. Gen. Scott Pleus, 7th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Alvin Dyer, 7th AF command chief, reviewed the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Miriam Thurber) Details Download Eyes on the prize Airman 1st Class Lillian Oliver, a KC-135 Stratotanker in-flight refueling specialist assigned to the 97th Air Refueling Squadron, refuels a 180th Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon during U.S. Northern Command’s Exercise Arctic Edge 2022 over Northern Alaska, March 11, 2022. AE22 is a biennial homeland defense exercise designed to provide high quality and effective joint training in austere cold weather conditions. The F-16 is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft that is highly maneuverable and delivers airpower for the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride) Details Download Agile communications Master Sgt. Caleb Frisbie, 242nd Combat Communications Squadron, sets up and tests communication equipment for the Agile Battle Labs Communications Demonstration Unit, March 24, 2022, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Cyber Airmen used satellite and cellular internet capabilities to connect an F-35 Lightning II deployed debrief facility to the Air Force network. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar) Details Download Another day in the lab Staff Sgt. Kiersten Wirth, 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group medical technician, processes a COVID-19 test in the 332nd EMDG laboratory at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 6, 2022. Wirth helps in the lab and with X-rays as a multi-capable Airman within the expeditionary wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Parr) Details Download Eagle-in-waiting An F-15D Eagle assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron is prepared in a hangar before departing for RED FLAG-Alaska at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 15, 2022. RED FLAG-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces directed field training exercise focused on improving the combat readiness of U.S. and international forces and provides training for units preparing for air and space expeditionary force tasking. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sebastian Romawac) Details Download In the shadows Airman 1st Class Laura Salgado, a security forces journeyman with the 156th Security Operations Squadron, aims down sights of an M4 carbine during a combat exercise at Southern Strike, Avon Park, Fla., April 24, 2022. Southern Strike 2022 is a large-scale, joint multinational combat exercise hosted by the Mississippi National Guard that provides tactical level training for the full spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Rafael Rosa) Details Download Constant communication Staff Sgt. Dallas Moore, 65th Air Base Squadron Air Traffic Control watch supervisor, verifies flight progress strips in the Radar Approach Control facility at Lajes Field, Portugal, April 26, 2022. Air traffic controllers at RAPCON record the general information and intent of each aircraft on the strips. By monitoring this information and keeping constant communication with pilots, RAPCON ensures the safe arrival and departure of aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John R. Wright) Details Download Security Forces huddle Airmen assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron huddle before a field training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 27, 2022. The training is an annual requirement for all 18th SFS members, covering traveling techniques, movement formations, and using cover and concealment to advance on or defend objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Roth) Details Download Employing the big guns Staff Sgt. Dominic Brinker, 66th Rescue Squadron special missions aviator instructor, inspects an HH-60G Pave Hawk’s .50 caliber machine gun during routine training at the Nevada Test and Training Range at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 28, 2022. The 66 RQS tactically employ the HH-60G and its crew in hostile environments to recover downed aircrew and isolated personnel during day, night or marginal weather conditions in contested airspace, employing skills such as weapons employment, shipboard operations and aerial refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Rufus) Details Download Air Force Spring Tattoo: Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling celebrates the Air Force at 75 Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. salutes U.S. Air Force Honor Guard members as they conduct a pass in review during the U.S. Air Force’s 75th Birthday Celebration Spring Tattoo on the Air Force Ceremonial Lawn at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., May 3, 2022. The mission of the Air Force Honor Guard is to represent all Airmen in the U.S. Air Force by demonstrating military excellence, precision and discipline while inspiring patriotism in audiences worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stuart Bright) Details Download CMSAF visits Agadez Senior Airman Madison Mortiz, 409th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron member, briefs Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass about the Windows Team Assistance Kit (WinTAK) system at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Dec. 20, 2021. The WinTAK provides SFS members the ability to have increased situational awareness within the immediate area to ensure continued air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever) Details Download Airpower demo Sixteen U.S. Air Force F-16CM Fighting Falcons, 12 Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, two JASDF E-2C Hawkeyes, one JASDF CH-47 Chinook, one U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler, one USN C-12 Huron, and one USN P-8 Poseidon perform a wing capabilities demonstration to culminate a week-long readiness exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 13, 2022. The formation was part of a routine exercise scenario testing the 35th Fighter Wing's ability to generate airpower in support of the defense of Japan and other partner nations, ensuring the stability and security of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern) Details Download Powering HEXA Brad Bollig, a LIFT team member, secures a battery to one of the Hexa’s motors, July 6, 2022, before its first flight at a military airfield at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., July 7, 2022. The electric, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, which used 18 motors and propellers, flew for approximately 10 minutes and reached a height of about 50 feet with the Hexa team operating it via remote control. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.) Details Download Chutes and ladders Tech. Sgts. Andrew Turner and Cody Harpster, 126th Maintenance Group crew chiefs, enter a KC-130 Stratotanker during an inspection at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., May 14, 2022. The Nuclear Operations Readiness Inspection is an Air Mobility Command sponsored assessment designed to provide select mobility air refueling forces a robust training opportunity to hone nuclear readiness and strategic deterrent capabilities through tailored field training activities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Rodriguez) Details Download Modernizing the service Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall and Chief of Space Operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond testify before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense for the Department of the Air Force’s fiscal year 2023 budget request in Washington, D.C., May 17, 2022. The $194 billion budget request aims to modernize the services to counter strategic competitors around the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich) Details Download A bird above the trees A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 171st Air Refueling Wing flies over a park while descending to land at the Pittsburgh Airport in Moon Township, Pa., May 17, 2022. The KC-135 has provided the core aerial refueling capability for the U.S. Air Force for more than 60 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert) Details Download Future leaders The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2022 graduates toss their hats into the sky as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” roar overhead during the graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 25, 2022. During the ceremony, 970 cadets crossed the stage to become the Air Force and Space Force’s newest second lieutenants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Armstrong) Details Download Remembering the fallen An Airman kneels in front of a battlefield cross before Memorial Day in Karns City, Pa., May 25, 2022. Memorial Day was created to remember and honor all who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert) Details Download Gas and go An AC-130 gunship is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 50th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, May 27, 2022. Aerial refueling is the process of transferring fuel from a military tanker aircraft to another military aircraft, including fixed-wing jets and helicopters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Matthew Plew) Details Download Sound of freedom The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, known as the Thunderbirds, fly over Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the opening ceremonies of the 106th running of the Indy 500 in Indianapolis, Ind., May 28, 2022. This was the second time in Indy 500 history that the Thunderbirds provided the flyover for the opening ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew D. Sarver) Details Download Laying concrete Staff Sgt. Devyous Barlow, 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group lead chute operator, spreads concrete during a runway overrun repair project at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, June 8, 2022. Evenly spread concrete aids in preventing major high or low spots during the pour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Parr) Details Download Patrolling the skies A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress, assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing, conducts a presence patrol mission with coalition and regional partners across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, June 8, 2022. Presence patrol missions demonstrate the U.S.-led coalition’s commitment to promoting regional stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Matthew Plew) Details Download Building bonds Tech. Sgt. Marissa Acosta, 776th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron command executive, holds a young girl at Chabelley Village, Djibouti, June 9, 2022. While visiting the village, Airmen with the 776th EABS and soldiers with Task Force Red Dragon built a swing set for the village school, assessed the school’s electricity and gave out clothes, toys and sweets to children. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Josiah Meece) Details Download Flares out U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles, assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron, set off flares behind a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 50th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, after an in-flight refueling within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, June 10, 2022. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Sokolov) Details Download Ready for whatever comes next Tech. Sgt. Jerome Williams, 433rd Crisis Response Flight command and control operations craftsman, sits on a C-130J Super Hercules prior to take off in Guatemala City, Guatemala, June 11, 2022. Williams is in Guatemala in support of Resolute Sentinel 22, which is a multi-national training opportunity that offers real-world benefits to U.S. and partner nation military personnel and the people of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador by promoting well-being and readiness in addition to building long-term partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Cossaboom) Details Download Working in the dark Staff Sgt. Alvinjason Aranda, 325th Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection craftsman, checks a piece of a firearm at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., June 14, 2022. Airmen trained in the NDI flight use black lights to detect cracks or breaks in pieces of equipment to save resources by determining what can be fixed in-house instead of sending assets off base for repairs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves) Details Download CMSAF visits JBLE Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass exits an all-call at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., June 22, 2022. Bass visited multiple units, learning about different JB Langley-Eustis operations and procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaela Smith) Details Download Keeping ‘em in the sky An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron conducts aerial refueling operations in the U.S. Air Forces Central area of responsibility, June 22, 2022. The 335th EFS delivers airpower and showcases U.S. commitment to deterrence and regional stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Matthew Plew) Details Download Warriors Over the Wasatch Maj. Kristen Wolfe, F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team commander with the 388th Fighter Wing, flies over the crowd during the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, June 25, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erica Webster) Details Download Flares away! A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deploys flares during a Bomber Task Force mission over the Pacific Ocean, June 25, 2022. Bomber Task Force missions provide opportunities to train alongside our allies and partners to build interoperability and bolster our collective ability to support a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nicholas Priest) Details Download Protecting the Pacific A B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, flies behind a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, during a Bomber Task Force mission over the Pacific Ocean, June 25, 2022. Bomber Task Force missions provide opportunities to train alongside U.S. allies and partners to build interoperability and bolster the ability to support a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nicholas Priest) Details Download Assuming command Attendants bow their heads during a United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa change of command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 27, 2022. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa outgoing commander, relinquished command, and Gen. James B. Hecker, USAFE-AFAFRICA incoming commander, assumed command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jared Lovett) Details Download Extraction training Tech. Sgt. Alexander Graves, a special missions aviator from Air Force Global Strike Command’s Det. 7, helps steady an Airman and a litter on the side of a UH-1 Huey’s hoist at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 23, 2022. The 413th FLTS, the Air Force’s only rotary wing developmental test unit, provided realism to the tactical air control party Airmen’s extraction training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.) Details Download Globetrotter tour Saul White, Harlem Globetrotters team member, smiles after helping an Airman assigned to the 74th Fighter Generation Squadron spin a ball on his finger during a visit at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 7, 2022. Ball-handling and interaction are part of the Globetrotters’ appearances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jasmine Barnes) Details Download TAAR time A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey and MC-130J Commando II conduct a tiltrotor air-to-air refueling exercise near Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, July 8, 2022. TAAR utilizes the Osprey’s tiltrotor capabilities, combining vertical flight qualities with fuel efficiency and speed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gary Hilton) Details Download Done for the day Airmen walk off the flightline during the Liberty Eagle Readiness Exercise at Dover Air Force Base, Del., July 12, 2022. The exercise validated the 426th Airlift Wing and the 512th AW’s ability to generate, employ and sustain airpower across the world in a contested and degraded operational environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Jensen Stidham) Details Download Extreme effort Basic cadets from the Class of 2026 complete the assault course at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Jacks Valley in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 13, 2022. Basic Cadet Training is a six-week indoctrination program to guide the transformation of new cadets from being civilians to military academy cadets prepared to enter a four-year officer commissioning program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Armstrong) Details Download Helping those in need Capt. Ann Danello, 375th Dental Squadron dentist, examines a patient's teeth during a Missouri Mission of Mercy free dental clinic in St. Louis, Mo., July 15, 2022. MOMOM is a large-scale dental clinic that provides free oral healthcare to patients who cannot access care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephanie Henry) Details Download Up north Maj. Joshua Gunderson, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot, maneuvers into a climb after a tactical pitch at the Cold Lake Air Show in Alberta, Canada, July 17, 2022. The F-22's two Pratt and Whitney F119 Turbofan engines bring a combined 70,000 pounds of thrust in combination with two-dimensional thrust vectoring to enable maximum maneuverability for the multirole air-to-air stealth fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Don Hudson) Details Download Turbo Distribution Staff Sgt. Jacob Harlan, 821st Contingency Response Squadron Phoenix Raven, surveys the perimeter of a forward node distribution point during exercise Turbo Distribution 22-2 at Fort Campbell, Ky., July 18, 2022. Turbo Distribution is a joint task force-port opening exercise designed to train Air Force and Army personnel to rapidly respond to humanitarian aid and disaster response missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Warner) Details Download Welcoming the future Force Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. greets Air and Space Force ROTC cadets and newly commissioned officers during a meeting at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., July 18, 2022. The group is part of a summer internship program at the Pentagon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich) Details Download All-Star flyover An F-22 Raptor and an F-35 Lightning II return to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., following a flyover during the 2022 MLB All-Star Game opening ceremony at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif., July 19, 2022. (Courtesy by Kyle Larson) Details Download Reconnaissance training U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Ben Daniels, 15th Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member, clears a building at Avon Park Auxiliary Airfield, Florida, July 24, 2022. Daniels took part in reconnaissance training as part of Agile Flag 22-2. Agile Flag functioned as a contributing certifying event for the 23rd Wing of Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, to validate its ability to deploy, employ, sustain forces and execute priority Mission Essential Tasks in a degraded and operationally limited environment as a Lead Wing. The 15th ASOS was in Avon to provide control support to the 23rd Wing’s A-10 Thunderbolt IIs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. River Bruce) Details Download CSAF speaks with Hickam Airmen Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., speaks with Airmen at an all-call during a base visit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 5, 2022. During the all-call, Brown discussed developing the Air Force into a service that can more quickly adapt to ever-changing challenges through innovation within the workforce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alan Ricker) Details Download Talons over the beach Four U.S. Air Force T-38A Talons assigned to the 2nd Fighter Training Squadron fly over the Florida Panhandle, Aug. 6, 2022. The 2nd FTS, stationed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., provides air-to-air threat replication in support of combat and formal training units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Betty R. Chevalier) Details Download Reaper in waiting An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the 361 Expeditionary Attack Squadron flightline at an undisclosed location, Aug. 6, 2022. The MQ-9 is an unmanned aircraft capable of remote controlled or autonomous flight. The 361 EAS operates the aircraft in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jim Bentley) Details Download Focus on excellence Senior Airman Andres Espinoza, 31st Maintenance Squadron egress journeyman, pins a canopy support strut on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Aug. 11, 2022. Egress specialists perform inspections and maintenance on F-16 canopies and egress systems to ensure the components function properly in flight and during emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Moeder) Details Download C-17 Demo A C-17 Globemaster III takes off during the Kaneohe Bay Air Show at Marine Corps Base, Hawaii, Aug. 12, 2022. The C-17, from Joint-Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, was operated by a total force aircrew from the C-17 Demonstration Team and Hawaii Air National Guard throughout the event. The event was held to celebrate the military’s long-standing relationship with the local community and give the public an opportunity to witness the capabilities of the joint force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Linzmeier) Details Download Popping smoke Second Lt. Ben Daniels, 15th Air Support Operations Squadron Tactical Air Control Party Precision Strike Team member, pops a smoke grenade during a training exercise at Fort Stewart, Ga., Aug. 16, 2022. The 15th ASOS was conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance training to hone command and control capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. River Bruce) Details Download Taking aim Tech. Sgt. Reece Dinofsky, 316th Security Support Squadron assistant noncommissioned officer in charge of training, aims an M4 carbine toward a target during a weapons proficiency training exercise at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 23, 2022. Dinofsky acted as a mentor to three Airmen throughout the “shoot, move, communicate” exercise and created simulated events to enhance their training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isabelle Churchill) Details Download Drop zone U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 11th Airborne Division, also known as Arctic Angels, conduct airborne operations at Malemute drop zone after exiting an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 24, 2022. Training jumps allow the Arctic Angels to stay proficient at their primary function — being a joint forcible entry unit, able to respond and project power across the Pacific within 18 hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Patrick Sullivan) Details Download Yee-haw! Col. Blaine Baker, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander, Col. Patrick Brady-Lee, 97th AMW vice commander and Chief Master Sgt. Cesar Flores, 97th AMW command chief, ride through Altus Air Force Base, Okla. during the 23rd annual Cattle Drive, Aug. 25, 2022. Base leadership participates in the Cattle Drive every year to show support for the community of Altus and to continue more than 23 years of tradition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Breanna Klemm) Details Download Securing the load Tech. Sgt. Jose Cardoza, C-17A Globemaster III loadmaster assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, measures the restraints on a U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Aug. 27, 2022. The 816th EAS conducts rapid global mobility operations vital to the multinational coalition effort dedicated to defeating the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Matthew Plew) Details Download Celebratory hug A Team Ukraine athlete hugs Senior Master Sgt. Brian Williams, U.S. Air Force Warrior Games athlete, after the gold medal match in seated volleyball at the 2022 Department of Defense Warrior Games, Aug. 28th, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. The DoD Warrior Games program aims to inspire recovery through adaptive physical fitness and to encourage new opportunities for growth and achievement for wounded, ill or injured service members and veterans. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erin V. Currie) Details Download Out in Force A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing, conducts a Bomber Task Force mission with coalition and regional partners across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Sept. 4, 2022. Two B-52H Stratofortress aircraft guided theater integration training with a variety of coalition and partner ally aircraft to demonstrate readiness and strengthen regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Fultz) Details Download Staying Agile U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles, assigned to the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, fly alongside Saudi Arabian Air Force F-15E aircraft during an Agile Combat Employment exercise within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Sept. 5, 2022. Joint training enhances international partnership and interoperability in the interest of regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Sullivan) Details Download Sentry refuel A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft assigned to the 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron conducts aerial refueling operations within the U.S. Air Forces Central area of responsibility Sept. 6, 2022. AFCENT forces remain postured to uphold whole-of-government diplomacy efforts promoting security and regional stability in the Middle East. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Matthew Plew) Details Download Piercing the sky An Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test Sept. 7, 2022, at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif. ICBM test launches demonstrate that the U.S. ICBM fleet is relevant, essential and key to leveraging dominance in an era of strategic competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Quijas) Details Download Thunderbirds rock Airshow London The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, perform for an Airshow London Skydrive in London, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 9, 2022. This was the Thunderbirds second performance in Canada during the 2022 season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew D. Sarver) Details Download CMSAF remarks Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass gives her remarks during the Air Force 75th Anniversary Tattoo at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2022. The Tattoo is a 300-year-old tradition held worldwide, showcasing the excellence and readiness of service members. During the ceremony, Airmen exhibit the precision and teamwork essential for mission success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nilsa Garcia) Details Download Thunder skies An A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, flies over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Nev., during a weapons evaluation mission Sept. 15, 2022. The A-10 offers excellent maneuverability at low airspeeds and altitude while maintaining a highly accurate weapons-delivery platform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Makenna Gott) Details Download With honor Master Sgt. Antonio Lofton, United States Honor Guard Drill Team section chief, performs a drill during the Joint Base Andrews 2022 Air and Space Expo at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 18, 2022. The mission of the Honor Guard is to represent all U.S. Airmen by demonstrating military excellence, precision and discipline while inspiring patriotism in audiences worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nilsa Garcia) Details Download State of the Air Force Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. delivers a keynote address on the state of the Air Force during the 2022 Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2022. The conference brings together top Air Force and Space Force leadership, industry experts, and government officials to discuss challenges facing the aerospace and cyber communities today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich) Details Download Honoring fallen heroes Col. Jason Allen, 81st Training Wing vice commander, and his wife, Mayra, release a lantern during the Gold Star Families Sky Lantern Release at Biloxi Beach, Miss., Sept. 23, 2022. The event, hosted by Keesler Air Force Base, included eco-friendly sky lanterns released in honor of fallen heroes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue) Details Download Warrior Ethos Cadet First Class Tatum Boldt participates in the Commandant's Challenge at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 5, 2022. The challenge is an annual event at the Academy focused on military training, warrior ethos and teamwork. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley) Details Download Special tactics Special tactics Airmen from the 24th Special Operations Wing are hoisted into a UH-1N Huey provided by Fairchild Air Force Base at Long Lake, Wash., Oct. 6, 2022. The Airmen used the opportunity to test for their medical evacuation and water operations certification. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Morgan Dailey) Details Download Homecoming Airmen from the 355th Wing and 563rd Rescue Group greet family and friends on the flight line at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 8, 2022. The Airmen returned home to their families after a deployment overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kaitlyn Ergish) Details Download Resolute Dragon 22 A CV-22 Osprey from the 21st Special Operations Squadron flies in support of exercise Resolute Dragon 22 over Kamifurano Maneuver Area, Hokkaido, Japan, Oct. 11, 2022. Resolute Dragon 22 is an annual bilateral exercise designed to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the U.S.-Japan alliance by exercising integrated command and control, targeting, combined arms and maneuver across multiple domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone) Details Download Building partnerships A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to the 90th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flies alongside two Polish F-16s in formation during the NATO Air Shielding media day, Oct. 12, 2022, at Łask Air Base, Poland. The event showcased the importance of NATO’s Air Shielding mission and the interoperability among the U.S. and NATO allies to international media through trilateral aerial demonstrations and interviews with service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Sukhlall) Details Download Wall of flames Chief Master Sgt. Sue Thompson, 97th Mission Support Group senior enlisted leader, and a firefighter from the 97th Civil Engineer Squadron, put out a fire during a live-burn training at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., Oct. 12, 2022. At the fire department training grounds, there is a small model of an aircraft which is used for live-burn training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Christenson) Details Download Close inspection Senior Airman Rafael De Leon, 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron phase inspection journeyman, inspects the underside of an F-15E Strike Eagle’s wing at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, Oct. 17, 2022. The Liberty Wing’s maintenance teams ensure that aircraft are ready to accomplish the mission when called upon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Wood) Details Download A new generation More than 700 Airmen and Guardians assigned to the 326th Training Squadron graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Oct. 19, 2022. Col. Jason Schramm, commander of Space Delta 1 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., reviewed the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Vanessa R. Adame) Details Download Night flight A pilot assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, prepares for a night flying training mission in an F-35A Lightning II, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 19, 2022. Night flying is performed monthly to ensure pilots are proficient in every capability of the F-35A. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leandra Garcia) Details Download Navigating new terrain Adja, a German Shepard military working dog assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, passes through a training tube in the 380th ESFS obedience yard, Oct. 20, 2022 at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. By practicing in the obedience yard, handlers ensure their MWD is familiar with different obstacles, so they are not impeded by new terrain on the job. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Grossi) Details Download Operation Deep Freeze An LC-130 Skibird assigned to the 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, operates in Antarctica, Oct. 24, 2022. The LC-130 operated out of the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, flying personnel and supplies throughout the continent. (Courtesy photo) Details Download Radical maneuvers Maj. Joshua Gunderson, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander and pilot, performs during the Orlando Air and Space Show at the Orlando Sanford International Airport, Fla., Oct. 30, 2022. The F-22A is a fifth-generation fighter incorporating fourth-generation technology, heightened maneuvering capabilities, the ability to fly at supersonic speed without afterburners and enhanced pilot situational awareness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Hastings) Details Download SecAF visits JBSA-Lackland Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall reads the oath of enlistment to basic military training graduates at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Nov. 3, 2022. Kendall served as the presiding official during this BMT graduation, where he welcomed 570 of the newest Airmen to the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brian Boisvert) Details Download Celebrating the win U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons football players celebrate with the Commander-in-Chief's trophy after defeating the Army Black Knights, following the Commander's Classic football game at Globe Life Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Nov. 5, 2022. Air Force defeated Army 13-7 to take home their 21st trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley) Details Download Green Flag-West Airman 1st Class Dylan Prusso, 75th Fighter Generation Squadron crew chief, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., climbs up onto an A-10C Thunderbolt II during exercise Green Flag-West 23-02 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 9, 2022. The 549th Combat Training Squadron completed the Green Flag-West exercise Nov. 2-9, integrating U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force command and control, tactical units, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, while operating from multiple locations across the west coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Rufus) Details Download Falcon layup U.S. Air Force Academy's Lucas Moerman attempts a layup against University of Delaware's Nigel Shadd and Jameer Nelson Jr. during a game at Clune Arena at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Nov. 11, 2022. Air Force defeated Delaware 75-71. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley) Details Download Spirit in the sky A B-2 Spirit assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., flies over Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 15, 2022. Two bombers participated in a training exercise with multi-nation assets assigned to Luke AFB, meant to familiarize pilots with different airframe operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Noah D. Coger) Details Download Sunset takeoff A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 77th Weapons Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes off during a U.S. Air Force Weapons School integration mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 22, 2022. The B-1B carries the largest conventional payload of guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Rufus) Details Download Fill ‘er up! A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron prepares to receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender assigned to the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron over an undisclosed location within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Dec. 2, 2022. The KC-10 is capable of day and night air refueling operations with multiple air assets supporting CENTCOM and Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gerald R. Willis) Details Download Ready, set, jump! Air Force's Charles Whitcomb competes in the men's 60-meter hurdle competition at the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Field House in Colorado Springs, Colo., Dec. 2, 2022. The hurdle competition was part of the annual Holiday Open track and field event held at the academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin R. Pacheco) Details Download Honoring excellence Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., spends time with retired Col. Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson before a ceremony promoting Anderson to the honorary rank of brigadier general at the Aerospace Museum of California in McClellan, Calif., Dec. 2, 2022. The ceremony was an opportunity to honor the 100-year-old World War II triple ace during the 75th anniversary year of the U.S. Air Force’s establishment as a military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Nicholas Pilch) Details Download The mission begins... A C-130J Hercules from the 29th Weapons Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., takes off for a United States Air Force Weapons School Integration mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 6, 2022. The C-130 is capable of operating in rough terrain and serves as the main transport for troops and equipment for any scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Rufus) Details Download Spreading holiday joy Senior Airman Janealle Hogans, 36th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, and Master Sgt. Luke McLimans, 36th EAS operations senior enlisted leader, drop four humanitarian aid bundles over Fananu atoll in the state of Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 9, 2022, during Operation Christmas Drop 2022. The aircraft, callsign SANTA 67, was the last mission flight of OCD 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe) Details Download Santa guides the way U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Furnary, 36th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron director of operations, uses a radio to communicate with C-130 pilots at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 10, 2022, during Operation Christmas Drop 2022. A Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-130H Hercules assigned to the 401st Tactical Airlift Squadron; Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37 Squadron; South Korean Air Force C-130H Hercules assigned to the 251st Tactical Air Support Squadron; Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130H Hercules assigned to the 40 Squadron; and U.S. Air Force C-130J crewmembers delivered 209 bundles of humanitarian aid totaling more than 71,000 pounds of cargo to 22,000 Micronesian islanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe) Details Download Holiday concert Singers with the Air Force Band perform during a holiday concert at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2022. The band’s “Season of Hope” program featured performances from the Singing Sergeants and the Concert Band. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich) Details Download Falcons assemble! A formation of F-35A Lightning IIs and F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing assemble during a routine readiness exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, May 20, 2022. The formation demonstrated the 354th FW's ability to rapidly mobilize and launch aircraft from its strategic arctic location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Beaux Hebert) Details Download Airfield damage recovery Senior Airman Mark Morgan, 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron structures journeyman, sweeps water over the dried cement during a Rapid Airfield Damage Recovery exercise at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Oct. 7, 2022. Airmen assigned to the 386th ECES demonstrated agile combat employment during the exercise by handling jobs outside of their day-to-day expertise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley N. Mikaio) Details Download Through the mist Master Sgt. Matt Dillon, 911th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs a safe for maintenance observation on a C-17 Globemaster III at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, Nov. 3, 2022. Crew chiefs perform safe for maintenance observations to ensure they can safely conduct the scheduled maintenance for the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert) Details Download Over the desert A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender assigned to the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, flies over an undisclosed location in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Nov. 10, 2022. The KC-10 delivers global aerial refueling capability to support joint and coalition aircraft, providing war-winning airpower throughout the CENTCOM area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Gerald R. Willis) Details Download Strategic airlift A C-5M Super Galaxy takes off from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 15, 2022. As the Air Force’s largest strategic airlifter, the C-5M can carry more cargo farther distances than any other aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Heide Couch) Details Download Welcoming newest AFIT grads Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall speaks at the Air Force Institute of Technology graduation ceremony in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, March 24, 2022. More than 200 advanced technical degrees were awarded to active-duty Airmen and civilian employees. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez) Details Download Airpower redefined A B-21 Raider is unveiled at Northrop Grumman’s manufacturing facility on Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., Dec. 2, 2022. The B-21 is a long-range, highly survivable, penetrating-strike stealth bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua M. Carroll) Details Download This annual feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force including 96th Maintenance Group weapons loaders and 413th Flight Test Squadron operations.