Air Force Week in photos

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An Airman with the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron maneuvers to the objective Feb. 9 during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. The Airmen swapped roles as opposing forces and U.S. forces throughout the training to challenge their capabilities in controlling airpower in an urban environment.

Airman 1st Class Corey Lewis, a 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron materiel management journeyman, gathers an improved outer tactical vest for a deployment bag Feb. 3 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Depending on the destination, an Airman may require different items, from an advanced combat helmet, web belt and canteen to chemical defense gear and field items.

A B-2 Spirit bomber sits on the flightline Feb. 2 prior to takeoff at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, for Red Flag. Established in 1975, Red Flag includes command, control, intelligence and electronic warfare exercises to better prepare forces for combat.

Defenders from the 325th Security Forces Squadron patrol the coastline Jan. 26 around Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, in a valor class North River boat. The new boats will help the 325th SFS provide force protection to 128 miles of shoreline in support of 325th Fighter Wing and 30 associate units.

Royal Australian Air Force Sgt. Angus Shaw, 37th Squadron loadmaster, left, talks with two 4th Squadron combat controllers Feb. 12 aboard a C-130J Super Hercules during Exercise Cope North 2016 over Rota, Northern Mariana Islands. The exercise includes 22 total flying units and nearly 3,000 personnel from six countries and continues the growth of strong, interoperable and beneficial relationships within the Asia-Pacific region through integration of airborne and land-based command and control assets.

Four U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors from Kadena Air Base, Japan, fly over the skies of South Korea Feb. 17 in response to recent provocative action by North Korea. The Raptors were joined by four South Korean F-15K Slam Eagles and U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons. The F-22 is designed to project air dominance rapidly and at great distances and currently cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.

Ohio Air National Guard members work in the early morning Feb. 16 to remove snow from the flightline and fleet of C-130H Hercules at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio. The Ohio ANG unit is always ready to respond with highly qualified citizen Airmen to execute federal, state and community missions.