U.S. Air Force: Week in photos

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A KC-135R Stratotanker with the Ohio Air National Guard’s 121st Air Refueling Wing flies in a formation April 15.

Two C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 437th Airlift Wing prepare to drop Soldiers April 15 from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The mass tactical exercise helped prepare both units for any future real-world scenarios they may face.

Members of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, participate in the wing’s Warfit Run April 13.

Tech. Sgt. Brooke Williams, the 60th Security Forces Squadron’s Raven program manager, runs as the point person on a security team responding to a simulated active shooter event April 13 at Travis Air Force Base, California. As a Phoenix Raven, Williams provides close-in security for Air Mobility Command aircraft transiting airfields where security is unknown or additional security is needed to counter local threats.

Members with the 374th Maintenance Squadron pull a C-130 Hercules April 15 at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The aircraft was pulled as part of the 374th Maintenance Group’s Maintenance Rodeo Competition, which pits squadrons against each other in various tasks to win points toward an award and bragging rights.

Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Airborne Brigade out of Vicenza, Italy, prepare to move out after Airmen from the 321st Special Tactics Squadron, out of the Royal Air Force Station in Suffolk, England, land a C130 aircraft for Saber Junction 16. SJ16 is the U.S. Army Europe’s 173rd Airborne Brigade’s combat training center certification exercise, taking place at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, March 31 through April 24. The exercise is designed to evaluate the readiness of the Army’s Europe-based combat brigades to conduct unified land operations and promote interoperability in a joint, multinational environment. SJ16 includes nearly 5,000 participants from 16 NATO and European partner nations.

A loadmaster from the 36th Airlift Squadron checks a C-130 Hercules April 18 at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The 374th Airlift Wing sent two aircraft to support the Japanese government in their relief efforts for the series of earthquakes that recently took place in the Kyushu region. The aircraft transported heavy vehicles and personnel from Chitose Air Base, Hokkaido, to Kyushu.

An Air Force firefighter assigned to the 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron ignites a fire during a controlled burn April 17 at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. The burn prepared for the upcoming AirPower over Hampton Roads Open House fireworks show.

A C-130 Hercules takes off April 18 from Yokota Air Base, Japan. The 374th Airlift Wing sent two aircraft to support the Japanese government in their relief efforts for the series of earthquakes that recently took place in the Kyushu region. The aircraft transported heavy vehicles and personnel from Chitose Air Base, Hokkaido, to Kyushu.