May: AF month in photos


Senior Airman Jacob Nevills, 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Dirt Boy, washes the concrete from his face after helping fill a footer May 3 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Members of the 455th ECES are digging out eight trenches to house eight footers for the future placement of four relocatable buildings.

Fireworks erupt May 8 as the flags of 15 nations are displayed during the opening ceremony for Invictus Games 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. The 2016 Invictus Games officially kicked off with the ceremony and wounded warriors competed over the next five days in multiple adaptive sports events.

Capt. Jonathan Bonilla and 1st Lt. Vicente Vasquez, 459th Airlift Squadron UH-1N Huey pilots, fly over Tokyo after completing night training. The 459th AS frequently trains on a multitude of scenarios in preparation for potential real-world contingencies and operations.

Marines jump from an Air Force C-130 Hercules May 11 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, during Jump Week. The Marines were from the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and the C-130 was assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota AB. The training not only allowed the Marines to practice jumping, but it also allowed the Yokota aircrews to practice flight tactics and timed-package drops.

F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 121st Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, and the 112th FS from Toledo Air National Guard Base, Ohio, stand by for launch May 4 during Red Flag-Alaska at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-Alaska 15-2 enabled units from around the globe to conduct live-fire training, utilizing more than 67,000 square miles of airspace over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.

Soldiers fast rope from a UH-60 Black Hawk during Emerald Warrior 16 May 3 at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Emerald Warrior 16 is a U.S. Special Operation Command sponsored mission rehearsal exercise in which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats.

Airman 1st Class Alex Nona, a 60th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, inspects the interior of an abandoned structure, known as the “bomb factory,” prior to entry during an exercise May 5 at Clear Lake, California. Nona and other EOD technicians set out to eliminate numerous improvised explosive devices and a radioactive dispersal device within the abandoned structure.

A Combat Leaders Course student provides cover-fire May 2 to a fire team during a field training exercise on Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas. CLC is designed to hone the leadership skills of security forces NCOs prior to being deployed down range. The five-week course focuses on land navigation skills, mission planning and strategy.

Christian Perryman, an Airman and Team U.S.A. athlete, warms up before 2016 Invictus Games practice swimming heats at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex May 5 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Fifteen countries are competing in the 2016 Invictus Games and there are 108 medals in the swimming competitions.