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80th OSS Sheppard AFB has busiest joint-use airfield in AF
The airfield at Sheppard Air Force Base has long been among the busiest in the Air Force as U.S. and NATO partner students train to become combat pilots.
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2018
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Jan. 12
On this look around the Air Force, Iraqi maintenance airmen are certified, the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron passes the reins of NATO’s Baltic air policing mission and the 20th Air Force commander is confirmed by the Senate. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Robert Kingery.
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2018
Chief Master Sgt. Michael West was awarded the Silver Star Medal Dec. 15, 2017, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Finding the way: Special tactics chief awarded Silver Star
Chief Master Sgt. Michael West, 24th Special Operations Wing special tactics operator, utilized 58 coalition aircraft delivering 24,000 pounds of munitions, turning the tide of battle, and now he’s receiving the Silver Star Medal.
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2017
An Afghan Air Force leader meets with Special Tactics Airmen from the Air Force Special Operations Command to discuss plans to increase airpower at airfields in Faryab province, Afghanistan, Nov. 29, 2017. The Special Tactics airmen ensure access to traditional airfields and field landing strips to increase the operational reach of coalition and Afghan aircraft for reconnaissance, troop delivery, and strategic air support operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Doug Ellis) Special Tactics Airmen survey airfields to gain an operational advantage
Special Tactics Airmen from Air Force Special Operations Command conducted multiple airfield surveys with their Afghan Air Force counterparts in Faryab province this week. Airfield surveys are executed prior to the arrival of special operations and conventional aircraft to traditional airfields and field landing strips.
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2017
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani passes in review of Afghan National Security and Defense Force honor guard Oct. 7, 2017, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Ghani ceremonially cut the ribbon officiating the arrival of the first two UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters to the Afghan Air Force fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel) Afghan president welcomes first Afghan AF Black Hawks
The first two UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters arrived at Kandahar Airfield Oct. 7, 2017, welcomed by top Afghan and Resolute Support officials. Led by President Ashraf Ghani, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the landmark progress of the Afghan Air Force’s modernization effort and inaugurated the helicopter into their fleet.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo AF senior leaders visit Arctic
Air Force senior leaders from Headquarters Air Force and major commands visited multiple locations in the Arctic region Sept. 7-13, 2017, to better understand the challenges of operating in the region.
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2017
U.S. Air Force C-130J pilots from the 37th Airlift Squadron, (right and center), along with one Romanian Air Force pilot, walk back to their units after conducting a training flight at Otopeni Air Base, Romania, Aug. 29, 2017. US, Romanian militaries contiune partnerships
U.S. and Romanian military members concluded a two-week bilateral training exercise on Otopeni Air Base, Romania, Aug. 31, 2017.
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2017
Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 465th Air Refueling Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., prepare to land a KC-135R Stratotanker at RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2017. In a long-standing total force partnership between Air Force Reserve Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe, members of the 507th Air Refueling Wing are supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve and augmenting the 100th Air Refueling Wing here July 1-29, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lauren Gleason) Total Force Airmen maximize refueling capacity in Europe
In a long-standing total force partnership between Air Force Reserve Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe, members of the 507th Air Refueling Wing are augmenting the 100th Air Refueling Wing here to provide KC-135R Stratotanker mid-air refueling support to the European theater of operations, July 1-29, 2017.
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2017
Greg Gangnuss, a civil engineer who worked as a senior environmental adviser to the Afghan Ministry of Defense, is shown in the field during his March 2015 to April 2016 deployment to Afghanistan. (Courtesy Photo) Real Airmen, real stories of courage, heroism inspire at Magazine Day
Col. Laurel Burkel has no recollection of her first meeting with Air Force civil engineer Greg Gangnuss. But some 20 months after a British Puma Mk 2 helicopter crash at the NATO base in Kabul, Afghanistan claimed the lives of five coalition members, injured five others and nearly decapitated her, Burkel finally met, in person, the man who helped save her life.
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2017
U.S. Marine Corps and Polish military members operate an M1 Abrams and PT-91 TWARDY tank for a military operation demonstration during exercise Saber Strike 17 at Adazi Military Base, Latvia, June 9, 2017. The demonstration took place to showcase the countries’ combined efforts to U.S. and NATO distinguished visitors. Saber Strike 17 promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening capabilities and fostering trust between partner nations. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh) U.S., NATO wrap up Saber Strike 17
Saber Strike 17, a month-long exercise including 11,000 U.S. and NATO military members from 20 countries, wraps up June 24.The exercise took place in various regions in the Baltics and Poland beginning May 28.
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2017
A B-2 Spirit deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., lands on the flightline at RAF Fairford, U.K., June 9, 2017. The B-2 regularly conducts strategic bomber missions that demonstrate the credibility of the bomber forces to address a global security environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Miguel Lara III) Air Force B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers arrive in UK
Two B-2 Spirit stealth bombers joined B-1B Lancers and B-52H Stratofortresses June 9, 2017, to participate in theater bomber assurance and deterrence operations. Three B-52Hs from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and three B-1Bs from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, along with approximately 800 Airmen, are currently supporting exercises Saber Strike and Baltic Operations in the U.S. European Theater.
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2017
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks about the fiscal year 2018 budget, the Aviation Bonus Program, and an upcoming Air Force fighter jet deployment to Europe during an Air Force Association breakfast event, June 5, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark) Wilson sets sights on readiness, modernization at Air Force Association breakfast
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson addressed the Air Force Association’s Air Force Breakfast Series June 5, 2017, at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C. During her remarks Wilson spoke about the proposed Air Force budget for the fiscal year that starts October 1.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Strategic bombers, Airmen deploy to United Kingdom
B-52H Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and about 800 Airmen from Air Force Global Strike Command deployed to Royal Air Force Fairford to support a number of exercises with joint partners, and U.K. and NATO allies.
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2017
F-16 Fighting Falcons from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxi down the runway April 21, 2017, at Albacete Air Base, Spain, to participate in the Tactical Leadership Programme. TLP is an annual NATO Mission Commander’s School training program designed to provide joint tactical training with NATO allies to increase NATO coordination and strengthen combined air operations. This type of training is an opportunity for Hill’s active duty and Reserve Airmen to hone their operational and tactical leadership skills with allied air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Justin Fuchs) Hill F-16s train in NATO exercise
Eight F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft and more than 200 Airmen from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th FW from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, are currently at Albacete Air Base, Spain, to participate in the NATO Tactical Leadership Program through May 19, 2017.
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2017
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Diante Cooper, 19th Air Support Operations Squadron Tactical Air Control Party specialist, watches and communicates with an A-10C Thunderbolt II during a joint close air support exercise at Camp Grayling, Mich. April 13, 2017. To further build interoperability and hone their unique skillset, members of the German air force Air Ground Operations Squadron travelled to the U.S. to partner with the 19th ASOS and conduct a close air support exercise working with A-10C Thunderbolts IIs and F-16 Fighting Falcons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) NATO partners conduct close air support exercise
Today’s fight against terrorism doesn’t rest on the shoulders of one country. It’s a team fight, meaning countries must be interoperable to effectively defeat that threat. To better support the team, members of the German air force’s Air Ground Operations Squadron partnered with the 19th Air Support Operations Squadron to conduct a close air support exercise, April 10-14, 2017, at Camp Grayling, Michigan.
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2017
An F-35 Lightning II from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis after landing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 15, 2017. The fifth generation, multi-role fighter aircraft is deployed here to maximize training opportunities, affirm enduring commitments to NATO allies, and deter any actions that destabilize regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier) F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft arrive in Europe
Combat-ready F-35A Lightning II multi-role fighter aircraft arrived April 15, 2017, at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, demonstrating U.S. commitment to NATO allies and European territorial integrity.
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2017
F-35A Lightning II fighter jets from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. Pentagon officials announced April 14, 2017, that the Air Force is deploying a small number of F-35A fighters to Europe for training. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw) AF will deploy F-35A fighters to Europe for training
The Air Force will deploy a small number of F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft this weekend on a long-planned training deployment to Europe, Pentagon officials announced April 14, 2017.
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2017
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 19th Air Support Operations Squadron begin a rucksack march during a German armed forces proficiency assessment, April 6, 2017, at Fort Campbell, Ky. To enhance their ability to work together in deployed locations, members of the German Air Force travelled to Fort Campbell to train and exercise with the 19th ASOS. While at Fort Campbell, The German Air Force members hosted a German armed forces proficiency assessment for Airmen consisting of shooting firearms, swimming, agility exercises and a rucksack march. Airmen earn German proficiency badge; forge relationships
Twenty-four Airmen from the 19th Air Support Operations Squadron will be sporting new accoutrements on their uniforms after competing for the coveted German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, April 4-7, 2017, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The badge is a military decoration worn by the Bundeswehr, the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany and it is an uncommon award for U.S. service members to earn. The GAFP Badge is prestigious in that it is one of few foreign awards that is authorized for wear on U.S. military uniforms.
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2017
A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is unloaded from an Air Mobility Command C-5M Super Galaxy at Riga International Airport, Latvia, Mar. 1, 2017. Five Black Hawk helicopters will be deployed to Latvia as part of a larger contingent of helicopters and personnel deployed to support Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the European region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) AF demonstrates rapid deployment of Army helicopters to Latvia
U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, delivered by Air Mobility Command C-5M Super Galaxies, arrived here March 1, 2017 in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.


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2017
An Army AH-64 Apache helicopter is unloaded from an Air Mobility Command C-5M Galaxy at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 22, 2017, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.  The four Apache helicopters that arrived are part of a larger contingent of helicopters and personnel comprising of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the European region.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore) C-5Ms deliver Army helicopters to Europe for Atlantic Resolve
A contingent of Army AH-64 Apache helicopters, delivered by two Air Mobility Command C-5M Super Galaxies, arrived at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 22 in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
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