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Default Air Force Logo Carter announces more US support for Afghan forces
U.S. forces in Afghanistan now will be able to boost support for Afghan conventional forces with more firepower and by accompanying and advising them on the ground and in the air, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said June 15 in Brussels.
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2016
Crew members perform a preflight inspection on a 56th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk during Joint Warrior 2016 at Royal Air Force Lossiemouth, Scotland, April 15, 2016. Joint Warrior is a three-week multination event catered to enhancing the capabilities of its personnel for real-world events through various forms of training, including air-to-ground combat. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nigel Sandridge) Lakenheath strengthens royal ties during Joint Warrior
Airmen from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, recently completed three weeks of intense threat-reaction training missions during Joint Warrior 2016 in Scotland. Joint Warrior is a NATO exercise, which prepares rescue coalition force units for potential real-world scenarios that could be encountered in deployed environments.
0 4/26
2016
Gen. Frank Gorenc, the commander of NATO Allied Air Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa, shakes hands with MC-12W Liberty maintenance crewmembers during a visit to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 10, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Brian Wagner) Gorenc discusses European Reassurance Initiative, air police mission
The commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa said April 5 that the increase in European Reassurance Initiative funds next year will allow his command to improve its presence and facilities on the eastern side of NATO and to deter Russia. Gen. Frank Gorenc also told the Defense Writers’ Group that his command is working on transferring the air policing mission over the Baltic States into an air defense mission.
0 4/05
2016
Senior Airman Nicole Franklin, a 424th Air Base Squadron special vehicle mechanic, inspects the no-foam system on a Striker 1500 firetruck at Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, Feb. 26, 2016. Airmen with the 424th ABS provide airfield operations support for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, NATO transient aircraft and distinguished visitors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sara Keller) Chièvres AB: Separated, self-sufficient
Chièvres Air Base is home to the 424th Air Base Squadron, a group of Airmen nestled in the heart of the Belgian countryside to provide airfield operations support for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), NATO transient aircraft and distinguished visitors.
1 3/04
2016
A final salute is rendered, signaling that the aircraft is cleared for takeoff, during exercise Real Thaw at Beja Air Base, Portugal, Feb. 25, 2016. Real Thaw was designed to provide joint interoperability training throughout the execution of a vast range of battlefield missions, facing day and night operations in a high intensity joint setting. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber) F-15 maintainers keep exercise going in Portugal
The 493rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit is playing a major role to keep their F-15C and D Eagles flying high during exercise Real Thaw, a Portuguese-led, large joint and combined forces exercise that trains participating forces on a vast range of battlefield mission sets.
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2016
A B-52 Stratofortress arriving at Morón Air Base, Spain, deploys a drogue parachute to slow itself after landing, Feb. 27, 2016. Three B-52s from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., will be temporarily reassigned to the 2nd Expeditionary Bomb Group for the duration of a large-scale NATO military exercise in which they will participate. The Norwegian-led Cold Response 16 will involve approximately 16,000 troops from a dozen allied and partner nations and last nearly two weeks. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Raatz) Bombers receive warm welcome for Cold Response
B-52 Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrived in Europe Feb. 27, in preparation for their participation in a large-scale NATO training exercise.
0 2/29
2016
Default Air Force Logo Campbell to lawmakers: Afghanistan not a short-term problem
The situation is extremely complex in Afghanistan, but one simple truth is that 2016 cannot be a repeat of 2015, Army Gen. John Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 4.
0 2/05
2016
NATO's first Alliance Ground Surveillance aircraft arrived at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Dec. 19, 2015, completing its first flight. The aircraft took off from U.S. Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., and arrived at Edwards AFB. The test flight marked the start of six months of ground and airborne testing at Edwards AFB before the aircraft is sent to its new home in Sigonella, Italy. NATO AGS is a derivative of the wide-area surveillance Global Hawk, with a few small changes in the communications software to meet certain criteria for operation in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Chris Okula) NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance aircraft arrives at Edwards
NATO's first Alliance Ground Surveillance aircraft arrived at Edwards Air Force Base Dec. 19 completing its first flight. The test flight marked the start of six months of ground and airborne testing at Edwards AFB before the aircraft is sent to its new home in Sigonella, Italy.
0 12/21
2015
A C-17 Globemaster III receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender while flying over the Atlantic Ocean during Trident Juncture 2015, Nov. 3, 2015. Without the refueling capability of the KC-10, the C-17s would not have enough fuel to make it all the way to Spain from the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Douglas Ellis) Linking continents through refueling
Eight KC-10 Extenders, including two from the 32nd Air Refueling Squadron, refueled seven C-17 Globemaster IIIs over the Atlantic Ocean as they participated in the Trident Juncture exercise Nov. 3. Trident Juncture included 36,000 personnel from more than 30 nations and demonstrated NATO's increased level of capabilities in joint modern warfare.
0 11/10
2015
An Air Force B-52 Stratofortress executes a show-of-force at the San Gregorio Training Area in Zaragoza, Spain, Nov. 4, 2015, during Trident Juncture 2015 -- the largest NATO exercise to be conducted in the past 20 years. During the nonstop sortie, which lasted approximately 26 hours, two B-52 aircrews from the 2nd Bomb Wing flew from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to the multinational exercise area of operations. (NATO photo/Henk van der Velde) Global Strike Airmen support largest NATO exercise in 20 years
Two B-52 Stratofortress aircrews assigned to Air Force Global Strike Command conducted a long-range bomber mission to the U.S. European Command area of operations Nov. 3-4 as part of Trident Juncture 2015 -- the largest NATO exercise in the past 20 years.
0 11/06
2015
Staff Sgt. Christopher Lancaster, a 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion technician, works on the engine of an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, before it participates in Trident Juncture 2015 at Beja Air Base, Portugal, Oct. 22, 2015. NATO exercises such as Trident Juncture provide an excellent venue for current and hopeful NATO members to work on their warfighting, communication and coordination skills. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman) US solidifies NATO, allied partnership at Trident Juncture 2015
More than 130 operations, maintenance and support Airmen and five F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, deployed here Oct. 16 to participate in Exercise Trident Juncture 2015.
1 10/30
2015
Default Air Force Logo Afghanistan at 'critical juncture'
Afghanistan is at a critical juncture, the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan told a House panel Oct. 8. Afghan forces need to be strengthened in order to meet the myriad challenges they face, including the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Army Gen. John F. Campbell told the House Armed Services Committee.
0 10/09
2015
An F-22 Raptor flies over the flightline at Lask Air Base, Poland, Aug. 31, 2015. The aircraft will conduct air training with other Europe-based aircraft and will also forward deploy from Germany to maximize training opportunities while demonstrating the U.S. commitment to NATO allies and the security of Europe. The F-22s are deployed from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden) Polish, US forces improve interoperability at Lask AB
Four F-16 Fighting Falcons, two F-22 Raptors and a C-130 Hercules arrived at Lask Air Base Aug. 31. The Airmen and aircraft are in Poland for separate flying training events with allies to demonstrate the countries' shared commitment to the collective security of NATO and the enduring peace and stability of the region.
0 9/01
2015
A pair of F-22 Raptors fly near the coastline of Panama City Beach, Fla. (Courtesy photo) F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe
Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 Airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.
3 8/28
2015
Default Air Force Logo LA Air Guard deploys to Bulgaria for NATO training exercise
The Louisiana Air National Guard's 159th Fighter Wing from Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, is participating in a bilateral flying training deployment with the Bulgarian Air Force at Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, April 16-May 5.
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2015
Default Air Force Logo Kisling NCO Academy recognized as best of best
The U.S. Air Forces in Europe's Kisling NCO Academy was named the 2014 U.S. Air Force Professional Military Education Team of the Year. This is the fifth time in the past six years they have been recognized for their accomplishments in the development of NATO NCOs.
0 4/13
2015
First Lt. Micha Stoddard, flying the lead aircraft, and his wingman Capt. Casey Peasley fly their A-10 Thunderbolt IIs in an echelon formation March 26, 2014, enroute from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to their home base in Boise, Idaho. The crews performed an in-air refueling with a Utah National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker after the air combat exercise Green Flag East. Stoddard and Peasley are with the 190th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur) First AF theater security package deploys to Europe
This week the U.S. Air Force deployed 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft and approximately 300 Airmen as part of a theater security package to the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
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2015
Default Air Force Logo ANG conducts air refueling training with NATO allies in Germany
Nearly 30 Airmen from the Utah Air National Guard's 151st Air Refueling Wing recently spent two weeks at Geilenkirchen Air Base, Germany, Jan. 4-16 to provide air refueling support during training flights for NATO E-3A Sentry aircraft pilots.
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2015
Default Air Force Logo Incirlik provides important NATO capability
Readiness is the main mission for Airmen stationed at this sprawling air base in southern Turkey, according to Col. Craig Wills, the commander of the 39th Air Base Wing here.
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2014
Default Air Force Logo U.S. resupplies Kurdish forces fighting ISIL near Kobani
U.S. military forces conducted multiple airdrops near Kobani, Syria, Oct. 20, to resupply Kurdish forces on the ground defending the city against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, U.S. Central Command officials reported.
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2014
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