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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. William Taylor, center, 100th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department installation fire chief, poses for a photo with some of his firefighter family Sept. 26, 2017, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Taylor was trapped, alone and almost lost his life in a fire during a training session when he was a new Airman in July 1997, aged just 20. Afterwards, he vowed to become a fire chief and that safety, training and family oriented culture would be his main focal points to ensure his team’s success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere) Fire chief shares personal story of trauma, perseverance
Trapped and alone in a smoke-filled room with zero visibility, flames raging outside and the temperature rapidly rising to hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit, Airman 1st Class William Taylor realized that he was alone. His only hope of staying alive was to get himself out of there – and fast.
0 10/16
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
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: July 12
On this look around the Air Force, Air National Guard Airmen battle California wildfires, F-16s arrive in England for a flying training deployment, and fiscal year 2018 first-term Airmen retraining quotas are released.
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2017
Pilots from the foreign exchange program and aircrew from the 14th Airlift Squadron, grab their flight equipment and prepare to load onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft here, June 26, 2017. The program strives to promote mutual understanding and trust, enhance interoperability, strengthen air force to air force ties and develop long-term professional and personal relationships. Foreign pilots fly high in exchange program at JB Charleston
Foreign exchange programs across the globe allow students from a secondary school or university to study abroad and are fairly well known. However, some might not be aware of the foreign pilot exchange program the Air Force implemented in 1998.
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2017
An F-15E Strike Eagle from RAF Lakenheath, England, receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, May 19, 2017. The KC-135 is assigned to RAF Mildenhall, England. Both aircraft are on their way to support Arctic Challenge 2017, a multinational exercise encompassing 11 nations and more than 100 aircraft. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Dobrydney Arctic Challenge exercise aims to increase interoperability
Twelve F-15C Eagles and about 200 personnel from the 493rd Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, and two KC-135 Stratotankers and over 30 personnel from the 351st Air Refueling Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, England, deployed to bases in Finland and Sweden for exercise Arctic Challenge 2017.
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2017
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, prepares to be refueled by a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, April 28, 2017. Eight F-35s deployed to RAF Lakenheath, England on April 15 and two forward deployed to Bulgaria for a brief time which allowed the F-35s to engage in familiarization training within the European theater while reassuring allies and partners of U.S. dedication to the enduring peace and stability of the region. The F-35s are assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron and are supported by total force Airmen from the 388th Fighter Wing, and the Air Force Reserve’s 466th Fighter Squadron, 419th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton) F-35s forward deploy to Bulgaria
Two F-35A Lightning IIs and about 20 supporting Airmen arrived at Graf Ignatievo Air Base April 28 from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.
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2017
Characteristics and breakdown of the F-35A's first training deployment to Europe. (U.S. Air Force graphic by TSgt. Ryan Crane) F-35As deploy to Estonia for the first time
Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft and about 20 supporting Airmen arrived at Ämari Air Base April 25, 2017, from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. The F-35As are participating in their first training deployment to Europe. The aircraft and total force Airmen are from the 34th Fighter Squadron and the Air Force Reserve’s 466th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: April 18
On this look around the Air Force, F-35A Lightning IIs arrive at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England; and 19th Air Support Operations Airmen earned German Armed Forces Proficiency Badges.
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2017
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, prepares to receive fuel over the Mediterranean Sea from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, during Exercise Tonnerre Lighting Nov. 9, 2016. Tonnerre Lightning is a trilateral exercise with France and the U.K. which has taken place biannually since 2014. The training focuses on refining communication procedures while building interoperability capabilities and readiness to conduct combined air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony) Exercise Tonnerre Lightning exhibits trust, teamwork, training
Around-the-clock, whether for combat operations or humanitarian aid, Airmen are ready to respond anywhere. Until they get that call, however, Airmen hone their skills through exercises and realistic training. During exercise Tonnerre Lightning, the U.S. Air Force worked with United Kingdom and French forces to prepare and conduct realistic training Oct. 31-Nov. 9, at Royal Air Force Waddington, England.
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2016
United Kingdom Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Royal Air Force chief of air staff, Lt. Gen. Won, In-Choul, Republic of Korea Air Force Operations Command commander, and Lt. Gen Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander, participate in a media event for Invincible Shield, an interoperability exchange, at Osan Air Base, ROK, Nov. 8, 2016. The RAF, U.S. and ROK air forces participated in Invincible Shield, which marked the first time the RAF has fielded aircraft on the Korean Peninsula since the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman) US, UK, South Korean air forces conduct strategic exercise
The Royal Air Force operated its largest deployment of equipment and personnel to the Korean Peninsula since the 1950s during Invincible Shield, a combined interoperability exchange, which is taking place Nov. 1-10.
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2016
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Call, left, Staff Sgt. Samuel Haydon, center, and Staff Sgt. Gary Bjerke, all instructor load masters assigned to the 67th Special Operations Squadron, stand in front of a MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 67th Special Operations Squadron Oct. 14, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. The Commando II flies low visibility, single or multi-ship, low-level air refueling, and infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces by airdrop or air-land intruding politically sensitive or hostile territories. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Halan) Carrying the load
With enemy rounds visible within 10 feet of the ramp, the loadmasters took cover and manually cut the release gate. After the drop, the pilot conducted a rapid climb and maneuvered out of the weapon engagement zone. Although the entire encounter lasted approximately 90 seconds and resulted in a medium-caliber entry hole in the tail section and multiple holes through the rudder of the aircraft, the airdrop was successful.
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2016
Lt. Col. Felicia Burks, the 92nd Medical Support Squadron commander, drops a pair of boxing gloves Oct. 21, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. During her fight with cancer, Burks took up boxing as a way of staying physically fit. To her, the dropped gloves signify the end of her fight with cancer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello) Overcoming cancer, embracing life
She placed a pillow under her right shoulder and put her right arm behind her head on the bed. Using her left hand, she pressed the pads of her fingers around her right breast gently in small circular motions, covering the entire breast area and armpit.
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2016
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Brandon Sokora, center, 100th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, poses for a photo with his wife Lindsay and youngest daughter Aliya, 3, Oct. 19, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Aliya was born a congenital amputee, without her left lower arm, and in 2011 Sokora was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the 100th CES commander shared his and his daughter’s story at a lunch celebrating the many varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere) ‘Not disabilities but different abilities’
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Lt. Col. Brandon Sokora, the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, shared his story during a lunch celebrating the many varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
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2016
Maj. Casey Bowen, a dermatologist with the 59th Medical Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, swims in the English Channel near Folkestone, England, Sept. 23, 2016, during a practice swim. Bowen and Maj. Simon Ritchie traveled to England to swim across the English Channel from Dover Harbor to the coastline of France. (DoD News photo/Tech. Sgt. Brian Kimball) From England to France: Swimming the channel
After approximately two years of training and regimented swimming schedules, two Airmen swam the English Channel from Dover, England, to the western coastline of France Sept. 27 and Oct. 3.
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2016
A 493rd Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle takes off from Ämari Air Base, Estonia, Aug. 30, 2016. The squadron flew alongside the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron assigned to the California Air National Guard in Fresno while participating in a flying training deployment with several allied nations and partners. The 493rd is assigned to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower/Released) USAFE, ANG squadrons strengthen teams in Estonia
U.S. Air Force and allied partners completed a multilateral flying training deployment in Estonia Sept. 2. The event served to enhance unit readiness and interoperability.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: July 8
In this look around the Air Force the first enlisted RQ-4 Global Hawk pilots have been selected for training, an MQ-9 Reaper crashed in northern Syria, and a C-17 Globemaster III was awarded the best static display at an air show in England.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo First USAF F-35A takes overseas flight to England
The Air Combat Command F-35A Heritage Flight team accomplished America’s first transatlantic flight in an F-35A Lightning II, with refueling support from a KC-10 Extender, when it touched down June 30 at Royal Air Force Fairford, England.
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2016
A B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., taxis down the runway at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, in support of exercises Saber Strike 16 and BALTOPS 16, June 2, 2016. The B-52 is capable of carrying up to approximately 70,000 lbs. of munitions. These include gravity bombs, cluster bombs, precision guided missiles and joint direct attack munitions.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sahara L. Fales) Ready to receive: B-52s touch down in England
With the sharp screech of rubber meeting asphalt, two B-52 Stratofortress bombers from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, touched down June 2 at Royal Air Force Fairford, England.
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2016
Staff Sgt. Lewis Herron, top left, 350th Bomb Squadron tail gunner, poses with the rest of his crew from the “Heaven Sent” B-17 Flying Fortress, standing from left to right, Staff Sgt. Angelo Cioffi, Tech. Sgt. Glenn Smiley, Tech. Sgt. Michael Garemko, and kneeling from left to right, 2nd Lt. Gerald Klecker, 1st Lt. Fred Schmidt, 2nd Lt. William Fratus and 1st Lt. Thomas Anderson, during their time stationed with the 100th Bombardment Group at Thorpe Abbots, England, during 1944 and 1945. To this day, the 100th Air Refueling Wing’s KC-135 Stratotankers still carry the Square D designation on their tails, in honor of their heritage with the 100th BG. (Courtesy photo provided by 100th Bomb Group Foundation) A gunner’s tale: 100th Bomb Group veteran shares memories of war
Lewis Herron, a 100th Bombardment Group veteran, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps when he was 18 years old. By the time he was 19, he was overseas dodging enemy fire.
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2016
A four-ship formation consisting of a U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle from the 494th Fighter Squadron, an F-15 Eagle from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, an F-22A from the 95th Fighter Squadron, and a Royal Air Force Typhoon fly together during a training sortie April 26, 2016. 95th FS Airmen and aircraft are deployed from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and will be conducting air training exercises with other U.S. and Royal Air Force aircraft over the next several weeks. (Courtesy photo by Jim Haseltine/Released) Raptors complete successful European deployment
Twelve F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron and about 220 Airmen from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, completed on May 8 a month-long deployment to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.
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2016
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