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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.
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Members of the 305th Aerial Port Squadron and Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Pennsylvania Task Force 1 load cargo onto pallets during training April 21, 2016, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Mobile teams consisting of approximately 80 personnel, trained in search and rescue, extraction and triage care, as well as relief workers deploy to aid affected communities. The joint base is Pennsylvania Task Force 1’s point of departure should they need to be airlifted. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katherine Tereyama) McGuire hosts rapid response training with FEMA
The 305th Aerial Port Squadron welcomed members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Pennsylvania Task Force 1 to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, for rapid air mobilization training April 21, as part of an ongoing partnership initiative.
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Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Italian Folgore Brigade and U.K.’s 16th Air Assault Brigade conduct airborne operations on the Maneuver Rights Area near Hohenfels, Germany during exercise Saber Junction 16, April 12, 2016.The Air Force Reserve's 815th Airlift Squadron, based at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, participated in the exercise, which assessed the readiness of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade to conduct land operations in a joint, combined environment and to promote interoperability with participating Allied and partner nations. Countries participating in the exercise include Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. (U.S. Army photo/Gertrud Zach) AF Reserve airlift squadron plays part in Saber Junction 16
The Air Force Reserve’s 815th Airlift Squadron returned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, on April 20 after participating in the U.S. Army Europe’s Saber Junction 16 exercise since April 5.
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Airmen from the 321st Special Tactics Squadron out of Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, and Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade out of Vicenza, Italy, conduct fast-paced landing and takeoff maneuvers during Saber Junction 16 April 13, 2016. Saber Junction 16 was the U.S. Army Europe’s 173rd AB’s combat training center certification exercise. It took place at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, March 31-April 24, 2016. (U.S. Army photo/Spc. Sarah K. Anwar) Army, Air Force train for short takeoff, landing
Airmen from the 321st Special Tactics Squadron out of Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, and Soldiers from the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade out of Vicenza, Italy, secured the Hohenfels Training Area’s short takeoff and landing strip (STOL) April 13, as part of their certification at Saber Junction 16.
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U.S. Navy Airman Austin Russem, Electronic Attack Squadron 13, Whidbey Island, Wa., performs a pre-flight inspection on an EA-18 Growler during Max Thunder 16 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 18, 2016. Exercise Max Thunder is part of a continuous exercise program to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) Exercise Max Thunder 16 launches at Kunsan
U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy personnel and aircraft will train with South Korean air force counterparts in the bilateral training exercise Max Thunder 16, at Kunsan Air Base April 15-29.
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An LC-130 Hercules, assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing, flies over an ice camp on Sherard Osborne Island, Nunavut, during Operation Nunalivut in 2014. The New York ANG flies the only ski-equipped C-130 aircraft in the world and is supporting this year’s exercise. (Courtesy photo/Canadian Armed Forces) Mobility Airmen support Canadian exercise in High Arctic
Fifty Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing and two ski-equipped LC-130 Hercules are in the High Arctic supporting the Canadian Armed Forces’ annual Operation Nunalivut exercise in Canada's Nunavut territory.
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F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron land April 11, at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, 
England. The aircraft arrival marks the second time the U.S. European Command has hosted a deployment of F-22 aircraft in the EUCOM Area of Responsibility.  (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)
F-22s deploy to Europe to show support for allies
F-22 Raptors, Airmen and associated equipment were deployed to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, on April 11 to conduct air training with other Europe-based aircraft. The F-22s come from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and will continue training until May.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Gayoso, center, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron fire prevention crew chief, briefs members of the Joint Security Area Security Battalion on aircraft extraction techniques during a joint search and recovery exercise April 8, 2016, at Camp Bonifas, Republic of Korea. The firefighters assisted with the exercise by teaching ROK and U.S. Soldiers on how to enter crashed aircraft by cutting through with specialized equipment such as a circular saw and Jaws of Life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released) Airmen help South Korea, US Soldiers enhance search, recovery techniques
Firefighters from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron assisted Joint Security Area service members with rescue tools and safety precautions during a joint exercise April 8 at Camp Bonifas, South Korea.
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Airmen with the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron arm an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a two-day surge exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 5, 2016. Along with standard maintenance to aircraft before and after flight, weapons load crew teams armed the aircraft to simulate a combat environment. During deployed operations, loading is essential for the F-16’s air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter) F-16s surge during two-day drill at Misawa
Airmen with the 35th Fighter Wing conducted a two-day surge exercise April 4-5 with F-16 Fighting Falcons at Misawa Air Base, Japan.
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Default Air Force Logo Airmen’s Week marks first anniversary
The 37th Training Wing will mark the first year of the Airmen’s Week program on March 25 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Airmen’s Week is a five-day course that helps Airmen better prepare for technical training school and beyond.
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Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: March 18
This look around the Air Force features the Solid State Phased Array Radar System, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James discusses offset strategies, and exercise Cope Tiger.
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Lt. Col. Kevin Krauss, the 607th Air Mobility Division assistant director of mobility forces, takes notes as Brig. Gen. Steven Bullard, the 607th AMD director of mobility forces, discusses potential airlift operations during exercise Key Resolve 16 at Osan Air Base, South Korea, March 8, 2016. When the 607th AMD reviews airlift options, there are several safety precautions that must be evaluated before making a decision. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson) Total force team moves the mission in defending South Korea
In an effort to deter aggression, fighter aircraft routinely fly while troops on the ground mobilize and train to defend South Korea. However, there still lies another piece to the puzzle. That puzzle piece is none other than the 607th Air Mobility Division.
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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, receives instruction from Lt. Col. Rhett Hierlmeier, 56th Training Squadron director of operations on a flight simulator, March 10, 2016, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. James toured the Academic Training Center and received briefings on the progress of F-35 Lightning II operations, pilot training, and simulators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams) James visits Luke AFB for more insight on F-35 ops
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James met with Airmen to gain a better understanding of Luke Air Force Base’s mission with a focus on F-35 Lightning II operations, and its maintenance and training facilities March 9-10. During her first visit to the base, James held an all call where she took time to thank Airmen and give her impressions of Luke AFB.
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An Army Ranger from the 75th Ranger Regiment, 3rd Ranger Battalion, signals an aircraft to his team’s position at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 11, 2016. During this exercise, Rangers radioed coordinates to F-35A Lightning II pilots to simulate close air support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrea Posey) Army Rangers exercise close air support with F-35s
Although the Air Force separated from the Army in 1947, the two forces have a long history of working together to dominate the sky and ground in combat. This tradition continues today with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment's recent visit to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, to conduct close air support exercises with a pair of F-35A Lightning II fighter jets.
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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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Indian paratroopers prepare for a static line jump, at Agra Air Force Station, Feb. 12, 2016. U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft crews from Altus Air Force Base and Joint Base Lewis-McChord spent two weeks in India training pilots and loadmasters and certifying them on airdrops. (U.S. Air Force photo Courtesy photo/Released) C-17 Airmen expand global reach
Forging combat mobility forces is something that the aircrew instructors of the C-17 Globemaster III take extremely serious, but that mission is not just limited to skies over the U.S. A team of Airmen from Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, recently spent two weeks with the Indian Air Force to train and certify pilots and loadmasters on personnel airdrop procedures from the C-17.
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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.
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Lt. Col. George Watkins, 34th Fighter Squadron commander, drops a GBU-12 laser-guided bomb from an F-35A at the Utah Test and Training Range Feb. 25, 2016. The 34th Fighter Squadron is the Air Force's first combat unit to employ munitions from the F-35A. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Haseltine) Hill's F-35s drop first weapons
Airmen from the 388th and 419th fighter wings dropped laser-guided bombs at the Utah Test and Training Range the week of Feb. 25, marking the first time an F-35 Lightning II combat unit has deployed weapons from the F-35A.
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Airmen from the Japan Air Self Defense Force, Republic of Korea Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force participate in the command and control section of the final exercise of Partner Nation Silver Flag Feb. 19, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The contingency environment training focused on bare-base beddown, sustainment operations and recovery after an attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Smoot/Released) First Partner Nation Silver Flag concludes at Andersen AFB
After spending more than a week sharing civil engineering techniques, 54 engineers from the U.S. Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force, South Korean air force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force concluded the Partner Nation Silver Flag exercise Feb. 19 at Andersen Air Force Base.
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Jozsef Jonas, 25th Fighter Squadron pilot, shakes hands with Republic of Korea air force Capt. Ahn, Hae-Chul, 237th FS pilot, before take-off during Buddy Wing 16-2 on Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 24, 2016. Buddy Wing is conducted quarterly to sharpen interoperability between allied forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released) Buddy Wing 16-2 takes flight over Osan skies
The 51st Fighter Wing hosted Buddy Wing 16-2 at Osan Air Base Feb. 22-25, showcasing Airmen from the 25th Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit. South Korean air force pilots and maintainers from the 237th FS at Wonju Air Base, traveled to Osan AB in a continued effort to support the alliance.
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