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Two C-130J Super Hercules come in for a landing Aug. 14, 2014, at Powidz Air Base, Poland. The aircraft, deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, are part of a training deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton) New rotation takes reigns at Powidz AB, Poland
With a shrill squeal, rubber met road as two C-130J Super Hercules' touched down Aug. 14, at Powidz Air Base, Poland -- their crews ready to begin a flying training deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, or OAR.
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Senior Airman Alan Nelson watches an F-16 Fighting Falcon prepare for takeoff Aug. 12, 2014, during a bilateral training event in Souda Bay, Greece. The U.S. and Hellenic air forces prepare more than 20 aircraft launches a day for during the two-week bilateral training event. Nelson is with the 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and is a native of Pensacola, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee) Greece, US plan for successful air training
They had been in the room for nearly six hours. The planners scoured the map of Greece, searching for just the right area to place an enemy missile defense system, or an enemy airfield, or one of hundreds of other highly defended military targets
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A member of the 726th Air Mobility Squadron waits to marshal a C-130 Hercules on the flightline Aug. 9, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Airmen from Spangdahlem AB will be supporting a bilateral training event with the Hellenic air force Aug. 11-23. The training aims to increase the military compatibility between the U.S. and Greece while sustaining capability to secure peace and stability in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee) US partners with Greece for bilateral training
Nearly 20 U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, deployed to Souda Bay, Greece, for bilateral training with the Hellenic air force Aug. 11-23.
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Wounded warriors gather around to learn a play during the final Warrior Games training camp at the Academy Aug. 5, 2014. More than 60 wounded veterans from across the country participated in the final Warrior and Invictus Games training camp here Aug. 3-7 to prepare for the fall games, motivate others and take a healthy step toward recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Wounded warriors wrap up Warrior Games training
Over 60 wounded veterans from across the country participated in the final Warrior and Invictus Games training camp here Aug. 3-7 to prepare for the fall games, motivate others and take a healthy step toward recovery.
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Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron mission-ready Airmen, or MRA, perform a preflight check July 21, 2014, on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The MRA program teaches Airmen F-16 launching, recovering, and pre- and post-flight inspections preparing them to maintain aircraft at their duty stations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett) Mission-ready Airman course graduates 11,000 strong
The 372nd Training Squadron’s Detachment 12 graduated its 11,000th mission-ready Airman, or MRA, here recently. With their training complete at Luke Air Force Base, the newly-graduated crew chiefs will be able to use their specialized skills at their first permanent assignment.
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Capt. Patrick Hickie III prepares to enter an aircraft during a mission July 16, 2014, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The 391st Fighter Squadron is currently on a two-month deployment here from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. While here, the squadron’s F-15E Strike Eagles have participated in Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise missions. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Command-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world’s oceans. Hickie is a 391st FS F-15E weapon systems officer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexander Martinez) Airmen participate in security exercise, forge partnerships across the globe
The Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC, biennial maritime security exercise is a multinational training opportunity taking place in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
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Senior Airman Julian Rangel stands by one of the mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles that two Air Force quick reaction forces used while defending a forward operating base from a Taliban attack July 17 near Kabul Airport and Afghan air force base, Afghanistan. Rangel, who was asleep at the time the attack began, responded to the fight in shorts, t-shirt and tennis shoes under his body armor. He served as a gunner on the vehicle and laid down about 400 rounds of suppressive fire with an M240B medium machine gun during the more than four-hour firefight.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond) Overcoming fear: Airman’s training takes over during firefight
The bad guys, however, were not sleeping. Under the cover of darkness, a small force determined to attack the Kabul Airport and Afghan air force Base next to it, took over a multi-story building under construction just north of the target. Armed with multiple rocket propelled grenades, automatic weapons, suicide vests, and a vehicle rigged to explode, the attackers crept up to the rooftop and prepared to unleash hell.
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Chief Master Sgt. Bill Wunderlin 130th Rescue Wing loadmaster, demonstrates how to hook up a winch during the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa lead African Partnership Flight in Dakar, Senegal, June 19, 2014. USAFE-AFAFRICA Airmen are in Senegal for APF, a program designed to improve communication and interoperabilty between regional partners in Africa. The African partners include Senegal, Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin, Ghana, Mauritania, Nigeria and Niger with the U.S. facilitating the program. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane) Airmen wrap up African partnership program
U.S. and African partners concluded a weeklong collaboration event with eight regional air forces in Dakar, Senegal June 20, aimed at strengthening relationships between the air forces and encouraging an exchange of ideas.
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Royal air force Flight Lieutenant Ian Hart stands in front of the “Spirit of Louisiana” B-2 Spirit June 10, 2014, at RAF Fairford, England. Hart is part of a United States-United Kingdom exchange program, where he trains alongside American B-2 pilots. Since 2012, he has been flying the B-2 as part of the 13th Bomb Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Hart is a GR4 Tornado pilot (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson) UK pilot enhances interoperability with AF
When the B-2 Spirit arrived here for training June 8, a Royal Air Force pilot was part of an elite exchange program between the two allies.
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U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighter Falcon fighter aircraft taxi down the runway May 30, 2014, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, before departing for the U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment, Poland. This is the fourth fighter aircraft and seventh overall rotation the Av-Det has hosted. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Alexis Siekert) U.S., Polish Airmen support largest combined training
U.S. and Polish airmen started training together at Lask Air Base, Poland, June 2, during the largest theater security cooperation event ever hosted by the U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment in Poland, according to Av-Det officials.
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Staff Sgt. Jennifer Thaxton dangles from a Royal Norwegian air force helicopter during an exercise May 13, 2014, in the North Sea. Thaxton and three other Airmen from the 426th Air Base Squadron volunteered to support training and certification efforts of the RNAF 330th Rescue Squadron. Thaxton is the 426th ABS custodian of postal effects. (Courtesy photo) Airmen help their Norwegian partners train
Airmen from the 426th Air Base Squadron recently participated in training alongside rescuemen from the Royal Norwegian Air Force's 330th Rescue Squadron, May 13
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Senior Airman Paul Swanson marshals in a F-35 Lightning II after one of its first sorties May 6, 2014 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Swanson is a 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jason Colbert) F-35 flies first training sortie at Luke AFB
An F-35 Lightning II took to the skies over the West Valley, Arizona, May 5, in what was the first local training sortie for the fifth-generation fighter jet.
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A member of the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron participates in training utilizing the Air National Guard Advanced Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training System to Brig. Gen. Hopper Smith May 7, 2014, during an unveiling of the first operational AAJTS in the nation at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City. The AAJTS is a high-fidelity, fully immersive, simulator designed to support Air National Guard Joint Terminal Attack Controller and Combat Controller squadron level continuation, qualification and mission rehearsal training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Geoff Legler) Oklahoma air support unit trains on advanced combat simulator
Members of the Oklahoma Air National Guard's 146th Air Support Operations Squadron at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, recently started training on the first simulator designed specifically for their mission.
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An Afghan air force pilot and Air Force Maj. Chris Garcia fly an advisory mission March 10, 2014, near Kabul, Afghanistan. Airmen of the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing/NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan play a vital role in Operation Enduring Freedom as advisers tasked with aiding the Afghan government in establishing an operational and sustainable Afghan air force. Garcia is a 438th Air Expeditionary Wing/NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan C-130 Hercules adviser. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson) Airmen advise Afghan air force
Airmen from the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing/NATO Air Training Command - Afghanistan, are playing a vital role in Operation Enduring Freedom as advisers tasked with aiding the Afghan government in establishing an operational and sustainable Afghan air force.
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off while two F-35 Lightning IIs taxi on the flightline in a training mission April 24, 2014, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. F-16s from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings from Hill AFB, Utah, conducted their first training missions alongside the U.S. Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christina Judd) F-16s train alongside F-35s
F-16s from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, flew air-to-air combat training missions with F-35As assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
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Default Air Force Logo AF Portal hosts free civilian development site
Civilians can now access free development tools, tips and guidance on the Air Force Portal.
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Default Air Force Logo Academy football tackles violence prevention training
Academy football players participated in a new training initiative that will help them become better leaders on and off the field and to take a stand against sexual assault.
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The ten Airmen assigned to the Aviation Detatchment at Lask Air Base, Poland mark the first enduring presence of U.S. military members on Polish soil. The Airmen consist of several mission-essential career fields to include: A C-130 Hercules and an F-16 Fighting Falcon instructor pilot, an aerospace ground equipment troop, a crew chief, maintenance officer, contracting officer, logistics Airman, two communications Airmen and a supply Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy) Aviation detachment keeps US-Polish training running smoothly
"All the expectations you have for a normal assignment -- throw those out the window," said Maj. Micah Chollar, the director of operations for the Detachment of the 52nd Operations Group. "We have to analyze who we have, what our guys bring to the table and what we can do to overcome any challenges thrown our way."
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Airman 1st Class Tyler Hughes drains hydraulic fluid from an F-16 Fighting Falcon, March 19, 2014, at Lask Air Base, Poland. Throughout the past week, maintainers from the 31st AMXS, the 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and various other maintenance flights have worked together to maintain and repair F-16s involved with numerous training sorties. Hughes is a 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy) Maintenance Airmen encompass Forward, Ready, Now
With a designated flightline office space, the self-proclaimed "quiet professionals" from the 31st Fighter Wing are continuing to support the 555th Fighter Squadron, both of Aviano Air Base, Italy, during their participation in an international training mission hosted by the Polish air force here.
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Two Afghan pilot students do a preflight check on a Cessna 182 at Shindand Airfield, Afghanistan, March 9, 2014. U.S. military advisors are training Afghan military members to fly and maintain aircraft at Shindand.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Gary J. Rihn) (Faces blurred for security purposes) Air Advisors train Afghan pilots and maintainers
Afghan pilots and aircraft maintainers are a vital part of the Afghan National Air Force and increase its operational capabilities, and with the aid of a group of U.S. advisors, they are making huge strides in that direction.
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