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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.
0 4/06
2016
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.
0 3/08
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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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A C-17 Globemaster III is prepared for departure during training exercise Patriot Sands Feb. 17, 2016, at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Jonathan Lane) AF rapid response unit enhances their skills during Patriot Sands
Members from the 315th Airlift Wing’s Airlift Control Flight (ALCF) took part in Patriot Sands, a training exercise that kicked off Feb. 17 at Hunter Army Airfield. The exercise incorporated the resources of several ALCF units, as well as affiliate agencies such as the FBI’s Rapid Response Team and the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team.
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Capt. Melissa Cadorette, a flight nurse with the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, listens to crew communications aboard a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules Feb. 15, 2016, during an expeditionary medical support exercise on the island of Rota. Exercise Cope North 16 enhances humanitarian assistance and disaster relief crisis response capabilities between six nations and lays the foundation for regional cooperation during real-world contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released) Pacific partners practice humanitarian assistance during Cope North
Military members from six nations joined together for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief deployment throughout the region of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Feb. 14-18. The deployment is part of Cope North 16, a multilateral exercise, including the U.S. Air Force and air forces from across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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Airmen arrive at Istres-Le Tubé Air Base, France, in support of Operation Juniper Micron Feb. 21, 2016. Since 2013, the U.S has been supporting the French government in Operation Juniper Micron by providing air refueling and airlift support of French operations in Mali and North Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Erin Trower) Mildenhall KC-135s support French operation
Three KC-135 Stratotankers, along with 50 Airmen from the 100th Air Refueling Wing at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, temporarily deployed to Istres-Le Tubé Air Base, France, in support of Operation Juniper Micron.
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1st Lt. Joshua Skoglund, exercise coordinator, assists Qatar Emiri Air Force Capt. Ghanim Al-Mohannadi and Maj. Rashid Al-Haytamy during Arabian Gulf Shield, Feb. 3, 2016, in the Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Arabian Gulf Shield is the culminating exercise for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Liaison Officer (LNO) Program. The exercise is designed to exercise GCC LNO procedures and connectivity to host nation Air Operations Centers which improves US-GCC interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua Strang) Arabian Gulf Shield improves interoperability
Training concluded Feb. 3 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, with a scenario designed to test Gulf Cooperation Council Liaison Officer (GCC LNO) procedures and connectivity to host nation air operations centers.
0 2/09
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The constant and insatiable demand for remotely piloted aircraft airpower has placed stressors on nearly every career field within the enterprise. For the RPA maintenance career fields, these stressors are causing the retention rates to plummet causing rates lower than that of any other aircraft in Air Combat Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen) Training squadron ‘doubles down’ in effort to grow RPA pilot ranks
The 558th Flying Training Squadron ramped up efforts to double the remotely piloted aircraft pilot ranks with the start of its first 24-person class Jan. 11 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.
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An F-22 Raptor from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is ready to taxi and take off during Red Flag 16-1, Jan. 26, 2016, at Nellis AFB, Nev. Tyndall’s F-22s brought a lot to the exercise as the jet’s stealth capabilities, advanced avionics, communication and sensory capabilities help augment the capabilities of the other aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Alex Fox Echols III) Success through total force integration at Red Flag 16-1
It’s a given that no aircraft leaves the ground unless it is working properly. But that maintenance challenge has been multiplied here during the three-week Red Flag 16-1 exercise. With almost 80 aircraft taking off twice daily during Red Flag, hundreds of aircraft maintainers assigned to flying squadrons from around the world work long hours to ensure all training sorties are executed safely and efficiently.
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An Air Force Reserve pararescueman descends into the Atlantic Ocean from a C-17 Globemaster III in an effort to recover a NASA astronaut as part of an exercise Jan. 14, 2016, off the shore of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The 45th Operations Group’s Detachment 3 joined NASA's Commercial Crew Program; Air Force pararescuemen; combat rescue officers; and survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists to practice recovering astronauts quickly and safely in the event they would need to abort their spacecraft. (U.S Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens) Astronaut rescue exercise proves Airmen ready to support space mission
It's not common an astronaut must be rescued out of rough open waters after descending home to Earth in a crewed capsule; but when those space race-era days of human space flight return, a small Air Force detachment knows they will be ready. The 45th Operations Group’s Detachment 3 joined NASA's Commercial Crew Program; Air Force pararescuemen; combat rescue officers; and survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists in a simulated astronaut rescue at Patrick Air Force Base Jan. 14.
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