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An F-15E Strike Eagle receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Sept. 6, 2017. The Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems give the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride) AF Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
0 9/15
2017
Default Air Force Logo Newest PACE video highlights team concept, contributions of Civilian employees
The Profession of Arms Center of Excellence unveiled “Teamwork,” Aug. 11th, which is the newest Heritage Today video. “Teamwork” highlights the importance of military and civilians working together; and the impact and value Air Force civilians bring to the fight.
0 8/11
2017
Click here Accident response training pays off for 386th AEW during real-world event
A recent remotely piloted aircraft equipment malfunction proved the effectiveness of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing’s latest major accident response exercise and overall response readiness.
0 8/03
2017
Default Air Force Logo AF offers high year of tenure extensions to retain experienced Airmen
The Air Force is offering high year of tenure extensions to active-duty Airmen in certain shortage Air Force specialty codes and grades effective Aug. 1, 2017.
0 7/31
2017
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgts. Adam Martin, a fire truck maintenance specialist, and Shawn Benton, an aerospace ground equipment craftsman, both deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve and assigned to the 370th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group, Detachment 1, use a refrigerant recovery station to perform a leak test and charge the air conditioning system of a Humvee inside the vehicle maintenance tent at Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, July 2, 2017. The new vehicle maintenance facility improved efficiency for the maintainers as they can now not only get out of the sun to work on their vehicles, but also complete tasks during all hours of the day. CJTF-OIR is the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly) Air advisor teamwork enhances expeditionary Air Force compound
Over the past four months, a small team of air advisors, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve to Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, combined its efforts to enhance and improve the U.S. Air Force’s compound, changing the working conditions for the airmen assigned there.
0 7/19
2017
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Shannon Hawkins, an airfield manager deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve and assigned to the 370th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group, Detachment 1, communicates with air traffic controllers over the radio in a Humvee at Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, July 2, 2017. To ensure seamless control of both Iraqi and Coalition air traffic, the U.S. Air Force’s 370th supports the CJTF-OIR advise and assist mission by having a small team of air advisors at Qayyarah West airfield working alongside the Iraqis advising and assisting in day-to-day airfield operations. CJTF-OIR is the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly) Air advisors support coalition, Iraqi air ops in Mosul offensive
U.S. Air Force air advisors work hand-in-hand with their Iraqi counterparts at Qayyarah West airfield supporting coalition and Iraqi operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Mosul.
0 7/12
2017
Airman Kiley Foulke, a 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron combat metals team member, inspects the edge of a recently repaired C-130 landing gear door during an installation operation at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, June 23, 2017.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric M. Sharman) Combat metals team innovates repair, saves AF thousands
You don’t always have everything you want on a deployment. No sixty inch plasma with video game console in your room, so you bring a laptop to play your games. Your cell phone doesn’t have coverage unless you pay exorbitant roaming fees, so you video chat with your family over Wi-Fi when you can instead. You make it work, however you can.
0 7/04
2017
Staff Sgt. Zachary Dowd, Air Force Repair Enhancement Program circuit card technician, replaces a resistor on a power supply at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, May 8, 2017. The four-person AFREP team saved the Air Force a combined $1.3 million in 2016, and is on-track to save $2.5 million in 2017, between cost savings and cost avoidance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse) AF Repair Enhancement Program saves millions of dollars
The Air Force Repair Enhancement Program here performs marvels all the time. Recently, the four-person shop repaired a $20,000 power supply headed for the trash by replacing a $5 resistor, the equivalent of fixing a $300 phone with an eight-cent paper clip.
0 5/16
2017
Staff Sgt. Bennie E. Rizzo III, 60th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural supervisor, presents the new Nd:YAG laser at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., April 10, 2017. The laser will decrease hazardous waste created from traditional removal of paint, primer, corrosion and rust. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek) Technology of the Future
Looking much like a handheld vacuum cleaner attached to an extra-large Shop-Vac, the technology that may revolutionize the aircraft structural maintenance shop does not scream “innovation” on first glance. Despite appearances, the capabilities of the neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser has the potential to cultivate a healthier and safer work environment, as well as be a more efficient tool to accomplish common shop tasks.
0 4/25
2017
(From left) Maj. Jessica Stewart, Capt. Joseph Spada, Senior Master Sgt. Randolph Crosslin Jr. and Master Sgt. John Kelly each received their Gen. Lew Allen Jr. Trophy for 2016, during a ceremony at the Pentagon, April 21, 2017.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark) Airmen earn Gen. Lew Allen Jr. Award
Four Airmen received the Gen. Lew Allen Jr. Award on April 21, 2017, during a ceremony at the Pentagon. Lt. Gen. Jerry Harris, the deputy chief of staff for Air Force strategic plans, programs and requirements, presented the awards on behalf of the chief of staff of the Air Force.
0 4/21
2017
Col. Mark Jablow, Air Force Command, Control and Communications Center commander and The Honorable Ollie Tyler, Shreveport mayor, cut the inauguration ribbon as part of an activation of command ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., April 3, 2017.  The U.S. Air Force Nuclear Command, Control and Communication Center streamlines the management of approximately 62 different systems and forms a single NC3 point of contact and advocate for the entire Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha) AF stands up nuclear command, control, communications center
Air Force Global Strike Command stood up a new organization to oversee the Air Force’s nuclear command, control and communications systems in an activation ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, April 3, 2017.
0 4/04
2017
F-22 Raptors such as this one will at some point in their operational lifetime now encounter robotic technology newly developed through the Air Force Small Business Research program. Robots are now being placed into operation at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill AFB, Utah for the purpose of making the process of restoring specialized coatings on F-22 Raptor engine inlets much safer for aircraft maintenance personnel. (Courtesy photo/Andrew McMurtrie, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Marietta, Ga.) Robotic technology developed for F-22s
Robotic technology developed through the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research program will soon make the process of restoring specialized coatings on F-22 Raptor engine inlets more efficient for aircraft maintenance personnel during depot maintenance at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, located at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
0 3/28
2017
The 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force conducted three test sorties March 6 using a quadcopter to inspect a C-17 Globemaster III. Maj. Dan Riley, ET CTF director, and Maj. William Niblack, ET CTF operations officer, piloted the small unmanned aerial system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit) AF uses first drone for C-17 post flight inspection
The 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force used a quadcopter to conduct a maintenance inspection of the exterior of a C-17 Globemaster III here March 6, 2017.
0 3/10
2017
Senior Airman Melissa Jones, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Group  aerospace ground equipment journeyman, monitors gauges on an A/M32A-60A generator, commonly referred to as a Dash 60, during an inspection at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group, Feb. 27, 2017. The AGE Airmen maintain the ground equipment needed to service transient aircraft.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson)(Released) Maintenance Airmen support Polish mission
When people think of generating, executing and sustaining combat airpower, ground equipment is not usually the first thing to come to mind. However, the Airmen assigned to the aerospace ground equipment shop at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group ensure mission success every day by providing the aircrew and maintainers everything needed while on the ground to ensure they take off again without delay.
0 3/06
2017
Walter Wilson and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas Imber, 733rd Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintainers, use a grease gun to squeeze bio-based grease into a forklift carriage at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Jan. 31, 2017. JBLE is one of four Air Force bases that will perform a 12-month long test of the grease on its vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaylee Dubois) Langley 1 of 4 bases to test bio-based grease
The 733rd Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Management Flight was chosen to participate in a 12-month long experimental testing of a new bio-based grease to lessen the base's impact on the environment. The 441st Vehicle Support Chain Operations Squadron and representatives from the Defense Logistics Agency briefed the vehicle management flight about the impact of the bio-based grease on the three vehicles chosen to test the grease Jan. 31.
0 2/23
2017
Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division wait to board a C-130 Hercules at Pope Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, N.C., Aug. 4, 2016. Ongoing work by the Air Force and Army has filled training schedules by streamlining the Joint Airborne/Air Transportability Training program, an online system used by military units to request air support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brian Ferguson) Newly activated unit guides transient aircraft on joint missions
Any aircraft that flies into Pope Army Airfield, Col. Kelly Holbert will know about it. But Holbert’s unit, the 43rd Air Mobility Operations Group, has no aircraft of its own. As the only en route operations group in the continental U.S., the unit manages transient aircraft and the joint missions they fly on with Fort Bragg paratroopers.
0 8/24
2016
Senior Airman Jacob Del Tedesco, a 23rd Component Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental systems craftsman, unscrews a right-handed grip from an A-10C Thunderbolt II at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2016. Del Tedesco found a more timely and cost-effective way of repairing the grips, which led to an Air Force-wide change to the maintenance guidelines used for repairing them. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Moody Airman's innovation 'triggers' AF-level change
One innovative Airman at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, used attention to detail paired with problem solving skills to remove unnecessary and costly stages of maintenance that will save the Air Force money, resources and manpower.
0 8/17
2016
Default Air Force Logo Repair Network Integration helps build a better repair network
During periods where mission generation needs exceed local maintenance capabilities, backshops have historically relied on informal contacts and processes to increase capacity. Repair Network Integration, however, offers a single point of contact to help maintenance backshops explore all available supply and repair options to find an optimum solution.
0 8/03
2016
A C-5M Space Cargo Modified (SCM) Super Galaxy,  sits on the flight line July 21, 2016, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This C-5 has just completed a Major Isochronal Inspection and is ready to return to its home station, Travis AFB, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia) Unique C-5 completes major inspection
During the past two months, a C-5M Space Cargo Modified (SCM) Super Galaxy underwent a major isochronal inspection inside an ISO dock at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. This C-5M SCM, originally a C-5A model assigned to Travis AFB, California, was modified into a C-5C model, one of only two such models ever made.
0 7/27
2016
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Arsonio Arthur, 733rd Air Mobility Squadron instrument flight controls systems craftsman, monitors the power of a C-17 Globemaster during a cargo load as Master Sgt. Daniel Hegar, 733rd AMS quality assurance office superintendent, supervises July 6, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 733rd AMS QA office monitors maintenance on the C-17 and the C-5 Galaxy to ensure safe transportation of cargo and troops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lynette M. Rolen) Quality assurance Airmen ensure cargo aircraft are mission ready
Aircraft maintainers hold themselves to a high standard when performing their daily duties because they know one mistake could lead to devastating consequences. Kadena Air Base, Japan, is home to six different airframes and a partner unit that hosts two additional airframes for cargo functions, the C-17 Globemaster III and the C-5 Galaxy, making quality assurance Airmen vital to flightline operations.
0 7/16
2016
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