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VIGILANT ACE 18 35th FW relocates for Vigilant Ace 18
The 35th Fighter Wing relocated 18 F-16 Fighting Falcons and more than 280 personnel to participate in Vigilant Ace 18, an annual flying exercise at Osan Air Base, South Korea, occurring Dec. 4 - 8, 2017.
0 12/06
2017
An A-10 Thunderbolt II departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, July 6, 2017. The A-10 employs a wide variety of conventional munitions in support of OIR and the destruction of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo/ 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 7/14
2017
Katherine and Emmeline McKeown, spouse and daughter of U.S. Air Force Capt. Connor McKeown, waves to Oliver McKeown through the Aomori Hospital window prior to the aeromedical evacuation in Aomori, Japan, June 16, 2017. For Emmeline, this was the first time seeing her brother. Once the neonatal intensive care unit team from the U.S. Navy hospital, Okinawa, Japan, prepared Oliver for the flight, they transferred him to the Aomori Airport for departure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman) US, Japan partnerships guarantee critical care
Once a patient is deemed incapable of receiving care at Misawa Air Base due to medical constraints, the 35th Medical Support Squadron aeromedical evacuation team engineers an expedited mobility plan utilizing Pacific Air Forces assets to relocate the patient for critical care attention.
0 6/21
2017
Two C-17 Globemaster III's sit on a runway for an aeromedical evacuation at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 22, 2017. The two Globemaster III’s, one from March Air Force Base, California and the other from Travis Air Force Base, Arizona, were requested to transport  two critical patients to separate locations, Tripler Army Medical Center at Honolulu, Hawaii and Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase) Joint mission enables patients to receive critical care
Airmen and Soldiers, along with U.S. and Japanese civilian personnel from six different locations around the world, teamed up to provide the largest aeromedical evacuation ever at Misawa Air Base, for two critical patients March 22, 2017.
0 3/29
2017
U.S. Air Force Airmen study an appendix at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March, 13, 2017. The procedure required the removal of an appendix to prevent it from rupturing. During the operation, the primary surgeon worked as the mentor to advise how to make the process better. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert) Mentorship program refines medical techniques, fosters Misawa community relationships
The Indo-Asia-Pacific region is infamous for earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis; military medical facilities and personnel must stay ready for anything. To guarantee medical personnel are prepared, senior leaders from around the Air Force were sponsored by the Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Air Force Surgeon General, to initiate the Small Hospital Clinic Skills Enhancement program at bases with constantly rotating personnel.
0 3/22
2017
The U.S. Air Force's F-16 Fighting Falcon Pacific Air Forces Demonstration Team maintenance members stand at parade rest while Maj. Richard Smeeding prepares to taxi prior to an aerial performance during Aero India 2017 at Air Force Station Yelahanka Feb. 16, 2017. The F-16 is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack and provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations. The United States participates in air shows and other regional events to demonstrate its commitment to the security of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, promote the standardization and interoperability of equipment, and display capabilities critical to the success of current and future military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Mark Lazane) US departs Aero India, leaves stronger relationships behind
U.S. aircraft, crew and support personnel, as well as members of the State Department and other U.S. representatives returned home this week after a strong showing at Aero India 2017 at Air Force Station Yelahanka, India Feb. 20.
0 3/06
2017
Default Air Force Logo AF helps Airmen obtain CDL
The Air Force is taking steps to turn government vehicle operator certifications into commercial driver’s licenses. By creating a course to mirror the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators Commercial Driver’s License Test System model, the Air Force will enable examiners to certify government motor vehicle operators on commercial vehicle equivalents in accordance with federal motor vehicle safety regulations.
0 2/08
2017
A joint team of U.S. Air Force Airmen from the Kadena, Yakota and Misawa civil engineer squadrons practice concrete screeding skills using the materials, equipment and methods to repair craters during airfield damage repair training exercise Sept, 15, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. This process can be done quickly in combat situations so airfield operations can resume. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephen G. Eigel) PACAF civil engineers improve airfield repair skills
Civil engineer squadrons from Kadena, Yokota and Misawa Air Bases teamed up here with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center to conduct training for the new Rapid Airfield Damage Repair technique Sept. 12-15.
0 9/16
2016
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Victoria Campbell, 154th Medical Group medic, treats a childs head wound during Pacific Angel (PACANGEL) 16-3 in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Aug. 20, 2016. PACANGEL is a total force, joint and combined humanitarian assistance/civil military operation led by U.S. Pacific Air Forces. Assistance during PACANGEL includes general health, dental, optometry and physical therapy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase) Misawa Airmen medically assist Sri Lankans during Pacific Angel
Patient care is crucial in a country with minimal accessibility to hospitals due to lengthy commutes and no means to travel to these locations. Operation Pacific Angel 16-3 had two health services operation sites in Sri Lanka to better enable local nationals in remote areas the opportunity to receive medical care.
0 9/01
2016
Staff Sgt. Beau Blackburn, a dedicated crew chief with the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, stands next to an F-16 Fighting Falcon canopy at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 16, 2016. When a crew chief is assigned to an aircraft, their name is symbolically posted to the side of the bubble canopy. This tradition signifies the responsibility each crew chief has to keep their aircraft in perfect working order, ensuring its reliability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter) Love for the job fuels crew chief’s passion to fix jets
Instead of the usual roar of F-16 Fighting Falcons preparing for another flight here, a soft, warm breeze skirting across the flightline carried the sound of tools clanking against metal. In the depths of a hangar, an Air Force crew chief worked diligently to solve the most recent maintenance challenge placed in his path.
0 7/15
2016
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
U.S. Air Force Maj. William Logan, a chaplain with the 35th Fighter Wing, holds a picture of his son, Zac, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 23, 2016. Logan shared the story of his son’s suicide and the effects of the aftermath. He highlighted the recovery process hoping to inspire others to come forward for help in times of need. Logan is from Medina, Tennessee. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter/Released) Chaplain survives aftermath of son’s suicide; spreads awareness
While enjoying a drive through the rolling Tennessee countryside with his wife, the shrill ring of his cell phone pierced through the tranquility of the moment. Maj. William D. Logan's daughter, Blair, managed to utter, "Zac has done something really bad."
0 3/02
2016
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Adyel Quinones-Velez, a 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, inspects the underside of an F-15 Eagle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2015. Conducting an Aviation Training Relocation during winter provided Kadena AB, Japan, pilots and maintainers a change in environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter) Misawa, Kadena Airmen strengthen bilateral ties
Aircraft and personnel from Kadena Air Base, Misawa AB and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force participated in Aviation Training Relocation Dec. 1-18 here.
0 12/23
2015
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh accompanied by a National Aeronautic Association spokesman present the Mackay Trophy to Capts. David Kroontje and Gregory Balzhiser during the NAA fall awards ceremony in Arlington, Virginia, Dec. 3, 2015. The trophy is awarded for the “most meritorious flight of the year by an Air Force person, persons, or organization.” Kroontje and Balzhiser earned the trophy as a result of their heroic efforts during an air strike that helped Peshmerga forces the next day set up a safe corridor from Mount Sinjar, Iraq, saving the lives of 40,000 stranded civilians including women, children, elderly, and the infirm. Kroontje has since transferred to the 560th Flying Training Squadron at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and Balzhiser is now a member of the 31st Operations Support Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy. (Courtesy photo) Misawa pilots save Iraqi civilians, earn 2014 Mackay Trophy
Stranded on Mount Sinjar, Iraq, without food, water, medical care, facing starvation and dehydration, and under constant enemy gunfire, more than 40,000 Iraqi Yazidis were saved by a multinational coalition force led by Misawa Air Base F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots during an airstrike Aug. 9, 2014.
0 12/15
2015
Master Sgt. Wendell Barnes, the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander support staff superintendent, tells his story during Resilient Airmen Day at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 2, 2015. Barnes spoke to more than 250 people about how his spirituality guided him through a difficult situation in his life. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter) Spirituality holds Airman up
"It puts things into perspective," said Master Sgt. Wendell Barnes, the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander support staff superintendent. "I love what I do in the military, but it is temporary and my faith is forever."
0 10/20
2015
Lt. Gen. John Dolan, the U.S. Forces Japan commander, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, the Air Defense Command commander, thank each other for the opportunity to demonstrate a great show of friendship by making a bilateral exchange flight possible at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 14, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jose L. Hernandez-Domitilo) Generals’ aerial exchange demonstrates alliance, friendship
As a testament to the strong friendship and alliance between the U.S. and Japan, two top military leaders from both nations came together for a bilateral exchange flight here Oct. 14.
1 10/16
2015
Senior Airman Augustine Thompson-Brown is a 35th Medical Operations Squadron mental health technician at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Thompson-Brown spent most of her life homeless before joining the Air Force and shares her story to inspire others to conquer their own difficulties. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter) Mental strength leads Airman through tough times
Surviving an unstable upbringing in Pittsburgh, she never expected to be grabbing onto the Eiffel Tower in Paris at age 21. What started as watching scenes of this historic landmark in movies led her to envision a life beyond her childhood confinement. This was it, the height of her bucket list. Senior Airman Augustine Thompson-Brown had a limited perspective about the world until she joined the Air Force at age 18 and moved on from the challenges she grew up with.
4 10/14
2015
Capt. Michael Gruber, the 35th Communications Squadron director of operations, set out to pay respect to America’s prisoners of war and missing in action, as well as stand in solidarity with his father who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, by running 85 miles for 24 hours straight, Sept. 18, 2015, at Misawa Air Base, Japan. As an avid runner, he has taken part in four 100-mile and one 100-km remembrance runs, collecting a memorabilia belt buckle to commemorate each marathon. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Senior Airman Jose L. Hernandez-Domitilo) 24-hour journey for heroes, father
He reached his 5th hour of running alone in the still of a dark, cold night lit only by streetlights surrounding the track -- 25 miles down, 75 more to go.
1 9/26
2015
Default Air Force Logo Misawa cyber security best in DOD
The cyber readiness team at Misawa Air Base, Japan, was rated the best in the Defense Department, following a Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI) May 11-15.
0 5/20
2015
Senior Airman Rodney Shepherd and Staff Sgt. Brian Argenti, 35th Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems maintainers, repair an F-16 Fighting Falcon's landing gear system March 31, 2015, at Misawa Air Base, Japan. As back shop maintainers, the duo repairs parts brought to them from crew chiefs on the flightline. Once a part is repaired, it is qualified for use on any F-16 across the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Derek VanHorn) Generating airpower with hydraulics
The 35th Maintenance Squadron's hydraulics systems back shop maintains F-16 Fighting Falcon’s hydro systems, including landing gear systems, brakes and flight controls.
0 4/07
2015
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