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Master Sgt. Virginia McDonough assists a pilot from the 100th Operations Group during simulated hypoxia training Sept. 17, 2014, at Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, England. Hypoxia is a condition in which the tissues of the body don’t receive enough oxygen, causing loss of consciousness. Hypoxia training helps pilots recognize the signs and symptoms of the condition and teaches them how to avoid it before encountering the adverse effects. McDonough is the 48th Aerospace Medical Squadron flight chief of operational physiology. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea) Surviving the altitude
Many issues may arise when flying as aircrew, including hypoxia, which can be life-threatening if the proper procedures are not taken to correct it.
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2014
Gen. Frank Gorenc talks with Gen. F.Javier Garcia Arnaiz, chief of staff, Spanish Air Force, during the 2014 Role of Airpower in NATO panel discussion at the Air Force Association Air and Space Symposium, Sept. 15, 2014, in Washington D.C. Gorenc is the commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)
USAFE, allied air commander talks NATO interoperability
The commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Allied Air Command presented the alliance’s view on air power and interoperability in remarks at the Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition 2014 here.
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2014
Default Air Force Logo Annual African Air Chiefs Symposium begins
Military leaders of 17 African nations and the U.S. gathered for the fourth annual African Air Chiefs Symposium to discuss air force capabilities and important regional issues.
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2014
An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off for Poland, Sept. 5, 2014, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The 31st Fighter Wing is participating in a joint training exercise, Ample Strike, to expand upon ongoing efforts to build partnerships and interoperability in Europe. The F-16 is assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines) Ample Strike: F-16s support aviation detachment rotation
F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 510th Fighter Squadron and approximately 150 support personnel from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, arrived at the U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment here, Sept. 4-5.
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Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Donnette Boyd reads a Bible Aug. 18, 2014, in the pews of the base chapel at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Boyd commissioned into the military in 1987 with no initial intentions of becoming a chaplain. After her experience with three spiritual calls, becoming a chaplain became clear in her future in the Air Force. Boyd is now a 31st Fighter Wing chaplain.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Deana Heitzman) Third time’s a charm, a chaplain's journey
"I had to preach in body armor while everyone was told to stay low, but instead of staying low, I chose to stand and preach because I said to myself, 'If something struck me right now, I know I was doing what I was called to do...
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2014
A C-130J Super Hercules lands on an unimproved runway Aug. 25, 2014, at Powidz Air Base, Poland. Throughout the deployment to Poland, Airmen were able to work with NATO partners to develop and improve forces capable of maintaining regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton) Ramstein Airmen conclude operations in Poland
With a flurry of grass and dirt, a C-130J Super Hercules touched down on a grass runway at Powidz Air Base, Poland, marking the final week of deployed operations here, Aug. 25. For Airmen deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, this was their home away from home for 60 days.
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Airman 1st Class Alixandra Druckenmiller inspects the cords to an ACES II parachute, Aug. 19, 2014, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The day-to-day equipment pilots need such as helmet and harness are inspected every day, while most of the equipment installed inside the jet can be inspected monthly or annually. Druckenmiller is a 31st Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Matthew Lotz) Aircrew flight equipment flight: 'The last ones to let them down'
The 31st Operations Support Squadron's aircrew flight equipment flight here is responsible for all of a pilot's flight equipment such as helmet, oxygen mask, harness and all life-saving equipment. Their motto: "When everything else fails, we are the last ones to let them down."
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2014
Senior Airman Alec Vautherot reviews a technical order before beginning preventative maintenance on a F-16 Fighting Falcon Aug. 20, 2014, at Souda Bay, Greece. The equipment Vautherot uses must be checked out each morning from a controlled supply line. Vautherot is a 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit electrical environmental specialist and is native of Waterford, Mich. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee) Equipment accountability vital to partnership
The F-16 Fighting Falcon maintainers evaluate, test, check, sustain and replace the different parts to enable fighter pilots to do their job safely and securely. And at a bilateral training exercise between the Hellenic and U.S. air forces at Souda Bay, Greece, Aug. 11-23, there is a centralized hub of equipment processing that provides the means to the maintainers..
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2014
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft pilot taxis to the flightline Aug. 18, 2014, at Souda Bay, Greece, during a two-week training event between Greece and the U.S. The training allows the NATO partners to fly together during peacetime to strengthen their joint military capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released) Greece, US continue to enhance NATO airpower
The bilateral training between the Greek and U.S. air forces continues this week with more large-force employments, or LFE.
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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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2014
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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2014
Default Air Force Logo DOD sends UAV, 80 Airmen to help Nigerian search
The Defense Department's addition of an unmanned aerial vehicle and 80 Air Force troops to U.S. efforts supporting Nigeria's search for over 200 missing schoolgirls has turned the mission into an air operation. The UAV system and Air Force personnel were deployed not to Nigeria but to neighboring Chad under an agreement with the Chadian government.
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2014
Maj Angelique Vann-Patterson, U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa international health specialist, with Cameroonian army officer and civilian Health Care Workers during humanitarian civic assistance activities in Manouka, Cameroon. (Courtesy photo) 

USAFE-AFAFRICA surgeon general takes home prestigious humanitarian assistance award
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa international health specialist, or IHS, branch earned the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society of Federal Health Agencies Humanitarian Assistance award for their contributions to improving medical programs in Europe and Africa. The award recognizes an organization, team or individual for a direct meritorious, out of the ordinary participation in a significant act or operation of a humanitarian nature.
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2014
From left to right, Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, Air Vice Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, Ghanaian chief of air staff, and Lt. Gen. Craig A. Franklin, 3rd Air Force commander, discuss the importance of regional cooperation with members of the local press in Africa, Aug. 20, 2013, Accra, Ghana. The Regional African Air Chiefs Symposium brings air chiefs together to discuss how their unique air capabilities can be collaborated to resolve regional issues. Regional African Air Chiefs Symposium begins
The U.S. 3rd Air Force commander and the Ghanaian chief of air staff hosted opening ceremonies for the second Regional Air Chiefs Symposium at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center Aug. 20.
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Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, U.S. European Command commander and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (left), gives Gen. Frank Gorenc the command of Allied Air Command during an assumption of command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 2, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Holly Mansfield) Gorenc assumes command of USAFE, AFAFRICA, Allied Air Command
Three consecutive generations of U.S. Air Forces in Europe commanders and the U.S. Africa Command deputy commander took to the stage as Gen. Frank Gorenc assumed command of USAFE, U.S. Air Forces Africa and Allied Air Command during a ceremony here Aug. 2.Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III voiced his confidence in the new commander,
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