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An F-35A Lightning II test aircraft AA-1 undergoes flight testing over Fort Worth, Texas. Royal Air Force Lakenheath, U.K., was selected as the first U.S. Air Forces in Europe base to host the F-35A. (Courtesy photo/Liz Kaszynski) Lakenheath selected to host first F-35s in USAFE
Royal Air Force Lakenheath, U.K., was selected as the first U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) base to host the F-35A Lightning II.
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2015
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III addresses Aviano Air Base Airmen during an all call Dec. 22, 2014, at Aviano AB, Italy. Among the topics discussed during the all call were force shaping, fleet modernization and renewing an operational focus in the face of persisting fiscal austerity. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez) CSAF visits Aviano
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Ms. Heidi H. Grant, the deputy under secretary of the Air Force, international affairs, and Mrs. Betty Welsh visited Airmen and their families Dec. 22, at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
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2014
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, left, Robert Mandell and U.S. Air Force Gen. Frank Gorenc salute a wreath during the 70th anniversary ceremony of the Battle of the Bulge Dec. 16, 2014, at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery in Luxembourg. The government of Luxembourg and the U.S. Embassy held the memorial in honor of the veterans and fallen service members of the Battle of the Bulge. Hodges is the U.S. Army Europe commander, Mandell is the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg and Gorenc is the U. S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim) Luxembourg, US leaders commemorate Battle of the Bulge
Nearly 200 Luxembourgers and Americans observed the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge during a commemorative ceremony Dec. 16, at Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg.
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2014
Joint tactical air controllers call in simulated airstrikes Dec. 2, 2014, in Barcis, Italy. Trained in all types of warfare, JTACs are proficient in a variety of technology, a range of weaponry, and can advise and support ground commanders. The training allowed JTACs to coordinate with F-16 Fighting Falcons and practice calling in airstrikes on simulated targets in the mountains. The JTACs are from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing's 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Matthew Lotz) Aviano stays 'Forward, Ready, Now' with joint exercise
The 555th Fighter Squadron hosted a weeklong exercise with the U.S. and Netherlands joint tactical air controllers here Dec. 2, as a part of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces in Africa's "Forward, Ready, Now" initiative.
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2014
In June 2007, 4-year-old Ty Nordstrom caught a 7-pound catfish in Lake Kirby, Abilene, Texas. In October 2007, Ty faced an even bigger battle when he was diagnosed with non-rhabdomyosarcoma cancer. He died in November 2009, one month before his seventh birthday. Ty’s dad, Master Sgt. Lyle Nordstrom, the 352nd Special Operations Group Inspector General superintendent, shares the story of his loss to raise awareness of childhood cancer. (Courtesy photo) Airman shares story of loss to raise awareness of childhood cancer
Ty Nordstrom was just 4 years old when he caught a large catfish by himself. But that wasn't the only battle Ty faced at such a young age. He soon had to deal with something much scarier -- cancer.
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2014
Tech. Sgt. Saquadrea Crosby gets fitted for an N95 respirator by Airman 1st Class Aaron Gonzalez  Oct. 17, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The N95 respirator is a device that is used to help prevent the spread of germs (viruses and bacteria) from one person to another. As members of the 86th Airlift Wing continue to support missions for Operation United Assistance, Airmen who are expected to interact with returnees from Ebola affected areas will be fitted for the N95 respirators. Crosby is the 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health NCO in charge and Gonzalez is an 86th Bioenvironmental Engineering technician. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sara Keller) Ramstein Airmen support Ebola fight, mitigate risks at home
As service members travel to Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, Ramstein Air Base here continues to establish itself as a power projection platform for Europe and Africa.
1 10/22
2014
Two C-130 Hercules wait to taxi on the flightline Oct. 20, 2014, during U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment rotation 15-1, at Powidz Air Base, Poland. The C-130s are assigned to Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing. The 182nd AW brought three aircraft to participate in the rotation hosted by the U.S. Aviation Detachment, 52nd Operations Group, at Łask Air Base, Poland. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls) Illinois ANG soars skies over Poland
Airmen from the U.S. and Polish air forces started training together Oct. 15, at Powidz Air Base, Poland, for the start of Aviation Detachment rotation 15-1.
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2014
Fake bruises are moulaged on Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Velez as part of the Black Eye Campaign Oct. 3, 2014, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. To help promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month, officers, enlisted, civilian employees and spouses roamed the base with fake bruises to see if fellow Airmen and co-workers would step up and ask them if they are OK. Velez is from the 555th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Deana Heitzman) Aviano Airmen raise domestic violence awareness with Black Eye Campaign
Imitation bruises, black eyes and scratches painted the faces of more than 15 male and female volunteers to educate individuals for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, during the second annual Black Eye Campaign at Aviano Air Base, Italy, in October.
0 10/21
2014
Default Air Force Logo F-15 crashes, pilot safe on ground
An F-15D Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, England crashed at approximately 3:28 p.m. (10:28 a.m. EST) today, while conducting a combat training mission.
2 10/08
2014
Cargo is loaded onto the ramp of a C-130-J Super Hercules, Oct. 7, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. As the Ebola outbreak becomes a potential global threat, U.S. Africa Command is working in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the lead federal agency, as part of a comprehensive U.S. government effort to respond to and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa as quickly as possible. This was the first flight launched from Ramstein AB to Monrovia, Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sara Keller) Ramstein launches first C-130J flight to assist Ebola outbreak efforts
Airmen with the 37th Airlift Squadron here loaded a C-130J Super Hercules with needed supplies and launched their first mission Oct. 7, to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance.
0 10/08
2014
Default Air Force Logo 'Day in the Life' project showcases right Airman, right job, right time
The 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, spent months of pre-planning, coordination and post-production efforts to create a multimedia project titled, "Day in the Life of the 86th Airlift Wing" showing how the wing supports multiple Air Force, joint and international missions daily.
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2014
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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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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2014
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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2014
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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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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