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Two F-22 Raptors prepare to take off during an Air Force Operational Energy mission at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, Aug. 13, 2017. The aircraft were part of a demonstration to assess if flying at an increased speed consumes less fuel while saving precious flight hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Corrie Poland) Could flying faster save the Air Force fuel?
On a Sunday morning just outside of Anchorage, Alaska, a group of Hawaii Air National Guard fighter pilots gathered around a desk at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to hear the day's operational briefing after three weeks of training at Red Flag Alaska.
0 12/04
2017
Staff Sgt. Kennett stands in front of displays in the Solid State Phased Array Radar System at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska. Overcoming Alaskan-sized challenges to provide energy assurance
Preparing for a major power outage or planning a backup generation exercise is complicated in the best conditions. Now, imagine doing it in temperatures as low as 50 degrees below zero at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska.
0 11/27
2017
Default Air Force Logo AF senior leaders visit Arctic
Air Force senior leaders from Headquarters Air Force and major commands visited multiple locations in the Arctic region Sept. 7-13, 2017, to better understand the challenges of operating in the region.
0 9/08
2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: April 7
On this look around the Air Force, a team of communication specialists travel to Kodiak Island, Alaska, to provide communication assistance and Air Force Global Strike Command stands up a nuclear command, control and communications center.
0 4/07
2017
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 621st Contingency Response Wing guide Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division as they exit a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during exercise RED FLAG-Alaska 17-1, Oct. 13, 2016. RF-A is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joseph Swafford) Airmen provide mobility expertise in Alaska
Over the course of 12 days in October, with temperatures dropping below freezing in the “Last Frontier,” Airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Wing provided rapid global mobility expertise during Red Flag-Alaska 17-1.The 621st CRW Airmen worked three different locations throughout Alaska assuring paratroopers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team
0 10/20
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: April 8
This look around the Air Force takes us to Alaska where two F-35A Lightning II squadrons will join Eielson Air Force Base, and to the Philippines where service members are participating in the Balikatan exercise.
0 4/08
2016
Maj. Charles Trickey, a 461st Flight Test Squadron F-35 Lightning II experimental test pilot, successfully fires the four-barrel 25 mm GAU-22/A Gatling gun while in flight Oct. 30 over China Lake Weapon Range, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Chad Bellay) Eielson selected to receive operational F-35A aircraft
Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, was selected as the new home for the Air Force’s first operational overseas F-35A Lightning IIs. Air Force officials chose Eielson AFB after a lengthy analysis of the location’s operational considerations, installation attributes, environmental factors and cost.
0 4/04
2016
Default Air Force Logo Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue three stranded near glacier
Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons saved three individuals near the Marcus Baker Glacier on the night of March 29.
0 3/31
2016
The Solid State Phased Array Radar System at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska, stands under the Aurora Borealis. The system rises more than 100 feet from the Alaskan interior to provide early warning of ballistic missile attacks against the U.S. and Canada and space situational awareness. (Courtesy photo) Sentinel of space found in Alaskan wilderness
Among the bears, moose, wolves and wolverines of Alaska's interior is a silent sentinel of space -- Clear Air Force Station. Its personnel keep an eye on things above for the sake of tactical warning of ballistic missile attacks against the U.S. and Canada and space situational awareness.
0 3/16
2016
Default Air Force Logo AF announces Operation Colony Glacier casualty recovery
The Air Force announced on March 7 the names of two service members who have been recovered from a C-124 Globemaster II that was lost on Nov. 22, 1952.
3 3/07
2016
A C-12F Huron assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, waits for passengers to arrive before taking off at Tatalina Air Force Station near McGrath, Alaska, Feb. 23, 2016. Tatalina is a long-range radar site and remains active as part of the Alaska North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera) Proficiency is key when accessing Alaska’s remote locations
From the northernmost to the southernmost point, Alaska measures 1,420 miles -- the distance from Denver to Mexico City. Alaska has more than 600,000 square miles of land, and some locations are inaccessible, except by air. C-12F Huron pilots assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron provide air support for those locations.
0 3/02
2016
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Travis Bothast, a 354th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems journeyman, works on a utility pole Feb. 5, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Bothast works on the exterior side of electrical systems, maintaining streetlights, utility poles and the Yukon Training Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman/Released) High voltage Airmen keep power going at Eielson
Driving through the mountains in the beautiful, sunshine of summer; braving the harsh, cold winters; and ensuring the light-filled airfield is always lit is something Senior Airman Travis Bothast and Airman 1st Class Anthony Cooper know all too well as electrical systems Airmen.
0 2/29
2016
Default Air Force Logo AF announces Operation Colony Glacier casualty recovery
The Air Force announced Feb. 19 the names of two Airmen who have been recovered from a C-124 Globemaster II aircraft that was lost in 1952.
1 2/19
2016
Tech. Sgt. LaPaul Williams, a 5th Air Support Operations Squadron fighter duty technician from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., stands with his friends and fellow Airmen behind him. These are the Airmen who were there for Williams during his treatment and surgeries while battling a rare cancer, dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Timothy Chacon) Airman keeps serving after overcoming rare cancer
"Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back." -- Maximus. This quote from the movie “Gladiator” rings powerful and true to Tech. Sgt. LaPaul Williams, who said, "I don't believe death is to be feared." Williams, a 5th Air Support Operations Squadron fighter duty technician stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer.
2 1/10
2016
Staff Sgt. Tyler Derr, a 732nd Air Mobility Squadron avionics specialist, deices a KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., on the flightline at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 3, 2015. There is always a person in the truck, one in the deicer and one on the ground to make sure the aircraft is deiced all around. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher R. Morales) Aircraft with a cold shoulder
While the roads and parking lots on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, have snow plows clearing the way, global ground-support aircraft deicers clear aircraft for the skies.
0 12/10
2015
A Battle Management program to improve the reliability and maintainability of Air Force long-range radar systems recently reached full operational capability. The AN/FPS-117 is a 3-D radar system that provides advanced warning and air traffic surveillance and an example of the radar system in Alaska is shown above. (Courtesy photo) Radar upgrades ensure situation awareness
A Battle Management program to improve Air Force long-range radar systems recently reached full operational capability when all long-range sites were certified and deemed effective.
1 10/21
2015
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 354th Maintenance Squadron service an F110-GE-100C jet engine Oct. 8, 2015, in the Engine Shop at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The maintainers disassembled the engine and inspected every component for potential damage before starting repairs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft/Released)  Eielson engine shop ensures routine care, maintenance for F-16s
The 3,830-pound General Electric F110-GE-100 engine and the hundreds of parts that support the turbofan system present an enormous job for the 20 Airmen responsible for rebuilding it.
0 10/17
2015
Special Victims' Counsel provides sexual assault victims legal assistance. SVCs are active-duty judge advocates whose role is to represent victims in a confidential, attorney-client relationship through the investigation and prosecution process. (U.S. Air Force courtesy graphic) The voice of the victims
Power: the strength to make a decision. Control: the means to carry it out. These things are the currency of freedom, and what are robbed from sexual assault victims.
0 10/13
2015
Senior Airman Terrence Lawrence and Staff Sgt. Eric Fitch, both 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintenance specialists, troubleshoot an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 7, 2015. Lawrence was the first Airman to complete a program called Cut Training, which cross utilizes Airmen to fill undermanned crew chief positions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Turner) Cut Training keeps maintenance mission moving
The 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has created a program called Cut Training to train Airmen from different maintenance career fields to perform crew chief tasks and keep the mission going.
8 10/13
2015
Linda DeFrancesco, mother of Senior Airman Lawrence DeFrancesco, places her hands on a plaque with her son’s name on it during a quiet moment before a ceremony at the Yukla 27 memorial. American and Canadian airmen assigned to the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron, distinguished guests, and surviving family members of the crew of the E-3B Sentry, AWACS aircraft, call sign Yukla 27, gathered for 20th anniversary memorial ceremonies, Sept 22, 2015, on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Yukla 27, from the 962nd AACS, encountered a flock of geese and crashed shortly after takeoff on a routine surveillance training sortie Sept. 22, 1995, killing all 24 U.S. and Canadian airmen aboard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Justin Connaher) Families mark 20 years since tragic loss of AWACS crew
On Sept. 22, 2015 -- 20 years after Yukla 27's final flight -- more than 150 friends and family members gathered in a frigid Alaska morning, having flown in from all over the world to honor the 24 crew members lost that day.
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2015
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