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Eielson Air Force, Alaska-- Technical Sergeant (TSgt) Nathan Hoffman reviews his mission plans on a Stabilize Portable Optical Target Tracking Receiver (SPOTTR) during a target survey scenario during Exercise Northern Edge. Northern Edge 2006 is a joint training exercise hosted by Alaskan Command and is one of a series of U.S. Pacific Command exercises that prepare joint forces to respond to crises in the Asian Pacific region. (Photo by Senior Airman Anthony Nelson) New Optical Gear the Way of the Future
A high power, gyro-stabilized set of binoculars with a laser spot tracker inside may be the newest way to help aircraft and ground forces find the same target. The Stabilized Portable Optical Target Tracking Receiver or SPOTTR is used by airmen on the ground to assist fighter and bomber pilots find the right target when dropping bombs. SPOTTR was
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ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- F-15E Strike Eagles from the 90th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxi to their parking spots on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Deployed from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, the 90th EFS is participating in exercise Valiant Shield 2006. Valiant Shield begins June 19 and lasts through June 23, and will be conducted in the vicinity of Guam. Valiant Shield focuses on integrated joint training among US military forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Dorus) Andersen prepares for Valient Shield
Air Force bombers, fighters, tankers and support aircraft from the Pacific theater are arriving and making preparations to participate in Valiant Shield 2006. The U.S. Pacific Command exercise, which begins June 19 and lasts through June 23, will be conducted in the vicinity of Guam. Valiant Shield focuses on integrated joint training and
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Barney Hajiro and Shizuya Hayashi, Medal of Honor recipients, and Ed Ichiyama pose in front of a C-17 Globemaster III named "The Spirit of 'Go for Broke'" during an arrival ceremony at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, on Wednesday, June 14. The men are veterans of the 442nd Combat Regimental Team. The aircraft is named in honor of their unit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)
Hickam honors WWII veterans with new C-17
The delivery of the 7th of eight C-17 Globemaster IIIs here today brought 15th Airlift Wing and Pacific Air Forces Airmen together with World War II veterans. The aircraft is christened The Spirit of “Go For Broke,” which is a tribute to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The 442nd fought fiercely in Europe in World War II, becoming the most
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EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Tail markings from multiple KC-135 Stratotanker units are displayed here during exercise Northern Edge. Northern Edge 2006 is a joint training exercise hosted by Alaskan Command and is one of a series of U.S. Pacific Command exercises that prepare joint forces to respond to crises in the Asian Pacific region.
USAF Photo by SSgt Joshua Strang
(Released) Tanker Task Force Keeps Northern Edge Flying
If drivers could fill up the car with gas without stopping, imagine how efficient driving would be. The monstrous Tanker Task Force (TTF) here provides efficient service to drivers in the air during Northern Edge, Alaska’s premier joint training exercise. Seventeen tankers and 12 total force units from around the country refuel more than one
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Lt. Col. Mylene Huynh and Capt. Kari Stone inspect their gear loaded on a C-17 Globemaster III while preparing to depart on a mission to Suva, Fiji from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii on June 14, 2006.  Lt. Col. Huynh and Capt. Stone work for Pacific Air Forces International Health Affairs. PACAF medical experts will train military members and participate in a health care outreach program in Fiji. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chris Vadnais.)
Hawaii Airmen to deliver health care to Fiji
Pacific Air Forces and 15th Medical Group Airmen left here on a health care mission to Suva, Fiji this morning. The team will train selected Fijian military leaders and participate in a humanitarian outreach program. “We’re going to be working with the Fiji Ministry of Health and Fiji School of Medicine to reach out to the people,” said Lt. Col.
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ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Capt. Samantha Weeks, 12th Fighter Squadron, enters her F-15C prior to a training mission here. Captain Weeks was one of three pilots recently selected to fly with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. When she leaves Elmendorf, Captain Weeks will spend approximately two months at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. for F-16 transition training before heading to Nellis AFB, Nev. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rhiannon Willard.) Arctic Warrior becomes Thunderbird
When a six year-old little girl decided she wanted to become an Air Force pilot when she grew up, little did she realize that not only would her dreams come true, but she would also be chosen to fly for one of the world’s premier aircraft demonstration teams. Fast forward 24 years to the present day and that is just what happened for Capt. Samantha
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A crew chief with the 1st Fighter Wing from Langley Air Force Base, Va., directs an F-22 Raptor as it taxis down the runway after completion of its mission during Exercise Northern Edge 2006, on Wednesday, June 7, 2006.  The joint training exercise, which runs from June 5 to 16 and is hosted by Alaskan Command, is one of a series of U.S. Pacific Command exercises that prepare joint forces to respond to crises in the Asian Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Garrett Hothan) Northern Edge aims for air, sea dominance
“Our end result (of Northern Edge 2006) is to establish complete dominance in the air and at sea,” said Col. John Marselus, chief of the Joint Exercise Division, or JED, for U.S. Alaskan Command. The focus of the annual joint-service exercise is to prepare joint forces to respond to crises in the Asian Pacific region, in part by developing plans
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Default Air Force Logo Virtual 'heavies' key to Northern Edge simulations
The days of deploying an E-3 Sentry and other command and control aircraft to military exercises may soon be a rarity. With a large crew and an aging airframe, airborne warning and control systems, or AWACS, are expensive to deploy for a two-week training opportunity. But thanks to powerful computer models and the ability to network simulators
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(From left) Lt. Col. Dave Looney, Staff Sgt. Mike Sullivan and Maj. Bill Kupchin accept thanks on Thursday, June 1, 2006, from three of the 89 dogs they rescued during the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in February. The dogs and six mushers were stranded at Eagle Summit during a snowstorm. Colonel Looney and Sergeant Sullivan are with the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing at Kulis ANG Base in Anchorage.  Major Kupchin is commander of Det. 1 of the 210th Rescue Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo) Icemen save six mushers, 89 dogs from snowstorm
As Sammy sat atop Eagle Summit in February, stranded due to a snowstorm centered on that leg of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, he may have wondered to himself, “How did I get myself into this mess, and more importantly, how am I going to get myself out?” Luckily, Iceman Team members answered that question for him. Members of the 210th
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2006
KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- A deployed crew chief guides an F-16 from the New Mexico Air National Guard's 150th Fighter Wing, commonly referred to as "The Tacos," into place before bedding down recently. The 150th FW deployed to Kunsan along with the 140th and 120th FWs, each from the Colorado and Montana ANGs respectively, where together they formed the 186th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron as part of their Air Expeditionary Force rotation. (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Schwartz)                                                              Air National Guard deploys to Kunsan; Three F-16 wings deploy to ROK for AEF assignment
Elements of the 150th, 140th and 120th Fighter Wings from the New Mexico, Colorado and Montana Air National Guards respectively, have deployed here during the past week in support of their individual Air Expeditionary Force rotations. The ANG units, renamed the 186th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and nicknamed the “Rocky Mountain Coalition,” have
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