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U.S. Air Force Capt. Evan Richards, 1st Special Operations Support Squadron, listens to the heart beat of a child from the Rumah Kasih Hormoni Orphanage near Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia, June 6, 2015.  As part of Exercise Teak Mint, members from the RMAF, U.S. Air Force came together to help with repairs around the orphanage and donated more than $1,000 in clothes, games and sports equipment.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer) Teak Mint participants visit orphanage in Malaysia
Teak Mint participants visited the Rumah Kasih Hormoni Orphanage near Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia, June 6, 2015.Members of the 353rd Special Operations Group, the 36th Airlift Squadron and the Royal Malaysian Air Force collected more than $1,000 to donate clothes and games. They also helped clean up and make repairs around the orphanage.“Our combined
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Special Tactics Airmen from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron and the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron jump from an MC-130J Commando II near Kuantan, Malaysia, June 8, 2015.  The high-altitude low-opening jumps were conducted as part of Exercise Teak Mint, a multinational and bilateral exercise between the Royal Malaysian Air Force and the U.S. Air Force.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer)  USAF, RMAF complete HALO jumps during Exercise Teak Mint

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Maj. Michael Perry, Exercise Teak Mint mission commander and an instructor pilot from the 17th Special Operations Squadron, gives a speech during the opening ceremony held May 30, 2015 at Subang Air Base, Malaysia. The 353rd Special Operations Group, from Kadena Air Base, Japan, along with the 36th Airlift Squadron, from Yokota Air Base, Japan. Air Commandos complete Teak Mint 15-1
Members from the 353rd Special Operations Group along with members from the 36th Airlift Squadron conducted multinational and bilateral training during Joint Chief of Staff Exercise Teak Mint 15-1 in Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan, Malaysia, May 26 through June 13.“This exercise has been a great opportunity for our Airmen to learn,” said Maj. Michael S.
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Maintenance crew members prepare a U.S. Air Force E-3G Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft for take off during Exercise Northern Edge June 25, 2015. Thousands of service members from all the branch services including active duty, Reserve and National Guard units participated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William Banton/Released) 966th AACS tests upgraded AWACS platform at NE15
Calmly soaring at 30,000 feet in the midst of nearly 100 fighters, bombers and refueling tankers executing a battle scenario, an Air Force E-3G Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) surveys every aircraft in a 300 mile radius, calling out commands, verifying target hits and sending aircraft back home safely.   Threat detection, improvisation,
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Shawn R. Tucker, a Skiatook, Oklahoma, native, currently a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot with the 465th Air Refueling Squadron, participates in Exercise Northern Edge 2015, June 18, 2015. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, reserve and National Guard units, including Tucker’s unit, the 507th Air Refueling Wing out of Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, are involved. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor J. Larson/Released) Reserve units support NE15
As with all training and operational events, the U.S. military would not be successful without a total force and joint effort, and Northern Edge 2015 is no different. Reserve units such as the 507th Air Refueling Wing, based out of Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and the 459th Air Refueling Wing, based out of Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, are
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U.S. Air Force Maj Grizz Baer, 53rd Wing F-16 pilot from Wolcott, Indiana, greets Senior Airman Jeremy Fogle, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-16 crew chief from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, prior to conducting pre-flight checks for an Exercise Northern Edge mission, June 23, 2015, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Northern Edge is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of service members from active duty, Reserve and National Guard units are involved. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Tania Bryan/Released) NE15 provides prime environment for testing new capabilities
With 18 experiments and initiatives undergoing field testing in Alaskan training ranges throughout Exercise Northern Edge 15, no other venue is as well suited for high-end operational testing.   "Northern Edge airspace is unique for us in a testing environment because it has a lot of joint players and is a large force exercise that tests the
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U.S. Air Force firefighters with the 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron, answer a Flight Line 911 call during Exercise Northern Edge 2015 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 23, 2015. NE15 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of participants from all services from active duty, Reserve and National Guard units are involved. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian Ragin/Released) NE15 provides 673rd CES firefighters essential training
U.S. Air Force firefighters with the 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron participated in a crash fire exercise during Exercise Northern Edge 2015 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 15 through 26.   NE15 is an Alaskan command hosted exercise and one of Alaska's biggest joint training exercises. It brings all U.S. military services together
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John Montgomery, Northrop Grumman fifth generation derivatives and improvements manager, and U.S. Air Force Major Scott Fann, F-35 Joint Program Office Air System Requirements current capabilities lead, discuss the BAC 1-11 test aircraft capabilities on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, during Northern Edge 2015, June 12, 2015. Northern Edge 15 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of participants from all services; from active duty, Reserve and National Guard units are involved. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William Banton/Released)‪ Next generation fighter technologies tested during Alaska military exercise
The past meets the future when a distinctive looking aircraft with the nose and electronics of an F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter and the body of a 1960's passenger jet participates in one of the U.S. military's largest electronic warfare exercises.   A modified BAC 1-11 serves as a flying test platform for the F-35's AN/APG-81 active
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron sign the ‘Last Blast’ June 24, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. With the help of 36th Munitions Squadron Airmen, 20th EBS aircrew dropped the final M117 bomb in the Pacific Air Force’s inventory June 26 on an uninhabited island off the coast of Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Smoot/Released)
Blast from past: 20th EBS drops last M117 bomb in PACAF
Airmen from the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, with the help of 36th Munitions Squadron Airmen, dropped the final M117 bomb in the Pacific Air Force's inventory June 26 on an uninhabited island off the coast of Guam.   The M117 bomb dates back to the mid-1950s when it was first used during the Vietnam War.   "I think it's fitting that the last
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Live, virtual and constructive (LVC) participants from various U.S. military branches are tracked by the 353rd Combat Training Squadron as assets move into place in preparation for an Exercise Northern Edge scenario June 25, 2015. The LVC system enables live participants like this U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon deployed to Alaska to directly engage and interact with virtual aviators operating from home station simulators, and contructive computer-generated forces to provide more robust training scenarios. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska's premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, reserve and National Guard units. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik/Released) Innovative system revolutionizes NE15 battlespace, maximizes training capability
High in the skies over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex from June 11-26 viewers might see multiple contrails circling each other in close proximity - these contrails are a glimpse into some of the live action in Northern Edge 2015, the largest military training exercise scheduled in Alaska this year. What most people won't see are the dozens
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