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  • E-3 Sentry launches from Kadena in support of mission

    U.S. Air Force Capt. Carlos Hernandez, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron pilot, prepares for takeoff, Nov. 10, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system aircraft with an integrated command and control battle management, surveillance, target detection, and tracking platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by
  • Airfield managers maintain the flightline during Vigilant Ace 16

    During the readiness exercise Vigilant Ace 16, every participating aircraft requires a safe and functioning flightline in order to complete their mission-specific directives. Airmen assigned to the 51st Operations Support Squadron Airfield Management flight are responsible for ensuring the flightline at Osan AB is safe, secure and in working order
  • U.S. Air Force, ROKAF conduct exercise Vigilant Ace 16, Nov. 1-7

    Approximately 16,000 U.S. service members will participate in exercise Vigilant Ace 16 next week, from Nov. 1-7.The flying exercise is regularly scheduled training designed to enhance interoperability between U.S. and Republic of Korea forces and increase the combat effectiveness of both nations.U.S. F-16, F-15 and A-10 aircraft will participate
  • Vigilant Ace kicks off in the Draggins Lair

    The night is dark and cold in the "Draggins Lair," but the 25th Fighter Squadron is on the move. It's the first night of Vigilant Ace 16, a peninsula-wide readiness exercise, and while the exercise is just beginning for most of the base, the flightline is already buzzing.Aircraft maintenance crews, weapons, personnel and munitions experts came
  • Pacific Thunder tests CSAR capabilities, trains multiple units

    The combat search and rescue exercise, Exercise Pacific Thunder 15-02, came to a close Oct. 23 after nearly two full weeks of constant training.   Exercise Pacific Thunder brought together U.S. forces from the Air Force, Marines, and units from the Republic of Korea air force to practice air combat and CSAR by focusing on enhancing interoperability
  • 134th EFS TSP bolsters Wolf Pack mission

    More than 200 Guardsmen from the 158th Fighter Wing, Burlington, Vermont Air National Guard, redeployed here from Kadena Air Base, Japan, in August in support of a Theater Security Package to the Republic of Korea. Having been originally deployed to Japan, their deployment to the ROK was done in support of a revamp of Osan Air Base's runway to
  • Eielson engine shop ensures routine care, maintenance for F-16s

    Automobile owners must take their vehicles in for maintenance every couple thousand miles, and for the long-term owners, some engines may require an overhaul from a licensed mechanic.   Military fighter aircraft are no different in requiring routine care and maintenance, but in the engine shop here, there is an entire team of dedicated
  • ‘Cut Training’ adds resources, alleviates manning shortages

    The 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron specialist flight created a program called "Cut Training" to train Airmen from different maintenance career fields to perform crew chief tasks and keep the mission going. Senior Airman Terrence Lawrence, a 354th AMXS aircraft electrical and environmental systems journeyman, was the first Airman to complete
  • Oklahoma Air National Guard 125th EFS prepares for Kadena deployment

    Approximately 200 Airmen and 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 125th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron located at Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma, will deploy to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, mid-October in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package.The TSP deployment is designed to provide the U.S. Pacific Command with
  • 354th SFS members complete Mark 19 training

    Senior Airman Jordan Thompson, a 168th Alaska Air National Guard combat arms training instructor, nods in approval as Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Kibler, a 354th Security Forces Squadron response force member, fires a Mark 19 grenade launcher during training Sept. 9, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Thompson was leading the training to
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