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An RQ-4 Global Hawk is towed during flight recovery at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 19, 2015. Several of these unmanned aircraft will operate out of Misawa until December 2015, and will provide a broad spectrum of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance collection capabilities in support of joint combatant forces in worldwide peacetime, contingency and crisis operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jose L. Hernandez-Domitilo/Released) RQ-4 Global Hawk operates eyes in sky
Several R-Q4 Global Hawks and approximately 40 support and operations personnel are deployed to Misawa Air Base for the aircraft's second rotation here.   The Global Hawk supports U.S. intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions and contingency operations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and is scheduled to operate here through
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2015
A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules with the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, takes off of an austere runway used for training during RED FLAG-Alaska at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 14, 2015. The training allowed C-130 aircrew to practice austere landings and take offs, combat offloads and supply drops, but also allowed friendly competition between participating Air Forces: U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and Royal Thai Air Force. Seasoned C-130 aircrew from each country judged the training exercises from the ground, allotting points based off predetermined timing and accuracy requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez/Released) Yokota airlifters finish RF-A exercise
Airmen with, and in support of, the 36th Airlift Squadron returned to Yokota Air Base Aug. 24 after traveling to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 2 through 24 to train combat airlift capabilities and increase joint and multinational relationships at RED FLAG-Alaska.   The 98-member team, made up of aircrew, maintainers, logistics,
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Two U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortresses assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, taxi on the flightline Aug. 22, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Bomber crews with the 20th EBS are part of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence and support ongoing operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released) 20th EBS supports CBP at Andersen
Two U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortresses assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, taxi on the flightline Aug. 22, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Bomber crews with the 20th EBS are part of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence and support ongoing operations in the
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeico Sanchez-Arias, 509th Security Forces Squadron security journeyman, guards a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 12, 2015. Airmen and B-2 Spirits from the 13th Bomb Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, are deployed to Guam to conduct familiarization training activities in the Pacific (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr./Released) Whiteman Airmen, B-2s maintain readiness in Guam
About 225 Airmen and three B-2 Spirits from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed here August 7 to conduct familiarization training activities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.   The goal of the training is to maintain force readiness by conducting flight operations in an environment outside of the United States.   “The objectives I outlined
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A C-130 Hercules with the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force lands on an austere runway used for training during RED FLAG-Alaska at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 14, 2015. The training allowed C-130 aircrew to practice austere landings and take offs, combat offloads and supply drops, but also allowed friendly competition between participating Air Forces: U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and Royal Thai Air Force. Seasoned C-130 aircrew from each country judged the training exercises from the ground, allotting points based off predetermined timing and accuracy requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez/Released) Yokota soars at RED FLAG-Alaska
A C-130 Hercules with the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force lands on an austere runway used for training during RED FLAG-Alaska at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 14, 2015. The training allowed C-130 aircrew to practice austere landings and take offs, combat offloads and supply drops, but also allowed friendly competition between
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minnesota, takes-off at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 11, 2015, during RED FLAG-Alaska 15-3.  RF-A is a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise 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. Ralph Kapustka/Released) Minnesota ANG participates in 1st RF-A
Approximately 130 Airmen and eight F-16 Fighting Falcons with the 148th Fighter Wing from Duluth, Minnesota, are participating in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-3.   This is the first RF-A for the 148th FW, and it gives the unit the opportunity to train in its primary suppression of enemy air defense, or SEAD, mission.   "The flying is a learning experience,”
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Earth-covered igloos are designed to protect munitions while they are stored and keep people safe at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 354th Maintenance Squadron munitions flight are responsible for maintaining security and operability over these bunkers and escort contractors and other Airmen out to the bunkers as the need arises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Johnson/Released) Munitions flight blows doors off RED FLAG-Alaska
One unique aspect of Eielson is its seasons; in fact it only really has two seasons -- RED FLAG-Alaska season and RF-A preparation season.   The Airmen at the 354th Maintenance Squadron's munitions flight know this very well.   "We support the 18th Aggressor Squadron with countermeasures and training missives," said Master Sgt. Rick Hedrick, the
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U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber aircraft from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, like the one pictured above, deploy to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, as a routine deployment providing global strike capability and extended deterrence against potential adversaries in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joel Pfiester/Released) Whiteman AFB B-2 bombers deploy to Guam
Three B-2 bombers and approximately 225 Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 7 to conduct familiarization training activities in the Pacific region.   This training deployment demonstrates continuing U.S. commitment to regular, global strategic bomber operations throughout the
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A 36th Fighter Squadron F-16C “Fighting Falcon”, prepares to launch on Osan Air Base, South Korea, July 22, 2015. The 36th FS has a 90-year history in the Air Force, where they flew 21 different types of aircraft, received 22 unit citations, and accumulated 24 service and campaign streamers since World War I. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristin High/Released) 36th FS continues its legacy
They are one of the oldest fighting squadrons in the U.S. Air Force with more than 90 years of history. These "Fighting Fiends" have flown 21 different types of aircraft; received 22 unit citations and 24 service and campaign streamers since World War I. The 36th Fighter Squadron originated in Kelly Field, Texas, and has relocated to Selfridge
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A U.S. Air Force 35th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon taxis on the Kunsan Air Base runway as an 80th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during Exercise Buddy Wing 15-4 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 16, 2015. The five-day quarterly operational readiness exercise enhanced strategic capabilities at Kunsan by generating combat airpower in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katrina Heikkinen/Released) Wolf Pack tackles July heat during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4
The sound of bugle calls echoed throughout the Wolf Pack as combat Airmen reacted, survived and operated in a simulated combat zone to validate and enhance Kunsan's mission to defend the base and take the fight north during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-4 July 13 through 17 here.   Quarterly operational readiness exercises enhance strategic
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