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Airman 1st Class Conner Scott, an aircrew flight equipment journeyman with the 3rd Operations Support Squadron, ensures a personal locator beacon is operable at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 5, 2018. A PLB will send out an emergency distress signal alerting nearby search and rescue when activated. AFE Airmen maintain pilot safety
For every pilot in the air, there are Airmen on the ground ensuring their equipment is well-maintained and operable.
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2018
Alaskan Aggressors support 3rd Wing combat readiness Alaskan Aggressors support PACAF 5th Gen readiness
Training never stops, at least not for the 354th Fighter Wing’s 18th Aggressor Squadron. The unit works tirelessly year-round to support continuous combat readiness and enhance U.S. and partner nations’ skills and capabilities.
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2017
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, Alaskan Command commander, and U.S. Air Force Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, Air Force Materiel Command commander, look at a cold weather gear display during an Arctic Security Expedition Sept. 8, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Air Force senior leaders from Headquarters Air Force and major commands visited Eielson AFB and other locations in Alaska to learn and discuss the challenges units face operating in the Arctic region and the affects climate change may have on their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla) Arctic Security Expedition: AF leaders visit Eielson, gain insight to U.S. Arctic ops
Air Force senior leaders from Headquarters Air Force and several major commands visited Eielson Air Force Base and other locations in Alaska during an Arctic Security Expedition Sept 8-9.
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2017
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft takes off from the flight line during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-2 June 13, 2017, at Eielson Air Base, Alaska. RED FLAG-Alaska provides an optimal training environment in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region and focuses on improving ground, space, and cyberspace combat readiness and interoperabillity for U.S. and international forces.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley D. Phillips) 'Red Flag' exercises continue providing realistic combat training
It’s that time again when aircraft from U.S. and partner nations soar through the Alaskan sky as RED FLAG-Alaska has officially kicked-off for the final time this season. RF-A 17-3 is scheduled to run from July 27 to August 11.
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2017
A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-2 June 16, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RED FLAG-Alaska provides an optimal training environment in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region and focuses on improving ground, space, and cyberspace combat readiness and interoperability for U.S. and international forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt Douglas Ellis) Red Flag-Alaska affords Airmen experience of a lifetime
The Alaskan summer sky dims only slightly as Airmen and aircraft from a myriad of countries pack up their gear, preparing to depart for their respective homes. Approximately 1,500 personnel and more than 100 aircraft from the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Denmark, Thailand and other nations participated in more than 300 flight hours of challenging training during this iteration of RED FLAG-Alaska 17-2.
0 6/23
2017
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brent Sheehan, the 354th Fighter Wing command chief, left, Col. Todd Robbins, the 354th FW vice commander and Col. David Mineau, the 354th FW commander, stand at attention as the Secretary of State’s plane arrives May 10, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson landed at Eielson on his way to the 10th Annual Arctic Council Ministerial, the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher) Eielson supports visit from Secretary of State
On May 10, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived on the Eielson Air Force Base flight line during exercise Northern Edge 2017. This is Eielson’s first high-tempo exercise for fiscal year 2017, and various agencies across the base were able to switch gears simultaneously to support both missions.
0 5/11
2017
Live, Virtual, and Constructive training capability is the appropriate and efficient integration and interoperability of real and synthetic people and systems in order to more effectively train forces. “Believe the unbelievable”: Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 17 enhances interoperability with Live, Virtual, Constructive training
Live, Virtual, and Constructive training is revolutionizing the way the military conducts training operations. More importantly, it’s changing the way the Department of Defense jointly develops, prepares and engages enemy forces during real-world contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
0 5/04
2017
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon taxis as a Royal Australian Air Force F-18A Hornet takes off at RAAF Williamtown, during Exercise Diamond Shield 2017 in New South Wales, Australia, March 23, 2017. The F-16 and the F-18 served as the primary platforms for providing ‘Red Air’ and ‘Blue Air’ forces, respectively. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty) Know, teach, replicate: 18th AGRS provides world-class training during DS17
It requires remarkable skill, dedication and discipline to become a military pilot. Despite the nation’s colors that don an aircraft’s fuselage, or what service affiliation rests on the chest’s of its aircrew, a military pilot is a capable and readily accessible force for effectively responding to and neutralizing a threat of any magnitude, at any time, or any place. However, like the students of the Royal Australian Air Force Base Air Warfare Instructors Course are learning in Exercise Diamond Shield 2017, it doesn’t come without hard work and extensive exposure to tactical exploitation by some of the most well-trained and experienced fighter combat instructors in the world; the 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
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2017
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off from Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, during Exercise Diamond Shield 2017 in New South Wales, Australia, March 21, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty) Royal Australian Air Force and 18th Aggressor Squadron pilots continue enhancing interoperability in Exercise Diamond Shield 2017
Pilots from the U.S. Air Force 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and from Royal Australian Air Force 3 Squadron and the Air Warfare Centre Instructors Course, RAAF Base Williamtown, have already logged numerous hours of flight time during Exercise Diamond Shield 2017 in New South Wales, Australia.
0 3/23
2017
U.S. Air Force Airmen from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, have touched down at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, in New South Wales, Australia, for Exercise Diamond Shield 2017. Exercise DS17, the second of four Diamond Series exercises conducted by the RAAF Air Warfare Centre, is an Australian Defence Force training activity where high-readiness forces deploy quickly to remote locations in Australia in response to a simulated security threat. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty) 18th Aggressor pilots take to the Australian air for Exercise Diamond Shield
U.S. Air Force Airmen from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, touched down at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, in New South Wales, Australia, for Exercise Diamond Shield 2017.
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2017
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