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  • Hometown friends, heroes take to the sky

    It’s not every day that you get to pilot an F-16 fighter jet while one of your best friends fills the back seat. Let alone, a friend whose medical expertise, saved your Air Force flying career.
  • Exercise WestPac Rumrunner – the second iteration

    The 18th Wing hosted the second iteration of Exercise WestPac Rumrunner – an exercise designed to train and improve capabilities and joint interoperability using agile combat employment (ACE) concepts – July 31, 2020, at Kadena Air Base. The exercise allows for the United States Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force to meet up, train, and fight as a cohesive unit all in one day’s time. WestPac Rumrunner enables units and assets currently stationed or TDY in the Western Pacific area of responsibility to train together without the typical demands of a TDY.
  • 36th Contingency Response Group hosts Exercise MACHETE GREEN

    COVID-19 has disrupted many plans for governments, businesses, and military operations, but in some ways has created unique opportunities.
  • Hardened aircraft shelters constructed at Kunsan

    Col. Christopher “Wolf” Hammond, 8th Fighter Wing commander, along with leadership from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the Far East District (USACE of the FED), and Republic of Korean Air Force representatives conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of construction of new hardened aircraft shelters (HAS) on Kunsan Air Base, July 31, 2020.
  • Pacific Air Forces develops True North-Lite program

    In 2018, the Air Force began beta testing Task Force True North (TN), a resiliency initiative in which mental health professionals, physiologists, physical therapists, and a religious support team embed within high-risk groups of a Wing.
  • Andersen KC-135 crew locates missing mariners on lone Pacific island

    Guardsmen from the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard (ANG) and the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania ANG deployed here, were the first to locate three missing mariners during a search and rescue mission in the Federated States of Micronesia southwest of Guam, Aug. 2, 2020 (ChST).
  • 3rd Wing Airmen continue to set new records

    Despite the challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 3rd Wing set a new flying record in June, accomplishing 810 sorties. It is by far the highest number to date since the arrival of the F-22 Raptors here at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
  • Acknowledging racial disparity within our ranks

    Since the death of George Floyd, discussing and addressing racial injustice throughout the ranks has become an important part of our total mission success. U.S. Air Force senior leadership has prompted all servicemembers to take the time to learn and show humility by addressing racial blind spots and looking inward, at every echelon of command, so we emerge stronger as a profession of arms.
  • Innovation backing weaves WIDOW into reality

    In May 2019, U.S. Air Force Maj. Brad Short, then-3rd Wing chief of weapons and tactics, was conducting mission planning the same way it has been done since the 1940s: on a chalkboard, whiteboard or mapboard. He decided it was time to bring the process into the 21st century — to digitize and automate the process.
  • Air Force Repair Enhancement Program: Eielson’s jack-of-all-trades

    Tucked away in a corner of the 354th Maintenance Group is a small group of uniquely-skilled Airmen. Virtually any tool one needs to fix a piece of equipment can be found, but there is not a technical order in sight. This team has saved Eielson and the Air Force $2.7 million this year alone. A four-man team of Airmen hand-selected from the 354th Maintenance Group makes up the Air Force Repair Enhancement Program flight and its mission is to fix anything and everything on the installation.
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