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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
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE-Alaska – 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.
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U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Warren Binyard, the 36th Fighter Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of aircrew flight equipment, disassembles parts of an oxygen mask June 21, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The equipment that Binyard maintains is essential to pilots due to the high altitude at which they fly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher) RED FLAG-Alaska: G-suits and parachutes
Attention to detail is a concept ingrained in every Airman from the day they join the Air Force. Your boots must be perfectly aligned, your ribbon rack centered directly above your pocket. This valuable skill saves time, money and in certain situations even someone’s life. For aircrew flight equipment personnel, attention to detail is of paramount importance because when everything else in an aircraft fails, a pilot’s lifesaving gear cannot.
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Default Air Force Logo Air Force Inns selects eight finalists for Innkeeper Award
Eight U.S. Air Force installations were selected as finalists for the Air Force Innkeeper Award.
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U.S. Air Force Col. Richard Cole, left, the 354th Mission Support Group commander, passes the 354th Communications Squadron (354th CS) guidon to Maj. Charles Dobson, the 354th CS commander, June 15, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Dobson assumed command from Maj. Aaron Lake who will move on to Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher) 354th Communications Squadron change of command
U.S. Air Force Col. Richard Cole, left, the 354th Mission Support Group commander, passes the 354th Communications Squadron (354th CS) guidon to Maj. Charles Dobson, the 354th CS commander, June 15, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Dobson assumed command from Maj. Aaron Lake who will move on to Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. (U.S. Air
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Aggressor 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-Alaska 17-2 Day 2 take-offs
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Aggressor 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
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gregory Chmielewski, a 354th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) combat arms instructor, helps an SFS Airman site their rifle June 7, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Chmielewski and the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance team qualify around 1,100 people every year, and are on schedule to train even more in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Jonson)

Iceman in Action: Staff Sgt. Gregory Chmielewski
Deploying is an important part of the Eielson Air Force Base mission to prepare, deploy and enable Airmen across the globe. Whether someone is from the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron or from the base legal office, they have to prepare for a deployment with the same steps. One of those being proper weapons qualifications. Staff Sgt. Gregory Chmielewski, a combat arms instructor from the 354th Security Forces Squadron, is one of the few Icemen to make sure this process goes “off without a hitch.”
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Rex Bassett, the 51st Fighter Wing assistant director of operations out of Osan Air Base, Korea, discusses plans with pilots during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-2, June 12, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Before flight, pilots gather to discuss the objectives, roles and flight tactics for a mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert) RED FLAG-Alaska planning fortifies multinational tactics
Groups of pilots and mission coordinators jostle their eyes between a large screen and a map of the airspace during a mission planning brief with Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, a fellow Air Force Base out of Anchorage, Alaska, on June 12. After a training scenario explanation, the chatter of tactical plans and counter-attacks bounced back and forth between personnel as they prepared for a large force exercise mission during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-2.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Francis Atchoe, a Detachment 1, 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron personnel journeyman, kisses his wife Airman 1st Class Brenda Atchoe, a 354th Force Support Squadron personnel journeyman, while their son Ethan laughs Feb. 15, 2017, at their home on Fort Wainwright, Alaska. The Atchoe’s met through a mutual friend while they were attending college at different universities and have since gained citizenship and hope to become officers in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman) Icemen born abroad: The Atchoe Family
Opportunity knocks wherever life leads you. Whether that be attending college, starting a family or making the decision to join the military, everyone has different dreams and aspirations. For some, it means starting a whole new life in a different country. Staff Sgt. Francis Atchoe, a Detachment 1, 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron personnel journeyman, was pursuing his first degree at the University of Ghana and decided to take a vacation to the United States. During his six-week visit and after positive interactions with friendly people, he decided to relocate to the U.S.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mark Timson, a 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels preventative maintenance personnel, performs daily checks on an R-11 June 12, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Timson performed a preventative maintenance check on a fuel truck to ensure all parts were functional before being dispatched to the flight line during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-2. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman) A day in the life of POL
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mark Timson, a 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution supervisor, checks off a list June 12, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Timson preformed a check on a fuel truck to ensure all parts were functional before being dispatched to the flight line during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-2. (U.S. Air Force photo
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron, speeds down the runway to take off from the Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, flight line during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-2, June 13, 2017. RF-A provides an optimal training environment in the Indo-Asia Pacific region and focuses on improving ground, space and cyberspace combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. and international forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert) RED FLAG-Alaska 17-2 kicks off
One of the Air Forces’ premier flying exercises, Red Flag-Alaska, will be taking place until June 23 at Eielson Air Force Base. During RF-A 17-2, international partners will take part in an exercise designed to give them experience that may save their lives.
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