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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ivan Alandzak, a 354th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuels system maintenance technician, poses for a photo August 16, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Alandzak was born in Bosnia and escaped the Bosnian War (April 6, 1992 – December 14, 1995) with his family when he was 5 years-old. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cassie Whitman) Iceman born abroad: Tech. Sgt. Ivan Alandzak
Driving in the dead of night, 5 year-old Ivan Alandzak remembers seeing soldiers laying in ditches, random check points and tanks everywhere. His dad would go away at night to hide so the soldiers wouldn’t capture him and threaten his family. People were being forced out of their houses, and Alandzak knew something was wrong, but didn’t really know why.
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgts. Joshua Leon Guerrero, left, and Nicolas Garrido, both services craftsmen assigned to the 254th Force Support Squadron, Guam Air National Guard, prepare a lunch entree at the Two Seasons dining facility, Aug. 9, 2017, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-3, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The 254 FSS team was tasked to augment the 354 FSS during RF-A 17-3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla) Decade-old 254 FSS 'family' support each other, RF-A
For most military members, the biggest sacrifice of military service is being away from loved ones. Countless birthdays, holidays and anniversaries are spent in other parts of the world. While there is no replacement for family and friends, Airmen from the 254th Force Support Squadron have managed to bring the feeling of family into the work place.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ryan D. Guerra, a 129th Rescue Squadron special mission aviator assigned to Moffet Air National Guard Base, Calif., looks out the door of a HH-60G Pave Hawk Aug. 10, 2017, RED FLAG-Alaska 17-3, over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC). The JPARC provides a realistic training environment and allows commanders to train for full spectrum engagements, ranging from individual skills to complex, large-scale joint engagements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric M. Fisher) 129th RQS trains to save lives during RF-A 17-3
The 129th Rescue Wing conducts combat search and rescue missions, as well as the rescue of isolated persons on board ships, lost or injured hikers, and medical evacuations across the West Coast. RED FLAG-Alaska 17-3 allows joint and international units to sharpen their combat skills by flying simulated combat sorties in a realistic threat environment.
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A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber assigned to the 96th Bomber Squadron out of Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), La., waits on the flight line July 28, 2017, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-3, at Eielson AFB, Alaska.  RF-A exercises provide realistic combat training, which is essential to the success of air and space operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson) 96th Bomber Squadron enhances training objectives at RF-A 17-3
A quick glance at the flightline and it may seem that RED FLAG-Alaska is mainly about fighter aircraft; but that’s only one piece of the puzzle. RF-A 17-3 participants will get the unique opportunity to work with the 96th Bomber Squadron assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and the B-52 Stratofortress.
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U.S. Soldiers with the 3rd Special Forces Group (SFG) out of Fort Bragg, N.C., and the 5th Squadron, 1st Calvary Regiment out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska, participate in a pilot recovery exercise Aug. 4, 2017, during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-3, at the McMahon Range, Alaska. The 3rd SFG is the lead SFG on operations in Central Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson) Green Berets train during RF-A 17-3
U.S. Soldiers with the 3rd Special Forces Group (SFG) out of Fort Bragg, N.C., and the 5th Squadron, 1st Calvary Regiment out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska, participate in a pilot recovery exercise Aug. 4, 2017, during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-3, at the McMahon Range, Alaska. The 3rd SFG is the lead SFG on operations in Central Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo
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Families from around the Eielson community gather around a B-52 Strafofortress bomber aircraft assigned to the 2nd Bomber Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), La., at the Eielson AFB, Alaska, Open House, August 5, 2017. The Event featured U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army and Royal Canadian Air Force assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson) 2017 AFB Open House
Families from around the Eielson community gather around a B-52 Strafofortress bomber aircraft assigned to the 2nd Bomber Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), La., at the Eielson AFB, Alaska, Open House, August 5, 2017. The Event featured U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army and Royal Canadian Air Force assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kahdija Slaughter, a 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist and USO volunteer, serves a visiting service member a slice of pizza Aug. 3, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The USO opened for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game 2017 and provided free pizza. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric M. Fisher) USO extends hours to support RED FLAG-Alaska
The United Services Organization was founded in 1941, after a request from President Franklin Roosevelt to help improve morale and recreation for U.S. Service members. With more than 200 locations throughout the world the USO has definitely done just that, but in some locations support can still be limited due to remoteness or lack of volunteers.
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Nick Gumley, the 354th Medical Support Squadron TRICARE operations patient administration flight commander, hands Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, his Air Force Ball tickets Aug. 2, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The Air Force is celebrating its 70th Birthday and Mineau and Sheehan were one of the first to purchase their tickets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cassie Whitman) Celebrating 70 years of Air Power
Since Sept. 18, 1947, the Air Force has been providing critical air power to defend the United States. We have strived to protect the freedoms afforded to us and have made advances in technology and airframes. From the Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis aircraft to the F-35A Lightning II aircraft, the Air Force has lived by the motto “higher, faster and farther.” Capt. Charles “Chuck” Yeager made the first step toward history when he took his first flight on the Bell XS-1, a rocket-powered USAF research plane.
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Two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft assigned to the 425th Tactical Fighter Squadron from Canadian Forces Base, Bagotville, Canada, sit on the Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, runway while two Canadian airmen work in the cockpit Aug. 1, 2017, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-3. RF-A exercises provide realistic combat training, which is essential to the success of air and space operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cassie Whitman) RCAF prepares for success
Two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft assigned to the 425th Tactical Fighter Squadron from Canadian Forces Base, Bagotville, Canada, sit on the Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, runway while two Canadian airmen work in the cockpit Aug. 1, 2017, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-3. RF-A exercises provide realistic combat training,
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A U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 138, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., takes off during FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-3, July 31, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. 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 for U.S. and international forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson) RF-A takes to the skies
A U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 138, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., takes off during FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-3, July 31, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A provides an optimal training environment in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region and focuses on improving ground, space,
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