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U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Airmen assigned to Detachment 1, 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, stand outside the Baker Field House March 30, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The Airmen were there in support of the TACP memorial run, which honors fallen TACP Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson) TACP Airmen memorialize the fallen
The Profession of Arms encompasses America’s military; a unique profession, a higher calling with higher standards. Not many people choose careers that specialize in the defense of their country, or are able to build brotherly bonds that will last a lifetime. On March 30-31, Tactical Air Control Party Airmen assigned to Detachment 1, 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, set out to honor their fallen brethren with a 24-hour run.
0 4/06
2017
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Emily Hnatiuk, a 354th Force Support Squadron sports director, speaks to a representative from food services April 4, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Food services along with several other base agencies was present during the simulated chalk lines to help provide a realistic experience for the participants of Arctic Gold 17-5. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson) Exercise AG 17-5 kicks off
The 354th Fighter Wing's mission is to prepare, deploy, and enable Airmen. To help them prepare for contingencies, Eielson conducts various exercises to ensure Airmen are ready. Beginning on April 2, the 354th FW conducted exercise Arctic Gold 17-5 to promote the readiness and ability of Airmen to complete the mission in a specific type of situation.
0 4/04
2017
On March 29, Eielson broke ground for the F-35A Lightning II flight simulator facility, which marks the beginning of improvements to the base’s infrastructure in order to house the new aircraft. Since Eielson’s selection to be the Air Force’s first operational overseas F-35A location, there has been a lot of work done to prepare for their arrival. Preparations include construction and renovations planned in support of 54 F-35s and approximately 3,500 Airman, contractors and their families. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher) Eielson breaks ground for F-35A Lightning II flight simulator
In April 2015, the Air Force selected Eielson Air Force Base to become the first operational overseas location for the F-35A Lightning II. On March 29, Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, officially broke ground for the F-35 beddown; less than a year after the initial selection was made.
0 4/04
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Wesley Walker, a 354th Maintenance Squadron aircraft munitions systems specialist, after returning from his incentive flight at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, in New South Wales, Australia, March 24, 2017. Prior to the 18th Aggressor Squadron completing their final sortie in Exercise Diamond Shield, Walker was offered an opportunity to observe the mission of training and preparing Royal Australian Air Force fighter combat instructors, airspace battle managers, fighter intelligence instructors and fighter combat controllers of the RAAF Air Warfare Centre Instructors Course from a perspective he’s never seen before; from 30,000 feet in the air. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty) An unforgettable flight in an unforgettable place: Tech. Sgt. Wesley Walker’s F-16 ride over Australia
Aircraft tail number 375 of a very specific F-16 Fighting Falcon will be something U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Wesley Walker, 354th Maintenance Squadron aircraft munitions systems specialist, will never forget. Prior to the 18th Aggressor Squadron completing their final sortie in Exercise Diamond Shield, Walker was offered an opportunity to observe the mission of training and preparing Royal Australian Air Force fighter combat instructors, airspace battle managers, fighter intelligence instructors and fighter combat controllers of the RAAF Air Warfare Centre Instructors Course from a perspective he’s never seen before; from 30,000 feet in the air.
0 3/24
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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.
0 3/23
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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 3/22
2017
Equipment belonging to a U.S. Air Force firefighter from the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron, rests on the floor March 13, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Eielson firefighters support the communities fire and emergency services by lending them manpower and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson) Fighting fire with Eielson fire
Wildfires are frequent in the Interior of Alaska. With thousands of acres of land to cover and minimal manning, firefighting can be a tiresome task. Although there is a lot of land to cover, the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters are prepared to drop everything when they hear the siren screeching through their building. They know it’s time to spring into action and lend a helping hand to the community.
0 3/21
2017
The U.S. Air Force 354th Operations Group F-16 Fighting Falcon flagship sits on the tarmac at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, in New South Wales, Australia, March 19, 2017. Exercise Diamond Shield 2017, 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. The exercise will see members of the ADF Navy, Army and Air Force rapidly deploy to counter a fictitious force posing a threat to Australia's national security in the Kimberley region in North Western Australia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty) Under the Australian sky
The U.S. Air Force 18th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcons sit on the tarmac at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, in New South Wales, Australia, March 19, 2017, during exercise Diamond Shield.
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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, have touched down at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, in New South Wales, Australia, for Exercise Diamond Shield 2017.
0 3/20
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Default Air Force Logo CSAF Statement on Wingman Conduct
People are the foundation of our Air Force. Our mutual support for each other is based on dignity, respect and trust ... a Wingman culture. As Wingmen we must continuously demonstrate courage and strength of character to do and say the right things, at the right times, to protect each other ... there is no other acceptable option.
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