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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Schofield, a 354th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) firefighter, turns a valve handle Feb. 7, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Due to cold temperatures in Alaska, the firefighters are only able to conduct limited training on their truck’s pumps; this simulator will allow much needed training throughout the winter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric M. Fisher) Pump Ops Simulator allows firefighters to train in sub-zero temps
While most firefighters across the world prepare for the day they come face-to-face with the extreme heat, firefighters at Eielson AFB are also challenged by the extreme cold. Located less than 200 miles from the Arctic Circle, the base experiences harsh temperatures often as low as minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit in the dead of winter. During such conditions, training opportunities are limited.
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Icemen practice recovery operations during Arctic Gold 18-5 Icemen practice recovery operations during Arctic Gold 18-5
It’s just another day in the office; the computers are humming, keyboard strokes are sounding and engines are starting to be spun-up and sent to work. “ALARM BLACK, MOPP LEVEL 4” You hear the words over the speaker system, AtHoc messages are ringing on everyone’s phones and Airmen are looking to supervisors to get their next instructions.
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2018
Battlefield Airmen integrate with F-35, improve air ground dominance Battlefield Airmen integrate with F-35, improve air ground dominance
During the F-35 Lightning II’s pre-Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, Airmen from the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron had the opportunity to work with all three variants of the Joint Strike Fighter. Tactical Air Control Party Airmen coordinate air support with joint and international platforms, making this a unique opportunity to work with three different versions of the fifth-generation aircraft.
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2018
With the help of some friends, the American Flag inspired igloo was constructed between Dec. 22, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018. The project took more than 200 man hours and 500 blocks. 

Those 500 blocks of ice were handcrafted by filling plastic tubs with water, and sometimes food coloring, then allowing it to freeze outside over the course of a day. Freezing for a cause
With the help of some friends, the American Flag inspired igloo was constructed between Dec. 22, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018. The project took more than 200 man hours and 500 blocks. Those 500 blocks of ice were handcrafted by filling plastic tubs with water, and sometimes food coloring, then allowing it to freeze outside over the course of a day.
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Survival An unexpected journey
“I kept a positive attitude the entire time. I feel that keeping my attitude in check and staying focused on the goal of finding the road was key to my survival.” -A1C Austin Collier. The winters are dark, the sunlight scarce and the temperatures are below freezing, but for many Alaskans and military members, one of the greatest delights of being in the Last Frontier is enjoying the great outdoors, especially hunting.
0 2/09
2018
The Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team consists of Air Force, Marine and Navy personnel responsible for conducting and evaluating operational tests on the F-35. JOTT testing on Eielson concludes
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II multi-role fighter aircraft is prepared for flight Jan. 31, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team aircraft were brought to Alaska to test their ability to operate in temperatures exceeding -30 degrees Fahrenheit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric M.
0 2/06
2018
JOTT conducts F-35 pre-IOT&E cold weather testing at Eielson JOTT conducts F-35 pre-IOT&E cold weather testing at Eielson
In April 2016, the Air Force made an announcement that would change Eielson AFB history. After a lengthy analysis of the installation’s operations, environmental factors and cost, the Secretary of the Air Force selected Eielson AFB to be the first operational USAF location outside the contiguous United States to receive the F-35A Lightning II.
0 2/05
2018
Exercise Sentry Aloha 18-1 held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, ended Jan 24. 2018.
The exercise which takes place several times a year is hosted by the Hawaii Air National Guard which is the Air Force’s largest ANG wing. Sentry Aloha 18-1 comes to an end
Exercise Sentry Aloha 18-1 held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, ended Jan 24. 2018. The exercise which takes place several times a year is hosted by the Hawaii Air National Guard which is the Air Force’s largest ANG wing.
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2018
From Jan. 22 to 26, Eielson conducted Arctic Gold 18-4; an Operational Readiness Exercise designed to give all 354th Fighter Wing personnel the opportunity to execute mission-essential tasks together in a simulated high-threat environment.

Consisting of two distinct phases, Phase I tested all 354 FW Airmen’s capabilities to conduct events related to the deployment operations process, which included preparing forces for combat, deploying Airmen in support of global operations, successfully receiving tasked personnel and equipment, and preparation and response procedures for a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosives attack. Eielson enhances warfighting readiness, capabilities to confront regional threats
From Jan. 22 to 26, Eielson conducted Arctic Gold 18-4; an Operational Readiness Exercise designed to give all 354th Fighter Wing personnel the opportunity to execute mission-essential tasks together in a simulated high-threat environment.
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The 18th AGRS prepares combat air forces through challenging, realistic threat replication, training, tests support, academics and feedback. Fly, fight, teach during Sentry Aloha 18-1
A pilot assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron listens to a mission brief Jan. 10, 2018, during exercise Sentry Aloha 18-1 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Sentry Aloha is an exercise held several times a year by the Hawaii Air National Guard during which various Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force and other Department of Defense agencies train
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