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Combat arms instructors at the 354th Security Forces Squadron us an engagement skills trainer to save money prior to Airmen firing live ammunition.  An engagement skills trainer is a computer based training module which uses air compression and a surround sound system coupled with specially designed weapons to produce a shooting experience almost as good as the real thing (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shawn Nickel/Released) Aiming to reduce cost: Simulator produces accuracy, saves money
As the action snaps back and the sound of the rifle cracks, the only thing missing to make the scenario real is the smell of burnt gun powder.Combat arms instructors from the 354th Security Forces Squadron utilize an engagement skills trainer to promote accuracy while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on live ammunition.An engagement skills
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Supplements may have benefits when used to complement a proper diet and workout plan. Due to certain supplements having been banned for health concerns, service members should know what they are using and how to use it properly before taking any type of supplement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Perras/Released) Supplements 101: What are you taking?
In today's military community, fitness is a key component to maintaining readiness. Whether performing a cardio routine or weightlifting, there are supplements that claim to offer an athletic advantage to increase performance in these areas.With a plethora of enticing options on the market, questions come to mind on whether or not supplements are
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Firefighters with the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department attempt to put out a flame on an aircraft fire trainer June 20, 2013, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Live-fire training allows Icemen firefighters to be prepared in the event of an aircraft mishap. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Perras/Released) Fire and ice: Icemen square off with live-fire training
The temperature outside is a sweltering 90 degrees - a stark contrast to the harsh winters of Interior Alaska. Despite the heat, Eielson's firefighters continue to battle the burning aircraft in front of them.There is no emergency, however.The aircraft is for training purposes, and firefighters with the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department
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A girl enjoys the view over Bear Lake behind the Outdoor Recreation office. Outdoor Recreation has equipment available for rent, in addition to amenities like the skeet and trap range, Birch Lake camping, the Iceman Falls Lodge, and picnic sites on base and in the Valdez Recreation area. There are also guided tours available for outdoor activities.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kirsten Wicker/Released) Eielson outdoor recreation: your ticket to Alaska summer adventures
After a long Alaskan winter, warm weather and long days are finally in full swing.Opportunities to get out and about are everywhere, but it can be confusing and overwhelming to decide what to do or where to go, given all the choices, prices and locations.That's where Eielson's Outdoor Recreation activities and programs can help."It's all here and
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Todd Kern as a trainee during Basic Military Training. (Courtesy photo) Airman reflects on 26 years of service
Todd Kern, a young farm boy in Wisconsin, figured he was going nowhere.As a senior in high school, he spoke to an Air Force recruiter and he decided he wanted to do something better with his life.Kern's initial goal was to do four years in the Air Force and then get out and go back home. After spending time in England at his first duty station, he
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kati Lappin, 354th Medical Group dental technician and moulage team member, applies makeup to a simulated injury on Senior Airman Joseph Ellis, 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintainer, during an operational readiness exercise April 11, 2013, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Airman Lappin used liquid latex, fake blood and makeup to make simulated injuries appear real for self-aid buddy care scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tim Jenkins/Released) Flesh and blood: moulage brings realism to Icemen
Fake blood, plastic molds and makeup are usually items reserved for a horror movie or haunted house. For a select few Icemen, these items are in stock year-round.Moulage technicians here create fake wounds on "victims" for the sole purpose of training. These wounds help responders assess a situation without worry of any real damage. Of course, this
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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Alex del Valle is the 354th Operations Group superintendent, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. He was recently selected to be the new command chief at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Racheal E. Watson/Released) Command chief: An Airman among Airmen
Every Airman has a story to tell. The journey they take and the people they meet along the way molds them into whom they ultimately become. Chief Master Sgt. Alex del Valle, 354th Operations Group superintendent, was recently selected to be the new command chief at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. He now looks back at the long road behind him,
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U.S. military members begin their first day of arctic survival training, also known as Cool School, after the morning briefing Feb. 20, 2013, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.  The training, conducted by Det. 1, 66th Training Squadron members, exposes students to the harsh extremes of Alaskan winters in a controlled learning evironment.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Peter Reft) Service members conquer extreme Alaska at 'Cool School'
The piercing cold invading your lungs as your legs and hands begin to go numb. It is 50 degrees below zero and you have two hours of daylight before darkness envelopes your world. Every useable resource is gone, either burnt to ashes or crushed into oblivion. With only your knife, a few feet of synthetic cord, a handsaw and a parachute, you must
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Default Air Force Logo Warming Up to Winter Fitness
When temperatures drop as low as minus 50, it often becomes more difficult giving up watching TV, playing video games or eating that tasty pot of chili in exchange for heading to the gym for a workout. The harsh Alaskan winters can even challenge the fittest Airmen, but all should strive to sustain an increased level of physical and mental
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The Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra-Chorus rehearses for its annual holiday concert Dec. 1, 2012, Davis Concert Hall, Fairbanks, Alaska. The symphony performed multiple traditional holiday songs including Jingle Bells and Hallelujah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Zachary Perras) Blending with a new community
The winter season often brings about a sense of fulfillment through the act of giving. For one Iceman, this extends beyond physical gifts. Instead, he is using his voice to give back to others.2nd Lt. Nicholas Gumley, 354th Comptroller Squadron financial services officer, and his wife, Jana, 354th Fighter Wing Chapel Services Catholic pastoral and
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