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Providing comfort and resiliency one paw at a time Providing comfort and resiliency one paw at a time
Eielson Air Force Base has two furry friends that assist in different resiliency capacities. Tessa is Eielson’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program service dog and Belle is a therapy dog who visits different locations around the base. Through the combined efforts of these canine companions, the Icemen Team receives a welcome reprieve from their busy day, and if necessary, a friendly acquaintance to confide in. Each dog serves in a specific role to aid in raising morale throughout the Wing. In her short time at Eielson, Tessa has already helped several sexual assault victims come forward and receive assistance from the SAPR office; Belle visits with Airmen and their families at several different facilities each week, providing comfort and a break for each person who pets her.
0 9/29
2017
Mentoring Moments: Chief Master Sgt. April Smurda Mentoring Moments: Chief Master Sgt. April Smurda
A defining moment; a moment that shapes and molds who you become can happen at any point in your life. For Chief Master Sgt. April Smurda, that defining moment came when she became a first time mom while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Smurda, the 354th Operations Group superintendent, entered into the delayed entry program when she was just 17. She knew she didn’t want to attend college, so she used her cousin as inspiration to join the Air Force. Two months after graduation, Smurda was on her way to Basic Military Training.
0 9/14
2017
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, Alaskan Command commander, and U.S. Air Force Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, Air Force Materiel Command commander, look at a cold weather gear display during an Arctic Security Expedition Sept. 8, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Air Force senior leaders from Headquarters Air Force and major commands visited Eielson AFB and other locations in Alaska to learn and discuss the challenges units face operating in the Arctic region and the affects climate change may have on their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla) Arctic Security Expedition: AF leaders visit Eielson, gain insight to U.S. Arctic ops
Air Force senior leaders from Headquarters Air Force and several major commands visited Eielson Air Force Base and other locations in Alaska during an Arctic Security Expedition Sept 8-9.
0 9/13
2017
Iceman born abroad: Tech. Sgt. Ivan Alandzak 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.
0 8/16
2017
Two U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters assigned to the 129th Rescue Wing in Moffet Air National Guard Base, Calif., wait for aircrew to board August 10, 2017, RED FLAG-Alaska 17-3, in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. 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.
0 8/14
2017
Celebrating 70 years of Air Power 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.
0 8/02
2017
RCAF prepares for success 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,
0 8/02
2017
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft 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) Final RED FLAG - Alaska of 2017 provides joint, multi-domain, multinational and fast combat training
It’s that time again when aircraft from U.S. and partner nations soar through the Alaskan sky as RED FLAG-Alaska has officially kicked-off for the final time this season. RF-A 17-3 is scheduled to run from July 27 to August 11. As one of the Air Force’s premier flying exercises, Eielson Air Force Base has invited U.S. and international partners to participate in this uniquely designed training experience that could potentially save their lives.
0 7/28
2017
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.
0 6/22
2017
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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