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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.
0 3/08
2018
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson, a 354th Fighter Wing photojournalist, speaks to an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety course instructor during training Sept. 14, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. After the class, seven Airmen stationed at Eielson received their certification to train ATV safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric M. Fisher) Playing it safe
In 2015, there were 340 deaths and 97,200 injuries related to all-terrain vehicle incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. To help combat these statistics and increase safety for Airmen and their families, the 354th Fighter Wing safety office provides classes teaching proper riding habits and equipment to ride safely. On Sept. 14, 2017, seven Airmen from the 354th FW became certified to instruct ATV safety courses to improve awareness of safe ATV use and to allow for riding on base.
0 9/22
2017
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan McCullough, an 8th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment (AFE) journeyman assigned to Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, performs maintenance on an oxygen mask, May 2, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. AFE technicians must perform extensive work on each piece of equipment to ensure maximum safety for pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor/Released) Aircrew flight equipment: no masking safety
While pilots fly at the speed of sound, multi-tasking is in full force, but safety remains a top priority in the skies. Maintenance Airmen make sure each aircraft is ready to fly, but one crew works meticulously behind the scenes to ensure each pilot’s flight equipment is in top working condition.
0 5/10
2016
U.S. Staff Sgt. Mathis Williams, a 354th Security Forces military working dog (MWD) handler, takes a break from a patrol with MWD Oopal in the dark at 30 degrees below zero March 7, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, while the aurora borealis dances behind them. Military working dogs from Eielson work alongside the human defenders who stand “Ready to go at 50 below” 24 hours a day protecting assets at the top of the world in the U.S. Air Force’s Pacific theater of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released) Paws below zero
Every paw press into powder dry snow produces a sharp shriek in to the dark frigid air only heard in negative temperatures. Not a breath through the wet, black nostrils isn’t without effort inhaling painful sniffs intent on detecting deadly explosives, drugs or intruders. Military working dogs from the 354th Security Forces Squadron march alongside the human defenders who stand “Ready to go at 50 below” 24 hours a day protecting assets that set atop the world in the U.S. Air Force’s Pacific theater of operations.
0 4/18
2016
Air Force Col. Michael P. Winkler, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, announces the Secretary of the Air Force’s signed decision to select Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, as the location of the Air Force’s first F-35A operational base in the Pacific Air Forces’ Area of Responsibility during an April 4, 2016, ceremony at Eielson. Basing the F-35s at Eielson will allow the Air Force the capability of using the largest airspace in the Air Force in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex for large-force exercises, ensuring realistic combat training for the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik/Released) Eielson selected to receive operational F-35A aircraft
Col. Michael P. Winkler, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, announced the Secretary of the Air Force’s signed decision to select Eielson Air Force Base as the new home for the service’s first operational overseas F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft base during an April 4, 2016, ceremony at Eielson.Air Force officials chose Eielson
0 4/07
2016
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