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EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska – As a 911 dispatcher, you need to be prepared for any situation because one day you may receive a call that requires you to make a difference. Senior Airman Desimond Thomas, 354th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, received that call and saved an infant’s life
For generations, the warrior ethos has been instilled into young Native Americans like U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Byron Mitchell, a member of the Navajo tribe from the Four Corners region, through traditions and modern life lessons which he feels prepared him for the military.
The U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal team here received a call on Sep. 28, from archaeologists who had unearthed a crate of TNT and executed a controlled detonation near Tok, Alaska. Air Force EOD members provide an emergency response capability for the Air Force and Joint Commanders to
The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center recently launched a large-scale soil washing effort to remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl, or PFAS, pollutants at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- U.S. Air Force members from the 354th Medical Group at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, participated in the 2023 Indo-Pacific Health Exchange (IPMHE) in Kuala Lumpar from 26-29 September 2023 to gain valuable training and insight on joint operations.
Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska – After two weeks of hard work, countless take-offs and around the clock maintenance, Red Flag-Alaska 23-3 has come to a close. The exercise ran from August 14-25 with events taking place at Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. This
The surface-to-air and air-to-air simulated combat exercise returns this week.
As the second longest runway in North America that operates year-round even in subarctic conditions, Eielson Air Force Base’s 14,507 feet long runway requires regular maintenance to ensure mission-readiness at all times.
The dedicated crew chief and load competition to feature both U.S. Air Force installations in Alaska – Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base – took place on JBER, July 28, 2023.
Nature in Alaska can be beautiful, especially in the summer. But if you’re not careful, a walk in the park can turn into a dangerous situation.
The Department of the Air Force and 354th Fighter Wing are asking community members for input to determine if there is interest in establishing a local environmental restoration advisory board.
The 354th Fighter Wing held a change of command ceremony as U.S. Air Force Col. David J. Berkland relinquished command to U.S. Air Force Col. Paul P. Townsend, 354th Fighter Wing commander, June 22, 2023.
Capt. Sung Woo Suh, 80th Fighter Generation Squadron Director of Operations and Master Sgt. Carleton Kennedy, 80th FGS production supervisor, both stationed at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, saved an infant, father and dog from drowning and hypothermia June 3, 2023 at Chena Lake Recreation
Pacific Air Forces Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Officer, Tony Cruz, visited Eielson Air Force Base and met with base leadership and Airmen May 30-31, 2023.
Red Flag-Alaska 23-2, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise, is scheduled to begin on June 12 with primary flight operations over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and is scheduled to run through June 23, 2023. Red Flag-Alaska is designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat
Emergency services on Eielson Air Force Base have recently updated the Emergency 911 call system.
While joining the Air Force can be a goal for some, for others the military can provide a sense of a direction when the future seems undecided. Master Sgt. Matthew Rush, the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Unit first sergeant, fell under the latter group.
Thousands of U.S. service members, five ships and more than 150 aircraft are scheduled to participate in Northern Edge 2023 (NE23-1), a joint field training exercise at various locations in and around Alaska, beginning May 4, 2023.
The 354th Fighter Wing conducted Arctic Gold 23-2, an exercise designed to practice the wing’s ability to sustain F-35 Lightning II operations from multiple, simulated, deployed locations April 17-23, 2023.
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, prepares to land during Arctic Gold 23-2 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 18, 2023. AG 23-2, a continuation of AG 23-1, helped to refine and train the wing’s Agile Combat Employment
Christopher Gardner, 354th Operations Support Squadron Air Operations and Scheduling Specialist, was selected as the 2022 Outstanding Air Force Aviation Resource Management of the Year for civilian category II.
Airmen assigned to the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron participated in a training exercise at Delta Junction, Alaska, March 20-24, 2023. The training exercise tested the Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) and Special Warfare Mission Support (SWMS) Airmen on their ability to conduct operations in
There are generation defining moments throughout history that one may experience during their life. All are permanent images in memories but some also serve as a call to action or invoke some change. For Master Sgt. Juan Pablo Robles, 354th Operations Group first sergeant, it was the terror attacks
The Department of the Air Force is soliciting input from local communities to determine if there is support for forming environmental Restoration Advisory Boards at more than 60 active and closed installations.
April is celebrated as the Month of the Military Child, and this year’s theme, “Taking Care of Our Military Children,” promotes the variety of support available from the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to help military children thrive.“Commissaries are proud to honor our youngest heroes during
Select commissaries worldwide are planning recognition events to honor veterans, surviving spouses and their families for Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29.Every year the military resale community joins the Pentagon's Office of War Commemoration in honoring Vietnam veterans and their families,
F-35A Lightning IIs from the 355th Fighter Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, arrived at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 28, 2023, to ensure continuous fighter presence through the phased return of Kadena’s fleet of F-15C/D Eagles to the United States.
From March 6-9, 2023, the 354th Fighter Wing successfully executed Arctic Gold 23-1, a large-scale mobilization exercise designed to practice the Wing’s ability to rapidly deploy fifth-generation combat airpower from Eielson AFB.
The 354th Fighter Wing's Air Force Repair Enhancement Program (AFREP) is saving the Air Force millions of dollars by fixing broken equipment and reselling it, rather than outsourcing and paying for repairs. AFREP, which is attached to the 354th Maintenance Group (MXG), Quality Assurance Flight, is
In a location like Alaska, where snow can fall as early as October and as late as May, weather doesn’t stop Eielson Air Force Base’s mission from continuing. The vital task of clearing the base's 2.2 million square foot airfield falls on the shoulders of the Airmen assigned to the 354th Civil
The photographer, interviewer, and journalist often go unnoticed as their work typically goes untold. As a result, their contribution to the field is greatly underestimated. The role of a Public Affairs Specialist is frequently misconstrued as merely posting photos on social media, similar to that
The 354th Fighter Wing took a significant step towards implementing the Agile Combat Employment concept. As part of this initiative, the base introduced its first Wing-led iteration of the Multi-capable Airmen Rodeo, an exercise designed to evaluate combat effectiveness. MCA refers to a new type of
Enduring and operating in arctic environments like Alaska is critical in maintaining unrivaled Arctic Warfighters– such as the tactical air control party specialists assigned to Detachment 1, 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron at JBER.
For many, military service is a calling, a way to serve their country and make a difference. But for U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jose Martinez Morales, 354th Comptroller Squadron and Wing Staff Agency First Sergeant, his journey into the United States Air Force was one of necessity and determination.
In line with the Department of Defense’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility strategic plan, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, officially stood up its own DEIA program at the beginning of the year.
Long Alaskan winter not only brings extreme cold weather, it brings a drastic change in topography. To ensure the mission continues, the 354th Range Squadron utilizes an ingenious solution.
When most people think of the base legal office, their mind goes straight to PROSECUTION.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Joseph Langan, 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, inducts Staff Sgt. Cerise Lumaye, a 356th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, during a ceremony on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Jan. 6, 2023. The dedicated crew chief induction ceremony recognizes the aircraft
U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, the Pacific Air Forces commander (right), and Chief Master Sgt. David R. Wolfe, the PACAF command chief (left), received a brief from Maj. Kathryn Stuard, the 354th Civil Engineering Squadron operations flight commander, during a base visit at Eielson Air Force
Army and Air Force leaders from Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base visited Minto, Alaska, December 14, 2022, to learn about rural Alaskan life and build rapport between the military and the Minto community.During the visit, leaders from the two Interior Alaska military bases were shown
Lockheed Martin provides bases with F-35A Lightning II standard trailers used to transport its canopies. However, in an arctic environment like Eielson, getting the trailer wheels stuck in snow is one of the many unique difficulties the 354th Maintenance Squadron Airmen face almost six months every
A joint civilian-military project is providing drinking water to businesses and residences in Moose Creek, Alaska, where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, impacted water wells at levels above Environmental Protection Agency advisories.
When Airmen arrive at a new base, finding a community can help the adjustment period go smoothly. Nightwatch, the gaming community on Eielson Air Force Base, helps provide familiarity to Airmen.
Airmen assigned to the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron (3 ASOS) participated in an Arctic Familiarization field exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 26-28, 2022.
The F-35A Lightning II is the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter providing enhanced situational awareness, reduced vulnerability, and next-generation stealth.
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron lands on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 29, 2022. The shift to the wraith aggressor paint scheme is a visual representation of the modernization of threats in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Bryan Arancibia, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, poses for a photo in front of an F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron during a mini generation on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 26, 2022. During the mini generation, the 355th AMU
Members of the Eielson Air Force Gaming team pose for a group photo during a gaming tournament on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 27, 2022. Also known as ‘Nightwatch’, the Eielson Air Force Gaming team is an inclusive, local gaming community open to active duty Airmen and Guardians, veterans
A first sergeant once said, “I woke up and did sprints this morning, nothing I face throughout the rest of my day will be harder than that.”
The Department of the Air Force requests tenants of privatized housing and government-owned family housing provide their feedback of the program via the annual Department of Defense Tenant Satisfaction Survey available beginning October 17, 2022.
The 14th Fighter Squadron from Misawa Air Base, Japan, has a proud heritage dating back to World War II. They function primarily in a support role, ready to attack to defend against any threat in the Pacific theater.
When it comes to training pilots in combat it's easy to assume that flying an aircraft can simply be conducted in any airspace. But pilots need a training ground as well and Alaska provides one of the biggest in the world.
From the warm streets of Aibonito, Puerto Rico to the last, and cold, frontier of Alaska, U.S. Air Force Capt. Adamaris Rivera, officer in charge of the 354th Medical Group pharmacy, has found success through her resiliency.
Prior to this summer, the memorial garden had lost its shine and perhaps had gone forgotten. That was when 18 year old Annabelle Smith, daughter of an Eielson Airman and a Girl Scout for 13 years, decided to take on a renovation project as a part of a Gold Award project, one of the highest awards in
RED FLAG-Alaska 23-1 is a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise that began on October 6, 2022.
RED FLAG-Alaska 23-1, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise, begins here, October 6, 2022.The exercise focuses on enhancing the combat readiness of U.S. and international forces by providing realistic training. RF-A 23-1 is scheduled to run from October 6-21, 2022.
The responsibility of ensuring the well-being of Airmen falls on the shoulders of first sergeants.
U.S. Air Force Airmen and Republic of Korea Air Force leaders pose for a photo at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, September 26, 2022. Collaboration with the Republic of Korea allows for joint integration training, sharing information and employing airpower throughout the Indo-Pacific area of
After an impromptu inspection from the EPA, it was brought to the attention of Enzo Fochesatto, 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron environmental coordinator and hazardous materials technician, that the installation had inadvertently been improperly disposing of ink cartridges.
Firefighters from the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron attend the September 11th Remembrance Ceremony at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, September 11, 2022. The ceremony was dedicated to all the first responders, emergency medical services, firefighters and police, who gave their lives and worked to
The 354th Fighter Wing conducts a 75-fighter jet formation at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2022, in honor of the U.S. Air Force’s 75th Anniversary. This capabilities demonstration included F-35A Lightning II, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-22 Raptor aircraft from across Pacific Air Forces.
The Department of the Air Force, in partnership with the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, released a request for proposal for the Eielson Air Force Base Micro-Reactor Pilot Program today.This is an important first step toward developing the next-generation energy technology needed for energy
North Pole Veterans of Foreign Wars commander Joe Ziegler delivers a speech during the Prisoners of War/Missing in Action remembrance ceremony on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 16, 2022. Ziegler is a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant who also serves as the senior vice commander of the
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., visited Eielson Air Base, Alaska, August 12 to engage with the Icemen who live and work here.
The Department of Defense is increasing its supply of the approved monkeypox vaccine, JYNNEOS, which allows for more Airmen and Guardians at higher risk for transmission to access preventive measures to keep themselves safe.
RF-A is a premier training event for joint units to bolster interoperability, during which some service members partake in the tradition of growing a ‘deployment mustache’ to increase a sense of morale and camaraderie among deployed service members.
Soaring above the last frontier, pilots rely on a small but important maintenance section to provide their last line of defense in the sky.
RED FLAG-Alaska 22-3 included more than 70 U.S. and allied aircraft executing simulated combat missions in over 77,000 square miles of training area, and with this year’s joint U.S. and Royal Australian Air Force participants, many members look forward to the growth that will come from the large
The 354th Fighter Wing hosts other units and their aircraft three to four times a year for RED FLAG-Alaska, an air training exercise that takes place in a simulated combat environment.
If you are around the military long enough, you will likely hear someone say something to the effect of “the military is 24/7.”
Fifth generation fighter aircraft receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker.
The sight of numerous jets taking off from the flightline and the sound of engine roar filling the sky can only mean one thing: RED FLAG-Alaska is underway.
The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP), the official blood program of the US military, is excited to make its way up to Alaska in August, hosting “Arctic Thunder’ Blood Drives at both Eielson Air Force Base (August 22) and Fort Wainwright (August 23-25); from 0900 – 1600 each of the days.
RED FLAG-Alaska 22-3 kicked off as U.S. and Royal Australian Air Force service members took to the skies at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 28, 2022.
The first aircraft operating in support of RED FLAG-Alaska 22-3 took to the skies from the Eielson flightline early this morning. The exercise will run July 28 – Aug. 12.
The World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency on July 23. With more than 4,000 cases in the United States, Airmen and Guardians should know the risks and how to stay safe.
Tactical air control party specialists assigned to Detachment 1, 3rd Air support Operations Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, held mountaineering training at Sunshine Ridge, Alaska, July 20 and 22, 2022. The training consisted of leaning how to use rock climbing tools and techniques
The aircraft that take off from the flightline at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, are maintained by crew chiefs and flown by pilots, but it is the Airmen monitoring the airfield who ensure safe landings and takeoffs for the aircraft.
The 354th Air Expeditionary Wing worked with the Department of the Air Force’s Chief Architect Office to evaluate an innovative communications system called EdgeConnect during an agile combat employment training event at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, earlier this month.
The 354th Air Expeditionary Wing became the first in the U.S. Pacific Air Forces to utilize an innovative F-35A Lightning II Alternate Mission Equipment Mobility Storage Rack during an agile combat employment training event at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, earlier this month.
At home station, secure, reliable communication capabilities provide leaders an accurate understanding of any given situation and enable them to make well-informed decisions. But what happens when the decisions need to be made in the field?
Red Flag-Alaska 22-3, the third of three iterations of a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise, is scheduled to run from 28 July to 12 August with primary flight operations over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. Red Flag-Alaska is designed to provide realistic training essential to the
U.S. Air Force F-35 aircraft from Eielson Air Force Base arrive at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 5, 2022, to conduct combined training with the Republic of Korea Air Force.
The 355th Fighter Squadron selected 27 Airmen to be recognized as Dedicated Crew Chiefs at a ceremony July 8, 2022, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 354th Air Expeditionary Wing conduct Agile Combat Employment training at Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan, July 11, 2022. ACE is a key operating concept for how Pacific Air Forces will fight in a modern, contested environment.
The U.S. Air Force 354th Air Expeditionary Wing and Marine Aircraft Group 12 performed a capabilities demonstration during a pre-planned readiness exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, July 7, 2022.
Today’s changing threat environment has drastically transformed the way the Air Force operates. Agile combat employment is a key operating concept that requires units to move and operate with allies and partners around the Indo-Pacific region.U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs from the 356th
As Red Flag-Alaska 22-2 draws to a close after two weeks of non-stop operations, the visiting squadrons at Eielson Air Force base have racked up thousands of combined flying hours for pilots and kept maintainers working around the clock to keep more than 40 fighter aircraft ready to fly day after
The 18th Aggressor Squadron is unique in its dedicated role as opposition forces for visiting squadrons training at Red Flag 22-2 and are tasked with providing training to joint-force and allied air crews to help them gain realistic combat experience.
A dozen F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 35th Fighter Squadron, belonging to 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, are prepped by maintainer Airmen from the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Unit prior to an integrated aerial training sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, June 14, 2022.
U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, receives fuel from a 92nd Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker above the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex during a training sortie for RED FLAG-Alaska 22-2, June 22, 2022. The 18th Aggressor
Red Flag-Alaska 22-2, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise and the second of its kind this year, has started and is expected to run June 9- 24, with primary flight and ground operations in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors from the Hawaiian Raptors, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 15, 2022 to join the 354th Air Expeditionary Wing in conducting agile combat employment training.ACE training keeps U.S. Forces agile and ready to move
Three F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 354th Air Expeditionary Wing deploy to Palau in support of exercise Valiant Shield 2022, June 10.
Eighteen U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 354th Air Expeditionary Wing out of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, began training on Agile Combat Employment tactics, techniques and procedures at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 6.While here, the 354th AEW will integrate
Members of the 354th Fighter Wing participated in a capabilities demonstration during a routine readiness exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, May 20, 2022.
The 354th Fighter Wing celebrated the arrival of its final F-35A Lightning II aircraft and the subsequent completion of its fleet with a ceremony May 13.
RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 officially concluded May 13 following a successful two-week training blitz.
During RED FLAG-Alaska, there is a significant increase in flightline operations where aircraft refueling vehicles are in constant demand and fire trucks are always on standby in case of an emergency. The Airmen from the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Management are responsible for
As RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 approaches its halfway mark, the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex continues to be the center of all the action.
The first aircraft operating in support of RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 took to the skies from the Eielson flightline early this morning.
U.S. Air Force Col. Lawrence Evert, the 354th Operations Group commander (left), and Lt. Col. Albert Roper, the 18th Aggressor Squadron commander, pose for a photo during an 18th AGRS change of command ceremony on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 22, 2022. The 18th Blue Fox Aggressors support
Suicide remains the leading cause of death in the Air Force. In 70 percent of total force suicides, personally-owned firearms were the most often used means. To curb this trend, the Department of the Air Force initiated a Time-Based Prevention approach to suicide prevention.
It was an historic day for Eielson as the 354th Fighter Wing accepted delivery of its final F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft April 15.
The 354th Fighter Wing’s woman-led intelligence team is always on hand to provide decision-level information and mission planning support for the wing’s two fighter squadrons in order to present fifth-generation operations across the U.S. Pacific Air Forces.
Three F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing fly over Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 29, 2022. With the continued arrival of the F-35As at Eielson, Alaska is on track to become the most concentrated state for combat-coded, fifth-generation fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force
With over 28 years in service, Chief Master Sgt. Mary Belt, the 354th Mission Support Group senior enlisted leader, has established herself as one of the most dedicated and beloved leaders serving today.
U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex recently received the first of several advanced emitters designed to replicate enemy surface-to-air missile threats.
Members of the 354th Fighter Wing participated in a capabilities demonstration during a routine readiness exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 25, 2022.
The 2022 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign to raise funds for charities that will support Airmen and families in need begins March 21 and runs through April 29, 2022, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
U.S. Pacific Air Forces Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. James Jacobson visited Eielson Air Force Base March 9-11, 2022.
A select few individuals are chosen every year from the enlisted Air Force to join the Officer Corps. Tech. Sgt. Dorothy Knox, 354th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School instructor, is one of the select few to be promoted from E-7 to O-2.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aleksandr Zenski, a 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance journeyman (left), and Airman 1st Class Ian Sears, a 356th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, pose for a photo during a ‘Crew Chief for a Day’ immersion on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March
Eielson’s Iceman Spark team is slated to present their innovative solution to logistics and inventory management at Headquarters Air Force’s Tesseract Aether Sprint competition in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 14-19.
If you frequent the maintenance side of the base, chances are you’ve probably seen not one, but two Staff Sgt. Bussards. Both working around munitions, Jacob and Joshua Bussard are identical twins who’ve been on the receiving end of countless confused stares and misdirected work emails.
National Football League’s (NFL) Philadelphia Eagles mascot ‘Swoop’ poses for a photo during Pro Blitz Alaska on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Feb. 11, 2022. The Armed Forces Entertainment Pro Blitz Tour brought NFL players, cheerleaders and mascots to several military bases to meet with troops
Large amounts of accumulated snow and uncharacteristic rainfall in the past few weeks have caused moose in the local area to exhibit unusually aggressive behavior toward people and pets, warns the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.ADF&G says moose are stressed from dealing with inclement weather
Alaska’s vast beauty and unmatched hunting opportunities are huge draws for thousands of tourists each year. Most military members stationed here take advantage of their proximity to pristine national parks and myriad forests and hills by camping, hunting, or hiking in the wilderness of the Last
While it’s not uncommon to be stationed at the same base as your sibling, it’s definitely a rarity for two brothers to play on the same local hockey team while representing the Air Force and Eielson. The Taylor brothers are among a select few in the service who are fortunate enough to have this
National School Counseling Week 2022, themed “School Counseling: Better Together” and sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated Feb. 7–11, 2022.
A 7-person team of Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Airmen assigned to the 1st Air Support Operations Group conducted command and control (C2) operations near remote Utqiagvik, Alaska, and Point Barrow, Alaska, on the coast of the Arctic Ocean in support of Exercise Polar Quake Jan. 10-14.
The 354th Fighter Wing accepted delivery of its 49th F-35A Lightning II aircraft at Eielson, Jan. 25, 2022.
The Pacific Air Forces command team along with their spouses visited Eielson to gain insight on present challenges and discuss future plans with personnel assigned here, Jan. 4-5.
On Dec. 26, 2021, Interior Alaska was hit by the third largest rainfall on record and a winter anomaly. As soon as the temperature dipped back into the negatives, at least 2 inches of ice enveloped the base’s runway and heavily impeded flying operations. The base’s snow removal machines and
Newly appointed Air Advisors, Crisis Negotiators and Special Reaction Team (SRT) Defenders from the 354th Security Forces Squadron were recognized by their squadron leadership Jan. 7, 2022 at a ceremony on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
F-35A Lightning IIs conducted a Forward Area Refueling Point (FARP) operation with Airmen from the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 1st Special Operations Squadron during Operation Iron Dagger on Dec. 7, 2021, at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs from the 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, December 3, to execute Operation Iron Dagger.
Operation Iron Dagger provided the 354th Air Expeditionary Wing opportunities for joint training which enhances U.S. Armed Forces interoperability and prepares units for future joint-force operations.
The Air Force is slated to receive the first shipment of the Omni Gen. 3 Skydrate, an improved in-flight bladder relief device, early next month. The Air Force recognized that current devices were not optimized for long-duration sorties, and as a result, aircrew were routinely dehydrating themselves
U.S. Air Force Arctic Survival Training students practice vectoring an aircraft during a recovery exercise on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 18, 2021. The purpose of the exercise was to train students and rescue personnel on hoist recovery procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class
U.S. Air Force Staff. Sgt. Ryan Cole, a 354th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron bioenvironmental engineering technician, receives the John L. Levitow Award during the Airman Leadership School (ALS) Class 22-1 graduation ceremony on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 5, 2021. ALS is an entry
U.S. Air Force Col. Lawrence Evert, the 354th Operations Group commander (left), passes the 356th Fighter Squadron (FS) guidon to Lt. Col. Ryan Worrell, the 356th FS commander, during a change of command ceremony on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 5, 2021. As the 356th FS commander, Worrell is
The Department of the Air Force has selected Eielson Air Force Base (AFB) to pilot its first micro-reactor. The next-generation energy capability will provide the installation with a clean, reliable, and resilient energy supply technology for critical national security infrastructure.
With the inception of the F-35 mission at Eielson Air Force Base, one might be inclined to overlook the longstanding F-16 Aggressor mission that has been a mainstay of Eielson for many years. There’s one man who is passionate about ensuring people have an acute appreciation for the “Red Air” mission
From left to right, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Brown, the 354th Civil Engineering Squadron deputy fire chief, Col. David Berkland, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, and Sparky the fire dog pose for a group photo during the fire prevention week proclamation signing on Eielson Air Force
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 354th Munitions Squadron unload a shipping container during a munitions barge at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 18, 2021. The munitions barge is a semi-annual receipt of munitions shipped from depots throughout the continental United States. (U.S. Air Force photo
A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter flies over the Yukon Training Area during a Capabilities-Based Assessment (CBA) Sept. 14, 2021. The CBA is a Northern Edge follow-on phase III Agile Combat Employment exercise aimed at improving PACAF’s medical support capabilities throughout the Pacific
Never in a million years did Airman 1st Class Helbees Tawadrous think she would ever leave Egypt and end up thousands of miles away from home serving in the U.S. Air Force.
U.S. Air Force ceremonial guardsmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing form up during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, , Sept. 11, 2021. 2021 marked the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Northern Virginia.
The 354th Fighter Wing held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of the installation's new Airman Resilience Center Sept. 9.
The Royal Australian Air Force and U.S. Air Force joined forces to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 21-3 at Eielson Air Force Base Aug. 12-27, 2021. This iteration of the exercise focused on the interoperability of allied fifth-generation assets, such as the F-35A Lightning II, as well as cyber and
In May 2015, Angela Martinez left her home and her family in South Korea and headed to the U.S. for good, or so she thought. At the time she wasn’t sure what the future held but had no idea she would be back in the country as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.
When most people think of interior Alaska, they think of uninhabitable terrain, icy snow storms, northern lights, and maybe even that one video from Facebook of a gigantic moose walking down the median of a highway.
RED FLAG-Alaska 21-3 is a realistic combat training exercise that provides air to air and air to ground combat training and is essential to the success of air and space operations. With over 100 aircraft flying per day, the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s fuels flight, also known as petroleum,
U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, fly in formation during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 21-3, near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2021. RF-A is the world's premier tactical joint and coalition air combat employment exercise, designed to
As RED FLAG-Alaska 21-3 rages across Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, far above the roar and scramble of the base’s flight line is a team of air traffic controllers bringing order to the exercise’s fervent operations.
As the philosopher, The Notorious B.I.G., wrote, “Mo’ money, mo’ problems.”But what if instead of money, it was a flightline full of fifth-generation fighter aircraft from the U.S. Air Force? Enter the Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, safety office.
The beginning of RED FLAG-Alaska 21-3 brings Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft flying overhead and alongside U.S. Armed Forces assets for combat readiness training.
A 2021 Arctic Lightning Airshow attendee captures The U.S. Navy Air Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, on his personnel device on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 1, 2021. The 2021 Arctic Lightning Airshow consisted of acts such as: The F-35A Demonstration Team, The PACAF F-16
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Bruce “Orville” Wright, Air Force Association president, attended the Arctic Lightning Airshow at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 31, 2021.
The 354th Security Forces Squadron and its Airmen were selected to be beta testers for a new Security Forces Qualification Course. Eielson Air Force Base is one of 15 installations participating in this trial.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Cory Helms, the 354th Munitions Squadron commander, renders the first squadron salute during an assumption of command ceremony on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 26, 2021. The squadron stores, inspects, maintains and accounts for the 354th Fighter Wing’s stockpile
U.S. Air Force Col. Stuart Williamson, the 354th Mission Support Group commander (left), and Maj. Amanda Henry, 354th Force Support Squadron (FSS) commander, pose for a photo during a change of command ceremony on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 22, 2021. The 354th FSS is a diverse squadron of
An Agile Combat Employment (ACE) exercise took place on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 12-15, 2021. The 354th Fighter Wing practiced ACE tactics during a week-long surge in F-35A Lightning II operations. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)
U.S. Air Force Col. Stuart Williamson, the 354th Mission Support Group commander (left), passes the 354th Communications Squadron (CS) guidon to Maj. Daniel Campbell, the 354th CS commander, during a change of command ceremony at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 9, 2021. Prior to assuming
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing perform a hot pit refueling on an F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 7, 2021. Hot pit refueling saves time, manpower and equipment usage by refueling an active aircraft in between
An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron flies over Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 1, 2021. As one of the 354th Fighter Wing’s F-35A units, the 355th FS bolsters the 354th wing’s transition to a combat-coded mission, doubling U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ F-35A combat
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 354th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) participate in a special weapons and tactics (SWAT) physical training test June 23, 2021 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Emergency Services Team instructors from MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, visited the squadron to train SWAT
‘Tuco,’ the 80th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations and chief of standards and evaluation, has inevitably become a RED FLAG-Alaska veteran after having flown for both Blue and Red air in over 15 RF iterations.
While RED FLAG-Alaska is mainly focused on aircraft and ground troop combat maneuvers, the 354th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Management Flight ensures the flight line is safe and functional for exercise participants.
Blues, greys, coyote brown, and greens surround a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-15J Eagle, refueling the aircraft together during a 70 degree and sunny day on Eielson Air Force Base.
The first aircraft operating in support of RED FLAG-Alaska 21-2 took to the skies from the Eielson flightline early this morning.
U.S. Air Force Col. Travis Woodworth (left), the 1st Air Support Operations Group commander, passes the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) guidon to Lt. Col. Kyle Mattie, the 3rd ASOS commander, during a change of command ceremony at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, June 4, 2021. Prior to assuming
What is usually a quiet, peaceful area in the forest by a lake was transformed into a major construction site filled with Airmen using power tools when Airmen from the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron completed a contingency training project by renovating the Birch Lake Military Recreation Area last
U.S. Airmen from the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare an AIM-120 for pick-up during a load competition on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, May 21, 2021. Load competitions are periodically held to prepare weapons load crews for wartime loads. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Shorter, left, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) command senior enlisted leader, and Adm. John Aquilino, the USINDOPACOM commander, check an F-35A Lightning II cockpit with Air Force Col. David Berkland, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, on Eielson Air
”What kind of aircraft do you fly?” Possibly the most popular question asked to those who serve in the U.S. Air Force. A common misconception but not entirely invalid especially for Senior Airman Justin Akaka who is both an aircraft maintainer and a licensed pilot.
The 18th Aggressor Squadron is pairing up with other U.S. military branches to effectively train the Department of Defense’s assets and personnel by knowing, teaching and replicating adversary tactics during Northern Edge 2021.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Evan Hoff, a 355th Fighter Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment (AFE) craftsman, talks to Lt. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, and Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Chief, Medical Enlisted Force and Enlisted Corps Chief, about F-35 flight equipment during a
Eielson’s Iceman Spark team, in collaboration with the 354th Civil Engineering Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel and a team of two from Junior Force Warfighter Operations in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (designated “JFWORX”), held a live-fire test to assess the blast wave
U.S. Air Force Airman Tel Jensen, a 354th Maintenance Squadron munitions stockpile management crew chief, removes a lock during a munitions barge at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 16, 2021. The munitions barge is the biannual receiving, inspection and storing of munitions supplies to be used
The earth shakes continuously as a thunderous roar passes overhead. It’s source--rapid mobilization of Eielson’s entire fighter fleet.F-35A Lightning IIs, F-16 Fighting Falcons, and KC-135 Stratotankers rips through the clouds and as fast as the noise starts, it stops, and silence falls over the
U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Maj.) Jeffery Scott, the 354th Fighter Wing (FW) deputy wing chaplain, packs a deployment kit during Arctic Gold 21-2 April 8, 2021, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. During AG 21-2, Airmen will be practicing Agile Combat Employment capabilities which will allow them to
At 3:20 a.m. an alarm goes off, waking up Heaven Fisher to start her day. She walks to her son, Carson’s room and gently shakes him awake. As a single parent, these mornings can be difficult but luckily for Fisher, she doesn’t have to do it alone.
“[To be a Chief Master Sergeant] means to constantly check yourself on your humility and remember that it’s not about you. It’s about the position that you’ve been entrusted in to make every interaction you have [with your Airmen] valuable. When that person walks away from that interpersonal
“I want to thank our team who’s running the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign this year and really encourage all of our teammates and families here on Eielson to contribute. Last year was a real challenge, as the COVID pandemic was just starting. This year they’ve made it a lot easier for us to
("Leading Edge" is a series of photo stories that focus on 354th Fighter Wing leaders' immersion with wing units and highlights their contribution to the mission.)
U.S. Space Force Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Space Force Roger Towberman, meet with Guardians assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 10, 2021. Space Force responsibilities include developing Guardians,
U.S. Air Force Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, Chief Master Sgt. David Wolfe, PACAF command chief, and their spouses visited Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Feb. 18-19, 2021.
In April 2020, the Pacific Air Forces celebrated the arrival of its first F-35A Lightning II to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Now, in February 2021, PACAF is celebrating another milestone with the aircraft’s debut in Cope North 2021.
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska--Wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour, wind chills dropping to minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and a place where the sun does not rise above the horizon for 65 consecutive days. Arctic Survival training is not for the faint of heart however for the survival, evasion,
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