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  • RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3 kicks off, draws 5th generation crowd

    RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat environment, began today and is slated to run until Aug. 14. The 18th Aggressor Squadron and its F-16 Fighting Falcons will be playing the bad guys, also known as ‘Red Air’, during air-to-air scenarios with the new F-35A Lightning II also joining the home team. Most of the participating aircraft are based out of Eielson AFB and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, however, this year will also include flying operations originating from other bases around the Air Force.
  • Deceased Airman identified as Eielson squadron commander

    A U.S. Air Force squadron commander was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident Aug. 1. Maj. Michael ‘Cal’ Gentry, 354th Contracting Squadron commander, was struck by a vehicle while on a cycling trip originating from the Fairbanks area and destined for Circle, Alaska. He was 37 years old.
  • Eielson Airman dies in accident

    Three Airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing were involved in an off-base accident Aug. 1 leaving one Airman dead and another injured.
  • New F-35 flagship welcomed by youngest pilot, crew chiefs

    Three new F-35A Lightning II aircraft belonging to the 354th Fighter Wing arrived from the factory line at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, to their homestation on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 30, 2020. The fighter jets were flagships representing the 354th FW and the 355th and 356th Fighter Squadrons. Eielson’s newest and youngest F-35A pilot, 1st Lt. Billy Mullis, 356th FS, had the rare opportunity to fly the 354th FW flagship to its permanent home.
  • EOD Airmen ruck to Arctic Circle

    U.S Airmen from the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) flight render a salute during a ceremony on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 31, 2020. The ceremony was held to honor the 32 EOD Airmen who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)
  • AFREP: Eielson’s jack-of-all-trades

    Tucked away in a corner of the 354th Maintenance Group is a small group of uniquely-skilled Airmen. Virtually any tool one needs to fix a piece of equipment can be found, but there is not a technical order in sight. This team has saved Eielson and the Air Force $2.7 million this year alone. A four-man team of Airmen hand-selected from the 354th Maintenance Group makes up the Air Force Repair Enhancement Program flight and its mission is to fix anything and everything on the installation.
  • Eielson fighters fly south for training, boost interoperability with Alaska partners

    In these uncertain times, day-to-day routines for people across the globe have been upended. There are many things that remain unclear yet even in the face of challenges like a runway closure amidst a global health pandemic the Iceman Team perseveres. The wing closed the runway and flight line for routine maintenance July 8-16 sending the 356th Fighter Squadron and 18th Aggressor Squadron south to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage to continue their flying mission.
  • Birge takes command of 354th MXS

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Daniel Birge (right) renders a salute to Col. Matthew Powell (left), the 354th Maintenance Group commander, upon assuming command of the 354th Maintenance Squadron (MXS) during a ceremony at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 20, 2020. The 354th MXS provides heavy aircraft maintenance and munitions support for the wing’s F-16
  • Rabens assumes command of 354th MDOS

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Clayton Rabens renders a salute to Col. William Thoms, Jr., the 354th Medical Group commander, upon assuming command of the 354th Medical Operations Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 17, 2020. Rabens is coming from the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine,
  • Red Flag-Alaska 20-3 set for Aug. 1 highlights U.S. Air Force readiness

    Red Flag-Alaska 20-3, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat environment, with primary flight operations over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC) is scheduled to begin Aug. 1 and run through Aug. 16.