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  • F-35A fleet doubles at Eielson

    The F-35A Lightning II fleet has officially doubled at Eielson with the arrival of three new F-35As June 25, 2020. The first two F-35As arrived in April and the third in May.
  • 18th Aggressor Squadron welcomes new commander

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Randolph Kinsey (right) renders a salute to Col. David Skalicky, the 354th Operations Group commander, upon assuming command of the 18th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) during a change of command ceremony at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 29, 2020. The 18th AGRS mission is to know, teach, and replicate near-peer adversary
  • Bombers project power from the Last Frontier, once again

    He who holds Alaska holds the world. U.S. Army General Billy Mitchell first uttered those words in his 1935 testimony to Congress. Considered by many to be one the founding fathers of the U.S. Air Force, the World War I pilot declared what military aviators in the far north now know to be true—Alaska’s strategic location is second to none.
  • Eielson Airmen, Fairbanks airport authorities team up for aircraft recovery training

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron lands on the Fairbanks International Airport runway at Fairbanks, Alaska, June 24, 2020. FAI Police and Fire Department personnel covered how to safely recover and shutdown the aircraft as well as how to coordinate operations between Eielson and the airport if an aircraft
  • Eielson Airmen build first bombs for PACAF F-35s

    U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 354th Maintenance Squadron munitions flight built the first bombs intended for the 354th Fighter Wing’s F-35A Lighting IIs June 15-19. The last time a 354th FW unit dropped combat-specific bombs was about 10 years ago when the A-10 Thunderbolt II and F-16 Fighting Falcons flew in the Alaskan skies.
  • Eielson F-35As hit 100 sortie milestone

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Samuel Chipman, the 356th Fighter Squadron director of operations, conducts pre-flight checks at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 17, 2020. The flight marked the 100th sortie for Eielson’s F-35As. The first two fifth-generation fighters assigned to Eielson arrived to interior Alaska in April. (U.S. Air Force photo by
  • B-52s deploy to Alaska, demonstrate global agility

    U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bombers returned to the Indo-Pacific region June 14 to conduct bomber task force operations out of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
  • 354th CES welcomes new commander

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Nicholas C. Van Elsacker (right) renders a salute to Col. Chad Bondurant (left), the 354th Mission Support Group commander, upon assuming command of the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) during a change of command ceremony at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 12, 2020. The 354th CES maintains the base infrastructure
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