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  • NATO provides "eye in the sky" for RED FLAG

    The air war is underway at RED FLAG-Alaska 18-1. But fifty miles southwest and ten thousand feet above the dog fighting, a NATO E-3A Component jet circles in its flight pattern, soaking up signals and squawks about the fluid battle space below and providing friendly forces a watchful "eye in the sky" that extends in every direction for hundreds of miles. As a NATO unit, Airmen from around the world work the rows of screens and scopes in the middle of the aircraft, their country's respective flag adorning their shoulders. Everyone stares intently at their screen, all of them sharing the common goal of identifying and calling out new targets as they appear on the scope. The mission crew is comprised of a surveillance team, a weapons team, and airborne technicians; they are responsible to the tactical director, who is the senior member of the mission crew.
  • 168th Wing maintainers support RF-A 18-1

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Charles Hayes, a hydraulics technician assigned to the 168th Maintenance Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, repairs a steering disconnect valve for a KC-135R May 3, 2018. As a hydraulics technician, Hayes has the ability to diagnose problems related to the hydraulics systems and work with
  • Soaring through the skies during RF-A 18-1

    A U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron based at Kadena Air Base, Japan, moves into position to refuel an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, May 2, 2018. The 18 AGRS were participating in a training sortie during which they replicate
  • Iceman in Action: Airman 1st Class Gisel Partida

    Rank and Name: Airman 1st Class Gisel Partida Duty Title: 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron individual protective equipment journeyman Hometown: Rialto, California
  • CSAF Civic Leaders Visit Eielson

    A civic leader tour hosted by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force visited Eielson Air Force Base April 28, 2018;this was the final stop in a broad tour of the Pacific Air Forces area of responsibility that included visits to Guam, Hawaii, Korea and Japan. The twenty-four civic leaders, accompanied by Gen. Stephen Wilson, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and his wife Nancy Wilson, stopped at several locations around Eielson to gain a better understanding of the local missions and how they contribute to solidifying and forging alliances and partnerships around the world.
  • First RED FLAG-Alaska 2018 commences

    April 26 marked the official start of the 2018 season of RED FLAG-Alaska. The exercise serves as an ideal platform for international engagement and has a long history of including allies and partners, ultimately enabling all involved to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures while improving interoperability.
  • Iceman in Action: Airman 1st Class Matthew Williams

    Rank and Name: Airman 1st Class Matthew Williams Duty Title: 354th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter Hometown: Orlando, Florida
  • Mentoring Moments: Chief Master Sgt. Paul Martin

    “I get told from time to time ‘I want to be just like you,’ or another SNCO. I don’t think that’s the right goal or the right thing to achieve. I think the better thing to achieve is to become the best you and if you become the best you, then you’ll know what it means to be successful.” - CMSgt Paul Martin Chief Master Sgt. Paul Martin joined the Air Force 26 years ago. After declining an offer from his mother to pay for his college education, Martin wanted to be able to have a livelihood and a future that was determined on his own terms.
  • Site Action Task Force Prepares for F-35 Arrival

    The F-35 has matured into a capable aircraft and it’s beginning to be based around the world. Eielson is one of those locations and it is set to house two F-35A Lightning II squadrons by the year 2022. To prepare for this monumental change, which is currently expected to increase the base’s population by 50 percent, personnel from the 354th Fighter Wing hold semiannual Site Action Task Force meetings, which typically span four to five days.
  • Iceman In Action: Airman 1st Class Gabriel Castaneda

    Iceman in Action Interview Questions Name/Rank: Airman 1st Class Gabriel Castaneda Duty Title: 354th Maintenance Squadron, jet engine intermediate maintenance (JEIM) technician Hometown: Fremont, California
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