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  • 354th MXS Propulsion Flight keeps jet in the fight

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Johnathan Vollbrecht, a 354th Maintenance Squadron propulsion flight jet engine intermediate maintenance technician, works on an F-16 Fighting Falcon engine March 22, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. During technical training the Airmen learn a variety of skills that allow them to keep jets in the air and
  • Success through determination

    October 2009 will always be a significant date for Staff Sgt. David Noland; it’s when his journey in the Air Force began. After suffering years of mental and emotional abuse, he’s spent even longer trying to break down the walls and negativity that were built up, damaging his self-esteem and self-worth. He knew he wanted to do something different and important, and that led him to the Air Force recruiter.
  • Iceman in action: Senior Airman Sara Feistamel

    Rank/Name: Senior Airman Sara Feistamel Duty Title: cyber systems operations technician Hometown: Franklin, Kentucky
  • 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.
  • Icemen practice recovery operations during Arctic Gold 18-5

    It’s just another day in the office; the computers are humming, keyboard strokes are sounding and engines are starting to be spun-up and sent to work. “ALARM BLACK, MOPP LEVEL 4” You hear the words over the speaker system, AtHoc messages are ringing on everyone’s phones and Airmen are looking to supervisors to get their next instructions.
  • Battlefield Airmen integrate with F-35, improve air ground dominance

    During the F-35 Lightning II’s pre-Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, Airmen from the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron had the opportunity to work with all three variants of the Joint Strike Fighter. Tactical Air Control Party Airmen coordinate air support with joint and international platforms, making this a unique opportunity to work with three different versions of the fifth-generation aircraft.
  • Freezing for a cause

    With the help of some friends, the American Flag inspired igloo was constructed between Dec. 22, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018. The project took more than 200 man hours and 500 blocks. Those 500 blocks of ice were handcrafted by filling plastic tubs with water, and sometimes food coloring, then allowing it to freeze outside over the course of a day.
  • An unexpected journey

    “I kept a positive attitude the entire time. I feel that keeping my attitude in check and staying focused on the goal of finding the road was key to my survival.” -A1C Austin Collier. The winters are dark, the sunlight scarce and the temperatures are below freezing, but for many Alaskans and military members, one of the greatest delights of being in the Last Frontier is enjoying the great outdoors, especially hunting.
  • JOTT testing on Eielson concludes

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II multi-role fighter aircraft is prepared for flight Jan. 31, 2018, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team aircraft were brought to Alaska to test their ability to operate in temperatures exceeding -30 degrees Fahrenheit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eric M.
  • JOTT conducts F-35 pre-IOT&E cold weather testing at Eielson

    In April 2016, the Air Force made an announcement that would change Eielson AFB history. After a lengthy analysis of the installation’s operations, environmental factors and cost, the Secretary of the Air Force selected Eielson AFB to be the first operational USAF location outside the contiguous United States to receive the F-35A Lightning II.