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  • 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.
  • Sentry Aloha 18-1 comes to an end

    Exercise Sentry Aloha 18-1 held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, ended Jan 24. 2018. The exercise which takes place several times a year is hosted by the Hawaii Air National Guard which is the Air Force’s largest ANG wing.
  • Eielson enhances warfighting readiness, capabilities to confront regional threats

    From Jan. 22 to 26, Eielson conducted Arctic Gold 18-4; an Operational Readiness Exercise designed to give all 354th Fighter Wing personnel the opportunity to execute mission-essential tasks together in a simulated high-threat environment.
  • Fly, fight, teach during Sentry Aloha 18-1

    A pilot assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron listens to a mission brief Jan. 10, 2018, during exercise Sentry Aloha 18-1 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Sentry Aloha is an exercise held several times a year by the Hawaii Air National Guard during which various Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force and other Department of Defense agencies train
  • Eielson’s 168th and 354th work together to support Operation Noble Eagle

    Operation Noble Eagle is the extensive air defense effort designed to prevent Sept. 11, 2001-style air attacks in America, according to Otto Kreisher of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Eielson Air Force Base houses the 168th Wing of the Alaska Air National Guard, which has a fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers that act as alert aircraft in support of Operational Noble Eagle.
  • Maintaining Aggression

    A U.S. Air Force 18th Aggressor Squadron civilian aircraft mechanic, prepares the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during exercise Sentry Aloha (SA) 18-1 on Jan. 11 2018, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Assigned to the 18th AGRS out of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, the F-16s help provide realistic combat training for other
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