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  • Heavy shop Airmen help maintain airfield integrity

    When thinking about flight line operations and how to keep a resilient airfield, most people think about the snow equipment clearing the flight line, the maintainers aiding each aircraft in taking-off or the pilots flying the aircraft. What most people fail to recognize is without the expertise of the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance Airmen, none of that would happen.
  • Alaskan Aggressors support PACAF 5th Gen readiness

    Training never stops, at least not for the 354th Fighter Wing’s 18th Aggressor Squadron. The unit works tirelessly year-round to support continuous combat readiness and enhance U.S. and partner nations’ skills and capabilities.
  • F-35A Lightning II icy runway testing

    The Lockheed Martin’s F-35A test crew is conducting testing on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to certify the aircraft’s ability to taxi and land on an icy runway.
  • AG 18-3 tests first responders

    Firefighters from the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron, transport simulated casualties to an ambulance during active shooter training for Arctic Gold 18-3 Dec. 12, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Active shooter exercises ensure that first responders as well as the base populous know how to react to a real-world situation. (U.S. Air Force
  • Behind the scenes of RF-A

    Eielson Air Force Base hosts several RED FLAG-Alaska exercises every year. For the 2018 calendar year, there are four RF-As in the works. It takes a lot of time, energy and dedication from various Airmen and civilians in the 353rd Combat Training Squadron and from around base to make these exercises a success. “The planning starts approximately 10-11 months out for each different exercise,” said Capt. Eric Fenske, a 353rd CTS range duty officer and the RF-A 18-2 team chief. “Typically the first planning meeting happens about eight months out from the event. They happen at four concurrent times with the four different exercises we have scheduled this year.”
  • Battlefield Airmen bear the cold, increase combat capability

    Working outside when it’s negative 15 degrees, which is cold enough for your eyelashes to frost over, isn’t the ideal environment for most; but for Airmen with Detachment 1, 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, it’s just another day. Last week, Det. 1, 3 ASOS completed their winter functional training exercise, where they endured the bone-chilling cold and increased their overall lethality.
  • ‘Dirt Boyz’ assist in F-35A testing

    The “Dirt Boyz” of the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron are always on the go; during the summer, they help maintain infrastructure around the base and in the winter they ensure Eielson’s airfield is free of snow and ice. They have an extra job to do this winter, which is to help ensure the F-35A Lightning II is prepared for cold weather conditions.
  • Become a quitter

    Tobacco cessation can be a challenge for many people, but the number of smokers has fallen drastically in the past decade. An increase in awareness, and programs, such as the Great American Smokeout have helped millions of Americans kick the habit. The GAS is November 16, it’s held each year by the American Cancer Society; the event challenges people across the nation to stop using tobacco while raising awareness about the many tools people can use to help them quit.
  • More than meets the eye

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon Long, a 354th Maintenance Squadron non-destructive inspection (NDI) apprentice, views a captured image of an F-16 torque tube Nov. 8, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. NDI is a maintenance back-shop tasked with finding and detecting possible cracks that could interfere with an aircraft and the
  • Alaskan Jets Fly South for the Winter

    The 18th Aggressor Squadron sent approximately 150 personnel and 11 F-16 Fighting Falcon to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, to support the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, specifically the F-16 weapons instructor course. “The USAF Weapons Instructor Course was founded as a center of excellence for tactical aviation,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Nudi, the 354th Operations Group deputy commander. “In an effort to provide the most demanding tactical aviation course, the school needs world-class adversary air. The 18th AGRS support this course by partnering with other adversary squadrons to provide the WIC students a premier near-peer adversary to train against.”