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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.

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 Tech. Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Anthony Clark, a 356th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-35A Lightning II crew chief, prepares to launch an F-35A at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 17, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Anthony Clark, a 356th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-35A Lightning II crew chief, prepares to launch an F-35A at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 17, 2020. The flight marked the F-35A’s 100th sortie here at Eielson just two months after arriving to Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Samuel Chipman, the 356th Fighter Squadron director of operations, returns a salute to Airman 1st Class Anthony Clark, a 356th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-35A Lightning II crew chief, as he taxis to the runway at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 17, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Samuel Chipman, the 356th Fighter Squadron director of operations, returns a salute to Airman 1st Class Anthony Clark, a 356th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-35A Lightning II crew chief, as he taxis to the runway at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 17, 2020. Chipman flew the squadron’s 100th sortie, a significant milestone for Eielson’s combat-coded aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron takes off from the Eielson Air Force Base flightline in Alaska, June 17, 2020.

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron takes off from the Eielson Air Force Base flightline in Alaska, June 17, 2020. The flight marked the 100th sortie for Eielson’s F-35As. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- 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 Tech. Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)