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Eielson AFB's 2020 year in review

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A U.S. Air Force pilot assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) signals the ‘Blue Fox’ hand gesture while taxing on the flight line at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Jan. 6, 2020. The 18th AGRS’s job is to replicate adversary tactics, techniques and procedures to provide a simulated combat experience to Combat Air Force, joint and allied aircrews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

18th AGRS continues to know, teach, replicate

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron prepares to land during Sentry Aloha 20-1 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 14, 2020. The pilots flying the F-16s will simulate enemy aircraft tactics in order to provide realistic war-time scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

Airman Albert Menchaca, 354th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, fires a M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Jan. 9, 2020. The 354th SFS was selected to test out various brands of cold weather gear that was part of a U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Developmental Command research project to provide adequate gear for the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

Airman Albert Menchaca, 354th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, fires a M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Jan. 9, 2020. The 354th SFS was selected to test out various brands of cold weather gear that was part of a U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Developmental Command research project to provide adequate gear for the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joseph Thompson, a 354th Fighter Wing occupational safety technician, calls in a dead, injured and missing (DIM) status update during the ability to survive and operate (ATSO) training portion of Exercise Golden Raven 20-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Feb. 27, 2020. During ATSO training, Airmen demonstrated what they would do before, during and after an air or ground attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

354th Security Forces Squadron defenders carry a simulated casualty during a medical evacuation exercise on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Feb. 26, 2020. The defenders simulated taking small-arms fire and evacuating a casualty to a UH-60 Blackhawk assigned to the 1-52D General Support Aviation Battalion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

354th Security Forces Squadron defenders carry a simulated casualty during a medical evacuation exercise on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Feb. 26, 2020. The defenders simulated taking small-arms fire and evacuating a casualty to a UH-60 Blackhawk assigned to the 1-52D General Support Aviation Battalion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

Senior Airman Sierra Warriner, 354th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, listens to a brief during a medical evacuation exercise on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Feb. 26, 2020. Defenders donned cold-weather and mission oriented protective posture (MOPP) gear as part of the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

Senior Airman Sierra Warriner, 354th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, listens to a brief during a medical evacuation exercise on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Feb. 26, 2020. Defenders donned cold-weather and mission oriented protective posture (MOPP) gear as part of the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

18th AGRS continues to know, teach, replicate

U.S. Air Force Capt. Travis Worden, an 18th Aggressor Squadron pilot, completes a pre-flight check of his F-16 Fighting Falcon during Sentry Aloha 20-1 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 14, 2020. 18th AGRS pilots are trained in adversary air tactics in order to teach Combat Air Forces, joint and partner nations for 21st century combat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

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Airmen assigned to the 354th Munitions Flight secure munitions before transporting to a stockpile location during a munitions barge at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 9, 2020. The barge contains munitions that enable pilots to complete their training requirements and defenders to protect the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

Senior Airman Mathew Bowen, a 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance journeyman, takes a brief break from working to pose for a photo at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 8, 2020. Bowen is a second-generation Air Force vehicle mechanic; his father, former Senior Airman Tom Bowen, served from 1991-1995. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

Senior Airman Mathew Bowen, a 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance journeyman, takes a brief break from working to pose for a photo at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 8, 2020. Bowen is a second-generation Air Force vehicle mechanic; his father, former Senior Airman Tom Bowen, served from 1991-1995. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

A 354th Security Forces Squadron Airman scans a common access card on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 20, 2020. Installation personnel and visitors must present their I.D. to defenders at the main gate for verification. The change is one of many precautionary measures implemented base-wide to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)
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A 354th Security Forces Squadron Airman scans a common access card on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 20, 2020. Installation personnel and visitors must present their I.D. to defenders at the main gate for verification. The change is one of many precautionary measures implemented base-wide to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

Country music duo LOCASH performs at a United Service Organizations show on Eielson Air Force Base Alaska, March 2, 2020. The USO tour featured other entertainers including Matt Walsh, an American comedian, Brad Morris, a film writer, Scot Armstrong, an American screenwriter, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, Bellator Mixed Martial Arts Women’s Flyweight World Champion, and DJ J.Dayz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)
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Country music duo LOCASH performs at a United Service Organizations show on Eielson Air Force Base Alaska, March 2, 2020. The USO tour featured other entertainers including Matt Walsh, an American comedian, Brad Morris, a film writer, Scot Armstrong, an American screenwriter, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, Bellator Mixed Martial Arts Women’s Flyweight World Champion, and DJ J.Dayz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

Airman Lily Lane, a 354th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, pulls a hose from a fire truck during a training exercise on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 26, 2020. Eielson firefighters train for multiple types of situations such as cold-weather response, forest fire containment, structure and vehicle fires, as well as medical emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)
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Airman Lily Lane, a 354th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, pulls a hose from a fire truck during a training exercise on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 26, 2020. Eielson firefighters train for multiple types of situations such as cold-weather response, forest fire containment, structure and vehicle fires, as well as medical emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft fly over the Alaska Canada Highway en route to their new home at the 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 21, 2020.
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Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft fly over the Alaska Canada Highway en route to their new home at the 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 21, 2020. The F-35 represents a new model of international cooperation, ensuring U.S. and Coalition partner security well into the 21st Century. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Adam Keele)

Two U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation aircraft assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing prepare to land at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 27, 2020.
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Two U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation aircraft assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing prepare to land at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 27, 2020. Hill Air Force Base’s F-35s will train with the F-35s assigned to Eielson's 356th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base flies over Denali National Park in Alaska May 5, 2020.
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An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base flies over Denali National Park in Alaska May 5, 2020. The 356th FS was reactivated in October 2019 and the first of two F-35A fighter squadrons to be stood up at Eielson. The second squadron, the 355th FS, is scheduled to be reactivated later this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron in Alaska, May 21, 2020. Bomber Task Force missions increase aircrew familiarity with operations in different geographic combatant command areas of operations as well as allied-nation interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron in Alaska, May 21, 2020. Bomber Task Force missions increase aircrew familiarity with operations in different geographic combatant command areas of operations as well as allied-nation interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

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U.S. Air Force Col. David Skalicky, the 354th Operations Group commander, waits for his F-35A Lightning II to be hot pit refueled at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 2, 2020. Hot-pit refueling eliminates extra maintenance, decreases refueling time and extends the amount of training aircrew members receive during each flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua C. Montoya, a 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-35 dedicated crew chief, carries a fuel hose at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 2, 2020. This is the first time the F-35A Lightning II has been hot pit refueled at Eielson Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

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U.S Air Force Airmen assigned the 354th Maintenance Squadron munitions flight assemble the first for the F-35A Lightning II at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 16, 2020. A bomb build is the intricate process conducted to ensure a bomb body is usable for operators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alexa Thomas, a 354th Maintenance Squadron conventional maintenance technician, aligns a GBU-12 forward adapter at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 16, 2020. Over the course of a week, the munitions flight built 70 bombs specifically for the F-35A Lightning II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Hulsart, a 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-35A Lightning II production superintendent, bumps elbows with Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett after being coined at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 7, 2020. During her visit, Barrett talked with and listened to Eielson Airmen to learn more about how they contribute to the mission daily. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Hulsart, a 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-35A Lightning II production superintendent, bumps elbows with Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett after being coined at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 7, 2020. During her visit, Barrett talked with and listened to Eielson Airmen to learn more about how they contribute to the mission daily. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob Camacho, an 18th Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) crew chief, inspects an F-16 Fighting Falcon air intake during RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 4, 2020. Prior to starting up the jet, crew chiefs look for debris that could potentially create a safety hazard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob Camacho, an 18th Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) crew chief, inspects an F-16 Fighting Falcon air intake during RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 4, 2020. Prior to starting up the jet, crew chiefs look for debris that could potentially create a safety hazard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Montour, a 354th Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, drinks water during RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 5, 2020. Typical components to survival in a contested environment include establishing contact with a recovery team, evading potential enemies and maintaining personal health. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

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A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, soars overhead during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 20-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 7, 2020. All RF-A exercises take place in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex over Alaska as well as a portion of Western Canadian airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

An F-35 Lightning II flys over Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, at midday during RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3 Aug. 13, 2020. The F-35 is the most advanced fighter in the U.S. Air Force’s inventory and Eielson is the first Air Force base in the pacific theatre to receive them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)
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An F-35 Lightning II flies over Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, at midday during RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3 Aug. 13, 2020. The F-35 is the most advanced fighter in the U.S. Air Force’s inventory and Eielson is the first Air Force base in the pacific theatre to receive them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

An F-35A Lightning II pilot assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron climbs into a cockpit during RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 4 2020. This iteration of RF-A was the first to feature F-35s, the newest generation of fighter aircraft in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Annalou Huerta)
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An F-35A Lightning II pilot assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron climbs into a cockpit during RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 4 2020. This iteration of RF-A was the first to feature F-35s, the newest generation of fighter aircraft in the Air Force inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Annalou Huerta)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nickolas Phelps, a 354th Civil Engineering Squadron explosive ordnance disposal apprentice, participates in a 9/11 Remembrance Ruck on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2020.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nickolas Phelps, a 354th Civil Engineering Squadron explosive ordnance disposal apprentice, participates in a 9/11 Remembrance Ruck on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2020. The march served as a memorial to honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. ​(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

Leading Edge: 354th FSS’s Baker Field House
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U.S. Air Force Col. David Berkland, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing command chief, talks to fitness center staff during a wing leadership immersion at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sep. 2, 2020. More than 2,500 Airmen and families use the Baker Field House as well as nearby soldiers assigned to Fort Wainwright Alaska. The indoor field allows patrons to participate in sports activities all year round. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kahdija Slaughter)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 354th Force Support Squadron run on the track as part of the POW/MIA 24-hour Remembrance run at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 18, 2020.
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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 354th Force Support Squadron run on the track as part of the POW/MIA 24-hour Remembrance run at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 18, 2020. Eielson Airmen kept the POW/MIA flag in constant motion for 24 hours to honor service members who are prisoners of war or are missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Victor Benitez, a 354th Maintenance Squadron (MXS) Aircrew Egress journeyman, and Tech. Sgt. Rylee James, a 354th MXS Aircrew Egress F-35A Lightning II cadre member, install the new arctic survival seat kit for the F-35A on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 28, 2020.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Victor Benitez, a 354th Maintenance Squadron (MXS) Aircrew Egress journeyman, and Tech. Sgt. Rylee James, a 354th MXS Aircrew Egress F-35A Lightning II cadre member, install the new arctic survival seat kit for the F-35A on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 28, 2020. Airmen from the 354th Fighter Wing developed a new arctic survival kit for F-35A pilots which is being installed into Eielson’s fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

U.S. Navy aircraft mechanic assigned to the Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 inspects an EA-18G Growler prior to launch during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 13, 2020. RED FLAG-Alaska provides unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint training from simulated forward operating bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)
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U.S. Navy aircraft mechanic assigned to the Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 inspects an EA-18G Growler prior to launch during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 13, 2020. RED FLAG-Alaska provides unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint training from simulated forward operating bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

U.S. Marines assigned to the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) stand by for orders during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Oct. 15, 2020. The 1st ANGLICO provides direct support to the various joint, allied, coalition and special operations forces working within Marine Corps battlespace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)
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U.S. Marines assigned to the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) stand by for orders during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Oct. 15, 2020. The 1st ANGLICO provides direct support to the various joint, allied, coalition and special operations forces working within Marine Corps battlespace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

A U.S. Army M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) launches ordnance during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 at Fort Greely, Alaska, Oct. 22, 2020. This exercise focuses on rapid infiltration and exfiltration to minimize the chance of a counterattack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)
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A U.S. Army M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) launches ordnance during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 at Fort Greely, Alaska, Oct. 22, 2020. This exercise focuses on rapid infiltration and exfiltration to minimize the chance of a counterattack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeremy Waggoner, Jr., a Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 plane captain, stands by as a pilot prepares to taxi during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct 20, 2020.
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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeremy Waggoner, Jr., a Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 plane captain, stands by as a pilot prepares to taxi during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct 20, 2020. The VMFA-232 was one of two U.S. Marine Corps units to participate in the first joint RF-A of the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing form up prior to take off at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. Alaska is one of the most strategic locations in the world and will be home to the highest concentration of fifth generation aircraft in the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)
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F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing form up prior to take off at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. Alaska is one of the most strategic locations in the world and will be home to the highest concentration of fifth generation aircraft in the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron, takes off during Arctic Gold 21-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. Arctic Gold 21-1 is a Phase I readiness exercise meant to prepare Eielson Airmen for a rapid mobilization of the F-35A. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)
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An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron, takes off during Arctic Gold 21-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. Arctic Gold 21-1 is a Phase I readiness exercise meant to prepare Eielson Airmen for a rapid mobilization of the F-35A. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

Airmen assigned to the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron more cargo during Arctic Gold 21-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 18, 2020. About 300,000 lbs. of F-35A Lightning II cargo and personnel deployment gear were transported and used to prepare the 354th Fighter Wing Airmen to rapidly deploy multiple fifth generation assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)
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Airmen assigned to the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron more cargo during Arctic Gold 21-1 on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 18, 2020. About 300,000 lbs. of F-35A Lightning II cargo and personnel deployment gear were transported and used to prepare the 354th Fighter Wing Airmen to rapidly deploy multiple fifth generation assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron prepares to taxi at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. The 354th Fighter Wing launched 12 F-35As consecutively marking a first for the wing and the U.S. Pacific Air Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)
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An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron prepares to taxi at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Nov. 17, 2020. The 354th Fighter Wing launched 12 F-35As consecutively marking a first for the wing and the U.S. Pacific Air Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing flies over Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 18, 2020.
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing flies over Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 18, 2020. More than two dozen fifth and fourth generation fighter aircraft and two KC-135 Stratotankers participated in the elephant walk demonstrating the 354th Fighter Wing and 168th Wing’s ability to rapidly mobilize aircraft in the harsh arctic conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kaylee Dubois)

Eighteen U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs and 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing and two KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to the 168th Wing form an elephant walk on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 18, 2020.
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Eighteen U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs and 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing and two KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to the 168th Wing form an elephant walk on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 18, 2020. The 354th FW and 168th WG worked together to demonstrate Eielson’s ability to launch a large number of aircraft at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 354th Maintenance Group inspects a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon intake for ice build up prior to launch for an elephant walk on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 18, 2020.
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A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 354th Maintenance Group inspects a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon intake for ice build up prior to launch for an elephant walk on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 18, 2020. More than 30 aircraft were quickly generated and prepared to launch in an effort demonstrating the readiness capabilities of the 354th Fighter Wing and the 168th Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

The 354th Fighter Wing and the Air National Guard’s 168th Wing aircraft line up in formation on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 18, 2020.
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The 354th Fighter Wing and the Air National Guard’s 168th Wing aircraft line up in formation on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 18, 2020. The elephant walk was a demonstration of the wing’s ability to rapidly generate combat airpower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A U.S. Air Force pilot assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) signals the ‘Blue Fox’ hand gesture while taxing on the flight line at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Jan. 6, 2020. The 18th AGRS’s job is to replicate adversary tactics, techniques and procedures to provide a simulated combat experience to Combat Air Force, joint and allied aircrews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)