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  • Bringing fabrication to the fight

    The noise of metal being blasted by water jetting from a machine at Mach 3 overwhelms the room. On one side of the shop, joints creek under the extreme pressure of a metal press; sparks fly from another corner. In the 354th Maintenance Squadron's metals technology shop, Icemen can be found welding metal, manufacturing parts for F-16 Fighting
  • Alaska by motorcycle: Unique experience bears uncommon hazards

    It's the middle of summer and motorcyclists continue to travel as many routes as possible throughout Alaska before the short, four-month riding season comes to a close. Daylight still illuminates the landscape well past 10 p.m. and while riding long stretches of highway with sparse traffic, it can be easy to forget just how many hazards can quickly
  • Aiming to reduce cost: Simulator produces accuracy, saves money

    As the action snaps back and the sound of the rifle cracks, the only thing missing to make the scenario real is the smell of burnt gun powder.Combat arms instructors from the 354th Security Forces Squadron utilize an engagement skills trainer to promote accuracy while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on live ammunition.An engagement skills
  • Supplements 101: What are you taking?

    In today's military community, fitness is a key component to maintaining readiness. Whether performing a cardio routine or weightlifting, there are supplements that claim to offer an athletic advantage to increase performance in these areas.With a plethora of enticing options on the market, questions come to mind on whether or not supplements are
  • Fire and ice: Icemen square off with live-fire training

    The temperature outside is a sweltering 90 degrees - a stark contrast to the harsh winters of Interior Alaska. Despite the heat, Eielson's firefighters continue to battle the burning aircraft in front of them.There is no emergency, however.The aircraft is for training purposes, and firefighters with the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department
  • Eielson outdoor recreation: your ticket to Alaska summer adventures

    After a long Alaskan winter, warm weather and long days are finally in full swing.Opportunities to get out and about are everywhere, but it can be confusing and overwhelming to decide what to do or where to go, given all the choices, prices and locations.That's where Eielson's Outdoor Recreation activities and programs can help."It's all here and
  • Airman reflects on 26 years of service

    Todd Kern, a young farm boy in Wisconsin, figured he was going nowhere.As a senior in high school, he spoke to an Air Force recruiter and he decided he wanted to do something better with his life.Kern's initial goal was to do four years in the Air Force and then get out and go back home. After spending time in England at his first duty station, he
  • Flesh and blood: moulage brings realism to Icemen

    Fake blood, plastic molds and makeup are usually items reserved for a horror movie or haunted house. For a select few Icemen, these items are in stock year-round.Moulage technicians here create fake wounds on "victims" for the sole purpose of training. These wounds help responders assess a situation without worry of any real damage. Of course, this
  • Command chief: An Airman among Airmen

    Every Airman has a story to tell. The journey they take and the people they meet along the way molds them into whom they ultimately become. Chief Master Sgt. Alex del Valle, 354th Operations Group superintendent, was recently selected to be the new command chief at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. He now looks back at the long road behind him,
  • Service members conquer extreme Alaska at 'Cool School'

    The piercing cold invading your lungs as your legs and hands begin to go numb. It is 50 degrees below zero and you have two hours of daylight before darkness envelopes your world. Every useable resource is gone, either burnt to ashes or crushed into oblivion. With only your knife, a few feet of synthetic cord, a handsaw and a parachute, you must