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  • ‘Talons out’ as 355th FS flies first official FHP sorties

    An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron flies over Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 1, 2021. As one of the 354th Fighter Wing’s F-35A units, the 355th FS bolsters the 354th wing’s transition to a combat-coded mission, doubling U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ F-35A combat capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose
  • Eielson AFB completes first week of Arctic Gold 21-2

    U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Maj.) Jeffery Scott, the 354th Fighter Wing (FW) deputy wing chaplain, packs a deployment kit during Arctic Gold 21-2 April 8, 2021, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. During AG 21-2, Airmen will be practicing Agile Combat Employment capabilities which will allow them to work dislocated operations and still be able to
  • Eielson AFB team exercises rapid combat readiness, demonstrates arctic ability

    The 354th Fighter Wing and the 168th Wing Air National Guard completed a readiness exercise Dec. 18, 2020, verifying the wing’s ability to rapidly generate combat airpower at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. More than 30 fighters and two refueling aircraft were generated.
  • First arctic survival kits installed in Eielson F-35As

    In November of 2019, Airmen from the 354th Fighter Wing developed a new arctic survival kit for the F-35A Lightning II. Now, 11 months later, the first kits are being installed in Eielson’s F-35A fleet. Eielson’s F-35As are the first of the Air Force’s fleet to be stationed in an arctic climate, which drove the need for a new survival kit. After months of research, development and testing, the design was sent to the 354th Operations Group commander for approval. In April the kit was given the “green light” and aircrew flight equipment Airmen got busy building them for the approaching winter.
  • Red Flag-Alaska 20-3 set for Aug. 1 highlights U.S. Air Force readiness

    Red Flag-Alaska 20-3, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat environment, with primary flight operations over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC) is scheduled to begin Aug. 1 and run through Aug. 16.
  • F-35A fleet doubles at Eielson

    The F-35A Lightning II fleet has officially doubled at Eielson with the arrival of three new F-35As June 25, 2020. The first two F-35As arrived in April and the third in May.
  • Eielson Airmen, Fairbanks airport authorities team up for aircraft recovery training

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron lands on the Fairbanks International Airport runway at Fairbanks, Alaska, June 24, 2020. FAI Police and Fire Department personnel covered how to safely recover and shutdown the aircraft as well as how to coordinate operations between Eielson and the airport if an aircraft
  • 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. 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
  • Gas and Go: Eielson Airmen perform first hot pit refueling for F-35A

    Airmen from the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels operations section and the 356th Aircraft Maintenance Unit worked together to conduct the first hot pit refueling operation for the F-35A Lightning II at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, on June 2, 2020. “Hot pitting is the hot refueling of aircraft with engines running,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Heath N. Krogmann, the 354th LRS fuels operations section chief.
  • Crew chief dedicated to Eielson’s first F-35s

    In the five years he’s worked as an F-35A Lightning II crew chief Staff Sgt. Christopher Mashek has watched jets land on the flight line hundreds of times. He guides pilots to their parking spots, ensures aircraft maintenance records are up to date and scans jets for needed repairs. On April 21, a routine task for him coincided with a historic moment for the 354th Fighter Wing.
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