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  • Eielson breaks ground for F-35A Lightning II flight simulator

    In April 2015, the Air Force selected Eielson Air Force Base to become the first operational overseas location for the F-35A Lightning II. On March 29, Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, officially broke ground for the F-35 beddown; less than a year after the initial selection was made.
  • Know, teach, replicate: 18th AGRS provides world-class training during DS17

    It requires remarkable skill, dedication and discipline to become a military pilot. Despite the nation’s colors that don an aircraft’s fuselage, or what service affiliation rests on the chest’s of its aircrew, a military pilot is a capable and readily accessible force for effectively responding to and neutralizing a threat of any magnitude, at any time, or any place. However, like the students of the Royal Australian Air Force Base Air Warfare Instructors Course are learning in Exercise Diamond Shield 2017, it doesn’t come without hard work and extensive exposure to tactical exploitation by some of the most well-trained and experienced fighter combat instructors in the world; the 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
  • Royal Australian Air Force and 18th Aggressor Squadron pilots continue enhancing interoperability in Exercise Diamond Shield 2017

    Pilots from the U.S. Air Force 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and from Royal Australian Air Force 3 Squadron and the Air Warfare Centre Instructors Course, RAAF Base Williamtown, have already logged numerous hours of flight time during Exercise Diamond Shield 2017 in New South Wales, Australia.
  • Under the Australian sky

    The U.S. Air Force 18th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcons sit on the tarmac at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, in New South Wales, Australia, March 19, 2017, during exercise Diamond Shield.
  • 18th Aggressor pilots take to the Australian air for Exercise Diamond Shield

    U.S. Air Force Airmen from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, have touched down at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, in New South Wales, Australia, for Exercise Diamond Shield 2017.
  • EAFB installation access changes with REAL ID Act requirements

    To comply with federal law, Eielson Air Force Base will no longer accept state-issued identification from certain U.S. states for unescorted visitor access to the installation as mandated under the REAL ID Act. Visitors who are not in compliance will be denied unescorted entry to federal installations and will require a Common Access Card/dependent/retiree identification holder to escort them at all times. Personnel in possession of a valid Department of Defense issued identification card are not affected by this change.
  • ‘Aim High’: Airman stands on top of continent

    At 20,308 feet above sea level, Denali is considered one of the most challenging peaks to conquer in the world. Thousands of people have tried, and failed, to reach the top. On June 16, 1st Lt. Andrew Heard, the 354th Contracting Squadron services and commodities flight commander, climbed the tallest peak in North America. For Heard, being able to stand on top of one of the most prominent peaks in the world began as a dream two years earlier.
  • 18th AMU secure jets for Red Flag-Alaska

    Maj. Scott Meng, 18th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, awaits take-off authorization during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 15, 2016. RF-A is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises that enable joint and international forces to sharpen their combat skills by
  • Essential players in RED FLAG-Alaska exercise

    U.S. Air Force Captain’s Karan Bansal, left, and Kyle McCullough, KC-135 Stratotanker pilots assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, orient to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, May 12, 2016. The JPARC consists of all the land, air, sea, space and cyberspace used for military training in Alaska, providing
  • Aircrew flight equipment: no masking safety

    While pilots fly at the speed of sound, multi-tasking is in full force, but safety remains a top priority in the skies. Maintenance Airmen make sure each aircraft is ready to fly, but one crew works meticulously behind the scenes to ensure each pilot’s flight equipment is in top working condition.
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