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An F-16CJ, assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., sits on the flightline during Red Flag 16-3 before take-off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 25, 2016. Flying units from around the globe deploy to Nellis AFB to participate in Red Flag held four times a year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released) A View of Red Flag 16-3

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A B-52 Stratofortress, 96th Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., taxis before takeoff during Red Flag 16-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 18, 2016.  Red Flag is a realistic combat exercise involving training operations on the 15,000 square mile Nevada Test and Training Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released) B-52 brings thunder to Red Flag skies
With summer temperatures heating up, the 96th Bomb Squadron Airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., are moving full swing into Red Flag 16-3. The squadron has a long-standing history. It was activated in 1917 and in 1993 began flying the B-52 Stratofortress.
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Erik Gonsalves, 75th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, greets a maintainer who stopped to say hello prior to his final flight at the 75th FS, June 27, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Gonsalves was one of four Airmen selected by the United States Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds. Gonsalves will be flying Thunderbird #8 during the 2017-18 season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan/Released)
Moody pilot embraces new way to serve
Military aviators are called upon to serve in a variety of ways. A-10C Thunderbolt II pilots provide close air support and a security service to troops in contact, a mission with an immediate tangible outcome for those in need on the battlefield. On the opposite end of the globe – another set of pilots focus on a completely different mission: performing tight aerial maneuvers and wowing a crowd of spectators. This mission exhibits the capabilities of modern high-performance aircraft and the high degree of professionalism required to operate the F-16C/D Fighting Falcon. One A-10 pilot from Moody’s 75th Fighter Squadron prepares to make the transition from saving lives in combat to showcasing the world’s greatest Air Force. U.S. Air Force Capt. Erik “Speedy” Gonsalves, was recently selected for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron and will begin his F-16 conversion course July 29.
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Tony Rankins, program manager for the Warfighter Integration Office at the Center for Countermeasures, aims a Man-Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) during Red Flag 16-3 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, July 18, 2016. The MANPADS is a guided weapons system used as a defense tactic against low-flying aircraft. Utilizing it in Red Flag exercises allow aircraft to simulate potential enemy fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High/Released) Hand-held missiles challenge Red Flag pilots
Military pilots are testing their mettle at Red Flag 16-3 at Nellis AFB, Nev., July 11 to 29 in the Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise with approximately 100 aircraft and 3,500 participants from 40 U.S. military units, according to a Red Flag press release.
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An HC-130 from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, sits idly on the Nellis flightline before preparing to take-off for a training sortie during Red Flag 16-3 July 13. With the HC-130 providing transport to the 79th Rescue Squadron during the exercise, the aircraft is able to deliver the RQS airman to the destination during the exercises while also being able to perform supply drops into the field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Carter) 79th RQS hones skills during Red Flag 16-3
For a pararescue Airmen, there is one simple creed that they live by, ‘That others may live’. Whether those “others” are down range or are on American soil in a training environment, the 79th Rescue Squadron, from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona came to Nellis to participate in Red Flag 16-3 so they can uphold that creed.
0 7/18
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Two HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search and rescue crews prepare to extract a simulated downed service member from the Orchard Range Training Complex in Boise, Idaho, on April 20 during the 34th Weapons Squadron’s Terminal Employment phase. The TE phase teaches Pave Hawk pilots and special mission aviators advanced aircraft and weapons employment tactics in the final stage of a rescue mission. Advanced training course for special mission aviators puts theory into practice
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - The U.S. Air Force Weapons School’s combat search and rescue squadron here put a training concept for enlisted flight-certified service members through its paces from March 21 to May 6 with the help of two local Airmen.The 34th Weapons Squadron designed the new Advanced Tactics Course to teach emerging tactics in
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Retired Airman 1st Class Julius Farrar was awarded the Purple Heart by Lt. Col. Kyle Kloeckner at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 28, 2016. Farrar served in the mountains keeping a transmitter working 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum) Long awaited Purple Heart
Julius Farrar, after six decades, was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries that he sustained during the Korean War a ceremony in his honor on at Nellis AFB, on April 28.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Please give tomorrow a chance
In March 1983, I was 16 years old and a senior in high school. I had a sister who was 17 and a brother who just turned 19. Through interesting circumstances, we were all seniors together. On Sunday, 4 March 1983, my brother committed suicide. That was a tough time for our family. I have always wondered how different my life would be if I still had
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2016
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeremiah Garber, 355th Maintenance Group analyst, drags a log during training at the Amity Circle Tree Ranch in Tucson, Ariz., March 26, 2016. Garber performed exercises that would strengthen muscles needed in a mixed martial arts match. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour/Released) Mixed Martial Airman
The silence of a wooded courtyard is broken by the crack of flesh and bone against the base of a tree. It is legend that one who is trained in Muay Thai will be able to chop down a banana tree using their hardened shins. This legend drives a young man, with dreams of being the best, to repeatedly assault the tree. It is padded but it does not give.
0 4/05
2016
From a young age, U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Teresa Russell, the vehicle management functional manager at Air Combat Command, has had a passion for vehicle mechanics. After facing several challenges as the only woman assigned to various maintenance shops throughout her career, nearly 23 years later Russell is at the top of her profession and only the second woman to hold such position. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Aubrey White) Lifelong mechanic: Female chief reflects on USAF career
The sun beats down on a scorching Alabama afternoon as young girl wipes the sweat off of her forehead, leaving behind grease smudges. She's helping her father, a vehicle mechanic, work on a car; he's teaching her everything he knows about the trade.The girl, now U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Teresa Russell, the vehicle management functional
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