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Airmen assigned to the 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Reaper Aircraft Maintenance Unit coordinate to load a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition during a weapons load competition Dec. 8, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Weapons load competitions help build camaraderie and highlight the load crew’s capabilities to load munitions safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley Stevens) 432nd Wing: Any time, any place, any condition
The Airmen assigned to the 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron pride themselves on staying mission ready and recently hosted their first weapons load competition dressed in full chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives gear in more than three years December 8, 2017, at Creech. Like most Air Force maintenance units that use weapons load competitions to boost unit morale and highlight the team’s capabilities, Creech has held these competitions for its remotely piloted aircraft load crews since 2009. The event is composed of assessments such as a written test, tool kit evaluation, and a weapons load where safety procedures and time are closely monitored.
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Master Sgt. Adam Young, 124th Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resist and Escape specialist, demonstrates evasion techniques during Gunfighter Flag 18-1 Dec. 14, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Gunfighter Flag 18-1 took place Dec. 11-15, simulating joint service operations that might be encountered in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeremy D. Wolff) Military branches come together for combat training
The 366th Fighter Wing is located in the middle of nowhere in southern Idaho, nearly an hour away from a large city. Not exactly the description of a place one would expect military forces from every U.S. service and foreign allies would be excited to visit. In reality, Mountain Home AFB’s 110,000-acre range provides an ideal training setting with one of the biggest air spaces in the country, for exercises like Gunfighter Flag that accommodate joint-service combat training to simulate deployed situations.
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F-16CM Fighting Falcons are multi-role fighter aircraft used by 20th Fighter Wing pilots assigned at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. Wild Weasels train for next fight
As Air Force pilots navigate hostile skies at break-neck speeds overseas, they must rely on their past experiences and home station training to fight opposing forces and survive.
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A U.S. Army Soldier participates in the ruck portion of the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge evaluation at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 19, 2017. Challenge accepted: U.S. service members compete for German badge
Imagine treading water in full-duty uniform after swimming four laps, running sprints and holding a chin-up for more than a minute. These are only three of the six events Joint Base Langley-Eustis service members completed to earn the prestigious German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, one of the most sought after foreign awards approved to be worn on U.S. military uniforms.
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ACC Commander offers encouragement to newest AF aviators ACC Commander offers encouragement to newest AF aviators
Gen. Mike Holmes, Commander of Air Combat Command, addressed Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 17-14 during their graduation ceremony here Sept. 8. Holmes, a former 14th Operations Group Commander, spoke to the Air Force’s 22 newest aviators, one of which was his son, 2nd Lt. Wade Holmes.
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U.S. Air Force Explosives Ordinance Disposal Airmen participate in a simulated unexploded ordnance evaluation training during Operation Llama Fury 3.0 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Aug. 9, 2017. Seven different bases from three different Air Force major commands, as well as the Norfolk, Va., bomb squad, attended the five-day training which honed in on techniques that are evaluated on a monthly and yearly basis to maintain skill levels (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy) Air Force EOD trains to increase readiness
Explosives Ordinance Disposal technicians from around the U.S. Air Force participated in Operation Llama Fury 3.0, an EOD-specific exercise, Aug. 7-11, 2017, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis.
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Airmen talking in prepping HH-60G Pave Hawk for flight. ACC works to empower leaders at every level
“If we’re going to talk about leadership in that environment then we’re going to have to build the trust and initiative in our lower components that they feel comfortable accepting risk and moving out and making decisions on their own,” Holmes said.
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A robot is controlled by a U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 11th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal flight, as it approaches a training improvised explosive device during Operation Llama Fury three point zero at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia., August 8, 2017. Operation Llama Fury 3.0 kicks off
Operation Llama Fury 3.0 kicked off at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Aug. 7, 2017.
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Staff Sgt. Blaine Erway, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter crew chief, adjusts his gas mask before entering a simulated house fire during Red Flag 17-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 18, 2017. Red Flag helps the firefighters train on and off the flightline to put their life-saving skills to the test. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver/Released) Nellis firefighters: Ready for anything
Firefighters from the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron conducted multiple training exercises July 18 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, to maintain their mission readiness during Red Flag 17-3.
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Weapons load crews from the 388th Fighter Wing’s 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit initiated certification training July 7 to load external pylons on F-35As. The removable pylons are used to secure external munitions under the aircraft’s wings enhancing its combat capability. The jet is designed to carry up to 18,000 pounds of munitions on 11 internal and external weapons stations depending on mission requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo/Donovan K. Potter) External pylon training increases F-35A weapons payload capability
Active duty and Reserve Airmen here recently initiated certification training to load external pylons on F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing. The removable pylons are used to secure external munitions under the aircraft’s wings, greatly enhancing its combat capability. As a multi-role stealth fighter, the F-35A can be configured to suit a variety of missions. The jet is designed to carry up to 18,000 pounds of munitions on 11 internal and external weapons stations depending on mission requirements. Until now, maintainers and pilots have been training operationally here with internally-loaded munitions.
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