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The CFK is setup and tested on a weekly basis to ensure it is fully functional should it be called upon to provide primary communication support. CFK: Communication on demand
The 386th Expeditionary Communications Squadron trains with a communication fly-away kit for these what-if scenarios. The unit is designed to transfer a lot of information quickly, requiring technicians to accompany it assuring the computer and telephones can smoothly interface with the communication fly-away kit, said Senior Airman Angel Perez, 386th ECS, cyber transport systems technician deployed from Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.
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Airmen from the 12th Aircraft Maintenance Unit hoist an engine into an RQ-4 Global Hawk Jan. 25, 2018, at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The RQ-4 and 12th AMU Airmen recently returned to Beale after a major refurbishment was performed. The Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft with an integrated sensor suite that provides global all-weather, day or night intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Wesley Sullivan) Maintenance Airmen work together to bring Global Hawk back to the fight
In August of 2016 an RQ-4 Global Hawk from Beale suffered a catastrophic fault in its oil system during a mission. The aircrew acted decisively to safely remotely-pilot the aircraft to Edwards Air Force Base, California. Last month, a group of maintenance Airmen from the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 12th Aircraft Maintenance Unit were sent to
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The Predator started as an RQ-1 in the late 1990s, providing only reconnaissance capabilities until the early 2000s, when it was equipped with two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and designated as a multirole asset. Sun setting the MQ-1 Predator: A history of innovation
The MQ-1 Predator is a Remotely Piloted Aircraft flown by aircrew assigned to the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Creech and units around the world. It has contributed to the U.S. warfighting efforts in unprecedented ways and is scheduled to sunset on March 9, 2018 as the Air Force transitions to an all MQ-9 Reaper force. With the introduction of aerial warfare, countries all over the world raced to the skies to gain tactical advantage over their adversaries. Devices such as balloons were used in early conflict for reconnaissance and, while the thought of such technology seems primitive today, that same pursuit of aerial superiority ultimately inspired the MQ-1.
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Aeromedical Evacuation: Flying Ambulances Flying Ambulances: Aeromedical Evacuation
The morning starts early with an alert about four hours before take-off.  Members of the 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron begin several mandatory tasks before boarding the aircraft.  Nurses go over mission details, as medical technicians pack more than a thousand pounds of equipment on a flatbed that is ready to load onto the
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An A-10 Thunderbolt II refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker. A-10s bring thunder, lightning during fight against ISIS
The 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is wrapping up a deployment that saw heavy involvement in the fight against the Islamic State.Upon their arrival, their efforts were focused on Raqqa for approximately three months. During that time A-10s participated in an urban close air support role. Pilots had to focus on protecting friendly forces as
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Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani passes in review of Afghan National Security and Defense Force honor guard Oct. 7, 2017, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Ghani ceremonially cut the ribbon officiating the arrival of the first two UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters to the Afghan Air Force fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel) Afghan president welcomes first Afghan Air Force Black Hawk helicopters
The first two UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters arrived here Oct. 7, welcomed by top Afghan and Resolute Support officials.Led by President Ashraf Ghani, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the landmark progress of the Afghan Air Force’s modernization effort, and inaugurated the helicopter into their fleet. Ghani presided over the ceremony and
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A team of U.S. Army parachute riggers rig a supply bundle in preparation for an airdrop mission at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Sept. 6, 2017. Airdrop bundles are rigged within specific guidelines to ensure the cargo properly exits the aircraft, the parachute properly deploys and the bundle lands intact on its target. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly) U.S. Air Force, Army partnership feeds the warfighter
The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing plays a major logistical role in delivering critical supplies to the frontlines in the war against ISIS. One of the ways the 386th AEW supports the Combined Joint Task Force -Operation Inherent Resolve mission is by conducting airdrops to move supplies downrange The airdrop missions flown by the 386th AEW’s aircrews
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The last six operational F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft lifted off from the runway here Sept. 21 at approximately 11 a.m. on their way to Holloman AFB, New Mexico, where they will continue flying. Final operational F-16s depart Hill
The last six operational F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft lifted off from the runway here Sept. 21 at approximately 11 a.m. on their way to Holloman AFB, New Mexico, where they will continue flying.Several military and civilian Airmen watched as pilots stepped to the jets and taxied away for takeoff. The operational F-16s, which have been assigned
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Default Air Force Logo Civil Air Patrol prepares for aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
The Texas Wing of Civil Air Patrol has begun preparations to provide aerial and ground support for the state of Texas and FEMA as severe weather continues from Hurricane Harvey. The state of Texas has tasked the Texas Wing to take photos of the damage and flooded areas along the coast. Additionally, ground teams may be used to locate and deactivate emergency position indicating radio beacon locator transmitters on boats damaged during the storm.
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Tech. Sgt. Christopher, 91st Attack Squadron MQ-9 Reaper sensor operator, is a reservist working with active duty and Air National Guard Airmen to enable MQ-9 airpower downrange in support of various mission sets to meet the combatant commander’s intent. These three components of the United States Air Force incorporate as a total force integration to provide 60 combat lines or 60 aircraft in the air Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) Total Force wingmen enable MQ-1, MQ-9 mission
In the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper community, active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen incorporate as a total force integration to provide 60 combat lines or 60 aircraft in the air, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This team of aircrew, maintenance and other career fields ensure mission success by enabling persistent strike and reconnaissance capabilities to eliminate enemies and keep ground and coalition forces safe.
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