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  • 15th OWS creating margin with Ready Month

    The 15th Operational Weather Squadron has introduced a new scheduling model this year to improve readiness, morale and the ability to train. Dubbed “Ready Month,” the plan provides the opportunity for one of the squadron’s four operational flights to come off 24/7 operations for a month to focus on specialized deployment training, team and individual resiliency and flight-wide professional development, while still providing an additional stand-by margin of continuous surge capacity to the operations floor when required.
  • Secretary of the Air Force Announces Grand Forks Air Force Base Re-designation

    Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced the re-designation of the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, as the 319th Reconnaissance Wing today, May 11, 2019 at Grand Forks AFB.
  • Flying High: Enlisted Pilots’ integral role in 12th RS

    In 2017, the Enlisted Pilot Initial Class (EPIC) consisting of 12 enlisted Airmen became the first enlisted pilots since 1942 to fly operational sorties. These highly qualified pilots were assigned to the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale and the 348th RS at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, where they began flying reconnaissance missions in the RQ-4 Global Hawk. The enlisted pilots were introduced into the force after going through a competitive selection process and the same rigorous remotely piloted aircraft training. The goal of the program was to help meet requests for RPA support and increase the number of pilots.
  • Grand Forks AFB earns 2018 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

    General James M. Holmes, commander, Air Combat Command, recently announced the 319th Air Base Wing among the winners of the 2018 ACC Air Force Outstanding Unit award and Air Force Organizational Excellence award for June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2018.
  • Beale’s 12th RS begins Companion Trainer Program

    The 12th Reconnaissance Squadron began a Companion Trainer Program (CTP) at the Yuba County Airport in Olivehurst, California Aug. 27, 2018. The CTP is a new program funded through the Squadron Innovation Fund where 12th RS RQ-4 Global Hawk pilots fly manned aircraft with the help of the Beale Aero Club.
  • Global Hawk makes historic first landing at RED FLAG Alaska

    An RQ-4 Global Hawk, assigned to Beale Air Force Base, California, landed at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska for RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 18-3, Aug. 16, 2018. The 12th RS sent a team of pilots to RF-A to better incorporate the RQ-4’s reconnaissance gathering capabilities into the simulated warfighting efforts. This marks the first time an RQ-4 has landed in Alaska during a simulated combat training exercise. RF-A is a Pacific Air Force’s directed training exercise conducted on the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. This iteration of the exercise features more than 100 aircraft, from more than a dozen units from the United States, Australia, Canada, and Great Britain.
  • Innovative 1st RS training provides RQ-4 student pilots valuable flying experience

    Becoming an RQ-4 Global Hawk pilot requires specific training, that is unique to remotely piloted aircraft. This training means new pilots not coming from previous manned platforms often have limited experience in the cockpit of an aircraft. The 1st Reconnaissance Squadron is aiming to increase their level of experience with their new, innovative Aviation Fundamentals Training (AFT) program funded through the Squadron Innovation Fund.
  • 12th AMU keeps Global Hawks flying

    The 12th Aircraft Maintenance Unit is responsible for keeping the RQ-4 Global Hawks here ready to fly. The RQ-4 is a remotely piloted aircraft, which is used to provide high-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to commanders in wartime and contingency operations. The RQ-4 platform has amassed more than 200,000 flight hours and is currently used to support Operation Inherent Resolve.
  • 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
  • CSAF impressed by Team Beale’s initiative, lead on CSAF focus areas

    The Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General David L. Goldfein, recently met with members of Team Beale to receive a first-hand look of the continual progression made to maintain and supply readiness to our air and space superiority Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California.Goldfein’s visit included a display of the persistent
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