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  • Airmen save life of severely injured Korean citizen

    Airmen conduct training routinely to be better prepared when the time comes to apply it; this was indeed the case when Airmen from the 694th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group and 607th Air Operations Center at Osan Air Base rendered life-saving aid to a critically injured Korean citizen here, July 6.
  • It ain’t musical chairs—It’s hot seats

    U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor pilots from the 43rd Fighter Squadron out of Tyndall Air Force Base swapped the ‘hot seat’ to increase sorties at Eglin AFB, Florida, July 2, 2019. ‘Hot seats’, where a pilot gives control of the jet to another pilot, and ‘hot pits’, Pantograph Fueling Stations, gave the pilots more training time in the air. 
  • Rapid Forge begins at Spangdahlem Air Base

    U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle's, assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, and U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah take off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 16, 2019, during Operation Rapid Forge. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to bases in the territory of NATO allies in order to enhance readiness and improve interoperability. Participation in multinational exercises and operations enhances professional relationships and coordination with allies. The goal of the operation is to enhance readiness in coordination with U.S. allies and partners in Europe.
  • 563d RQG Airmen rescue injured Mexican sailors

    Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s 563d Rescue Group traveled more than 1700 miles, to save two critically injured Mexican fishermen onboard the Mazatun fishing vessel, July 10, 2019. The fishermen were injured when their vessel’s crane collapsed more than 1300 miles southwest of San Diego in international waters at approximately 8 p.m., July 9. Fishing nets obstructed Mazatun’s propellers during the incident making the boat unable to transit under its own power. The two severely injured fishermen were transferred to Mazatun’s sister ship, Tamara, who began making the three day journey to the nearest land, a Mexican naval outpost on Socorro Island located more than approximately 840 miles away.
  • Convoys: Going where no one else can

    Airmen from the 726th Air Control Squadron offer an inside look on what makes a successful convoy while supporting Hardrock Exercise 19-2 July 14, 2019, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. To do this, a convoy has to be meticulously planned and perfectly executed.
  • F-35A to participate in 'Gunfighter Flag' exercise

    The 34th Fighter Squadron, from Hill Air Force Base’s 388th Fighter Wing, will fly the F-35A Lightning II alongside other Air Force units in Gunfighter Flag here next week. The exercise, similar to larger combat exercises like Red Flag at Nellis AFB, Nevada, will bring together various Air Force aircraft into a joint force to strike targets in high-threat environments, including: F-15E, F-15C, A-10 and E-3 AWACS.
  • Largest off-station F-35A operation to date

    Since May 30, the 388th Fighter Wing’s 34th Fighter Squadron has been flying out of Mountain Home in what has been the largest off-station F-35A Lightning II operation to date. The squadron, normally stationed at Hill AFB, Utah, is functioning as a detachment with about 300 Airmen in operations, support and maintenance.
  • ACC commander holds NAF integration Townhall

    Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, held a town hall July 8, 2019, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, to discuss the strategic importance of integrating the 24th and 25th Air Forces to form the first information warfare numbered air force. Air Combat Command announced the plans for this reorganization in April of this year as a way to better integrate cyber effects, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, electronic warfare operations and information operations. The synergy between cyber, ISR, EW and IO will increase unity of effort across these capabilities, resulting in new and improved options for combatant commanders.
  • Air Combat Command Global Hawk training detachment transforms

    A recent shift of control over the RQ-4 Global Hawk has been implemented within the 69th Reconnaissance Group Detachment 2. As of June 2019, the 69th RG transformed into the 319th Operations Group Det. 2. Even though the name changed, their mission stays the same supporting national objectives.
  • Overnight radar replacements for NEXRAD

    The NEXT RADAR, or NEXTRAD replacement, completed at Cannon in February in one night, is part of an ongoing effort there and at 24 other Air Force installations worldwide. The Air Force’s 25-site replacement program is part of a three-agency U.S. government effort to standardize the 180 radars that build national weather and flight data for the National Weather Service, the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. military. A team of Airmen, civilians and contractors at Hanscom and a 557th Weather Wing, unit in Norman, Oklahoma, keep the 25 NEXRAD units the Air Force owns maintained and upgraded on schedule.
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