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  • 380 AEW first responders exercise readiness, interoperability

    Emergency personnel from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing executed a large, first responder exercise Sept. 24, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The focus of any exercise is to safely respond to the emergency and mitigate impact to the wing and personnel. While there will always be lessons learned along the way, “practice like you play” so that you are ready to "fight tonight," is even more relevant in the exercise scenarios.
  • U.S. Air Force's F-35A performs first sortie during Middle East deployment

    F-35A Lightning II pilots assigned to the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flew their first combat sortie in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility April 26, 2019, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The fleet of F-35s deployed from active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for the first time in Air Force history. The aircraft is deployed to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility for the first time in U.S. Air Force history. The 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron worked diligently to prepare the fighters the first combat mission.
  • U.S. Air Force F-35As conduct first combat employment

    Two U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft conducted an air strike at Wadi Ashai, Iraq, in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve on April 30. This strike marked the F-35A’s first combat employment.
  • XP: the base’s front door

    The 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Plans and Programs shop, also known as “XP,” is that first step. They are responsible for developing base’s plans, programs and policies; coordinating programming actions to resolve issues; and constantly analyzing the effectiveness of these programs. This shop manages a wide range of programs and their hard work does not stop there.
  • UTANG Airmen far from home, bringing the fight

    Whether sailor or soldier, active duty or Air National Guard, an enlisted member or a field-grade officer, military members are part of something bigger, and regardless of status, everyone contributes to the mission of the United States. Far from home in a deployed environment, many components make up the complex, yet dynamic mission. Members of the Utah National Guard, also known as UTANG, are one of those key components here at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. These Airmen deployed from the 109th Air Control Squadron in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Controlling Aircraft ‘Beyond Line of Sight’

    One of the assets flying missions from Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, is the EQ-4 Global Hawk. This remotely piloted aircraft required coordination with other bases to control it in air but, by utilizing technology this process can now be conducted locally.
  • Improving Relations Through Friendship Games

    More than one hundred service members from the U.S., United Arab Emirates, and several coalition nations participated in the Friendship Games Feb. 6, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, UAE. This semi-annual event used games to promote partnerships between the different countries.
  • CONFINED SPACE MISHAP, GROUND ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REPORT RELEASED

    An Air Combat Command ground accident investigation board report was released today on the July 12, 2018, death of an Air Force staff sergeant assigned to the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The Airman was deployed to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, which was operating within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility at the time of the mishap.
  • EOD 134 Memorial Workout

    Airmen assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight hosted the EOD 134 Memorial Workout, Nov. 30.
  • 380th Expeditionary Medical Group: Providing Care to the Fight

    The 380th Air Expeditionary Wing consists of four groups executing the warfighting mission. One of these groups, the 380th Expeditionary Medical Group, provides various medical care and services supporting more than 3,500 deployed personnel at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. To achieve success, they are focused on evolving as a high-reliability organization by embedding innovation and Continuous Process Improvement at every level. By strengthening host nation and coalition partnerships, they increase efficacy and maximize the extension of medical benefits to all through enabling and empowering Phantom Medics through deliberate professional leadership development.
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