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U.S. Air Force Maj. James Nicholas, 55th Fighter Squadron pilot, left, shakes hands with Airman Bryce Gavitt, 55th FS crew chief, right, before taking off in support of Red Flag 17-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 27, 2017. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, aiming to increase their combat readiness and effectiveness for future real-world missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zade Vadnais) 20th FW kicks off Red Flag 17-2 at Nellis AFB
The U.S. Air Force’s two-week premier air-to-air combat training exercise, Red Flag 17-2, began Feb. 27 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and will conclude March 10.Held multiple times each year on the vast bombing and gunnery ranges of the 2.9 million acre Nevada Test and Training Range, Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving
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U.S. Air Force retired Tech. Sgt. Freddie Rosario, 2017 AF Warrior Game Trials competitor, carries the Wounded Warrior flag during the opening ceremony of the Air Force trials at the Warrior Fitness Center Feb. 24, 2017 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Dozens of U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Australian and Great Britain wounded warriors gathered for the fourth annual competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chip Pons) 2017 AF Trials commence
Dozens of U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Australian and Great Britain wounded warriors gathered here Feb. 24, 2017, to mark the opening ceremony of the fourth annual Air Force Warrior Game Trials competition at the Warrior Fitness Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. These trials are part of an adaptive sports program, headed by the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, designed to promote the mental and physical well-being of seriously wounded, ill and injured military members and veterans.
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Airmen recently installed Network Centric Collaborative Targeting hardware and software at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, to support Red Flag and other exercises. (U.S. Air Force Graphic Illustration by Vincent Childress and Staff Sgt. Siuta Ika) Many ISR firsts accomplished at Red Flag
This year’s first Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, saw many firsts for the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance warriors of 25th Air Force. This was the first time weapon systems and platforms identified Network Centric Collaborative Targeting as a desired learning outcome, said Lt. Col. Justin Tindal, chief, futures branch, Air Combat Command.
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Col. Paul Murray, 99th Air Base Wing commander, and Airman 1st Class Nicholas Martini, 99th Security Forces Squadron, cut the ceremonial ribbon for the new dormitory during a ceremony on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 3, 2017. The new facility’s amenities include ample parking spaces, basketball court, sand volleyball court, and multiple shaded outdoor seating areas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released) New dorm opens with Airmen’s needs in mind
Col. Paul Murray, 99th Air Base Wing commander, and Airman 1st Class Nicholas Martini, 99th Security Forces Squadron, cut the ceremonial ribbon for the new 240-person, 85,000 square foot dormitory facility here, Feb. 3.
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Default Air Force Logo CASLV implements two new school programs in 2017-18
The Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas, Nellis Air Force Base campus will implement two new programs during the 2017-18 school year.
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Airman 1st Class Jaylin King, an aerospace propulsion apprentice assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., performs maintenance on a grounded B-1B Lancer during Red Flag 17-1 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 27, 2017. Aircraft and personnel deploy to Nellis AFB for Red Flag under the Air Expeditionary Force concept and make up the exercise’s ‘Blue” forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released) B-1B Lancer: Hard to be humble
Since its inaugural flight on Oct. 1, 1986, the B-1B has been a work horse for the Air Force. The airframe holds records for speed, payload, range and time of climb in its class, and it brings all those talents to integrate with fifth-generation fighters during Red Flag 17-1 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
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Maintainers with the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., check for structural damages on an F-22 Raptor during Red Flag 17-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 27, 2017. If damages are found, low observable aircraft structure technicians must repair them to ensure the aircraft maintains its stealth capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard) Low observable technicians keep pilots undetected, alive
Fifth-generation F-22 Raptor and F-35A Lightning II pilots may take the reins of their respective aircraft; however, it takes preparation from outside the cockpit to get them where they need to go undetected.
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Royal Air Force Flight Lt. Jonny Mulhall, 6th Squadron Eurofighter Typhoon pilot, prepares the cockpit for take-off during Red Flag 17-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 7, 2017.The Typhoon trained alongside the F-35A Lightning II for the first time at Red Flag preparing the RAF pilots for the introduction of the F-35B to the Royal Air Force and Navy. (U.S Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard) Red Flag 17-1 pushes domain, fifth-gen integration
As coalition pilots, intelligence analysts, and cyber and space operators convene at the Nevada Test and Training Range north of Las Vegas, for Red Flag 17-1, they have one goal in mind: work together to defeat the adversary, which at times is 20 living adversaries simultaneously working to attack allied forces on a multi-domain battlefield.
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An F-35A Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Col. Yosef Morris, 388th Fighter Wing, taxis during Red Flag 17-1, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Feb. 3, 2017. Morris flew the 2,000th sortie during the Air Force's premier air-to-air combat training exercise. This is the first deployment of the F-35A to a Red Flag. Maintainers and pilots from Hill Air Force Base's 388th and 419th Fighter Wings deployed the fifth-generation fighter to Nellis AFB Jan. 20. The exercise provides aircrews the experience of multiple, intensive air combat sorties in the safety of a training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)) F-35A stealth brings flexibility to battlespace
Stealth isn’t new in the Air Force; but, stealth combined with the multirole capabilities of the F-35A Lightning II is proving to be a game changer in the Nevada desert.
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Airman 1st Class Nathan Kosters, a crew chief with the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, prepares to launch an F-35A Lightning II aircraft during Red Flag 17-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Feb. 7, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw) Youngest maintainer at Red Flag launches America’s youngest jet
The future belongs to the young. Airman 1st Class Nathan Kosters, the youngest F-35A Lightning II crew chief in the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, was born in 1996. “The Macerana” was No. 1 on the charts, “Independence Day” topped the box office and the F-16 Fighting Falcon had already been flying for 22 years.
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