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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Travis Jackson, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated crew chief, marshals an F-35A Lightning II July 18, 2017, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 33rd Fighter Wing and Marine Attack Squadron 221 from Yuma, Ariz., participated in the first combat exercise with Air Force F-35As and Marine Corps F-35Bs operating simultaneously during Red Flag 17-3. The large scale exercise, which was developed to provide pilots with critical experience in combat situations, enabled F-35 pilots to plan and train using the same tactics, techniques and procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson) F-35A, F-35B integrate at Red Flag
The U.S. Air Force's 33rd Fighter Wing and Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 are participating in the first combat exercise with Air Force F-35As and Marine Corps F-35Bs operating simultaneously during Red Flag 17-3.
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Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten addresses ceremony attendees shortly after taking command of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center July 13, 2017 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Gersten is a command pilot with more than 2,800 total flying hours in a variety of air frames; 400 of which were flown in combat over Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Bosnia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz) Maj. Gen. Gersten takes command of USAFWC
Airmen assigned to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and affiliated units were joined by Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, and local community members at the Thunderbirds hangar at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, to welcome the new USAFWC commander during a change of command ceremony, July 13.
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Gen. James M. Holmes, commander, Air Combat Command, speaks during ACC’s Change of Command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 10, 2017. Holmes assumed command from Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, who retired after 39 years of service to the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson) Gen. James Holmes takes command of ACC
Service members of Air Combat Command welcomed its new commander during a change of command ceremony, Mar. 10.
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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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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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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brian Dowling, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, walks out to an F-22 Raptor to conduct preflight inspections during Red Flag 17-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 26, 2017. This is Dowling’s first time participating in the U.S. Air Force’s premiere large-force air, cyber and space exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard) From Southside to Air Force: Maintainer shares story of redemption
Enduring the Southside of Chicago Heights’ symphony of gun shots and screams was not something U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brian Dowling was willing to continue.
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Airman 1st Class Raul Guzman, 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. 3. Maintainers and pilots from Hill Air Force Base's 388th and 419th Fighter Wings deployed the fifth-generation fighter to Nellis AFB Jan. 20. This is the first deployment of the F-35A to a Red Flag exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw) F-35A, maintainers proving reliable at Red Flag
When it comes to the F-35A, much is made of the edge its fifth-generation technology gives pilots, but America’s newest fighter aircraft is also proving capable in the hands of maintainers.
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