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Frozen blood - JBER hosts mobile blood course
Glycerized blood transferring from the blood bag to the Haemonetics ACP215 system to be deglycerized and ready for transfusion at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 24, 2021. The mobile blood course, traditionally located at Travis Air Force Base, California, was hosted by Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska to ensure the military’s capability to freeze, store, and transport blood for contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordan Smith)
Oct. 15, 2021 - Alaska--Blood is important, and freezing blood is a vital life saving capability...

4/25 paratroopers conduct CH-47 Chinook airborne jump
U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, wait for a CH-47 Chinook operated by the 1-52nd General Service Aviation Battalion to land at Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 5, 2021. The Spartan Brigade is the only Arctic airborne brigade combat team in the U.S. Army, trained to execute airborne maneuvers in extreme cold weather and high-altitude environments in support of combat, partnership and disaster-relief operations. The 1-52nd GSAB is based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Patrick Sullivan)
Oct. 13, 2021 - U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, conduct airborne operations with CH-47 Chinooks operated by the 1-52nd General Service Aviation...

IG team welcomes active-duty perspective
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Reynolds, the 673d Air Base Wing Inspector General superintendent of inspections, and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lindsay May, the 673d ABW IG inspections and exercise planner, take the oath at the Inspector General Oath Ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 30, 2021. The IG manages the 673d ABW commander's Inspection Program through efficiency and readiness management, mission-assurance exercise planning, and commander’s self-assessments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Andrew Britten)
Oct. 13, 2021 - When you hear Inspector General, or ‘Go to IG,’ what comes to mind? Is it the dreaded, ‘but that won’t solve anything,’ or is it an enthusiastic ‘Ok, thank you for the advice.’...

Air Force announces changes for enlisted promotion recommendation points
The changes in the Enlisted Evaluation System introduce a new Promotion Recommendation Score, which places value on the experience of Airmen and sustained performance when it comes to promotions. Additionally, the “Not Ready Now” recommendation will no longer receive promotion points and the “Do Not Promote” recommendation will be eliminated. These changes will impact senior airmen and staff sergeants who are promotion eligible beginning with the 22E6 promotion cycle. (U.S. Air Force graphic)
Oct. 12, 2021 - Air Force officials recently announced changes to the Enlisted Evaluation System’s promotion recommendation point matrix...

4/25 Spartans conduct CH-47 Chinook airborne jump
U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, manage parachutes after a series of jumps from a CH-47 Chinook operated by the 1-52nd General Service Aviation Battalion at Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 5, 2021. The Spartan Brigade is the only Arctic airborne brigade combat team in the U.S. Army, trained to execute airborne maneuvers in extreme cold weather and high-altitude environments in support of combat, partnership and disaster-relief operations. The 1-52nd GSAB is based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Patrick Sullivan)
Oct. 7, 2021 - U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, land after jumping from a CH-47 Chinook operated by the 1-52nd General Service Aviation Battalion

673d CES hosts kickoff event for Fire Prevention Week
Nicholas Parks, a 673d Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, uses a multitool to break the window of a damaged car for a vehicle-extrication demonstration during Fire Prevention Day at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 2, 2021. The 673d CES hosted the event to inform the community about proper fire safety and prevention, as well as to showcase their equipment and firefighters’ capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Patrick Sullivan)
Oct. 7, 2021 - The 673d CES hosted a kickoff event Oct. 2 for the community highlighting Fire Prevention Week, which included a smoke trailer so people could experience the disorienting effects of evacuating a smoky area, stovetop fire...

773d CES plows through season's first snow
A fleet of snow sweepers return to the 773d Civil Engineer Squadron’s Snow Barn after clearing an early-season snowfall from the flight line on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 24, 2021. Snow removal is one of the most challenging and important duties handled by the squadron, as much of the installation’s mission revolves around their ability to quickly clear roads and runways. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Patrick Sullivan)
Sept. 28, 2021 - U.S. Airmen from the 773d Civil Engineer Squadron gathered amongst a flurry of snow for a monthly training exercise known as Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Day, or Prime BEEF Day, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson,...

DOD Headlines

Defense Secretary Holds Talks in Romania
Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Romanian Defense Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca answer questions during a joint news conference at the Ministry of Defense, Bucharest, Romania, Oct. 20, 2021.
Oct. 20, 2021 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with leaders in stalwart NATO ally Romania and then visited the U.S. forces who work day in and day out to make NATO a reality...

Austin Works With Allies, Partners to Deter Russian Malign Activities
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran watch a Ukrainian Honor Guard during welcoming ceremonies for Austin in Kyiv, Ukraine Oct. 19, 2021.
Oct. 19, 2021 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III is visiting the front-line states of Georgia, Ukraine and Romania before traveling to Belgium for the NATO Defense Ministerial Meeting in Brussels...

Van Ovost: 'No Other Military or Transportation Enterprise Could Have Executed' Afghanistan Evacuation
Evacuees wait to board a C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 30, 2021. U.S. service members are assisting the State Department with a noncombatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan.
Oct. 19, 2021 - The noncombatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan in August highlighted the compassion of the military and U.S. partners around the world, the commander of U.S. Transportation Command said...

Climate Change in East Asia and the Pacific Impacts DOD
The littoral combat ship USS Montgomery conducts routine operations near the Panamanian-flagged drillship West Capella, May 7, 2020. Montgomery was on a rotational deployment to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of operations, conducting exercises and port visits throughout the region and working with allied and partner navies to provide maritime security and stability, key pillars of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Oct. 19, 2021 - The Defense Department is collaborating with allies and partners in the Pacific to prepare for a combined response capability for climate-related emergencies, a defense official said...

U.S., Ukraine Aim to Implement Strategic Defense Framework
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran walk to the reviewing stand at a welcome ceremony for Austin in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Oct. 19, 2021 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with Ukrainian leaders in the capital city of Kyiv to reinforce ties between the nations and look for ways to implement the Strategic Defense Framework — a roadmap for both...

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