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JBER maintenance Airmen, Army Guardsman help rescue two plane crash victims near Goose Bay Airport
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- A Taylorcraft rests where it crashed May 16, 2022, near Goose Bay Airport, Alaska. Good Samaritans, including Alaska Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Steven Borcherding, 176th Maintenance Squadron, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Lawrie, 3rd Maintenance Squadron, Alaska Army National Guard Spc. Zach Cherry, 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, and Borcherding’s father, Steven Borcherding Sr., helped safely evacuate the aircraft’s two occupants from the beach during a rapidly rising tide. (Courtesy photo)
May 17, 2022 - JBER maintenance Airmen, Army Guardsman help rescue two plane crash victims near Goose Bay Airport...

Maintainers keep RED FLAG-Alaska flying
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Navarro, a maintainer assigned to the 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepares to inspect a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron before a flying mission during RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 6, 2022. The 718th AMXS and 909th ARS are from Kadena Air Base, Japan. RF-A is designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shelimar Rivera Rosado)
May 13, 2022 - At Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Airmen from the 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, train for deployed maintenance in support of large-force...

909th pairs with AKANG during RF-A 22-1
A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle assigned to 67th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, refuels from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, during RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, May 11, 2022. The JPARC provides more than 77,000 square miles of airspace, making it the world’s largest instrumented air, ground and electronic combat training range. RF-A is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise allowing forces to practice interoperability by providing unique opportunities to integrate into joint and multilateral training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Farnsworth)
May 13, 2022 - AU.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, conducted aerial refuling in support of RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, May 11, 2022...

517th Airlift Squadron flies for RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1
U.S. Air Force Maj. William Hock, a 354th Operations Group, Detachment 1, C-17 Globemaster III pilot, and U.S. Air Force Capt. Robert Ferrell, a 517th Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III pilot, prepare to land during RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 12, 2022. Approximately 2,200 service members from the U.S., Great Britain and Canada are expected to fly, maintain and support more than 90 aircraft from over 25 units during this iteration of the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Farnsworth)
May 13, 2022 - A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron conducts low level evasive maneuvers during RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, May 12, 2022. RF-A is a Pacific Air Forces-directed...

RAF flies for RF-A 22-1
A Royal Air Force flight crew assigned to No. 47 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton, England, completes post-flight checks during RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 10, 2022. Approximately 2,200 service members from the U.S., Great Britain and Canada are expected to fly, maintain and support more than 90 aircraft from over 25 units during this iteration of the exercise.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Farnsworth)
May 13, 2022 - A Royal Air Force C-130J Hercules assigned to No. 47 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton, England, conducts low level maneuvers over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex during RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 May 10, 2022. The JPARC provides...

517th Airlift Squadron participates in RF-A 22-1
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron simulates cargo drop during  RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 3, 2022. RF-A is designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shelimar Rivera Rosado)
May 12, 2022 - RF-A is designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat environment...

BASH program keeps birds in the air for RF-A 22-1
Jerry Morrill, a United States Department of Agriculture wildlife specialist and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Bird/Animal Air Strike Hazard program lead, looks over the flightline during RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 at JBER, Alaska, May 4, 2022. The BASH program supports the U.S. and international partners flying in the exercise by reducing airstrike risk  by utilizing wildlife deterrence methods. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Farnsworth)
May 11, 2022 - As aircraft noise fills the air while RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 is in full swing, a team of people looks to the skies for a different kind of wing...

DOD Headlines

U.S. Meets Milestone in Chemical Weapons Stockpile Destruction
An operator begins removing M55 rockets from a pallet before they enter the destruction process at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant.
May 19, 2022 - The Defense Department's Chemical Demilitarization Program reached a milestone in its effort to eliminate the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile and recovered chemical warfare materiel...

Sweden, Finland Apply for NATO Membership
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III hosts an enhanced honor cordon at the Pentagon for Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist, May 18, 2022.
May 18, 2022 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III hosted Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist at the Pentagon, where they discussed the historic decision by the Swedish government to seek NATO membership...

R&D Program Yields New Sources for Obsolete Parts, Raw Materials
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Issac Nakai, a field radio operator for the II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, works on a radio inside a Humvee at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 2, 2020. The Defense Logistics Agency partners with weapons system program offices and service engineering activities to qualify small businesses for sourcing parts that have high demand but limited availability, such as field radio battery chargers.
May 18, 2022 - The Defense Logistics Agency is always seeking opportunities to match America's small businesses with research and development projects that address critical supply chain gaps and security threats...

DOD Names Lead for Suicide Prevention and Response Independent Review Committee
Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby holds a media briefing at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., May 17, 2022.
May 17, 2022 - Members of DOD's Suicide Prevention and Response Independent Review Committee are in Washington to begin work to address suicides in the U.S. military...

U.S. to Resume Small, Persistent Presence in Somalia
Army Maj. (Dr.) Andrew Mosier, 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion physician, center, shares medical practices with African Union Mission in Somalia medics during a mass casualty exercise in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 6, 2016. During the exercise, medics worked as teams to treat life-threatening injuries such as severe blood loss and bullet wounds.
May 16, 2022 - The U.S. military advise-and-assist support to forces in Somalia will soon change from an ad hoc basis to one of persistent presence, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said...

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