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90th FS pilot selected for NASA’s 2021 astronaut candidate class
Jan. 10, 2022 - From the last frontier to the final frontier, a 90th Fighter Squadron pilot’s lifelong dream has come true. ...

Alaskan Command Celebrates 75 Years
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. David A. Krumm, commander of the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, North American Aerospace Defense Command; commander of Alaskan Command, U.S. Northern Command; and commander of the 11th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, right, poses with U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Wayne Don, director of joint staff for the Alaska National Guard, during the 75th anniversary celebration of ALCOM on January 4, 2022, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The ALCOM anniversary was celebrated by the revealing of a commemorative plaque that will be displayed on the ALCOM building at JBER. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordan Smith)
Jan. 6, 2022 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska–Alaskan Command celebrated its 75th anniversary January 4, 2022, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The event was hosted by ALCOM’s current commander, Lt. Gen. David Krumm, and...

Crew chiefs rebuild F-22 after fiery crash
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kevin Fitch, left, and Staff Sgt. Ethan Rentz, 3rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-22 crew chiefs, were tasked with rebuilding U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor tail number AF-07-146, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 29, 2021, after the aircraft was damaged in a crash in Nevada in 2018. Since F-22s are no longer manufactured, returning this jet to mission-capable and combat-ready status is important for not only 3rd Wing capabilities, but capabilities of the entire U.S. Air Force. The functional check flight is projected for March 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Colvin)
Dec. 20, 2021 - Aircraft crew chiefs are typically responsible for daily maintenance, aircraft care and inspections to ensure their aircraft are mission ready. However, two crew chiefs at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson became part of a...

517th Airlift Squadron prepares for training sortie
A C-17 Globemaster III sits on the flight line at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 2, 2021. The 517th Airlift Squadron regularly performs training sorties to maintain mission readiness in an arctic environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Patrick Sullivan)
Dec. 7, 2021 - The 517th Airlift Squadron prepares to launch a training sortie at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 2, 2021. The 517th AS regularly performs training sorties to maintain mission readiness in an arctic...

53rd Wing WSEP enhances air superiority and tests multi-platform interoperability
An F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron participates in the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group’s Weapons System Evaluation Program East 22.02, hosted at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 16, 2021. During WSEP, units across the Department of Defense are evaluated on air-to-air combat capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt Lindsey Heflin)
Nov. 29, 2021 - The 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida recently hosted the Weapons System Evaluation Program-East November 8-19, 2021. WSEP is a formal evaluation of a squadron's ability to conduct air-to-air...

Airmen interested in learning aviation fundamentals, becoming a rated officer can apply for Rated Prep Program until Dec. 2
The Air Force Rated Preparatory Program provides qualified Airmen interested in cross-training to an Air Force rated career field the opportunity to gain and strengthen basic aviation skills. 
Program participants receive self-paced ground training, approximately eight flight hours in a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 Skylane, and additional training in FAA-certified simulators—helping them become more competitive for rated selection boards. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Christa D'Andrea)
Nov. 19, 2021 - Active duty Air Force officers and enlisted personnel interested in becoming rated officers have until Dec. 02, 2021 to apply for the Spring 2022 Air Force Rated Preparatory Program (RPP), scheduled for March 20-25, 2022, and...

ROKN Cruise Training Task Group visits Alaska
Midshipmen from the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) Cruise Training Task Group’s two vessels, a Republic of Korea Ship (ROKS) Wang Geon (DDH-978) Chungmugyon Yi Sun-sin-sin-class destroyer and ROKS So Yan (AOE-51), a combat support ship, watch as an F-22 Raptors passes by at the Port of Alaska, Anchorage, Nov. 4, 2021. The ROKN Cruise Training Task Group visited Alaska during a 67-day voyage, which marked the first ever trip for ROKN vessels to the state.(U.S. Air Force photo by Sheila deVera)
Nov. 8, 2021 - Two Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) ships visited the Port of Alaska as part of a training exercise Nov. 4-6.The ROKN Cruise Training Task Group’s two vessels, a destroyer and a combat support ship, visited Alaska during a...

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Nation Observes Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm
U.S. Marines assigned to the 2nd Marine Division's Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, move out on a mission after disembarking from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter during Exercise Imminent Thunder, part of Operation Desert Shield.
Jan. 15, 2022 - Operation Desert Storm began 31 years ago — on Jan. 16, 1991 — five months after Iraqi forces invaded and annexed Kuwait. ...

Russia Trying to Develop Pretext for Ukraine Invasion, DOD Official Says
Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby answers questions during a news conference at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2022.
Jan. 14, 2022 - Russia has deployed "a group of operatives" into Ukraine to foment a pretext for another invasion of that country, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said...

DOD Technology Chief Emphasizes People, Teamwork
Heidi Shyu, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, speaks to Thom Shanker, the director of the Project for Media and National Security and the Defense Writers' Group, virtually from the Pentagon, Jan. 13, 2022.
Jan. 14, 2022 - The Defense Department's chief technology officer is emphasizing people and teamwork as the avenue to keep America's technological edge...

More Active Troops to Help Take COVID-Related Pressure Off Civilian Hospitals
Sailors participate in a morning colors ceremony aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort while the ship is moored in New York City in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts, April 1, 2020.
Jan. 13, 2022 - An additional 1,000 active duty service members will be teamed up to deploy to civilian hospitals across the U.S. to help take pressure off medical staffs there as they battle the effects of the omicron variant of the...

New Combating Trafficking in Persons Course for Military-Connected Students
Students speak to each other on a conference call.
Jan. 13, 2022 - Identifying a need to train military-connected students, the Defense Department's Combating Trafficking in Persons Program Management Office has developed new CTIP training for high school students...

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