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 - Any service member or dependent at JBER who has COVID symptoms should be tested. Self-referral drive-up testing offered at the JBER Respiratory Clinic. Mon - Sun 7 A.M. - 3 P.M.
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Airmen honored for Colony Glacier efforts
U.S. Air Force Col. Travolis A. Simmons, the commander of the 3rd Wing, awards Joint Service Achievement Medals to Airmen from the 3rd Maintenance Squadron for their participation in the recovery effort during Operation Colony Glacier at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 30, 2020. Operation Colony Glacier is a real world mission to recover the remains, personal effects, and wreckage of a U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster II that crashed Nov. 22, 1952 near Mt. Gannett, Alaska. In 2012 Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers spotted debris from the wreckage during a routine training mission on Colony Glacier nearly 14 miles from where the plane first crashed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)
Dec. 1, 2020 - The 3rd Maintenance Squadron honored 10 Airmen Nov. 30 for their participation in Operation Colony Glacier 2020.

JBER’s frontline workers stand up to COVID-19
U.S. Army Pvt. Daniel Murtagh, a combat medic specialist assigned to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment (Airborne), 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, tests a patient for COVID-19 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 20, 2020. The 673d MDG stood-up a drive-thru testing clinic to offer a fast, safe way to provide testing to base personnel and their dependents.
Nov. 25, 2020 - Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the 673d Medical Group has been fighting the battle on the front lines here in the Last Frontier.

PACAF Airmen take RADAS to new heights
U.S. Air Force civil engineers fly a Small Unmanned Aircraft System during a newly adopted Rapid Airfield Damage Assessment System training course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 18, 2020. Throughout the first week of training, Airmen focused on learning to fly the SUAS. During the second week they learned to fly the RADAS mission while using the SUAS systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Smith)
Nov. 25, 2020 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Twelve civil engineer Airmen from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, completed a 12-day secondary operator training course of the newly adopted Rapid Airfield Damage Assessment System (RADAS), at JBER, Nov. 20, 2020.

First-term Airman recognized as PACAF ARMS Airman of the Year
Airman 1st Class Kelly Penn, 3rd Operations Support Squadron aviation resource management journeyman, poses for the camera at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 23, 2020. Penn has been recognized as the Pacific Air Forces Aviation Resource Management System Airman of the Year and will go on to compete at the Air Force level.
Nov. 23, 2020 - A 3rd Operations Support Squadron Aviation Resource Management journeyman has been recognized as the Pacific Air Forces Aviation Resource Management System Airman of the Year.

USARAK Commander's Thanksgiving letter
Nov. 23, 2020 - Thanksgiving is a special time for Americans across the country, a time when loved ones come together in celebration of unity and gratitude. While this year the gatherings will be smaller and the events unique, it is still an opportunity to reflect upon the blessings we share with friends and family.

Spartan paratroopers recognized for saving a life
Col. Chris Landers, commander of 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, congratulates Sgt. Cody Grant, for receiving the U.S. Army's Safety Guardian Award at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 12, 2020. Grant and his friend Staff Sgt. Joseph Kellogg were riding dirt bikes when they encountered an unconscious boy after he crashed on his ATV. They provided first aid and were able to contact emergency responders to get the child evacuated. (U.S. Army photograph by Staff Sgt. Alex Skripnichuk)
Nov. 13, 2020 - Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska – Two paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, “Spartan Brigade,” received the U.S. Army’s Safety Guardian Award here November 12, 2020. Staff Sgt. Joseph Kellogg and Sgt. Cody Grant provided life-saving actions to a 12-year-old victim of an All-Terrain Vehicle accident.

AFLCMC delivers Integrated Aircrew Ensemble to 90th Fighter Squadron
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jon “Dexter” Keranen, a F-22 pilot assigned to the 3rd Operations Support Squadron, is outfitted by air flight equipment technicians with a newly received state-of-the-art integrated aircrew ensemble (IAE) flight suit and gear at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 9, 2020. The brand-new, custom-fit gear mitigates adverse physiological effects on F-22 Raptor pilots by reducing the thermal burden while increasing mobility and comfort. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)
Nov. 12, 2020 - In an effort to improve pilot safety and comfort, the Agile Combat Support Directorate’s Human Systems Division is in the process of delivering the Integrated Aircrew Ensemble (IAE) to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
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Officials Describe How Arms Sales Benefit the U.S., Partners
Airmen with the 436th Aerial Port Squadron at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware load cargo onto an aircraft. The military cargo is part of a foreign military sales agreement with the United States.
Dec. 4, 2020 - Officials announced the fiscal year 2020 arms transfer figures and other Defense and State Department security assistance and cooperation accomplishments and statistics.

Air Safety Panel Recommends Flight Hour Increase, Emphasis on Maintenance, Steady Funding
Marine Corps Sgt. Jake Vanclief and Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Eric Roberts, aircraft communications navigation radar systems technicians with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, perform maintenance on an F/A-18D Hornet during exercise Cope North 20, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb 27, 2020.
Dec. 4, 2020 - The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety released its recommendations saying aviators need more flight hours, maintenance personnel need better training and manning and supply chains need more and faster throughput.

U.S., Australia Sign Agreement to Develop Virtual Training Range
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mike Tomsik and Australian Army Col. Hamish Ashman watch as Australian Army Maj. Gen. Marcus Thompson, the head of information warfare, signs a cyber training agreement between the U.S. and Australia in Russell, Australia, Nov. 3, 2020.
Dec. 4, 2020 - The United States and Australia agreed to continuously develop a virtual cyber training range as part of the Defense Department's efforts to sharpen lethality, reform business practices and strengthen partnerships in cyberspace.

COVID-19 Draws Attention to Defense Industrial Base Vulnerabilities
An employee of the Palau Ministry of Health conducts a COVID-19 test on a Marine assigned to the Task Force Koa Moana 20, I Marine Expeditionary Force in Peleliu, Republic of Palau, Aug. 5, 2020. Marines and sailors with TF KM20, are conducting engagements in the Republic of Palau from July through September. The Koa Moana task force has taken extensive measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of service members and Palauan citizens participating in TF KM20 is an enduring priority. Prior to deploying, all exercise members participated in a three-week quarantine. After arriving in Palau, the Marines and Sailors remain quarantined for an additional 14 days. To date, all members deployed as part of TF KM20 tested negative for COVID-19.
Dec. 4, 2020 - During a discussion with the Hudson Institute, a top defense official said that COVID-19 helped draw attention to the weaker links of the U.S. defense supply chain.

New DOD Directive Will Improve Acquisition Reform, Officials Say
An M1 Abrams tank crew from the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment “Desert Rogues”, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team “Raider”, 3rd Infantry Division, conducts a live-fire accuracy screening test during a standard training event at the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex in South Korea, Dec. 1, 2020.
Dec. 4, 2020 - The Defense Acquisition System aims to develop a more lethal force based on faster delivery of technological innovation and a culture of performance that yields a decisive and sustained U.S. military advantage.

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