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Total Force C-17 crew chiefs earn JBER Pride of the Fleet laurels
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Lt. Col. Travis Lytton (far left), 703rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Mary Hosea (far right), 176th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, present the Pride of the Fleet award to C-17 Globemaster III dedicated crew chiefs Airman 1st Class Jordan Smith, 703rd AMXS; Senior Airman Nicholas Nici, 703rd AMXS; and Senior Airman Patrick Droege July 26, 2021, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Not pictures is Tech. Sgt. Jorge Machado, 176th AMXS. Pride of the Fleet recognizes the dedicated crew chiefs of the best-maintained C-17 at JBER. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David Bedard/Released)
July 29, 2021 - Total Force C-17 crew chiefs earn JBER Pride of the Fleet laurels...

Alaska National Guard participates in DoD’s largest unclassified cyber defense exercise
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Alaska Air National Guard Master Sgt. Micah Weeks, 176th Communications Flight, operates his console July 22, 2021, during Cyber Shield 21 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Cyber Shield 21 is a concentrated effort to develop, train and exercise cyber forces in the areas of computer network internal defensive measures and cyber incident response. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David Bedard/Released)
July 27, 2021 - Alaska National Guard participates in DoD’s largest unclassified cyber defense exercise...

JBER hosts decontamination training exercise
U.S. Airmen check their decontamination gear during a training exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 16, 2021. Functioning decontamination equipment is critical, as it is used to protect the wearer as they clean hazardous chemicals like those that may be employed in an attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Patrick Sullivan)
July 27, 2021 - Traveling from a multitude of different bases, Airmen gathered at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to participate in a decontamination training exercise July 12 through 16...

Chaos Challenge 2021
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacob Lara, left, Senior Airman Matthew Arellano, and Staff Sgt. Thomas Rodriguez, 25th Air Support Operations Squadron pause for a photo after winning the Chaos Challenge 2021 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 16, 2021. The Chaos Challenge 2021 was a multi-day series of mental and physical contests sponsored by the 1st Air Support Operations Group with participants from the 3rd, 5th, 25th, and 604th Air Support Operations Squadrons and a guest team from the 673d Security Forces Squadron. The winner of the competition will go on to compete in Lightning Challenge 2021 to determine the best two-man TACP team in the Air Force.
July 27, 2021 - The Chaos Challenge 2021 was a multi-day series of mental and physical contests sponsored by the 1st Air Support Operations Group with participants from the 3rd, 5th, 25th, and 604th Air Support Operations Squadrons and a...

36th Wing and 525th Fighter Squadron Reunite during Pacific Iron 21
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jeremy T. Sloane, 36th Wing commander, center, Col. Travolis Simmons, 3rd Wing commander, right and Lt. Col. Matthew Tromans, 525th Fight Squadron commander, left stand in front of an F-22 Raptor assigned to the 525th FS, 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 23, 2021. The 525th FS and the F-22 Raptors they fly are currently deployed in support of operation Pacific Iron 2021 at Andersen AFB. Pacific Iron is a U.S. Pacific Air Forces dynamic force employment operation to project forces into the USINDOPACOM’s area of responsibility in support of the 2018 National Defense Strategy which called on the military to be a more lethal, adaptive, and resilient force.
July 26, 2021 - To understand the importance and rarity of the 36th Wing and 525th Fighter Squadron “Bulldogs” reunion, we have to step back in time and see where it all started for 525th FS, the 36th Wing and Andersen Air Force Base, Guam...

U.S. Army Alaska welcomes new commander
July 26, 2021 - Maj. Gen. Brian Eifler assumed command of United States Army Alaska from Maj. Gen. Peter Andrysiak during a change of command ceremony July 21 on Pershing Field at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska...

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visits JBER
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visits Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 21, 2021, during a refueling stop. Dr. Biden was traveling to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
July 22, 2021 - First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visits Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 21, 2021, during a refueling stop. Dr. Biden was traveling to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics...

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Philippine President Restores Visiting Forces Agreement With U.S.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana speak to reporters in Manila, Philippines, July 30, 2021.
July 30, 2021 - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has retracted the letter terminating the country's Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States after meeting with Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III...

Guard Well-Equipped to Handle West Coast Wildfires
An Air National Guard C-130 drops retardant on the Beckwourth Complex Fire near Frenchman Lake in northern California, July 8, 2021.
July 29, 2021 - When wildfires happen out west, National Guard service members are there to fight those fires. And for now, they've got a good handle on the effort, the director of the National Guard said...

DOD Promotes Additive Manufacturing Expansion, Standardization, Training
Marine Air Logistics Squadron 36 uses the Defense Logistics Agency’s Joint Additive Manufacturing Data Exchange to 3D print mask frames on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan, April 3, 2020. JAMMEX lets military users download and print approved models for critical COVID-19 supplies such as face shields and surgical masks.
July 29, 2021 - The Defense Department is harnessing the potential of 3D printing to help warfighters maintain technological overmatch against strategic competitors...

U.S., Vietnam Discuss COVID-19 Aid, New Program to Find War Dead
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Vietnamese Defense Minister Phan Van Giang enter the Vietnamese Ministry after a welcoming ceremony in Hanoi, Vietnam, July 29, 2021.
July 29, 2021 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III traveled to Vietnam to discuss the COVID-19 aid being provided by the U.S. and a new accounting initiative to help find those who died during the Vietnam War...

DOD Directs Employees to Start Wearing Face Masks Again
Logistics Specialist 1st Class Claudio Enciso distributes face masks to Air-Traffic Controller 2nd Class James Tinsman aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, May 20, 2020. The DOD has mandated that employees begin wearing masks again.
July 28, 2021 - The Defense Department directed employees working in areas at high risk for transmission to begin using face masks again as a measure to prevent the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, especially the fast-moving,...

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