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Two Alaska Security Forces Airmen honored during National Police Week
Members of the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund board and guest speakers stand at the 35th annual candlelight vigil at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. May 13, 2023. The vigil recognized law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty whose names were dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. Five hundred and fifty-six names were read aloud in front of a crowd of thousands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Abigail Meyer)
May 25, 2023 - The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. is the nation’s monument to peace officers who have died in the line of duty—and two U.S. Air Force Airmen from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska were...

Austere medicine redefined: testing the ATC-EST's capabilities at Northern Edge 23-1
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman John Damouni, a water and fuel systems maintenance journeyman assigned to 773rd Civil Engineer Squadron, secures a solar panel system during an Agile Combat Employment air transportable clinic set up, during Northern Edge 23-1 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 9, 2023. NE 23-1 is one in a series of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command exercises designed to sharpen the joint forces’ skills; to practice tactics, techniques, and procedures; to improve command, control and communication relationships; and to develop cooperative plans and programs.
May 25, 2023 - Northern Edge 23-1, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command sponsored, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) led, multilateral, joint field training exercise, kicked off at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on May 4, 2023. This exercise...

Wounded Warriors Find Solace in Athletics
James Phelps, a prior U.S. Air Force technical sergeant who has four Afghanistan deployments, sits in his wheelchair surrounded by wounded warrior sports memorabilia at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 17, 2023. Phelps spent most of his career as an integrated avionics craftsman with the 211th and 212th Rescue squadrons and said the strain of war, combat deployments, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and the suicide of his best friend brought him to a low point in his life. His wife, the Fisher House Foundation and the Warrior Games intervened.
May 25, 2023 - Two U.S. Air Force veterans who concluded their active-duty careers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are competing in the upcoming Department of Defense-wide Warrior Games Challenge at Naval Air Station North Island in San...

Northern Edge 23-1: Alaska’s Role in Joint Forces Readiness
A U.S. Air Force F-117 Nighthawk lands during Northern Edge 23-1 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 10, 2023. Northern Edge 23-1 provides an opportunity for joint, multinational and multi-domain operations designed to implement high-end, realistic war fighter training, develop and improve joint interoperability, and enhance the combat readiness of participating forces.
May 25, 2023 - Alaska plays an instrumental role in the United States military strategy; Gen. Billy Mitchell famously told Congress in 1935 he believed Alaska to be “the most important strategic place in the world.”...

JBER Life rolls out benefits membership to military members for base programs
May 25, 2023 - To promote family unity and involvement, JBER Life offers special memberships for service members and families at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson...

F-22 Raptor rejoins fleet after five-year absence
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Philip Johnson, a functional check flight pilot assigned to the 514th Flight Test Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, prepares to conduct a functional check flight at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 4, 2023. This functional check flight was the last test conducted over a five-year period to get tail number AF-07-146 operational after its crash at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, in 2018. The flight was successful and aircraft 146 returned to the operational fleet that same day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class J. Michael Peña)
May 5, 2023 - It was April 2018 when a failed takeoff at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, left one of the 3rd Wing’s F-22 Raptors in critical condition. After a team went to Fallon for the disassembly and transport of the jet back to...

Through it all, Airman bounces back after hardship
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jaymie Herbert, 176th Communications Flight customer support technician, shares her personal story overcoming mental health issues and being recognized as one of Alaska's Top 40 Under 40.
May 4, 2023 - An Airman from the 176th Communications Flight exemplifies someone who had a difficult childhood but refused to give up in the face of their struggles by using her military career and available resources to overcome adversity...

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DOD Announces New Security Assistance Package for Ukraine
Air Force Staff Sgt. Dave Servida, ramp supervisor for the 436th Aerial Port Squadron, directs weapons cargo bound for Ukraine onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a security assistance mission at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Aug. 19, 2022.
May 31, 2023 - The Defense Department announced an additional security assistance package for Ukraine that contains key capabilities to arm against Russian airstrikes targeting critical infrastructure across the country...

Biden, Austin Laud Fallen Service Members in Memorial Day Address
President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley participate in a Memorial Day event at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., May 29, 2023.
May 29, 2023 - President Joe Biden called on the nation to honor the sacrifices of fallen service members by keeping the flame of democracy they fought to uphold burning brightly...

Hicks Honors Fallen Service Members, Gold Star Families in Memorial Day Message
Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks and her staff participate in
May 29, 2023 - Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks paid tribute to service members who made the ultimate sacrifice and the families they left behind in a video message and statement...

Austin to Naval Academy Grads: 'You're Up to It'
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III awards a diploma at the U.S. Naval Academy's Class of 2023 graduation ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 26, 2023.
May 26, 2023 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III told the graduating class of the U.S. Naval Academy their experience as midshipmen has prepared them to lead in the fleet and carry the torch of U.S. sea power at a critical time for...

DOD, NASCAR Highlight Fallen Heroes, Service During Coca Cola 600
The Armed Forces Color Guard stands in front of a massive crowd ahead of the NASCAR Coca Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., May 29, 2022.
May 26, 2023 - As Americans remember and mourn our fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend, NASCAR nation will honor and recognize them alongside hundreds of current service members at one of the sport's biggest races of the year...

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