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Airstrikes to bird strikes: historic island tackles new battle
A seabird egg rests on Wilkes Island, Wake Atoll, Jan. 31, 2020. Large colonies of seabirds nest on Wilkes Island, which lies under the runway approach for the atoll. Due to this factor, bird aircraft strike hazard specialists have undertaken a project to encourage the birds to move to Peale Island, which is on the far end of the atoll. This is part of the atoll's vital, multi-tiered bird aircraft strike hazard program which supports mission readiness and success.
Feb. 19, 2020 - Heavily bombarded during a bloody two-week battle in World War II and the subsequent 44-month occupation by the Japanese before being handed over to U.S. forces on Sept. 4, 1945, Wake Atoll has attested to the resiliency of U.S. military members and civilians.

U.S. Army Alaska Soldiers Conduct Combatives Training
Army Spc. Bobby Berg, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, assigned to the 9th Army Band, U.S. Army Alaska, subdues an aggressor during a Modern Army Combatives Program grappling and tactical scenario on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 6, 2020, designed to enhance unit combat readiness by building personal courage, confidence, and resiliency as well as situational responsiveness to close-quarters threats in an operational environment.
Feb. 7, 2020 - Soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Alaska conduct Modern Army Combatives Program grappling and tactical scenarios on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 6, 2020, designed to enhance unit combat readiness by building personal courage, confidence, and resiliency as well as situational responsiveness to close-quarter threats in an operational environment.

Special Tactics operators simulate first-ever extreme cold weather FARP with next generation fighters
Forward Area Refueling Point aircrew members with the 27th Special Operations Wing refuel an F-22 Raptor with the 3rd Wing from an MC-130J Commando II during Emerald Warrior at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 30, 2020. This was considered the first-ever simulated Forward Area Refueling Point for F-22 Raptors in an extreme cold weather environment. Emerald Warrior 20-1 provides annual, realistic pre-deployment training encompassing multiple joint operating areas to prepare special operations forces, conventional force enablers, partner nations, and interagency elements to integrate with and execute full spectrum special operations in an arctic climate, sharpening U.S. forces’ abilities to operate around the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ridge Shan)
Feb. 5, 2020 - For the first time, aircrew with the 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, along with a team of Special Tactics Airmen carried out a simulated FARP for F-22 Raptors assigned to Pacific Air Forces’ 3rd Wing in an extreme cold weather environment during Emerald Warrior at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, January 21-31.

JBER Airmen Compete in F-22 Load Competition
Airman 1st Class Justin Walker, a native of Huntsville, Ala., assigned to the 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, competes during a timed F-22 Raptor load crew competition on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 31, 2020. Load crew competitions provide weapons loaders throughout the 3rd Maintenance Group an opportunity to showcase weapons loading speed and efficiency, while honing teamwork as an integral component of the U.S. Air Force's 'Fly, Fight, Win' mantra.
Feb. 4, 2020 - Airmen assigned to the 90th and 525th Aircraft Maintenance Units compete during a timed F-22 Raptor load crew competition on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 31, 2020.

JBER mechanic innovates safety solution
Jessie Mauldin, 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron heavy mobile equipment mechanic, poses for a photo next to a newly modified deicing truck at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 22, 2019. The modification involves strategically attaching four eyelets to the top of each truck so mechanics can attach a mobile safety harness. Mauldin has taken steps to push his innovation to all heavy mobile equipment maintenance shops Air Force-wide.
Jan. 23, 2020 - The older deicing trucks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, weren’t engineered with anchor points on top for mechanics to tether themselves with a fall-protection harness in case they slip. Thanks to a civilian Airman with a passion for Air Force safety, innovation and Alaska, that’s changing.

JBER hosts CINC IEA selection board visit
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Crystal Jenkins, Arctic Spark CEO, briefs the Installation Excellence Selection Board about Arctic Spark’s innovation projects during the 2020 Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award site inspection at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 13, 2020. JBER is competing as a finalist for the CINC IEA. This presidential award recognizes innovation and superior operation of military installations that have best used their resources to support the mission.
Jan. 23, 2020 - Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, hosted the 2020 Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award selection board for a site inspection Jan. 12 through 15, 2020.

JBER Airman awarded Bronze Star
Air Force Col. Robert Davis, 3rd Wing commander, left, returns the salute of Air Force Master Sgt. Jehu Forte, assigned to the 703rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, in an aircraft hangar on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 8, 2020, during a ceremony awarding Forte the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement for his actions during a deployment in support of U.S. and coalition forces in the Middle East. Master Sgt. Forte distinguished himself by meritorious achievement as a Tactical Operations Superintendent and Air Advisor, and placed himself at risk numerous times while engaged in operations against an opposing armed force to expertly carryout his mission-critical duties in support of operations Inherent Resolve and Deliberate Resolve.
Jan. 10, 2020 - JBER Airman Awarded Bronze Star
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Military Leaders Discuss Hypersonics, Supply Chain Vulnerabilities
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kirsten Jankowski works on an MH-60S Seahawk aboard the USS Little Rock in the Atlantic Ocean, Feb. 8, 2020.
Feb. 21, 2020 - The nation's top military leaders discussed challenges to getting hypersonic weapons from blueprint to production during a question-and-answer session at a Washington think tank.

Esper Meets With Stratcom Leaders, Troops at Offutt Air Force Base
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper hosts a town hall during his visit to the headquarters of U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Feb. 20, 2020.
Feb. 21, 2020 - Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper visited U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska for meetings with leaders and a tour of Stratcom's new command and control facility.

Esper: Nuclear Triad Must Remain Effective, Reliable, Credible
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper shakes hands with an airman assigned to the 91st Missile Wing during a visit to Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Feb. 19, 2020.
Feb. 20, 2020 - The fiscal year 2021 defense budget request places a high priority on modernizing the nation's nuclear triad, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper emphasized at Minot Air Force Base, N.D.

More Young People Need to Pursue the 'Magic of Engineering'
Cadet 2nd Class Sarah Gingras opens the valve of an oxygen tank connected to a hybrid rocket engine at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., Nov. 27, 2018.
Feb. 20, 2020 - Convincing more people to choose engineering as their career is one of the nation's most critical tasks, the Defense Department's chief technology officer said.

Military Health System Changes Focus on Readiness
A hospital worker prepares to draw blood at Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville’s laboratory in Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 9, 2019.
Feb. 19, 2020 - The Military Health System is implementing significant reforms aimed at building a more integrated and effective system of readiness and health, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said.

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