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3rd Wing Airmen conduct FOD walk
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 3rd Wing conduct a foreign object anand debris walk to remove debris that could potentially damage aircraft and hinder mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maria Galvez
June 6, 2023 - 3rd Wing Airmen conduct a foreign object debris walk on the JBER flightline...

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...

DOD Headlines

DOD Must Be Employer of Choice to Meet Manpower Goals, Officials Say
Army Capt. Joy R. Petway administers the Oath of Enlistment to Army Staff Sgt. Julie Charles at the 88th Readiness Division Headquarters, Fort McCoy, Wis., Nov. 22, 2022.
June 6, 2023 - To meet its recruitment and retention goals, the Defense Department must make volunteering in the military attractive, especially in this era of low unemployment, DOD officials said. ...

Pentagon Official Says Next Generation of Leaders Key to Solving Security Challenges
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin H. Kahl speaks remotely during the 2023 NATO Youth Summit from the Pentagon in Washington, June 5, 2023.
June 6, 2023 - There is no shortage of pressing challenges on the horizon and preparing the next generation of leaders is key to ensuring a "safer, more equitable and peace-oriented future," Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin H...

On D-Day Anniversary, Austin, Milley Call on All to Defend Democracy
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III delivers remarks at an event commemorating the 79th anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 6, 2023.
June 6, 2023 - The men who stormed Normandy 79 years ago saved democracy "and it is all of our duty to defend with undimmed vigor the principles for which the Allies fought," Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said during a ceremony...

U.S. Remains Committed to Middle East, Defense Official Says
A soldier assesses the status of a High Mobility Rocket Artillery System after conducting a fire mission during Exercise Juniper Oak in Israel, Jan. 24, 2023.
June 5, 2023 - With more than 30,000 troops in the Middle East at multiple locations, the United States' commitment to the Middle East hasn't changed, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East said...

Collaboration, Standardization Key to DOD's Battery Strategy
The Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft System (TRUAS) flies during a demonstration at DZ Cockatoo on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., March 29, 2023. Combat Development and Integration demonstrated the TRUAS, programming the Unmanned Logistics Systems-Air to carry a payload over a short distance, drop it at a specified location in the landing zone and return to its staring point. The TRUAS has a 9-mile range and maximum payload of 150 pounds, which is sufficient to fly in ammunition, food, medical supplies, and batteries among other supplies.
June 5, 2023 - The Defense Department depends on batteries to communicate, operate autonomous vehicles, power directed energy weapons and electrify warfighting platforms...

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