U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Charley Cole, a fixed wing aircraft mechanic with Marine Attack Squadron 542, taxis an AV-8B II Harrier into a refueling area during training flights at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Oct. 8, 2020. VMA-542 is conducting cold weather and heavy weapons employment training in a mountainous environment to maintain expeditionary readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Gavin T. Umboh)
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VMA-542 Exercise Mountain Tiger

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Charley Cole, a fixed wing aircraft mechanic with Marine Attack Squadron 542, taxis an AV-8B II Harrier into a refueling area during training flights at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Oct. 8, 2020. VMA-542 is conducting cold weather and heavy weapons employment training in a mountainous environment to maintain expeditionary readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo [Read More …]

United States Marines with Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 224 (VMFA(AW)-224), Marine Aircraft Group 31, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, prepare for flight operations aboard Naval Air Facility El Centro, California on Oct. 7, 2020. VMFA(AW)-224 is participating in Service Level Training Exercise 1-21 in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course 1-21 and Integrated Training Exercise 1-21 to further hone the squadron’s ability to operate as a cohesive unit while forward deployed in support of our nation’s objectives.
U.S. Marine Corps

VMFA(AW)-224 F/A-18s at Sunset

United States Marines with Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 224 (VMFA(AW)-224), Marine Aircraft Group 31, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, prepare for flight operations aboard Naval Air Facility El Centro, California on Oct. 7, 2020. VMFA(AW)-224 is participating in Service Level Training Exercise 1-21 in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course 1-21 and Integrated Training Exercise 1-21 to further hone [Read More …]

Jordanian Armed Forces Soldiers, Special Unit Two counterterrorism, conducts flat range drills and exercises during Eager Lion on King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, April 16, 2018. Eager Lion is a multi-national exercise hosted in Jordan, consisting of U.S. Service Members training with military forces from 19 partner nations, and designed to strengthen military-to-military partnerships and enhance regional stability. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jack Oathout)
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Flat Range Exercise during Eager Lion 2018

Jordanian Armed Forces Soldiers, Special Unit Two counterterrorism, conducts flat range drills and exercises during Eager Lion on King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, April 16, 2018. Eager Lion is a multi-national exercise hosted in Jordan, consisting of U.S. Service Members training with military forces from 19 partner nations, and designed to strengthen military-to-military partnerships and enhance regional stability. [Read More …]

Capt. Noah Spitler, B-52H Stratofortress instructor pilot assigned to the 69th Bomb Squadron, poses in front of a B-52 on the flightline at Minot Air Force Base, ND, Oct. 19, 2020. Spitler works on the Alert Parking Area near the Alert Shack and is called a “Pad Dad.” His job as “Pad Dad” is to brief his aircrew on mission status, weather, and any issues they may have on their mission. Spitler says he is proud of the maintainers and all the Airmen that are working diligently during this exercise. He sees crews who work for 20 hours at a time and he says he is impressed. “We’re not only proving ourselves, but we’re also showing the world what Team Minot can do.” Spitler may wait for hours at a time until a mission starts. As soon as they are alerted, he and his team rush to their vehicles to get to their B-52s as fast as possible. He says that his coworkers and friends in the Alert Shack are who make it all worth it. “The camaraderie in here is just truly something else.” He is proud of their ability to rapidly respond when the mission calls on them. Spitler says that by doing exercises like Prairie Vigilance, Team Minot can really show their true strength. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb S. Kimmell)
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Airmen of Prairie Vigilance

Capt. Noah Spitler, B-52H Stratofortress instructor pilot assigned to the 69th Bomb Squadron, poses in front of a B-52 on the flightline at Minot Air Force Base, ND, Oct. 19, 2020. Spitler works on the Alert Parking Area near the Alert Shack and is called a “Pad Dad.” His job as “Pad Dad” is to brief his aircrew on mission [Read More …]

A T-38 Talon with the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California, performs a training mission over mountains in Eastern California, Oct. 9, 2020. The T-38A is a twin-engine, supersonic jet trainer that is used for pilots to remain proficient. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Dakota C. LeGrand)
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T-38 Training Mission

A T-38 Talon with the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California, performs a training mission over mountains in Eastern California, Oct. 9, 2020. The T-38A is a twin-engine, supersonic jet trainer that is used for pilots to remain proficient. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Dakota C. LeGrand)

A U.S. Soldier, assigned to 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, zeros his sniper rifle during the Jäger Shot competition at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Oct. 19, 2020. 7th Army Training Command conducted the Jäger Shot competition from Oct. 18-23, 2020, to promote teambuilding, strengthen techniques, build esprit de corps and enhance mentorship within the sniper community. (U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach)
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Jäger Shot 2020

A U.S. Soldier, assigned to 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, zeros his sniper rifle during the Jäger Shot competition at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Oct. 19, 2020. 7th Army Training Command conducted the Jäger Shot competition from Oct. 18-23, 2020, to promote teambuilding, strengthen techniques, build esprit de corps and enhance mentorship within the sniper community. (U.S. [Read More …]

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle, assigned to the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, launches for a training sortie in support of NATO Air Police operations at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, Oct. 19, 2020. Air Police operations remain a fundamental component to how NATO provides security to it's members. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Matthew Plew)
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Eagles in Iceland

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle, assigned to the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, launches for a training sortie in support of NATO Air Police operations at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, Oct. 19, 2020. Air Police operations remain a fundamental component to how NATO provides security to it’s members. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Matthew Plew)