U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Taylor Smith-Cruz, an installation entry controller assigned to the 673rd Security Forces Squadron guards an F-22 Raptor assigned to the 302 Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, during exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 24, 2020. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces in relation to current operational plans. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. ( U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)
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F-22s Perform Hot Refuel with ACE Airmen

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Taylor Smith-Cruz, an installation entry controller assigned to the 673rd Security Forces Squadron guards an F-22 Raptor assigned to the 302 Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, during exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 24, 2020. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration [Read More …]

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., undergoes pre-flight maintenance at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 25, 2020. B-1 bombers participated in Exercise Valiant Shield which is a biennial, U.S.,-only, joint field training exercise with a focus on integration between U.S. Forces in relation to current operational plans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicolas Z. Erwin)
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B-1s deploy and integrate with Valiant Shield

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., undergoes pre-flight maintenance at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 25, 2020. B-1 bombers participated in Exercise Valiant Shield which is a biennial, U.S.,-only, joint field training exercise with a focus on integration between U.S. Forces in relation to current operational plans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff [Read More …]

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron takes off from Aviano Air Base, Italy, Sept. 24, 2020. The F-16 participated in exercise Brave Warrior 20 which demonstrates the strength and interoperability of NATO’s alliance through focused close air support and logistics engagements between Hungarian, Slovakian, and Romanian coalition ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Valerie Halbert)
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555th FS supports exercise Brave Warrior 20

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron takes off from Aviano Air Base, Italy, Sept. 24, 2020. The F-16 participated in exercise Brave Warrior 20 which demonstrates the strength and interoperability of NATO’s alliance through focused close air support and logistics engagements between Hungarian, Slovakian, and Romanian coalition ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo [Read More …]

A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey sits in a field in preparation for U.S. and Ukraine forces to practice egress training during exercise Fiction Urchin near Vinnytsia, Ukraine, Sept. 17, 2020. The egress training, conducted with Ukraine Special Operations Forces, emphasized joint force interoperability during the Ukraine SOF qualification course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)
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352d SOW deploys for Fiction Urchin

A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey sits in a field in preparation for U.S. and Ukraine forces to practice egress training during exercise Fiction Urchin near Vinnytsia, Ukraine, Sept. 17, 2020. The egress training, conducted with Ukraine Special Operations Forces, emphasized joint force interoperability during the Ukraine SOF qualification course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II sits on the flight line at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Sept. 15, 2020. The A-10 is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform for a variety of munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob T. Stephens)
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Keeping A-10s ready, day or night

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II sits on the flight line at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Sept. 15, 2020. The A-10 is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform for a variety of munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob T. Stephens)

A U.S Air Force 748th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief and a pilot assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron prepare to launch at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 8, 2020. Night Flying Exercises provide 48th Fighter Wing aircrew and support personnel the experience needed to maintain a ready force capable of ensuring the collective defence of the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
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Eagles own the night

A U.S Air Force 748th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief and a pilot assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron prepare to launch at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 8, 2020. Night Flying Exercises provide 48th Fighter Wing aircrew and support personnel the experience needed to maintain a ready force capable of ensuring the collective defence of the NATO alliance. [Read More …]

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, flies over Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 9, 2020. The 510th FS is conducting close air support training with the 321st Special Tactics Squadron, the 19th Regiment Royal Artillery and the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron to improve combat capabilities and interoperability between allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
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Fighting Falcons day and night

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, flies over Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 9, 2020. The 510th FS is conducting close air support training with the 321st Special Tactics Squadron, the 19th Regiment Royal Artillery and the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron to improve combat capabilities and interoperability between allied nations. [Read More …]

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, prepares to touch down at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 17, 2020. The 510th FS is conducting close air support training with the 321st Special Tactics Squadron, the 19th Regiment Royal Artillery and the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron to improve combat capabilities and interoperability between allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
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Fighting Falcons fly at the Liberty Wing

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, prepares to touch down at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 17, 2020. The 510th FS is conducting close air support training with the 321st Special Tactics Squadron, the 19th Regiment Royal Artillery and the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron to improve combat capabilities and interoperability [Read More …]

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off in support of exercise Astral Knight 2020 at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 23, 2020. AK20 is focused on multinational Integrated Air and Missile Defense assets and will feature fighter and surface-based air defense integration against air and cruise missile threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
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493rd FS supports Astral Knight

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off in support of exercise Astral Knight 2020 at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 23, 2020. AK20 is focused on multinational Integrated Air and Missile Defense assets and will feature fighter and surface-based air defense integration against air and cruise missile threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st [Read More …]

A Joint Terminal Attack Controller from the German air force advises a U.S. Air Force JTAC, assigned to the 321st Special Tactics Squadron, stationed with the 352nd Special Operations Wing, RAF Mildenhall, U.K., on the evolution of training and how to advances skills relating to close air support engagements during exercise Ample Strike 20 at Boletice Military Training Area, Czech Republic, Sept. 15, 2020. Building a ready and capable partnership in the Czech Republic, allows United States Special Operations Forces to set conditions for larger combined, joint operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)
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JTACs team up for Ample Strike

A Joint Terminal Attack Controller from the German air force advises a U.S. Air Force JTAC, assigned to the 321st Special Tactics Squadron, stationed with the 352nd Special Operations Wing, RAF Mildenhall, U.K., on the evolution of training and how to advances skills relating to close air support engagements during exercise Ample Strike 20 at Boletice Military Training Area, Czech [Read More …]