Airmen from across the 104th Fighter Wing participated in the forge combat skills readiness training event July 30, 2021, at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. The Forge is a new 104FW initiative where participants are trained in joint combat skills, total force fitness, domestic operations and near-peer threat understanding. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Hanna Smith)
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104FW Barnestormers Participate in Forge Combat Skills event

Airmen from across the 104th Fighter Wing participated in the forge combat skills readiness training event July 30, 2021, at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. The Forge is a new 104FW initiative where participants are trained in joint combat skills, total force fitness, domestic operations and near-peer threat understanding. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Hanna Smith)

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operators assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Field, North Carolina, participate in static-line airborne operations as part of an airfield seizure with C-130H Hercules aircraft support from U.S. Air Force Reserve 757th Airlift Squadron, assigned to Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio during Northern Strike 21 at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Michigan, July 30, 2021. Northern Strike is a multi-component, multinational exercise designed to build readiness and enhance interoperability with allied forces to fight and win. Northern Strike 21-2, Michigan’s largest and longest exercise designed to validate readiness of the joint reserve force, is held July 31, 2021 through August 14, 2021 at the National All-Domain Warfighting Center. The NADWC spans Michigan’s Northern Lower Peninsula, encompassing the capabilities of the Camp Grayling Maneuver Training Center and the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center and their combined ranges and airspace. This system of training areas is the premier location to replicate the future operating environment, offering integrated training across all domains. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Scott Thompson)
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Static Line Jump during Airfield Seizure at Northern Strike 21

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operators assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Field, North Carolina, participate in static-line airborne operations as part of an airfield seizure with C-130H Hercules aircraft support from U.S. Air Force Reserve 757th Airlift Squadron, assigned to Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio during Northern Strike 21 at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, [Read More …]

A Latvian Special Operation Forces member runs rappel operations from a Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 CH-53E Super Stallion during Northern Strike 21-2 at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center, Grayling, Michigan, July 30, 2021. Northern Strike is an opportunity to build interoperability with other units and multinational partners while training in realistic multi-domain environments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tristan D. Viglianco)
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Latvian SOF, Marines rappel training at Northern Strike 21

A Latvian Special Operation Forces member runs rappel operations from a Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 CH-53E Super Stallion during Northern Strike 21-2 at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center, Grayling, Michigan, July 30, 2021. Northern Strike is an opportunity to build interoperability with other units and multinational partners while training in realistic multi-domain environments. (U.S. Air National Guard [Read More …]

An A-10 Thunderbolt II, from the 124th Fighter Wing, Idaho Air National Guard, flies next to a KC-135R Stratotanker, from the 151st Air Fueling Wing, Utah Air National Guard on July 28, 2021. The Air National Guard provides almost half of the Air Force's tactical airlift support, combat communications functions, aero medical evacuations and aerial refueling. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Colton Elliott)
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Utah ANG Refuels F-35 Lightning II

An A-10 Thunderbolt II, from the 124th Fighter Wing, Idaho Air National Guard, prepares to receives fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker, from the 151st Air Fueling Wing, Utah Air National Guard on July 28, 2021. The Air National Guard provides almost half of the Air Force’s tactical airlift support, combat communications functions, aero medical evacuations and aerial refueling. (U.S. Air [Read More …]

Airmen assigned to the Ohio Air National Guard's 178th Wing Security Forces Squadron conducted wartime skills training at the Volk Field Combat Regional Training Center, Wisc. from June 23-July 2 to enhance their air base ground defense skills. The Airmen improved many of their tactics and marksmanship skills using long range distance targets, land navigation, night operations, dismounted patrolling, tactical combat casualty care, and leadership development. (Photo provided)
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178th Security Forces Sharpen Warfighting Skills

Airmen assigned to the Ohio Air National Guard’s 178th Wing Security Forces Squadron conducted wartime skills training at the Volk Field Combat Regional Training Center, Wisc. from June 23-July 2 to enhance their air base ground defense skills. The Airmen improved many of their tactics and marksmanship skills using long range distance targets, land navigation, night operations, dismounted patrolling, tactical [Read More …]

A civilian air tanker drops retardant on the Beckwourth Complex Fire July 9, 2021 near Frenchman Lake in N. California. In addition to other resources, three Air National Guard C-130s--two from Nevada and one from California will assist in battling the Beckwourth Complex Fire in Northern California. The DoD, through the commander, U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), provides support to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in conducting wildland fire fighting operations as requested. First Air Force (Air Forces Northern), U.S. Northern Command’s Air Component Command, is the DoD’s operational lead for the aerial military efforts.
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Air Tanker Drops Retardant on the Beckwourth Complex Fire July 9, 2021 near Frenchman Lake in N. California

A civilian air tanker drops retardant on the Beckwourth Complex Fire July 9, 2021 near Frenchman Lake in N. California. In addition to other resources, three Air National Guard C-130s–two from Nevada and one from California will assist in battling the Beckwourth Complex Fire in Northern California. The DoD, through the commander, U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), provides support to the [Read More …]

Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 Raptors fly in formation near a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the Hawaii ANG 203rd Air Refueling Squadron, June 30, 2021, near Oahu, Hawaii. The Raptors just completed air-combat training scenarios with French Air and Space Force F3-R Rafales. From June 27 to July 5, three French Air Force Rafales, two A400M Atlas, one A330 Phenix, and approximately 170 French Air and Space Force personnel visited Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to partner in air integration operations for exercise Wakea - a demonstration of the U.S. and French relationship in the Indo-pacific area of responsibility. During Wakea subject matter experts from both nations exchanged best practices for flight operations, training, and maintenance. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Orlando Corpuz)
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Hawaiian Raptors train with French Air Force

Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 Raptors fly in formation near a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the Hawaii ANG 203rd Air Refueling Squadron, June 30, 2021, near Oahu, Hawaii. The Raptors just completed air-combat training scenarios with French Air and Space Force F3-R Rafales. From June 27 to July 5, three French Air Force Rafales, two A400M Atlas, one A330 Phenix, [Read More …]

U.S. Air Force members of the 219th Security Forces Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, discuss force on force exercise at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021. The Airman are conducting force on force Scenarios to meet security forces annual training requirements. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Christa Anderson)
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219th SFS Provides New Training Opportunities for Airmen

U.S. Air Force members of the 219th Security Forces Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, discuss force on force exercise at the Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 24, 2021. The Airman are conducting force on force Scenarios to meet security forces annual training requirements. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Christa Anderson)

Airmen of the Ohio Air National Guard, 200th RED HORSE Squadron, conduct a multi-day Field Training Exercise at Camp Perry, Ohio, incorporating construction and civil engineering elements while simulating hostile conditions, June 26, 2021. About 400 Airmen are training in support of the RED HORSE mission to provide a dedicated, mobile, flexible, self-sufficient heavy construction engineering force for airfield, base infrastructure and special capabilities to support worldwide contingency operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Joe Harwood)
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200th RED HORSE conducts FTX at Camp Perry

Airmen of the Ohio Air National Guard, 200th RED HORSE Squadron, conduct a multi-day Field Training Exercise at Camp Perry, Ohio, incorporating construction and civil engineering elements while simulating hostile conditions, June 26, 2021. About 400 Airmen are training in support of the RED HORSE mission to provide a dedicated, mobile, flexible, self-sufficient heavy construction engineering force for airfield, base [Read More …]