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F-35A Lightning II aircraft from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, fly in formation with F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing in the skies over South Korea. Vipers, Lightning strike Korean Peninsula together for first time
Exercise VIGILANT ACE 18 is underway across the Korean Peninsula and the Wolf Pack’s F-16 Fighting Falcons, better known as Vipers, play host to the fifth-generation Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35A Lightning II, at the historic 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea.
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. Max Thunder is a regularly scheduled training exercise designed to enhance the readiness of U.S. and ROK forces to defend the Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released) MAX THUNDER brings forces together, showcases aerial supremacy
U.S. and ROK Air Forces conduct flight training during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17, which began April 17, 2017, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Max Thunder is part of a continuous exercise program to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces. These exercises highlight the longstanding military partnership, commitment and enduring
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(U.S. Air Force graphic by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik) Keying in on the front against sexual assault
Every year in April, a united campaign against sexual assault takes center stage to spread awareness and cultivate a society of prevention.This month, several Air Force bases will hold activities and events that put the spotlight on how airmen can stay engaged and continue to fight this issue.“April is where a variety of things are done to bring
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Lt. Col. Jeffrey Shulman Flexibility is still the key to airpower
Airmen often repeat the phrase, “flexibility is the key to airpower.” I would argue as a service we have forgotten what that means. The phrase was coined from the Italian airpower strategist, Gen. Giulio Douhet, who penned The Command of the Air in the 1920’s. Although many airpower experts will argue his work had some flaws, this phrase is
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Staff Sgt. Marion Franco, 8th Medical Operations Squadron aerospace and operational Physiology Technician, and Staff Sgt.  Edward Todd, 8th Medical Operations Squadron dental laboratory technician, insert silicone based mixture into the ear of Capt. Connor Flynt, 35th Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot, to make an inner-ear mold for the Attenuating Custom Communications Earpiece System at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 9, 2017. The ACCES device will significantly reduce surrounding ambient noise that pilots hear in the cockpit and increase the efficiency of radio communications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chelsea Browning/Released) Kunsan dental techs show mission versatility
Dental airmen from the 8th Medical Operations Squadron perform routine annual exams and construct ear pieces as part of the Attenuating Custom Communications Earpiece System at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, on Jan. 4 and Jan. 9, 2017. Dental technicians here are responsible for receiving patients, examining records, preparing patients for
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Airman 1st Class Angelo Borbon, 8th Maintenance Squadron inspection section team member, inspects the landing gear of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Dec. 6, 2016.  Kunsan airmen work to employ airpower to deter aggression, preserve the Armistice and defend the Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released) Day or night, Kunsan postured to respond to any threat
Airmen from the 8th Maintenance Squadron perform maintenance on U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 35th and 80th Fighter Squadrons at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Dec. 2, 2016. Pilots from the 35th and 80th Fighter Squadrons take to the sky's after maintainers prepare aircraft for take off. Conducting aircraft maintenance and
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan McCullough, an 8th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment (AFE) journeyman assigned to Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, performs maintenance on an oxygen mask, May 2, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. AFE technicians must perform extensive work on each piece of equipment to ensure maximum safety for pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor/Released) Aircrew flight equipment: no masking safety
While pilots fly at the speed of sound, multi-tasking is in full force, but safety remains a top priority in the skies. Maintenance Airmen make sure each aircraft is ready to fly, but one crew works meticulously behind the scenes to ensure each pilot’s flight equipment is in top working condition.
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