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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Vida Roeder, a mission crew commander with the 461st Air Control Wing (ACW), monitors operations aboard a E-8C Joint STARS during a mission supporting BALTOPS and Saber Strike 18 exercises at Fighter Wing Skrydstrup, Denmark, June 12, 2018. The JSTARS team consists of the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th ACW, plus active duty personnel assigned to the 461st ACW and Army JSTARS. They are in Denmark to participate in Exercise Baltic Operations, or BALTOPS, June 4-15 and Saber Strike 18 from June 3-15. JSTARS brings a unique, manned, joint airborne command control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability to the exercises. During BALTOPS, the Georgia Airmen will join military forces from 17 nations to enhance flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations to strengthen combined response capabilities, as well as demonstrate international resolve to ensure stability in, and if necessary defend, the Baltic Sea region. The Saber Strike exercise facilitates cooperation between the U.S., Estonia, Latvia Lithuania, Poland, and other allied and partner nations to improve joint operational capability in a variety of missions and prepare the participating nations and units for future operations while enhancing the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons) (Portions of the photo have been blurred for security purposes) BALTOPS 2018 concludes
The U.S. Air Force and NATO allies and partner nations concluded Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) June 15, in Kiel, Germany.
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A Latvian MI-17 Helicopter lands during a large scale battle scenario in Skrunda, Latvia on June 13, 2018. The helicopter was directed in by Joint Terminal Attack Controllers to pick up simulated injured personnel. The battle was part of Saber Strike 18 and pieced together communication, tactics, and other facets of military operation into one scenario. Saber Strike aims to improve strategic partnerships, ability to operate in the dynamic security environment, and to maintain readiness of forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike) US, partners complete Saber Strike 18
Saber Strike 18, wrapped up with a large scale battle scenario involving multiple countries in Skrunda, Latvia on June 13, 2018.
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, takes off in support of BALTOPS and Saber Strike 18 at the 31st Tactical Air Base, Poznan-Krzesiny, Poland, June 8, 2018. BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise designed to improve training value for participants, enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. Operation Saber Strike 18 is an annual U.S. Army led land based combined-joint exercise conducted at various locations throughout Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks) F-16s support BALTOPS and Saber Strike
Eighteen F-16 Fighting Falcon and 300 personnel assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, partnered with the Polish Air Force in support of Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) and the U.S. Army led Saber Strike 18 exercise at the 31st Tactical Air Base in Poznan-Krzesiny, Poland, June 8, 2018.
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Default Air Force Logo Association of African Air Forces continues to grow, foster cooperation among U.S. and partner nations
Three years since its inception, the Association of African Air Forces continues to build steam as a dynamic force for cooperation and stability on the African continent. A voluntary, non-political organization, the association focuses on the exchange of experiences and ideas, as well as collaborative efforts to support air operations across Africa. Through the forum, African partner nations are increasingly stepping up to confront collective challenges such as human suffering, poaching, violent extremism, and drug trafficking.
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Italian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers watch an A-10 Thunderbolt II fly over Adazi, Latvia, June 7, 2018. Partner nations’ controllers worked with U.S. pilots to call in air support on mock targets during Saber Strike 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike) JTACs improve warfighting capabilities at Saber Strike 18
While aircraft are in the sky waiting for a call, a small group of Airmen on the ground move to a vantage point and survey the battlefield. Their job is to identify targets and their locations providing pilots the means to support the friendlies on the ground.
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The 86th Medical Group, 345th Field Hospital, and 411th Hospital Center practice unloading a simulated patient from an ambulance during the 86th MDG's exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018. Croatian Armed Forces members and 10 distinguished visitors from across the Kaiserslautern Military Community came to learn about the U.S. Air Force and Army medical capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker) 86th MDG invites local nationals to witness life-saving capabilities
Host nation visitors from across the Kaiserslautern Military Community learned about U.S. Air Force and Army expeditionary medical capabilities during the 86th Medical Group’s exercise Maroon Surge Community Outreach Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 7, 2018.The Community Outreach Day kicked off Maroon Surge, a multi-day joint training
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Default Air Force Logo Air Force implements new parental leave policy, secondary caregivers given 21 days
In accordance with the Department of Defense Military Parental Leave Program, the Air Force announced an expansion to its parental leave policy on non-chargeable leave entitlements following the birth or adoption of a child.
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48th Medical Group Airmen transport a patient with simulated injuries following a mass casualty scenario during a readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, June 5, 2018. Conducting 24-hour operations during the two-day exercise, 48th Fighter Wing Airmen tested their Ability to Survive and Operate during wartime conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks) 48th FW executes readiness exercise
The 48th Fighter Wing held a “Phase II” readiness exercise June 4-5, at RAF Lakenheath.
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A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft assigned to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, taxis across the flightline in support of Exercise Baltic Operations at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany, June 5, 2018. An E-3 AWACS assigned to the 963rd Airborne Air Control Squadron and a second Air Reserve Component AWACS assigned to the 970th Airborne Air Control Squadron were the participating aircraft for the exercise.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks) E-3 AWACS strengthen interoperability during BALTOPS
Two E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft assigned to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, partnered with NATO allies in support of Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) June 6, 2018.
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A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster drops supplies over a drop zone in Adazi, Latvia, June 9, 2018. Four aircraft from the 62nd Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington and four aircraft from the 437th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina provided support to exercise Swift Response 18. Swift Response included approximately 2,300 participants from seven allied nations to help train the U.S. Global Response Force, led by the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, in Joint Forcible Entry operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jimmie D. Pike) U.S. Air Forces assist Swift Response 18
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster drops supplies over a drop zone in Adazi, Latvia, June 9, 2018. Four aircraft from the 62nd Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington and four aircraft from the 437th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina provided support to exercise Swift Response 18. Swift Response included
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