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An F-15C Eagle from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, prepares for the first sortie  of the day at Rovaniemi Air Base, Finland, May 25, in support of Arctic Challenge 2017. Continued, realistic interoperability exercises, such as ACE 17, allow the U.S., allies and partner nations to build their aerial expertise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Abby L. Finkel) Airmen of the world meet at Arctic Challenge 2017
For the past week, Airmen from 11 separate nations have been meeting in the skies over Sweden, Finland and Norway. Now in its third iteration, Arctic Challenge is the largest European air exercise of the year, seeing more than 100 aircraft and 1,000 service members participate over a period of two weeks. The goal of the exercise is increasing interoperability between the air forces of NATO and partner countries when conducting large-scale operations. The exercise scenarios are based on a mandate from the United Nations to project a multinational stabilization force should it be needed.
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Two French Rafale aircraft taxi to a runway at Rovaniemi Air Base, Finland, May 22, in support of Arctic Challenge 2017. The French are training alongside the U.S. and other allies and partners in Europe, in an effort to maintain the relationships and trust that are essential for ensuring regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Abby L. Finkel) Airmen train with allies, European neighbors at ACE 17

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American flags and flowers adorn the gravestones of 452 American children laid to rest in the Kaiserslautern Kindergraves during the Ramstein Area Chief's Group and German-American and International Women's Club's Kindergraves Memorial Service in Kaiserslautern, Germany, May 20, 2017. The Kindergraves are the final resting place for 452 American children who died at or shortly after birth from 1952 to 1971. Every year after Mother’s Day, members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community honor their memory with a memorial service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh) KMC members honor Kindergraves

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Israeli Defense Force paratroopers board a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, prior to an airdrop sortie in support of exercise Juniper Falcon May 15, at Nevatim Air Force Base, Israel. Juniper Falcon 17 represents the combination of sseveral bi-lateral component exercises with Israel Defense Forces that have been executed annually since 2011. These exercises were combined to increase joint training opportunities and capitalize on transportation and cost efficiencies gained by aggregating forces.   (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew) US, Israeli airmen fortify airlift capabilities
NEVATIM AIR BASE, Israel -- Two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft along with approximately 80 Total Force Airmen attached to the 86th Airlift Wing, 37th Airlift Squadron from Ramstein Air Base, Germany deployed to Israel in support of exercise Juniper Falcon from May 7- 18.
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An F-15E Strike Eagle from RAF Lakenheath, England, receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker May 19, 2017. The KC-135 is assigned to RAF Mildenhall, England. Both aircraft are on their way to support Arctic Challenge 2017, a multinational exercise encompassing 11 nations and more than 100 aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Dobrydney) Mildenhall, Lakenheath aircraft on way to Arctic Challenge

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Three F-15C Eagles from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, taxi after landing at Rovaniemi Air Base, Finland, May 17, in support of Arctic Challenge 2017. The Reapers joined counterparts from 10 other nations, along with representatives from NATO, for the exercise to build on their expertise in the air and increase interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Abby L. Finkel) Increasing interoperability at Arctic Challenge 2017
Twelve F-15C Eagles and approximately 200 personnel from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, and two KC-135 Stratotankers and over 30 personnel from the 351st Air Refueling Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, England, deployed to bases in Finland and Sweden for Arctic Challenge 2017, from May 19 to June 2.
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Chief Master Sergeant Phillip L. Easton, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa command chief master sergeant, (second from left) provides the rules of engagement to board members as he presides over the USAFE-AFAFRICA 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year board, March 9, 2017, Ramtein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Micky M. Pena) USAFE Command Chief sets tone for professional development
After recently introducing his priorities to the command, Chief Master Sgt. Phillip L. Easton, Command Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, is ready to speak more on the priority that truly drives a passion in him: personal and professional development.
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F-35A Lightning II pilots from the 34th Fighter Squadron, assigned to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, prepare to depart Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 7. While at Lakenheath for a training deployment, the squadron flew 76 sorties and tallied more than 154 flying hours alongside F-15s from the 48th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks) Lightning IIs complete successful European deployment
Eight F-35A Lightning IIs from the 34th Fighter Squadron, along with supporting units and equipment from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, completed the first F-35A training deployment to Europe, May 7.
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Chief Master Sergeant Phillip L. Easton, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa command chief master sergeant, (second from left) provides the rules of engagement to board members as he presides over the USAFE-AFAFRICA 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year board, March 9, 2017, Ramtein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Micky M. Pena) USAFE Command Chief introduces his priorities
Walking into his office it can be easy to get the impression you are about to meet someone who embodies Air Force experience, evident by the various memorabilia scattered throughout the room. He’s been an aircraft maintainer. He’s been a military training instructor. He’s even been a non-commissioned officer academy commandant. Now, his desk plaque reads “command chief”.
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Staff Sgt. Bruce Gjetley, 388th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment, and Staff Sgt. Samantha Barlond, 493rd Aircrew Flight Equipment, prepare and inspect an F-35A and F-15C pilots’ flight equipment prior to a sortie at RAF Lakenheath. Gjetley and about 250 other Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings are deployed to Europe for training with units from the U.S. Air Force, Royal air force and air forces from other NATO Allies. The 34th Fighter Squadron has been sharing facilities with the 493rd Fighter Squadron which flies the F-15C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Micah Garbarino) F-35A, F-15 train together during Lakenheath deployment
The F-35A continues to prove itself a game-changer as Airmen train together during the aircraft’s first overseas deployment.
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