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Blue Flag 17 Increasing interoperability at Blue Flag Israel 17
Approximately 200 U.S. Air Force Airmen and seven F-16C Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, are participating in Blue Flag 2017 at Uvda Air Force Base, Israel, which kicked off Nov. 6.
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2017
A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels a Hellenic air force F-16C Fighting Falcon Oct. 26, 2017, over the Mediterranean Sea. This refueling was in support of a training exercise among the two countries. The 100th Air Refueling Wing operated from Athens, Greece, for the first time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tenley Long) Bloody Hundredth demonstrates reach, builds partnerships in Greece
The U.S. Air Force and the Hellenic air force participated in an air to air refueling training mission over the Mediterranean Sea Oct. 26. From the moment the wheels of the KC-135 Stratotanker landed at the Athens International Airport in Greece, training commenced. This was the first time landing at an international airport for all the pilots on board.
0 10/30
2017
Members of the 480th Fighter Squadron stand near an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the Squadron, October 3rd, 2017. The best never rest: 480th Fighter Squadron, pilot win top USAFE honors
Spangdahlem’s own 480th Fighter Squadron was awarded the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Commander’s Trophy for Outstanding Fighter Squadron on Sept 13, 2017. The “Warhawks” have come out on top among all other USAFE fighter wings in such areas as aircrew training, ground/flying safety and direct operations support. Not only did the Warhawks take home
0 10/12
2017
Two Polish air force F-16 Fighting Falcons break away after refueling from a KC-135R Stratotanker during BALTOPS over Latvia, June 14, 2017. The exercise is designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, to strengthen combined response capabilities, as well as demonstrate resolve among Allied and Partner Nations' forces to ensure stability in, and if necessary defend, the Baltic Sea region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) Wings over Latvia
Two Polish air force F-16 Fighting Falcons break away after refueling from a KC-135R Stratotanker during BALTOPS over Latvia, June 14, 2017. The exercise is designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, to strengthen combined response capabilities, as well as demonstrate resolve among Allied and Partner Nations' forces to ensure stability
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2017
An F-16 Fighting Falcon. 510th Fighter Squadron, deployed to Krzesiny Air Base, Poland, in support of Aviation Detachment rotation 17-3, exercise BALTOPS and exercise Saber Strike approaches the boom on a KC-135R Stratotanker over the Baltic Sea, June 13, 2017. BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region. Participating nations include Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) Air Command and Control plays pivotal role in BALTOPS
High above the clouds crossing through international airspace, there are more than 50 military aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, Polish air force and German air force training together during the BALTIC OPERATIONS (BALTOPS) and Saber Strike Exercises.
0 6/13
2017
Airman 1st Class Andrew Winkler, left, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Eric Stevenson, right, 100th AMXS, inspect a KC-135R Stratotanker during BALTOPS exercise at Powidz Air Base, Poland, June 6, 2017. The U.S. Air Force is supporting the exercise with approximately 900 Airmen, eight F-16s from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, four KC-135 Stratotankers from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, U.S. and U.S. Air Force Reserve 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andres, Maryland, one Air Force Reserve E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) from the 513th Aerial Control Group, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma and Airmen from the 1st Combat Communication Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany will be supporting this multinational exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) BALTOPS 2017 Kicks Off
Exercise BALTIC OPERATIONS (BALTOPS) is underway in the Baltic Sea region until 16 June. Air, maritime, and ground assets from several NATO Allies and Partner Nations are involved in the live training event that started from Szczecin, Poland and finishes in Kiel, Germany.
0 6/07
2017
Airmen assigned to the 52nd Maintenance Group prepare an F-16 Fighting Falcon for the annual Combat Shield inspection at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 23, 2017. A Combat Shield team visited Spangdahlem March 20-24 to evaluate the reliability of several F-16s’ radar threat warning systems and countermeasures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber) Combat Shield inspection certifies Saber readiness
The 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit’s Avionics Shop here underwent a Combat Shield evaluation March 20–24. A Combat Shield evaluation team from the 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, conducted the annual inspection to gauge the effectiveness of the threat-detection systems and countermeasures aboard the F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned here.
0 4/07
2017
An Airman assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron reunite with his family during the squadron’s
return to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 12, 2016. Approximately 300 of the squadron’s Airmen, who serve
in flight, maintenance or support roles for the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, completed a six-month
deployment to Southwest Asia by providing close air support and dynamic targeting operations in support of
Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) Welcome Back: Record-Breaking F-16 Squadron Returns
Hundreds of families reunited with Airmen assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron during the squadron’s return to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 12, 2016. Approximately 300 of the Airmen, who serve in flight, maintenance or support roles for the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, completed a six-month deployment to Southwest
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2016
A 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon departs for Exercise Immediate Response 16 from Aviano Air Base, Italy on Sept. 14, 2016. The exercise, which uses computer-assisted simulations and field training exercises to improve multinational interoperability, runs until Sept. 23, 2016. (Photos by Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush/Released) Aviano F-16s depart for Immediate Response 16
Several F-16 Fighting Falcons departed for Exercise Immediate Response 16 from Aviano Air Base, Italy on Sept. 14, 2016. The exercise is a multinational exercise using computer-assisted simulations and field training exercises spanning Croatia and Slovenia.
0 9/19
2016
Staff Sgt. Sonethasinh Sayaseng, 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Force Base, Italy, avionics journeyman, marshals an F-16 for take-off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., August 2, 2016, to participate in Green Flag 16-8. A typical Green Flag exercise involves two multi-role fighter and/or bomber squadrons, unmanned aircraft, electronic warfare aircraft, and aerial refueling aircraft. (United States Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released) Triple Nickel participates in Green Flag 16-8
Green Flag-West, a realistic air-land integration combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies, is primarily conducted in conjunction with U.S. Army Combat Training Center exercises at Ft. Irwin, Calif.
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