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  • Hill Airmen bring F-35A, fifth-gen capabilities to European defense exercise

    AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- Airmen deployed from the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, recently wrapped up the U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs first participation in a large, European air-and-missile defense exercise.The focus of the multi-national exercise, Astral Knight 2019, was to defend several
  • Astral Knight 2019: Maintainers sharpen F-35A

    Deployed maintainers of the 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare F-35A Lightning II fighter jets to contribute to exercise Astral Knight 2019 on the flightline of Aviano Air Base, Italy. Astral Knight 2019, a joint-multinational exercise led by U.S. Air Forces in Europe, aims to demonstrate the defense capabilities of the U.S. integrated air and missile defense system.
  • Load 'em up: F-35A from A to B? Ask Fanter

    How do you pack an F-35A into a C-17? Or move nearly 300 Airmen, and all the equipment, to support 12 aircraft around Europe for two months? Or make sure you have enough of everything that you’ll need, and almost nothing that you don’t?
  • Agile BOLT maintenance team supports F-35A deployment

    AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy – Maintainers in an innovative 388th Maintenance Group program have taken two huge steps while developing a program that continues to push and streamline F-35A Lightning II sustainment.These “BOLT” maintainers are currently deployed alongside the 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit and the 421st Fighter Squadron during a Theater
  • Exercise Astral Knight 2019 boasts multinational relations

    Senior leaders, Italian Air Force Maj. Gen. Silvano Frigerio, Combat Force Commander, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Steven Basham, U.S Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa deputy commander, Brig. Gen. Mato Mikic, Croatian Air Force commander, and Maj. Gen. Alenka Ermenc, Slovenia Air Force chief of the general staff, visited Aviano Air Base, Italy as part of Astral Knight 2019, June 4.
  • 100th ARW takes to the skies for Astral Knight 2019

    Astral Knight 2019, a joint-multinational exercise led by U.S. Air Forces in Europe, aims to demonstrate the defense capabilities of the U.S. integrated air and missile defense system, and will involve a combination of flight operations and computer-assisted scenarios. The exercise’s goal is to enhance the command and control integration, coordination and interoperability of air and land capabilities and overlapping operations into the IAMD enterprise.
  • Landing Zone Safety Officer course

    The 435th Contingency Response Group hosted a 10-day Landing Zone Safety Officer course that included in class and field training May 20-31, 2019 on Ramstein Air Base. The LZSO course trains specific career fields to conduct aircraft operations and construct landing zones in challenging locations.
  • Astral Knight 2019: Enhancing regional security

    U.S. Military Forces in Europe work closely with coalition forces from Croatia, Italy and Slovenia to execute Astral Knight 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy, and various locations across Europe, June 3, 2019.
  • Astral Knight aircraft refuels over the Adriatic

    Two F-35 Lightning II aircraft fly in formation during an aerial refueling training mission, during Operation Astral Knight 19 over the Adriatic Sea, June 3, 2019. Astral Knight is a joint, multinational exercise taking place throughout various locations in Europe, with more than 900 Airmen participating in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by
  • New Wing Commander takes the reins of the Bloody Hundredth

    A new wing commander took charge of the 100th Air Refueling Wing during a ceremony here, May 31, 2019. Col. Troy Pananon assumed command of the 100th ARW from Col. Christopher Amrhein in front of Airmen, families, and local civilian dignitaries.
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