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  • Operation Rapid Forge 2019 VUL 4

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lighting II, assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 25, 2019, during Operation Rapid Forge. The U.S. Air Force is engaged, postured and ready with credible force to assure, deter and defend in an increasingly complex security environment. (U.S. Air
  • RIAT 2019 showcases U.S. commitment to NATO alliance

    The world’s largest military air show brought nations from all over the world to RAF Fairford for the Royal International Air Tattoo July 19-21.  RIAT 2019 commemorated 70 years since the formation of NATO, and 50 years since the first manned moon landing. The three-day event saw more than 175,000 attendees and 245 different aircraft from 39 air arms, which represented 25 nations. From those nations, 48 air chiefs or their representatives attended the show.
  • RIAT 2019 showcases U.S. commitment to NATO alliance

    The world’s largest military air show brought nations from all over the world to RAF Fairford for the Royal International Air Tattoo July 19-21.  RIAT 2019 commemorated 70 years since the formation of NATO, and 50 years since the first manned moon landing. The three-day event saw more than 175,000 attendees and 245 different aircraft from 39 air arms, which represented 25 nations. From those nations, 48 air chiefs or their representatives attended the show.
  • Operation Rapid Forge 2019

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lighting II, assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and a U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, taxis on the flightline during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 23, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft
  • Operation Rapid Forge continues at Spangdahlem

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cody Albert, 421st Fighter Squadron crew chief, marshals an F-35A Lightning II during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to the territory of NATO allies to improve interoperability. The goal of the operation is to increase the readiness
  • Multinational Heavy Airlift Wing celebrates 10th anniversary

    The United States, alongside 11 NATO and Partnership for Peace nations, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Heavy Airlift Wing activation under the Strategic Airlift Capability program this week at Pápa Air Base, Hungary.
  • BALTOPS Exercise 2019

    A Polish air force F-16 Fighting Falcon flies beside a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling in support of Exercise Baltic Operations over Germany, June 19, 2019. The BALTOPS Exercise is a U.S. exercise focused on joint interoperability in the Baltic Region, planned and executed this year by the U.S. and NATO. (U.S. Air Force
  • US F-35A fly with NATO allies in Spain

    A U.S. F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, lands at Los Llanos Air Base, Spain June 10, 2019, as part of the Tactical Leadership Program flying course. This NATO training course is designed to provide multilateral training and increase NATO interoperability among participants by sharing standard
  • F-35s arrive at Spangdahlem

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft, assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis on the flightline at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 11, 2019. The 421st FS is the newest F-35A squadron, with this being their first deployment with the multi-role stealth fighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st
  • Third Air Force commander’s mission and vision

    Every leader throughout the course of history has had to live up to the task of gathering information coming at them from all sides, know the strengths and weaknesses of the people they surround themselves with and then take action. Critical decision making is the epitome of effective leadership, and determines whether the mission will succeed or fail.
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