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  • Operation Rapid Forge; F-35A Lightning II lands in Latvia

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II fighter jet deployed from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis on a runway during Operation Rapid Forge at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, July, 23, 2019. This is the first time a U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter has landed in Latvia. Operation Rapid Forge is a U.S. Air
  • 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
  • 435 CRG practice like they play in Saber Strike 17

    A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules roars overhead as a pallet of equipment is pushed from the back, plummeting to the ground before it’s mad decent is softened by the whoosh of a deploying parachute. A strong wind whips dandelion seeds into the air and the C-130 is forced to land instead of dropping 435th Contingency Response Group paratroopers onto the grassy field as well. The 435th CRG from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, has been operating out of Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, for exercise Saber Strike 17 from June 5 to 15.
  • KC-135 Stratotanker refuel

    U.S. Air National Guard 1st Lt. Alex Begue, 171st Air Refueling Squadron pilot, flies a KC-135 Stratotanker during exercise Saber Strike 17 above Riga, Latvia, June 8, 2017. The crew off-loaded almost 50,000 pounds of fuel into a U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command B-1B Lancer during the flight. Saber Strike 17 promotes regional stability and
  • B-52 Stratofortresses execute Saber Strike 17 missions

    RAF FAIRFORD, U.K.— Three B-52H Stratofortresses and Airmen from U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command began conducting missions in support of Saber Strike 17 at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, June 5, 2017.
  • Fueling the Fight

    Senior Airman Thriston Noel, 351st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon, 510th Fighter Squadron, from a KC-135R Stratotanker during BALTOPS exercise over Latvia, June 7, 2017. The U.S. Air Force is supporting this exercise with approximately 900 Airmen, eight F-16s from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy,
  • Team Dobbins, Latvian air force collaborate for Sky Fist

    94th Airlift Wing Reservists participated in Sky Fist 2016, an aircraft mishap response exercise at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, Oct. 5-7, 2016.“This is a great exercise that builds the relationship between the Latvian air force and the (U.S.) Air Force,” said Col. Armands Saltups, Latvian air force commander.For the training, a 94th AW C-130H
  • Airmen kick off Saber Strike with European partners

    U.S. Airmen joined more than 4,500 military members from 13 different NATO countries as they kicked off exercise Saber Strike 16 June 12, 2016. Saber Strike is a long-standing, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed, U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative-training exercise, which has been conducted annually since 2010. This year’s exercise will focus on
  • US, Latvian air forces partner for Saber Strike 16

    Pilots from the 37th Airlift Squadron fly over Riga, Latvia, June 10, 2016. U.S. armed forces and Latvian airmen will participate in Saber Strike 16; a long-standing, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed, U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative-training exercise, which has been conducted annually since 2010. This year’s exercise will focus on promoting
  • USAF provide air power, support to BALTOPS 2016

    The U.S. Air Force, along with its Polish counterparts officially kicked off flying operations in Poland for exercise Baltic Operations 2016, June 6, here.
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