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Here is your PACAF photo of the week!An F-35 Lightning II flys over Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, at midday during RED...
08/16/2020

Here is your PACAF photo of the week!

An F-35 Lightning II flys over Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, at midday during RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3 Aug. 13, 2020.

08/16/2020
Eielson Air Force Base

Check out this awesome ENDEX video of RED FLAG-Alaska✈️

The first RED FLAG-Alaska of 2020 has officially concluded! In spite of the challenges and with the help of our partners in training, we have paved a way to excellence. Check out this iteration's ENDEX video!

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#ICYMI B-1s, currently deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam for a Bomber Task Force Deployment, integrated with the...
08/14/2020

#ICYMI B-1s, currently deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam for a Bomber Task Force Deployment, integrated with the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force who were participating in a Regional Presence Deployment, July 27.

Description:“The F-35 brings more information to the airspace than we've had in previous generations of aircraft. This R...
08/13/2020
Eielson Air Force Base

Description:“The F-35 brings more information to the airspace than we've had in previous generations of aircraft. This RED FLAG is really unique because we now have all fifth-generation fighters on the blue side. When we combine those forces together we can be more lethal.” -Lt. Col. James Christensen, the 356th Fighter Squadron commander.

#RFAToday: An in-depth read on how F-35As joined the #RedFlagAlaska team, and what the future of these exercises will look like

Check out these awesome photos of the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron's yellow-suited "astronauts" and U-2 aircraft out at O...
08/13/2020

Check out these awesome photos of the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron's yellow-suited "astronauts" and U-2 aircraft out at Osan!

Burning rubber to safeguard the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron's yellow-suited "astronauts" and U-2 aircraft is a challenge the #Blackcats chase car drivers excel at everyday. Thank you all for your exhilarating expertise! #SolumVolamus Lockheed Martin Beale Air Force Base U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) U.S. Pacific Air Forces

JUST IN: Three #B2 Spirits from Whiteman Air Force Base deployed to Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia in support of Bo...
08/12/2020

JUST IN: Three #B2 Spirits from Whiteman Air Force Base deployed to Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia in support of Bomber Task Force missions. #Freeandopenindopacific

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Now you see me, now you don't!Senior Airman Matthew Montour, a SERE specialist at Eielson, played the role of a downed p...
08/12/2020

Now you see me, now you don't!

Senior Airman Matthew Montour, a SERE specialist at Eielson, played the role of a downed pilot during a personnel recovery scenario during Red Flag-Alaska.

#RFAToday: While everyone's eyes are toward the skies, rescue members pulled their weight on the ground. One of Eielson's SERE specialists, SrA Matthew Montour played the role of a downed pilot during a personnel recovery scenario. His mission-- to evade enemy capture and survive.
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#ICYMI B-1 bombers, deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam for a Bomber Task Force deployment, recently conducted a b...
08/11/2020

#ICYMI B-1 bombers, deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam for a Bomber Task Force deployment, recently conducted a bilateral mission with the 航空自衛隊 Japan Air Self-Defense Force to improve interoperability between the two nation's forces.

The B-1s also conducted Joint War at Sea training during a joint mission with the U.S. Navy. Both missions occurred in the Indo-Pacific region.

The continual interoperability training helps promote stability, security and seamless integration throughout the Indo-Pacific for the United States Air Force and joint and partner forces.

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Read the article here: https://go.usa.gov/xf7TJ

Here is your PACAF photo of the week!A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, participates in...
08/09/2020

Here is your PACAF photo of the week!

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, participates in RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 20-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 3, 2020.

08/09/2020
Ellsworth Air Force Base

“The BTF construct provides the flexibility for our bombers to operate in any area of responsibility and enhances our readiness,” said Lt. Col. Lincoln Coleman, 37th EBS commander. “It gives us the ability to project air power across the globe.”

Air Force Global Strike Command United States Strategic Command Eighth Air Force U.S. Indo-Pacific Command United States Air Force

The mission never stops! The 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron is currently deployed to Guam for a Bomber Task Force deployment, ensuring global stability in the Pacific Air Forces area of responsibility and integrating with our sister services and allied nations.

08/07/2020
Eielson Air Force Base

More Lightning at Eielson⚡️
More aircraft=more AirPower

Three more F-35A Lightning IIs have arrived. These aren't your typical aircraft. These are your 354th Fighter Wing, 356th Fighter Squadron and 355th Fighter Squadron flagships.

We would like to congratulate Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., on becoming the next Chief of Staff of the Air Force! We wish you all ...
08/06/2020

We would like to congratulate Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., on becoming the next Chief of Staff of the Air Force! We wish you all the best and look forward to working under your leadership.

Proclaiming himself “proud, yet humbled,” Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., was officially installed Aug. 6 as the Air Force’s 22nd Chief of Staff, becoming the first African-American in history to lead a military service as its highest ranking officer. In remarks following the formal “Change of Responsibility” ceremony in which he took over from retiring Gen. David Goldfein, the 21st Chief of Staff, Brown acknowledged an array of people who influenced his life. Among them were his wife Sharene and his parents as well as a list of Air Force colleagues, including Goldfein and other “extraordinary leaders.” Yet, cognizant of the moment in history, Brown also noted, “Today is possible due to the perseverance of those who went before me serving as an inspiration to me and many others.

“Those like the Tuskegee Airmen, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Chappie James, African-American leaders across our Air Force and military, past and present to include today’s special guest Mr. Ed Dwight, America’s first African American astronaut candidate,” he said. “It is due to their trials and tribulations in breaking barriers that I can address you today as the Air Force Chief of Staff.”

Read more at https://go.usa.gov/xfvy6

Take a look at these awesome photos of the Forward Area Refueling Point (FARP) Airmen, assigned to the 18th Logistics Re...
08/06/2020

Take a look at these awesome photos of the Forward Area Refueling Point (FARP) Airmen, assigned to the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron, working hard to get the mission done during Exercise #WestPacRumrunner! 😎

The FARP mission supports contingency and exercise operations to refuel aircraft and equipment in austere locations where typical air-to-air refueling or established refueling stations are not available.

Forward Area Refueling Point Airmen from the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron delivered rapid refueling to aircraft in Exercise #WestPacRumrunner. #FARP magnifies the reach of military assets and ensures forward-deployed forces are ready to protect and defend partners, allies and U.S. interests at a moment’s notice.

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U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
U.S. Pacific Air Forces

08/05/2020
United States Air Force

Gen. David L. Goldfein We would like to thank you for your service and the Airmen of PACAF wish you all the best moving forward!

An Airman: First, last, always...

Gen. David L. Goldfein’s four-year tenure as the 21st U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff is coming to an end. As he takes stock of a period marked by ground-breaking achievements, including birth of the United States Space Force, the evolution of Joint All Domain Command and Control, and unprecedented challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic, his most poignant – and treasured – memories are the bonds he forged with Airmen while engaging with them around the force over the years.

“Our Airmen are the most incredible, patriotic and disciplined,” he said in a recent interview. “This might be the next greatest generation. Every one of them joined the service while the nation was at war, and their innovative spirit, and willingness to endure hardships to serve in uniform is really inspiring.”

Read about Gen. Goldfein's journey as CSAF and the legacy he leaves behind: https://go.usa.gov/xfyJH

08/04/2020
Andersen Air Force Base, Guam

Through the coordinated efforts of the Guardsmen from the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard(ANG) and the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania National Guard as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Australian Navy, three missing mariners were located and rescued!

Andersen KC-135 crew locates missing mariners on lone Pacific island

Guardsmen from the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard (ANG) and the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania National Guard deployed here, were the first to locate three missing mariners during a search and rescue mission in the Federated States of Micronesia southeast of Guam, Aug. 2, 2020 (ChST).

On July 29, three mariners aboard a 23-foot white and blue skiff departed Puluwat Atoll intending to travel approximately 21 nautical miles to Pulap, Chuuk. However, they never made it to their destination and were reported missing.

“Joint Rescue Sub-Center Guam received notification of an overdue skiff last seen in the vicinity of Chuuk and requested our assistance,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Shaun McRoberts, 506th Air Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron assistant director of operations. “Once notified, we began immediately working a plan to launch crews to locate the missing vessel.”

Hawaii Air National Guardsmen Lt. Col. Jason Palmeira-Yen, Maj. Byron Kamikawa, Tech. Sgt. Shane Williams along with Pennsylvania Air National Guardsmen Tech. Sgt. Rodney Joseph and Senior Airman Jeremy Williams took off from Andersen AFB in their KC-135 Stratotanker destined to locate the missing vessel.

After almost three hours into their mission and flying at about 1,500 feet, the crew located the mariners on the tiny island of Pikelot, Yap.

“We were toward the end of our search pattern,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Palmeira-Yen, the KC-135 pilot. “We turned to avoid some rain showers and that’s when we looked down and saw an island, so we decide to check it out and that’s when we saw SOS and a boat right next to it on the beach. From there we called in the Australian Navy because they had two helicopters nearby that could assist and land on the island.”

The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Canberra (L02) was also in the region and agreed to divert and provide search sorties with embarked helicopters while the FSS Independence departed from Yap to assist.

A helicopter crew from HMAS Canberra delivered supplies to the stranded mariners while a U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules from Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii airdropped a radio and message block informing them the FSS Independence was en-route to rescue and return them home.

"Partnerships" said U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Christopher Chase, Coast Guard Sector Guam, commander. "This is what made this search and rescue case successful. Through coordination with multiple response organizations, we were able to save three members of our community and bring them back home to their families.”

At 12 a.m., August 3 (HST), the Independence arrived on scene, launched a small boat crew and rescued the mariners.

By Master Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger, 36th Wing Public Affairs

United States Air Force, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Air Mobility Command, Joint Region Marianas

08/04/2020
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Check out this video of #PACAF Airmen working alongside joint partners in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy during Exercise WestPac Rumrunner.

#TeamKadena had another successful Exercise WestPac Rumrunner July 31st. The 18th Wing, along with our joint partners in the U.S. Army and Navy, worked together to hone our interoperability skills in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
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Here is your PACAF photo of the week!A 28th Bomb Wing B-1B Lancer, from Ellsworth Air Force Base, conducts aerial refuel...
08/03/2020

Here is your PACAF photo of the week!

A 28th Bomb Wing B-1B Lancer, from Ellsworth Air Force Base, conducts aerial refueling with a 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker, from KadenaAirBase, during a Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission July 27, 2020.

07/31/2020
Eielson Air Force Base

Are you ready for RED FLAG-Alaska? We sure are!

Guess what!?!? RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3 is coming to you soon! #COVID can't stop us!

Check out how the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management team at Yokota Air Base has adapted Chemical, Biolo...
07/31/2020
Yokota Air Base

Check out how the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management team at Yokota Air Base has adapted Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) training during COVID-19! Way to improvise and overcome 😎

Oh, it's hot wearing a mask? You're uncomfortable?

*Laughs in MOPP 4*

The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircrews flew five weather reconnaissance missions into Hurricane Douglas, the fi...
07/30/2020

The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircrews flew five weather reconnaissance missions into Hurricane Douglas, the first hurricane in the Pacific, July 24-27, 2020, collecting data to assist Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasters.

The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew through the eye of the storm five times. During each pass they released dropsondes, helping them collect data about the storm.

Read the full article here: https://go.usa.gov/xfPYx

Airmen assigned to the 80th Aircraft Maintenance Unit perform pre-flight inspections on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Kunsa...
07/29/2020

Airmen assigned to the 80th Aircraft Maintenance Unit perform pre-flight inspections on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea.

The maintainers’ key responsibility is to inspect, maintain and repair mechanical and electrical components of the F-16 before and after flight.

A B-1 bomber, deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, completed bilateral training with the Koku-Jieitai, or Japanese...
07/28/2020

A B-1 bomber, deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, completed bilateral training with the Koku-Jieitai, or Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) on July 27, 2020.🇯🇵

During the mission, Koku-Jietai F-2s integrated with the bomber in the vicinity of Japan to enhance bilateral interoperability and mutual readiness between the U.S. and Japan.

Read the article here: https://go.usa.gov/xfnfF

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Check out these photos of Misawa Air Base's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team participating in training at the Draughon R...
07/28/2020

Check out these photos of Misawa Air Base's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team participating in training at the Draughon Range!

The 35th Explosive Ordnance Disposal team performed field training during a week long expeditionary EOD training exercise at Draughon Range.

EOD personnel trained in procedures on unexploded ordnance, improvised explosives devices, and various tools to include 9-line medical evacuation.

PACAF photo of the week!U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers fly by the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group in the Philippine ...
07/26/2020

PACAF photo of the week!

U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers fly by the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group in the Philippine Sea during a Bomber Task Force mission, July 21, 2020.

07/25/2020
COMPACAF Diversity Message

“Every Airman in PACAF has value, deserves respect, and has earned the opportunity to succeed based on talent, performance, and achievement.” – Gen. Ken S. Wilsbach, PACAF commander.

Our different races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and other attributes distinguish us as individuals and make us stronger when combined together in an inclusive environment.

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) U.S. Indo-Pacific Command United States Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright

07/24/2020
Eielson Air Force Base

The beaches here in Hawaii are gorgeous, but have you seen how beautiful the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC) is? 👀

This is the Alaskan version of paradise😎 U.S. Pacific Air Forces

We love "the Bone." 😎🦴B-1 Bombers from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron are currently deployed to Andersen Air Force...
07/24/2020

We love "the Bone." 😎🦴

B-1 Bombers from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron are currently deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam for a Bomber Task Force deployment, assuring partners and allies and promoting a #FreeandOpenIndoPacific.

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ICYMI Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five (HSC-25) performed a search and rescue request for a stranded hiker on Jul...
07/23/2020

ICYMI Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five (HSC-25) performed a search and rescue request for a stranded hiker on July 8th. They were able to rescue the hiker and get him to a medical center. Job well done!

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five (HSC-25) Rescues Stranded Hiker

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (July 8, 2020) – The Guam-based “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 responded to a search and rescue (SAR) request for a stranded hiker on July 8.

The hiker was reported missing in the morning near the Pagat Caves of Guam’s eastern shore. Guam Fire and Rescue launched a ground search and located the hiker who was unable to hike out of the area around noon.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam contacted HSC-25 and requested air support at 2:05 pm. The rescue helicopter, piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Adam Wagler and Lt. Pierre Ramos, was on scene less than one hour later.

Once overhead, Chief Naval Aircrewmen (Helicopter) Brandon Stotts lowered Naval Aircrewmen (Helicopter) 2nd Class Andrew Hansen and Hospital Corpsman Kyle Barrington to the hiker 70 feet below through the trees. The rescue helicopter delivered the hiker to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam approximately 4 pm.

“Getting the aircraft good to go, and launched within an hour from the call says something about the way we do business,” said Aircraft Commander Lt. Cmdr. Wagler. “Our maintenance department had that bird ready to go with no delays. Our fast response time allowed us to arrive to the hiker’s location, get him out of the jungle and to the hospital. This couldn’t have been done without the team we have.”

HSC-25 provides multi-mission rotary wing capability for units in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations and maintains a Guam-based 24-hour search and rescue and medical evacuation capability, directly supporting U.S. Coast Guard and Joint Region Marianas.

“HSC-25 trains regularly for situations much like the one here,” said Cmdr. Christopher Carreon, commanding officer of HSC-25. “Putting our training to work, providing lifesaving aid to those in need is amazing to see. Every member of the Island Knight family should be proud of the hard work we are doing to be ready to execute our mission. The team here at HSC-25 works diligently around the clock to conduct training flights, support other local units, and provide life-saving aid for the Northern Mariana Islands.”

The incident was the 15th Search and Rescue operation conducted by HSC-25 in the last year and marks 19 lives saved.

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