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The Memphis Belle replica, a B-17 heavy bomber assigned to the 91st Bomber Group, arrived at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., March 13, 2018. Famous B-17 replica, Memphis Belle, comes back home to MacDill
The flight line at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, was much different than what it was during World War II, when aircraft flew constantly overseas to contest Nazi Germany. Some of those planes never returned to the U.S., but at approximately 10:30 a.m. March 13, 2018, MacDill welcomed back home, the famous Memphis Belle B-17.
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2018
The ACES II is a system designed to save an aircrew at a moment’s notice and is the last hope an aircrew has when it comes to surviving an unexpected failure. Last chance for life: Egress flight
Beads of sweat roll down the aviator’s cheek, his face plastered in a harsh red glow as warning lights strobe around him. The crew fights to handle the uncontrollable beast, but the pilot soon realizes he must make a daunting decision: abandon ship. With no hope of saving the unresponsive aircraft, he reaches down, grasps the two caution colored
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According to the Dyess Chapel staff, those most at-risk for holiday depression include those who are unable to see friends and family over the holiday season. The staff encourages Airmen to look out for warning signs and encourage those they find displaying those signs to seek help. (U.S Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Rebecca Van Syoc) Battling holiday blues
The winter and holiday season often brings a sense of positivity, giving and cheer for many people. It is also associated with warmth and joy for some, but for others it is a time of depression and loneliness.For some Airmen, especially those who are spending the holiday season away from family and friends, these negative emotions can impact their
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2017
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Diana Quijada, left, and Airman 1st Class Ashley Walton, both aircrew flight equipment (AFE) technicians assigned to the 509th Operations Support Squadron, pose with the equipment they maintain at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Dec. 12, 2017. Walton and Quijada inspect the equipment on a regular basis to ensure it functions correctly for the pilots. Attention to detail: From BMT to AFE
She recalls being full of nerves, holding her breath in order to stand still. Although it may sound unimportant, passing this wall locker inspection was the difference between graduating basic military training (BMT) or having to repeat the training. Everything had to be perfect, which meant no dust or lint anywhere, socks and shirts properly folded, towels with flushed edges, and uniforms hung correctly on evenly spaced hangers. She stood completely still as the military training instructors (MTIs) inspected her locker.
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2017
Maj. Anthony Bares, the director of wing inspections assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing Inspector General office, speaks with participants of the Ride Across South Dakota off Highway 44, S.D., June 4, 2017. Bares took up cycling in 2004 as a way to train for triathlons, and leads the Dakota Regional Air Force Cycling Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol) Cycling for physical, mental fitness
Do you remember that feeling when you finally figured out how to ride a bike? Your brother or sister, or maybe your parent or guardian, taught you how to balance and pedal at the same time, and then took off the training wheels. Maybe you did a weird circle until you fell down. But you finally balanced, pedaled and rode that Superman or princess
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2017
A B-1 bomber takes off as a part of the Combat Hammer exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 10, 2017. The exercise produced valuable data to combatant command planners and holistically tests the systems, procedures, and Airmen from the initial mission planning to find the final weapon employment phases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) Ellsworth Airmen participate in Air-to-ground exercise: Combat Hammer
Two Ellsworth B-1Bs deployed 30 inert precision-guided bombs, cluster bomb units, and decoys during a weapons system evaluation May 8 to 11 at the Utah Test and Training Range, Nevada.
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A B-1 bomber is hooked up to the Consolidated Aircraft Support System at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 16, 2017. The CASS is made up of multiple structures and parts beneath the flight line used to provide both air and power to support the B-1 during pre-flight inspections. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) In CASS you were wondering, B-1 AC revamped
Sunlight pours lazily over the horizon as birds chirp their songs, flying gently in the breeze. Within an instant this tranquility is replaced by the sound of a B-1 bombers’ mighty roar, a lean, mean fighting machine ready to dispense combat airpower – anytime, anywhere.
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A B-1 bomber assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron launches for exercise Combat Raider March 15, 2017, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. The B-1 was first stationed at Ellsworth in 1987 and has been involved in every Large Scale Exercise at the Powder River Training Complex, north of Belle Fourche, S.D. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nicolas Z. Erwin) B-1 capabilities, then and now – A JTAC Story
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Under the sweltering heat of the desert sun, 56 members of a U.S. combat patrol methodically traverse the uneven terrain of the Afghanistan valley on yet another mission designed to put the presence of the Afghanistan Army out there for their citizens to see. Forging ahead in the heat and 80 pounds of battle rattle,
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2017
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alicia “Alice” Contreras, center, 7th Bomb Wing paralegal, with her siblings while she was in the second grade. During her early elementary years, Contreras and her siblings had to regularly get ready for school at 3 a.m. so they could take an array of buses to continue to attend school in the U.S. after her family was forced to move to Mexico following her mother’s divorce. (Courtesy photo) Faces of Dyess: Path to Citizenship
It’s three in the morning and sunlight won’t break the horizon for another several hours. While most people are still sleeping soundly, for one family living in a Mexican town near the U.S. border, it’s time to wake up and get ready for school. An elementary-school-aged girl named Alicia “Alice” Contreras, along with her three younger siblings, are
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2017
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerrika Stark, 7th Force Support community services technician has overcome a number of difficulties in her childhood, including loss of her guardians, neglect from her mother and teenage homelessness.  Stark lives by the advice her grandmother once told her: “No matter what you’re going through or how hard it is, it’s only one moment in your life. You can get through it, I promise. After you get through this moment, the next moment is yours to take and just keep going with it.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin Mayfield) Faces of Dyess: Rising above adversity
On a calm, early spring afternoon in the Hangar Center building of Dyess Air Force Base, the Legends Café is busy helping Airmen. Some people are there for a quick coffee while others are simply on a lunch break. Tech. Sgt. Jerrika Stark and other staffers help each Legends customer with a smile and a focus on service. She’s a member of the 7th
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