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Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, 18th Air Force commander, speaks with British Royal
Air Force Air Vice Marshal Gavin Parker, 2 Group commander and Cox's RAF
equivalent, following a tour of a British A-400M airlifter on the Scott Air
Force Base flightline, April 5, 2016. Parker visited Scott to meet with
Mobility Air Force leaders to get a better understanding of how Air
Mobility Command and 18th AF take a task from genesis to delivery, how the
commands maximize utility and availability of its fleets and how they
exercise command and control of assets employed in remote locations. Over
the last ten years, the RAF has seen its Air Mobility fleet transformed as
they have moved from larger legacy fleets to smaller, more modern airlift
systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher)
RAF leaders visit AMC, 18th AF

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Dependents of military members from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, wait to disembark from a C-17 Globemaster III after landing at Baltimore Washington International Airport, Md., April 1, 2016. Defense Department dependents in Adana, Izmir and Mugla, Turkey, were given an ordered departure by the State Department and Secretary of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)
Families ordered to leave Turkey arriving in US
Military dependents and pets began arriving at Baltimore Washington International Airport, Maryland, March 31 following an ordered departure of Defense Department dependents due to security concerns in some areas of Turkey.Dependents arriving at BWI were flown on Air Mobility Command's C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and various charted flights
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Lt. Col. Robert Weichert, a C-17 evaluator pilot with the 313th Airlift Squadron at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., looks out over the ice after the first-ever night vision goggle-assisted landing on Pegasus Ice Runway near McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Sept. 11.  Colonel Weichert is part of a crew testing the concept of using night vision technology in combination with reflective cones to land safely on the ice runway after dark.  The mission was flown as part of Operation Deep Freeze, commanded by U.S. Pacific Command's Joint Task Force Support Forces Antarctica.  Headquartered at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, and led by 13th Air Force, JTF SFA's mission is to provide air- and sealift support to the National Science Foundation and U.S. Antarctic Program. (US Air Force photo / Master Sgt. Chris Vadnais) Night Vision landings shed light on Antarctic airlift
Airlift support to the U.S. Antarctic Program wrapped-up in March, and members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord met challenges of the harsh Antarctic environment head-on, including performing night-vision goggle landings on a runway made of ice during the Austral Winter.The flights were part of Operation Deep Freeze, the U.S. military's logistical
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Senior Airman Jenna Kraus (left), 62nd Aerial Port Squadron ramp services journeyman, talks to Brandon Mudery (center) and Jason Aven, 62nd APS ramp services in the 62nd APS ramp services section March 17, 2016, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The 62nd APS, formerly known as the 62nd Air Terminal Squadron, supported the scientific stations in the Arctic Ocean by airdropping supplies on drifting ice in 1962 and continues to support worldwide airlift by enabling air transportation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Naomi Shipley) 62nd Aerial Port Airmen enable robust mission
"When the Air Force needs a squadron to do humanitarian relief in the Pacific theatre or even within the United States, they get this port to do it. That's how big of a deal this Eagle Port is," said Master Sgt. Robert Peaden.Master Sgt. Robert Peaden, the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron First Sergeant, takes pride in the unit he serves with and has
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First Lt. Adria Trgovich, 350th Air Refueling Squadron navigator, briefs aircrews from the U.S. and Turkish air forces before their flights, March 8, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The crews flew the first-ever joint KC-135 Stratotanker formation flights during Red Flag 16-2. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Bernal Del Agua) U.S., Turkish KC-135 units fly together for the first time
To better understand how each nation completes the vital air refueling mission, the U.S. Air Force and the Turkish air force flew KC-135 Stratotankers together in formation for the first time in their histories, March 8, over the Nevada Test and Training Range northeast of Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.U.S. Air Force Capt. David Puchalla, 350th Air
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Default Air Force Logo Andrews Airmen enable Obama’s historic Cuba visit
President Barack Obama touched down in Cuba on the iconic Air Force One on March 20, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country in nearly 90 years.While world leaders and citizens tuned into national news broadcasts of the visit, the men and women of the 89th Airlift Wing continued their no-fail mission, executing a variety of
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Stephen W. Wilson (second from left), U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) deputy commander, and Mr. W. Gary Gates (center), Strategic Command Consultation (SCC) Committee member, present the 2015 Omaha Trophy, strategic aircraft category, to U.S. Air Force Col. Brian McDaniel (second from right), 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, and other base leaders during an award ceremony at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., March 14, 2016. Also pictured on stage are U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Sam Cox (left), 18th Air Force and USSTRATCOM’s Task Force 294 commander, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Christian M. Pugh (right), 92nd Air Refueling Wing command chief master sergeant. Wilson and Gates presented the trophy, on behalf of USSTRATCOM and the SCC, to recognize the 92nd Air Refueling Wing’s contributions to USSTRATCOM’s global strategic missions. The Omaha Trophy, which dates back to the U.S. Air Force’s Strategic Air Command, was originally created by the SCC in 1971. At the time, a single trophy was presented annually as a token of appreciation to USSTRATCOM’s best wing. Since then, the tradition has evolved to unit-level awards that recognize the command’s premier intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) wing, ballistic missile submarine, strategic bomber wing and global operations (space/cyberspace) unit. This year, a new category was added to include the combatant command’s top strategic aircraft wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell) USSTRATCOM, 18th AF commanders present Fairchild Omaha Trophy
Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, United States Strategic Command deputy commander, and Lt. Gen. Samuel Cox, 18th Air Force commander, presented the Omaha Trophy to Col. Brian McDaniel, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, during a presentation ceremony March 14.The ceremony was held to honor Fairchild's performance in 2015 as the number one wing in the
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Lt. Col. Kevin Krauss, 607th Air Mobility Division assistant director of mobility forces, takes notes as Brig. Gen. Steven Bullard, 607th AMD director of mobility forces, discusses potential airlift operations during Key Resolve 16 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 8, 2016. When the 607th AMD reviews airlift options, there are several safety precautions that must be evaluated before making a decision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) Total force team moves the mission during Pacific exercise
In an effort to deter aggression, fighter aircraft routinely fly while troops on the ground mobilize and train to defend the ROK. However, there still lies another piece to the puzzle.That puzzle piece is none other than the 607th Air Mobility Division."We control air refueling, air drops, air re-supply, and essentially any kind of movement as far
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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globe Master III, arrives here carrying search and rescue workers to assist in civil relief recovery operations Mar. 13. The search and rescue team is from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marie Brown\Released)
Five years later: Operations Tomodachi, Pacific Passage – Planning made all the difference
March 11 marked five years since a devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck Japan and the humanitarian and evacuation efforts launched in response.Operation Tomodachi was U.S. Pacific Command's response to the Japanese earthquake, and Operation Pacific Passage was the U.S. Northern Command-led operation that evacuated 7,322 American military
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Airmen from the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron Ramp Services team load munitions onto a C-17 Globemaster III from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar Feb. 26 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. In February the team loaded more than 3,500 tons of cargo onto U.S. aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman/Released) Providing critical support to the AOR
A team of nearly 40 Airmen at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, loads and off-loads thousands of pounds of cargo into aircraft almost daily.The Airmen assigned to the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron's Ramp Services section are responsible for loading and unloading a wide variety of cargo including equipment, medical supplies, munitions and blood
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