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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (July 11, 2016) A KC-135 crew from the 465th Air Refueling Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., completes an aerial refueling of a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet July 11, 2016 in support of Rim of the Pacific 2016.  Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Grady Epperly) KC-135 refuels RCAF CF-18 during Rim of the Pacific exercise

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Default Air Force Logo 18th Air Force supports GRF in Exercise Swift Response
Air Force airlifters and refuelers from 13 U.S. and international bases will come together to support more than 5,000 U.S. Army Soldiers and allied forces in Europe during Exercise Swift Response May 27 – June 26.
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, 18th Air Force commander, speaks to a group of Airmen May 24, 2016, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Cox spoke at an All Call where he provided updates about preparing for tomorrow’s rapid global mobility and the future of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Kevin Sommer-Giron) 18 AF commander stresses innovation, Total Force integration during visit to Little Rock AFB
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, 18th Air Force commander, visited Little Rock Air Force Base, Home of Combat Airlift, May 23 - 24, 2016, for the first time since taking command of Air Mobility Command's only numbered air force in October.The general visited the Walters Community Support Center and met with the supporting agencies that help Airmen
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Senior Airman Gerald Styles, 921st Contingency Response Squadron sniper, looks through the scope of an M-107 sniper rifle during a missile convoy attack scenario for exercise Road Warrior at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., May 3, 2016. The 621st CRW Airmen played the opposing force for the Global Strike Command exercise, which evaluates tactics, techniques, and procedures used to secure nuclear–capable weapons and critical intercontinental ballistic missile components during convoy operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Hicks/Released) Contingency response wing takes on Road Warrior exercise
As UH-1N Huey helicopters circle overhead patrolling the area in support of convoy operations, Airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Wing use the terrain as camouflage in preparation for an ambush to try and take a high-value asset.The 621st CRW played the opposing force, where they acted as the enemy, for Road Warrior, a convoy security
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Default Air Force Logo AMC commander releases Rapid Global Mobility Vision
In order to establish a common understanding of mobility's direction to 2035, the Air Mobility Command commander recently released his Rapid Global Mobility Vision."This vision is essential to mobility Airmen as it is the framework and foundation guiding us into the future," said Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, the AMC commander. "It builds on our
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Airmen from the 821st Contingency Response Group prepare equipment to be joint inspected before being loaded on a C-17 Globemaster lll aircraft before departing Travis Air Force Base, Calif., to support earthquake response efforts in Ecuador, April 21, 2016. The 621st Contingency Response Wing is providing an assessment team that includes subject matter liaisons in the realms of aerial port operations, cargo movement, material handling equipment, and communications. The 621st CRW maintains a ready corps of light, lean and agile mobility support forces able to respond as directed in order to meet combatant command requirements for humanitarian aid operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Hicks/Released) 621st CRW Airmen rapidly respond after earthquake in Ecuador
The United States, in coordination with the Ecuadorian government, deployed eight Airmen assigned to the 621st Contingency Response Wing to Ecuador to support ongoing international relief efforts for victims of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated the South American country April 16.U.S. Southern Command requested the airfield assessment
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U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division parachute from C-17 Globemaster III aircraft for a joint forcible entry operation during the Joint Land Heavy Military Demonstration of Operation Trident Juncture; the largest NATO exercise conducted in the past 20 years, near San Gregorio, Spain, Nov. 4, 2015. U.S. and NATO forces remain engaged, postured and ready to assure, deter and defend in an increasingly complex security environment. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull) Army Airborne Board a joint effort
For the first time, an Air Force general officer was invited to participate as part of the Army board focused on addressing concerns related to the doctrine, organization and training of Army airborne forces.Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, 18th Air Force commander, attended the Army Airborne Board May 3 on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as an advisor to the Board
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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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