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April 26, 2017

ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 tests coalition capabilities

Fourth and fifth-generation aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, French air force and Royal air force fly in a training airspace during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17 near Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 26, 2017. The F-35 Lightning II was incorporated in the exercise, along with the F-22 Raptor and fourth-generation assets to develop tactics, techniques

Feb. 28, 2017

Contracting: filling manpower gaps

From line cooks to the total demolition of a building, the 633rd Contracting Squadron at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, helps guarantee that the installation has the end strength to keep running. Before the U.S. Air Force minimized its personnel by 41 percent in 1990, Airmen executed the majority of base operations services, such as dining facilities, grounds maintenance and custodial services. As the size of the force has become smaller, members have had to continue the same missions, while their responsibilities increase in virtually every mission area. The 633rd Contracting Squadron at JBLE has offered a hand to fill those manpower gaps.

Feb. 14, 2017

Low observable technicians keep pilots undetected, alive

Fifth-generation F-22 Raptor and F-35A Lightning II pilots may take the reins of their respective aircraft; however, it takes preparation from outside the cockpit to get them where they need to go undetected.

Jan. 19, 2017

USAF fighter jets practice for inauguration flyover

Four U.S. Air Force fighter jets practice for the inauguration flyover at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Jan. 19, 2017. Two generations of fighter aircraft are scheduled to fly in a close formation during the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump at the capitol in Washington, District of Columbia, Jan. 20, 2017.

Nov. 29, 2016

SFS: protecting the Raptor

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Timothy Hobson, 633rd Security Forces Squadron response force leader, apprehends an individual during training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Nov. 21, 2016. The 633rd SFS members trained on F-22 Raptor cordon security measures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Nagle)

Nov. 9, 2016

1st FW Raptors, crew soar through flying hours

The 1st Fighter Wing’s F-22 Raptors collectively reached their flying hour mark this fiscal year of more than 6,000 hours. For each fiscal year, the flying hour program tasks the number of hours pilots need to acquire in order to maintain proficient in combative flying, based on budgeting and the maximum number of sorties the wing is capable of producing. With limited resources available, the 1st FW completing the hours was an intricate balance between progression in maintenance and tactical logistics, which guided the Raptors to success. “We have to maximize each and every sortie flown to reach the highest level of combat readiness,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael, 1st Operational Support Squadro¬¬¬¬n director of operations. “It takes a significant number of man-hours and resources to prepare and fix the aircraft for each and every flight.”

Oct. 12, 2016

JBLE prepares for Hurricane Matthew

An U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor takes off from the runway at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 5, 2016. Approximately 40 aircraft and 100 personnel from the 1st and 192nd Fighter Wing evacuated the installation due to projected tidal surges and potential flooding as a result of Hurricane Matthew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)

Sept. 7, 2016

F-22 Demo Team visits Ypsilanti

U.S. Air Force Maj. Dan, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Pilot, speaks to a group of students from Ypsilanti, Mich., at the Yankee Air Museum in Willow Run, Mich., Aug. 20, 2016. Dickinson spoke on the importance of education, discipline and passion as it relates to achieving one's personal goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Mahalia Frost)

Aug. 31, 2016

Indian Minister of Defense visits ACC units

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, Air Combat Command commander, hosts an office call with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar (far right) at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Aug. 30, 2016. Parrikar’s visit supported the mission to strengthen strategic cooperation, defense technology and innovation between the U.S. and India. (U.S. Air Force photo

Aug. 3, 2016

94th, 27th AMUs face off in quarterly competition

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit compete during the 1st Maintenance Squadron Weapons Load Crew of the Quarter competition at Langley Air Force Base, Va., July 29, 2016. During the quarterly competition, three-person teams from the 27th and 94th AMUs competed to correctly load two AIM-9 missiles and a GBU-32 Joint Direct