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March 2, 2017

JBLE welcomes President Trump

President Donald J. Trump greeted a crowd of service members, their families and friends as he made his first official visit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis and the Tidewater military community, March 2, 2017.

March 1, 2017

AFE: One stitch between life, death

“When someone’s life is in your hands, you have to be cognizant that their life depends on you...You only get one chance.” said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tyler Wineman, 1st Operation Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, eluding to what could happen to a pilot if technicians, like him, did not do their job correctly.

Nov. 21, 2016

F-22 Raptor demonstrates at Nellis

U.S. Air Force Maj. Dan Dickinson, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team pilot, executes his final flyby for a tack pitch during the 2016 Air Power over Southern Nevada Air Show at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 13, 2016. Dickinson is an F-22 fighter pilot with more than 900 flying hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Mahalia Frost)

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.”

Nov. 9, 2016

PMEL flexes TFCU muscles

When the 1st Fighter Wing trains to prepare for Global Response Force taskings, people may hear aircraft launch from a mile away, but what they don’t typically hear or see are other components that get the jets in the air. The 1st Maintenance Squadron’s Test Measurement and Diagnostic Flight performs some of the lesser heard maintenance support duties, specifically calibrating mission essential equipment and determining temperature points the equipment can be used in.

Oct. 18, 2016

1st FW inducts dedicated crew chiefs

1st Fighter Wing Airmen celebrate after being inducted as dedicated crew chiefs at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Oct 14, 2016. Dedicated crew chiefs compete against each other through a series of evaluations and performance reviews to be assigned to a specific aircraft and have their name displayed on its side. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st

Oct. 5, 2016

JBLE conducts readiness exercise

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sean Simpson, 1st Maintenance Squadron fuel systems repair technician, unloads cargo during an operational readiness exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Sept. 28, 2016. Along with the simulation of deploying Airmen, the exercise assessed the base’s ability to deploy cargo and aircraft within a limited time frame.

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

July 25, 2016

AF commanders aim to ensure a smooth take-off for F-35A

Wing commanders from U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor and F-35A Lightning II units met at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, July 20-21 to discuss integration of the two aircraft. The conference focused on joint training, maintenance techniques, manpower and strategies to develop successful integration the F-35A as a part of the joint team of fighter aircraft.