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June 29, 2017

Wash rack gives F-22 clean bill of health

In the proverb “For want of a nail,” a single nail missing eventually cost an army a war, symbolizing how not correcting a small issue can eventually lead to a castrophe. The 1st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron's wash rack simple act of keeping the F-22 Raptor clean, in turn keeps it safe, combat capable and ready to answer the nation's call.

June 27, 2017

1st FW keeps Airmen, F-22s covered

While the 1st Fighter Wing is home to more than 1,300 Airmen and an abundance of aircraft reaching more than 12,000 flying hours each year, their top priority is the safety and well-being of those Airmen. With Airmen in mind, in April 2017, the 1st FW finished construction on 18 canvas-topped sun shelters. The shelters provide the maintainers, crew chiefs and ammunition Airmen protection from the sun. Also, they provide cover against the elements Virginia may throw their way to include rain, strong winds, hail, sleet and snow. No matter the weather conditions, the shelters help Airmen continue their work to keep the mission going.

June 23, 2017

1st FW welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Airmen and civilians from the 1st Fighter Wing welcomed their new commander during a change of command ceremony June 23. U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds assumed command of the wing which is comprised of six squadrons with more than 1,300 members who employ and sustain worldwide rapid deployment of over 40 F-22 Raptor aircraft.

May 23, 2017

Raptor Demo Team; Wings Over Pittsburgh 2017

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Darshele Green, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team avionics specialist, assists a child while he tries on a pilot’s helmet during the 911th Airlift Wing's Wings Over Pittsburgh 2017 Air Show, at Coraopolis, Pa., May 13, 2017. Throughout the show, the demonstration team hosted a tent for spectators to visit and talk with

May 10, 2017

Air Force’s oldest Fighter Squadron celebrates centennial

The Air Force’s oldest fighter squadron celebrated its 100th year anniversary at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, May 8, 2017. The 27th Fighter Squadron, dates back to World War I and was originally organized at Kelly Field, Texas. It was later assigned to the 1st Pursuit Group in early 1918, and is now known as the 1st Operations Group. The squadron also served in the European theater from March 1918 until armistice in November of that year.

May 9, 2017

NDI ensures minor cracks don't create big problems

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dylan Snoddy, 1st Maintenance Squadron non-destructive inspection technician, looks up technical orders for using the magnetic particle unit at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., May 9, 2017. The magnetic particle unit is used to detect faults in ferromagnetic parts that could result in hazards and equipment

April 19, 2017

ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17: Leveraging fifth-gen capabilities

The 1st Fighter Wing is on its second week of ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17, an exercise at at Joint Base Langley-Eustis focusing on leveraging fifth-generation fighter capabilities with partnering nations.

March 24, 2017


U.S. Air Force Airmen will partner with the Royal Air Force and the French Air Force for a second trilateral exercise beginning April 12 through April 28, 2017, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17, hosted by the 1st Fighter Wing, focuses on operations in a highly contested operational environment through a variety of complex, simulated adversary scenarios. The goal of the exercise is to enhance interoperability through combined coalition aerial campaigns.

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.