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Feb. 13, 2019

1st FW soars past sortie goal

The 1st Fighter Wing recently exceeded the minimum number of sorties set for the month of January by launching more than 250 sorties in three days at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

Aug. 29, 2018

If you ain’t ammo, you ain’t … in the fammoly

As the radar-evading, fifth generation fighter supercruises through the sky, the pilot secures the enemy in his sights; he presses the button and the munitions bay opens, followed by the deafening sound of silence. “Without ‘ammo’ the Air Force would just be an expensive flying club,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Brown, 1st Maintenance Squadron munitions storage crew chief. “I’m not saying we are the sole part of getting the F-22 in the air and taking out bad guys, but I’d say we play a crucial part.”

Aug. 30, 2017

Measure twice, cut once

Like an unsung hero, behind the scenes and out of sight the Metals Technology Flight at Joint Base Langley-Eustis performs basic and major aircraft structural damage repairs as well as manufacture tools to support the 1st Fighter Wing’s mission. “Measure twice, cut once.” This is the moto each metal technician operates by, ensuring the precision of their craft meets the high standards required, as a simple mistake could cost a pilot or aircrew member their life.

April 26, 2017

Keeping the airfield, airspace safe during AT 17

As the jets take-off during ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17, there are crews behind the scenes ensuring the safe execution of the exercise, both on the ground and in the air.

March 22, 2017

PMEL keeps mission on track

He is precise with eyes unwavering, as he cautiously adjusts his settings while performing routine calibrations. As a Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory technician, this U.S. Air Force Airman’s actions can affect the outcome of a physical assessment, a medical patient receiving trusted care or an F-22 Raptor landing safely after a flight.

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.

Nov. 8, 2016

Munitions Airmen ensure combat airpower success

1st Maintenance Squadron’s munitions flight Airmen make potential impacts at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia every day, building weapons needed for successful combat airpower. Munitions Airmen provide support to the F-22 Raptor mission, in addition to supporting the missions of security forces, explosive ordinance disposal or the Office of Special Investigations. The productions, materials and systems sections within the munitions flight help provide services base wide. “Without Ammo, the fighter jets and bombers are just another aircraft, just another plane,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Carl Slater, 1st MXS munitions flight assistant NCO in charge. “Ammo plays a huge role in what our jets and bombers do in order to succeed in the mission.”

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.