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  • AF to every Airman: Tell us your story

    Air Force leaders want Airmen to share their stories with the world and designed the 2014 American Airman Video Contest with that purpose in mind."Every Airman has a story -- and smart phone technology now allows those Airmen to share those stories to a wider audience than ever before," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III.The
  • Academy cadets enhance skills at BMT

    After spending the last six weeks working with basic military training instructors, U.S. Air Force Academy cadets left here enthused and anxious to share their learning experience with fellow classmates.Twenty-six cadets second class took part in the annual Air Education and Training Command Summer Leadership Program to develop their leadership
  • Sergeant to publish story of tragedy, perseverance

    He could have faced another life, one that included becoming a child soldier and subsequently a Lost Boy from the Liberian Civil War. Instead, luck, hard work and true grit led Joseph Boyou to the U.S. Air Force where he now holds the rank of staff sergeant. Boyou, 2nd Air Force special projects and programs manager, was born in Monrovia, Liberia,
  • Why I Joined: Tech. Sgt. pushes past negative influences to join AF

    (This feature is part of the "Why I joined?" series on Keesler.af.mil. These stories focus on a single servicemember's story of why they joined the military.)There are countless reasons to join the military.For a young Alberto Trujillo, his reasoning was a mixture of two things: a good reflection on where he was in life and a somewhat random
  • Sikh professor educates AWC students

    He likes to take walks around the base to help him think and clear his mind. His colorful shirts with matching turbans and an ever-present smile peeking out from beneath his flowing beard make him stand out amongst the military uniforms and civilian suits on Maxwell. Dr. Naunihal Singh is a Sikh, a religious group that requires its male adherents
  • The Perfect Edge: Training teaches Airmen how to survive, evade, resist and escape

    It was June 1995, and then-Capt. Scott O'Grady was tired, hungry and alone. A few days earlier, his F-16 Fighting Falcon was shot down over Bosnia, and he'd spent the last 48 hours or so on the move, evading Serbian paramilitary forces that were looking for him.He knew he was lucky to be alive - a Serbian ground-to-air missile battery had locked on
  • 2014 Eagle recalls D-Day, reflects on lost comrades

    With more than 7,500 flight hours logged in more than 130 types of aircraft, retired Air Force Col. Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson, a 2014 Eagle who visited Maxwell for the Gathering of Eagles June 2-6, has cemented his position as a pioneer in American military during times of war.During World War II, Anderson served two combat tours escorting heavy
  • Lackland training instructor trains to make it to WWE

    For some aspiring wrestlers on the independent wrestling scene, their goal is to get experience wrestling in front of various small crowds around the country in hopes of one day performing on the World Wrestling Entertainment stage.Individuals need more than wrestling skills to make it to the WWE. Size, charisma and other traits are evaluated to
  • Friendship knows no borders

    Four-year-old Sarah reached out to grasp her friend Fatou's hand as she has every day since Fatou first arrived at the Maxwell Air Force Base child development center in August 2013. On this day, Sarah led Fatou to the dance floor, placing her in a specific position like a delicate wall fixture. With Fatou in place, Sarah grabbed the plastic
  • AETC office supports AF medical training mission

    Medical education in the Air Force experienced a transformation six years ago with the establishment of Air Force Medical Modeling and Simulation Training.Based at Air Education and Training Command, the AFMMAST Central Program Office is the hub of that initiative."The central program office is responsible for the assessment, development and
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After 2 weeks on the road at #NorthernLightning 19-2 our student pilots came home with a joint training exercise under their belt. Fire from the clouds! #RAGE
While our #Nomads have to say goodbye to #NorthernLightning and return home, the things they learned there will last a lifetime. Check out some highlights from our #Airmen's time at Volk Field ANGB and hear about why it was so important that we brought the LIGHTNING.
#NorthernLightning 19-2 is at a close. We're packing up and heading home. It's been great visiting the badger state and we can't wait to come back...until then stay "ready to #RAGE." 🔥
Major Josephine Beacham, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, visited the crew here at #NorthernLightning 19-2 and took a moment to share how proud she is of our Nomads. #FireFromTheClouds
In true Nomad fashion, we're prepping to head back to the sunshine state BUT before we say goodbye, follow MSgt Ray Avant, 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Weapons Section Chief, as he shows what has been our "home away from home" AMU here at #NorthernLightning 19-2.
Our Gorillas came ready to RAGE for our last go of exercise #NorthernLightning 19-2!!! Way to finish strong... 💪🦍 #goodjobgorilla Check out these shots from today 😎
Woot woot! Here's a message from 1st Lt Cassie Herman, 58th Fighter Squadron aircraft maintenance unit OIC. #NorthernLightning 19-2
#Nomads, help us celebrate our newest SSgts! These #Airmen will soon take on the responsibility of becoming NCOs in the #WorldsBestAirForce!
#BehindTheScenes Dan Spratto, a Pratt and Whitney field service engineer, works hard to provide support to our #Airmen as a specialist for the F-35's engine. "This is my first exercise with the 58th Fighter Squadron but I'm a 26 year Air Force veteran so I've been in quite a few exercises. I was an engines Airman and have been working with jet engines for over 34 years. My favorite part is being out of the heat of Florida! I'm kidding. It's been great just seeing the Airmen so enthusiastic about supporting the mission and doing something unique out here in Wisconsin that they don't get to do often in training wings."
Catch us in the sky. How about that? Today our Gorillas blessed the skies with our F-35A Lightning IIs. Feast your eyes on these beauts. #NorthernLightning 19-2 😍
#BehindTheScenes 1st Lt Cassie Herman, 58th Fighter Squadron aircraft maintenance unit OIC, holds an important role in keeping our maintenance #Airmen on track and taken care of. "I'm looking at big picture here and being the liaison between our maintenance unit and ops. I'm making sure my people are taken care of, I'm making sure that maintenance is running smoothly, and I'm making sure we provide our pilots with safe reliable aircraft. My favorite part is interacting with people I don't get to see all the time. We have four shifts back home and I'm on day shift so I see one group of people but here I get to see everyone. There's no meetings so I have no reason to be behind a desk and I get to go out on the line, help people pull chocks, and whatever else they need. I can help my Airmen and get to know them better."
FACT: Our crew has been killing it out here at #NorthernLightning 19-2! And now a message from the boss himself, Col. Jon S. Wheeler. #FireFromTheClouds
#RAGE Just minutes before stepping our Gorillas are briefed in preparation for the morning's flights. #NorthernLightning
#BehindTheScenes SrA Yeng Vang Client Systems Technician, not only maintains the computers for the 58th Fighter Squadron but steps out from behind the computer to learn as much as he can. "After everything on the Comm side was set up, I got to go outside to the flight line and get to experience the maintenance side. I learned how to marshal a jet, haven't gotten the chance to yet but I'm excited to. With the F-35, a lot of maintenance has to go through the computer systems. With ALIS especially. When we got here we found out our computers weren't working with ALIS because of conflicting configurations so we had to set that up first. If we weren't here then ALIS and the maintenance side wouldn't have been able to operate."
Check out our Gorillas working hard on the weekend. These fuel systems repair Airmen keep our #F35 aircraft fit to fly! 🦍💪🔧 #RAGE
Not only is it #F35 Friday it's also #Freestyle friday! Our Gorillas work hard and play hard to perfection. Watch how they add a little style while launching our F-35A Lightning IIs. #NorthernLightning #RAGE
It's #F35 Friday closing out the first week of #NorthernLightning at Volk Field ANGB. Check out some photos of our Gorillas "getting ready to RAGE." 🦍💪
#BehindTheScenes: SSgt Nicholas Ferrari, 58th Fighter Squadron aircrew flight equipment NCOIC, is out here at Volk Field ANGB, Wisconsin providing safe equipment for our pilots during the #NorthernLightning exercise. But Ferrari got a living, breathing reminder of just how important he and his team's work really is when he bumped into Capt. Graeme Ross, a pilot he supported during another exercise at Osan Air Base, ROK. "It was a Friday during an exercise and we got a call that said, 'Real world, get to the office'. When we got there they said there had been an ejection, that the guy is okay, and we have to start locking down our records. I ran the parachute shop at the time and had to print out who had packed which chute with their qualifications then I looked and thought 'Hey! That's my parachute!' Capt Ross had ejected with a parachute I packed and it saved his life. I even got a coin with the 36th and the aircraft number etched on it after which was great!"
The Wisconsin weather is keeping things interesting at Northern Lightning but the Nomads and all our brothers and sisters in service came to train, rain or shine. Flexibility is the key to #AirPower!
Get ready for our #Nomads to put the LIGHTNING in #NorthernLightning2019! #Airmen from the #33FW are on the ground at Volk Field ANGB for the kick off of the second Northern Lightning exercise this year. Follow the story here or on our #Instagram @33FighterWing