58 TFS returing from Operation Desert Storm 1991

A blast from the past, some photo material of the might Gorilla’s returning from Operations Desert Storm. More info on the 58th Fighter Squadron can be found on the squadron page.

Razor Talon prepares 4th FW to lead Red Flag

By Staff Sgt. Michael Charles, 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, prepare for takeoff during Red Flag 18-1, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 30, 2018. Red Flag gives mission commanders the opportunity to lead in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment limited environment with multi-domain assets. (U.S Air Force photo by Lawrence Crespo)

To maintain its status as one of the nation’s most capable response forces and a vital arm for combatant commanders, the wing continuously trains for the operations of today and the conflicts of tomorrow.

Each month, the 4th FW hosts Exercise Razor Talon. This large-force exercise takes place within the East Coast Battlespace, located in Northeastern North Carolina on Dare County Bombing Range and over portions of the Atlantic Ocean, and it serves to prepare joint units for world-wide combat deployments.

Even in its infancy, Razor Talon brought a new dynamic to tactical and strategic training on the East Coast, while also preparing the wing to take a lead role in combat and readiness operations.

Although only a single-day exercise, Razor Talon acts as a pivotal training mechanism for new aircrew members to practice interoperability from their own installation while giving them the skills needed to lead larger and more complex missions in Exercise Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. In fact, the 4th FW was selected as the lead wing for Red Flag 18-1, from Jan. 26 to Feb. 16.

“Red Flag and Razor Talon are essential opportunities to prepare our Airmen for the integrated multi-domain combat operations of the future,” said Col. Richard Dickens, RF 18-1 Air Expeditionary Wing commander. “While the size, scope, and terrain may be different, both exercises focus on challenging combat scenarios that enable us to improve the lethality of our aircrew.”

Operated by the 414th Combat Training Squadron, Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air, space, and cyber forces of the United States and its allies. The exercise is hosted north of Las Vegas on the Nevada Test and Training Range, the U.S. Air Force’s premier military training area with more than 15,000 square miles of airspace and 2.9 million acres of land.

Col. Michael Mathes, 414th CTS commander, articulated that Red Flag 18-1 is the largest Red Flag to date by number of participants and includes units from the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army, and Marine Corps as well as the Royal Australian Air Force and the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force. He also highlighted this exercise as having a unique balance of training efficiency with mission effectiveness.

“Red Flag 18-1 primarily is a strike package focused training venue that we integrate at a command and control level in support of joint task force operations,” said Mathes. “It’s a lot of words to say that we integrate every capability we can into strike operations that are flown out of Nellis Air Force Base.”

Established in 1975, as one of the initiatives directed by Gen. Robert J. Dixon, then commander of Tactical Air Command, the exercise’s original intent was to maximize the combat readiness, capability, and survivability of participating units by providing realistic training in air-to-air combat. It has since grown to include ground, space, cyber, and electronic attack threats.

“Red Flag remains a great mix of heritage and future potential,” said Mathes. “We are very proud of our heritage with the way that Red Flag had improved survivability and readiness over the years. We look forward as we continue to grow readiness through integrated training as well as improving training efficiency.”

According to Maj. Caleb Edmondson, a weapon systems officer from the 335th Fighter Squadron, the exercise continues to challenge the way aircrew members approach various scenarios and helps to increase the adaptability skills of all those who participate.

“The complex simulated threats of Red Flag and the Nevada Test and Training Range offer an experience that we currently can’t replicate at any other range in the nation, including the East Coast Battlespace,” Edmondson said. “If you add this experience to that received in our Razor Talon exercise, you are essentially giving aircrew members the experience to provide adaptable and flexible interoperability no matter the terrain or the threat.”

Fundamental similarities between Red Flag and Razor Talon act as a bridging point to what Airmen assigned to the 4th FW learn while at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and help reinforce best practices while operating in a contested, degraded, and operationally-limited environment.

Both exercises tactically and operationally integrate U.S. and coalition force assets to overcome various combat scenarios across all domains of warfare. As the lead wing, it is the 4th FW’s responsibility to take an active role in integrating all Red Flag 18-1 participants.

Each emphasis that both exercises place on mission planning, execution, and debrief is a main factor in ensuring both air and ground crews are tested to the maximum extent of their readiness capabilities, while also providing a forum for a free exchange of ideas between forces.

The scenarios involve friendly forces fighting their way into contested airspace while trying to destroy air-to-air and surface-to-air threats in a planned and time sensitive manner. Their aim is to also reinforce interoperability among allies across air, space, and cyberspace domains.

“This is an opportunity to improve our processes in a unique, robust, and fast-paced training environment,” Dickens said. “Exercises like Red Flag and Razor Talon allow our Airmen at the 4th Fighter Wing and throughout the Air Force to grow into tactical leaders while we train to meet our current threats and potential future adversaries.”

 

366th Fighter Wing night operations

By Airman 1st Class Jeremy Wolff , 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 

F-15E Strike Eagles from the 389th and 391st Fighter Squadrons executed night sorties in support of exercise Gunslinger 18-4. The exercise tested personnel and units in their ability to support a contingency response to an adversarial threat here on base or in an expeditionary capacity across the globe.

The wing executed multiple scenarios that tested the techniques associated with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) response; security forces tactics and base defense measures; and Self Air Buddy Care (SABC) and mass-casualty medical training, to name a few.

F-15E Strike Eagles sit on the flightline during an exercise, Feb. 8, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The exercise focused on training for potential real world contingencies.

An F-15E Strike Eagle prepares to taxi during an exercise Feb. 8, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The exercise focused on training for potential real world contingencies.

An F-15E Strike Eagle prepares to taxi during an exercise Feb. 8, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The exercise focused on training for potential real world contingencies.

An F-15E Strike Eagle prepares to taxi during an exercise Feb. 8, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The exercise focused on training for potential real world contingencies.

An F-15E Strike Eagle prepares to taxi during an exercise Feb. 8, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The exercise focused on training for potential real world contingencies.

An F-15E Strike Eagle prepares to taxi during an exercise Feb. 8, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The exercise focused on training for potential real world contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jeremy D. Wolff)

An F-15E Strike Eagle takes off during an exercise, Feb. 8, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The exercise focused on training for potential real world contingencies.

12th Tactical Fighter Squadron

The Dirty Dozen, commanded by Lt. Col. R.D. Copp. Can anyone help with the identification? Please contact me on eagle@skytrailer.com

 

493 FS ” Gold before dawn”

493rd Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle takes off at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 9. The F-15C Eagle is an all-weather tactical fighter designed to help the Air Force maintain air supremacy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Abby L. Finkel)

 

A 493rd Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle takes off at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 9. The 493rd FS’s continued presence has enabled regular participation in exercises and other operational engagements in the region, reassuring partners and allies of the U.S.’s commitment to European security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Abby L. Finkel)

A 493rd Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle takes off at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 9. The F-15C Eagle is an all-weather tactical fighter designed to help the Air Force maintain air supremacy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Abby L. Finkel)

A 493rd Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle takes off at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 9. The design of the weapons and flight control systems on the one-seater fighter aircraft allow the pilot to safely and effectively perform air-to-air combat without a co-pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Abby L. Finkel)

A 493rd Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle takes off at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 9. The 493rd FS recently returned from Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania, after supporting the 45th rotation of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Abby L. Finkel)

Lt. Col. Ostendorf reaches 3,000th flying hour

Congratulations to Lt. Col. Eric Ostendorf, 307th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations on reaching 3,000 flying hours, Jan. 26, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shawna L. Keyes)

Colonel Alex “Snip” Haldopoulos Fini-Flight

Colonel Alex “Snip” Haldopoulos from the 104th Fighter Wing flying his “fini-flight” over Otis Air National Guard Base, Cape Cod, Mass. on January 26, 2018. Good luck “Snip” on your new journey outside the ANG and thank you for your service. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Thomas Swanson)

Colonel Alex “Snip” Haldopoulos from the 104th Fighter Wing flying his “fini-flight” over Otis Air National Guard Base, Cape Cod, Mass. on January 26, 2018.

Colonel Alex “Snip” Haldopoulos from the 104th Fighter Wing flying his “fini-flight” over Otis Air National Guard Base, Cape Cod, Mass. on January 26, 2018.

194 FS deploys for Sentry Aloha 2018-01

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Charles Jamieson, 194th Fighter Squadron pilot, taxis out to the runway in a F-15C Eagle fighter jet from California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing during Sentry Aloha 18-01 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Jan. 10, 2017. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jets from California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing prepare to taxi out for the afternoon mission during Sentry Aloha 18-01 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Jan. 10, 2017. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jets from California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing prepare to taxi out for the afternoon mission during Sentry Aloha 18-01 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Jan. 10, 2017. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jets from California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing prepare to taxi out for the afternoon mission during Sentry Aloha 18-01 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Jan. 10, 2017. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Corliss, 194th Fighter Squadron pilot, performs pre-flight inspection of an F-15C Eagle fighter jet from California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing prior to the afternoon sortie during Sentry Aloha 18-01 Jan. 10, 2017 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Sentry Aloha provides the Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force and DoD counterparts a multi-faceted, joint venue with supporting infrastructure and personnel that incorporates current, realistic integrated training. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

Two U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jets from California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing return to base led by F-22 Raptor fighter jet from Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing during Sentry Aloha 18-01 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Jan. 10, 2017. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kelly McCoy, 194th Fighter Squadron pilot, is harnessed into the seat of an F-15 Eagle fighter jet from California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing by Staff Sgt. Elliot Verdugo, 144th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prior to the morning sortie during Sentry Aloha 18-01 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Jan. 10, 2017. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jets from California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing stand ready for the morning mission as a C-17 Globemaster III taxis during Sentry Aloha 18-01 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Jan. 10, 2017. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jets from California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing stand ready for the morning mission during Sentry Aloha 18-01 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Jan. 10, 2017. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Christopher Lacroix and 1st Lt. Benjamin Martin, both 194th Fighter Squadron fighter pilots, step to F-15 Eagle fighter jets for the morning sortie during Sentry Aloha 18-01 Jan. 10, 2017 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Sentry Aloha provides the Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force and DoD counterparts a multi-faceted, joint venue with supporting infrastructure and personnel that incorporates current, realistic integrated training. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Benjamin Martin and Capt. Christopher Lacroix, both 194th Fighter Squadron fighter pilots, complete flight plans prior to the morning sortie during Sentry Aloha 18-01 Jan. 10, 2017 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Sentry Aloha provides the Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force and DoD counterparts a multi-faceted, joint venue with supporting infrastructure and personnel that incorporates current, realistic integrated training. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jets from California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing stand ready for the morning mission during Sentry Aloha 18-01 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Jan. 10, 2017. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Clinton Dudley, 144th Fighter Wing Command Chief, talks with Master Sgt. Larry Wright, 144th Maintenance Squadron propulsion shop supervisor, prior to the morning sortie during Sentry Aloha 18-01 Jan. 10, 2017 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Sentry Aloha provides the Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force and DoD counterparts a multi-faceted, joint venue with supporting infrastructure and personnel that incorporates current, realistic integrated training. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Elliot Verdugo, 144th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs pre-flight checks on an F-15C Eagle fighter jet from the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing during Sentry Aloha 18-01 Jan. 10, 2017 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Sentry Aloha provides the Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force and DoD counterparts a multi-faceted, joint venue with supporting infrastructure and personnel that incorporates current, realistic integrated training. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jet from the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing is prepped for the first day of flying during Sentry Aloha 18-01 Jan. 10, 2018 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jet from the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing is prepped for the first day of flying during Sentry Aloha 18-01 Jan. 10, 2018 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Bowen, 144th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs pre-flight checks on an F-15C Eagle fighter jet from the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing during Sentry Aloha 18-01 Jan. 10, 2017 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Sentry Aloha provides the Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force and DoD counterparts a multi-faceted, joint venue with supporting infrastructure and personnel that incorporates current, realistic integrated training. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Roy Ybarra and Senior Airman Jamie Mabry-Rairigh, both 144th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics specialists, perform pre-flight checks on an F-15C Eagle fighter jet from California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing prior to the morning sortie during Sentry Aloha 18-01 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Jan. 10, 2017. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jet from the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing is prepped for the first day of flying during Sentry Aloha 18-01 Jan. 10, 2018 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Sentry Aloha provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Chris Drudge)

exercise Juniper Falcon

F-15E Strike Eagle’s from the 494th Fighter Squadron, and Israeli F-15I Ra’am assigned to the 69th launch for sorties in support of exercise Juniper Falcon at Uvda Air Base, Israel.