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  • BAF crew chief ensures delivered airpower

    Here at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing’s mission is to defend, support and deliver airpower and you can’t deliver airpower without well maintained aircraft.For BAF, it’s the responsibility of experts like Senior Airman Kevin Zaragoza, 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief,
  • Co-workers worldwide, neighbors stateside: Ohio Air and Army National Guardsmen team up in Afghanistan

    Some 6,000 miles from their homeland, deployed Airmen and Soldiers work on the infrastructure to connect the Army’s Counter-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar Intercept weapon system to the engagement control center at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The objective in layman’s terms: connect the gun to the computer.As the Airmen and Soldiers began to dig
  • The ma’am behind the mustache

    In the dark of night in Afghanistan, a pilot gathers all the gear required for an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter training mission: medical kit, survival vest, night-vision goggles, and sidearm.  Excitement fills the air as the engines start, but the crew maintains their focus as they hurriedly finish loading their gear onto the aircraft and run
  • Logistics Airman keeps cargo moving to support Airpower

    From office supplies to furniture to aircraft parts, the U.S. Air Force ships millions of dollars’ worth of equipment and supplies around the world every day.Moving equipment throughout the Combined Joint Operations Area - Afghanistan can be a stressful job, but it is experts like Staff Sgt. Josiah McDonald, 455th Expeditionary Logistic Readiness
  • 455 ECES Airman powers the mission

    At Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, it is critical that all buildings and structures  remain properly maintained for units to conduct their operations.Civil Engineers are responsible for keeping all facilities and utilities running effectively and it’s experts like Airman Rene Cruz, 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron power production
  • AE team cares for patients in the air

    When highly skilled U.S. service members and coalition forces get called to war, no one plans to get hurt; yet with conflict, comes the inherent risk of injury.  If they get injured on the battle field, the U.S. Air Force has a plan to transport them to a medical facility.Here at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan is the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical
  • Joint Air Force, Army team enhances Afghanistan rescue mission

    The night is dark. The air is heavy, filled with the smoke and dust of Afghanistan. On the flightline at Bagram Airfield, a U.S. Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter sits beating thunder with its blades against the sky, waiting. An 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron Guardian Angel team, which consists of pararescuemen and combat rescue officers, runs out
  • ‘Double Down’ pilot passes 1,000 combat hours

    “Mach” received a “Double Down” congratulations from members of the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron as he surpassed the 1,000 combat-hour milestone in the F-16 Fighting Falcon Feb. 28, 2018 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.He achieved the milestone during a mission in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.“I believe there are roughly six F-16
  • “Boar” Airmen reopen A-10 operations in Afghanistan

    A dozen A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 303rd Fighter Squadron deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, for the first time in six years.The squadron, originally intended to support Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria, was notified of the change a month before aircraft touched down on the runway at KAF. The aircraft’s new mission would
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