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Week in Photos, Jan 11, 2013


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By Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

You know the drill; here are some amazing images to wrap up an amazing week in the U.S. Air Force.

Photos: A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft sits on the runway at Pago Pago International Airport in American Samoa, Dec. 16, 2012. The 446th Airlift Wing aircrew from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. traveled to Royal Australian Air Force Base Richmond, Australia in support of a joint operation. Tropical Cyclone Evan passed over American Samoa Dec. 12 -16 causing 6,000 people to take shelter in evacuation centers and $4.1 million in damages to infrastructure. The puddle in the foreground is a result of the rains from that storm system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jon Polka)

Week in Photos, Dec. 28, 2012


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By Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

This Air Force Week in Photos is full of the spirit of the season. Enjoy!

Photo: Santa, played by U.S. Air Force Col. Bryan Radliff, arrives in a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft to the 419th Fighter Wing Christmas party at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Dec. 2, 2012. Radliff is the 419th FW commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Crystal Charriere)

Eglin ready for F-35 training, Dec. 18, 2012



An independent evaluation has found Eglin Air Force base capable of conducting F-35A Lighting II pilot training.

“The OUE [Operational Utility Evaluation] showed the men and women at Eglin are ready,” Air Education and Training Command commander, Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., said. “I’m very proud of both those in uniform and the contracted support who put in years of hard work. The culmination of those labors was successfully demonstrating the Integrated Training Center can conduct safe and effective flying operations in addition to academic training.”

During the OUE experienced F-16 and A-10 pilots transitioned to the world’s first multi-role stealth fighter. The results show the F-35 aircraft and its pilot training program are robust enough to conduct the planned transition and upgrade courses.

“The team at Eglin went through a rigorous process to lead the way for F-35A training. We look forward to starting off the New Year with more history in the making as they put the JSF Integrated Training Center to task to provide a world class training program,” said Rice.

Photo: Two U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Courtesy photo)

Week in Photos, Dec. 15, 2012


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By Air Force Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin
U.S. Air Force Public affairs Agency

Don’t fight it. Just accept the awesomeness that is Air Force Week in Photos.

Photos:Danny Ruiz, right, takes down William Kuhn during the mixed martial arts main event at Strike Fight at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 8, 2012. Ruiz, an Air Force Reserve staff sergeant with the 919th Special Operations Wing, won by unanimous decision in one of 11 matches held at the base’s first-ever MMA event. The debut event drew approximately 775 people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)