Operational

U.S. Air Force operations

  • The Night Watchmen

    With civilization in the rear view mirror, the long road leading to a relatively unknown compound appears to never end. The seemingly infinite landscape, nearly untouched by human hands, is all that fills the eye. The setting sun and emergence of the night sky signals the beginning of a mission for a select group of […]

    Airman Magazine No responses May 15, 2017
  • Guarding the Skies

    See more “Guarding the Skies” photos on Flickr It’s 7 a.m. and a thick fog envelops Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands. A row of F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons lining the taxiway is barely visible in the mist. Slowly, the dim outlines of maintenance personnel and crew chiefs appear as they push tool […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses May 8, 2017
  • Partner Airlift

    See more “Partner Airlift” photos on Flickr Master Sgt. Brandon Nicely has a unique drive to work. Each morning, driving through the gates of the Hungarian Defense Forces Pápa Air Base, Hungary, he takes a trip back in time. Aging Soviet trucks sit behind faded, mangled fences and fighter aircraft and radar sites, reminders of […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses May 2, 2017
  • Insatiable Demand

    See more “Insatiable Demand” photos on Flickr Staff Sgt. Todd Creamer joined the Air Force to work on aircraft and travel the world. He enlisted with a guaranteed mechanical job hoping to work on fighter jets or, possibly, bombers. While at his 18-day technical training school at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Creamer was given […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses April 24, 2017
  • Priority Maintenance

    See more “Priority Maintenance” photos on Flickr When Tech. Sgt. Chris Ferrell was home from deployment he would sit in his family room in the wee hours of the morning, watching TV with his friend, Tech. Sgt. Tony Campbell, who was sprawled out in the recliner next to him. He didn’t talk to Tony. Ever. […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses April 17, 2017
  • Faces of Deterrence

    See more “Faces of Deterrence” photos on Flickr The Department of Defense’s nuclear triad refers to the three components of the strategic nuclear arsenal: land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, strategic bombers and submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Nuclear Airmen at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, secure, maintain and stand ready to launch B-52 Stratofortress bombers and ballistic […]

    Airman Magazine No responses April 10, 2017
  • Special Dedication

    See more “Special Dedication” photos on Flickr It’s just shy of 6 a.m. and the temperature at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, teeters around 20 below zero, with an accompanying wind chill, so vicious, exposed skin feels like it is burning. As far as Senior Airman Joshua Serafin, a crewchief with the 69th Aircraft […]

    Airman Magazine No responses April 3, 2017
  • Signal Strength

    See more “Signal Strength” photos on Flickr By Tech. Sgt. Brandon Shapiro The surrounding terrain was savage and impassable; the elevation left the non-indigenous laboring to breathe. The only way in and out of the remote Afghan region was along a hellacious pass, divided by a mountain range: aptly and religiously referred to as “IED […]

    Airman Magazine No responses February 6, 2017
  • Recipe for Success

    See more “Recipe for Success” photos on Flickr It’s 7 a.m. and Staff Sgt. Ma Antonette Cabantog has a case of the nerves as she walks into her new workplace. Her office: the Belle Chance, a 106-year-old Spanish Colonial Revival-style home, is nestled in the woods, 1,200 feet from the runway at Joint Base Andrews, […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses January 23, 2017
  • The Aircraft Canaries

    See more “Aircraft Canaries” photos on Flickr By Tech. Sgt. Brandon Shapiro Twenty thousand feet above the drop zone, a multinational group of special forces prepares for a tactical insertion behind “enemy lines.” The seasoned jumpmaster positions himself on the open ramp of the C-130 Hercules, peeking his head out to confirm that the airspace […]

    Airman Magazine No responses January 9, 2017