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  • Hill Airmen expand F-35A combat capability in Rapid Forge

    This week, Airmen from Hill Air Force Base’s fighter wings forward deployed the F-35A Lightning II to several locations in Europe as part of a joint readiness exercise. So far, Operation Rapid Forge has seen F-35As, F-15E Strike Eagles, and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft work together to land, refuel and re-arm with inert munitions at forward airfields in Poland, and operate out of Lithuania and Estonia in one day.
  • Developing solutions for Intel enterprise

    Analysts operate a number of software applications to develop intelligence assessments and reports. By utilizing technical strengths and familiarity with these applications to execute missions, the 497th Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Group here has implemented a Software Development Team.
  • 380th AEW AWACS provide big picture to combatant commanders

    Imagine a pilot flying their aircraft in theater. While the pilot has onboard sensors downloading, processing, and providing a lot of information during the flight, their systems have limited range. Staff Sgt. Joshua Payne, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron senior surveillance technician, works within a crew that regularly reaches more than 20, each having their own specific purpose on a very technical level. Their role is to help the pilot expand this limited scope of data, and enable mission effectiveness.
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