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Airman 1st Class Ryan Goehrine installs a hoist on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, on Aug. 2. The Airman is with the 56th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, which maintains the helicopters for the 56th Rescue Squadron. The squadron moved here from Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, in May after 35 years of service there. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Lance Cheung) Rescue unit faces moving challenges
It will be a while before the 56th Rescue Squadron fully transitions into operations at this fighter base and begins its new mission in Europe. The combat search and rescue unit arrived here in May from Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, where it served 35 years. It left as part of the U.S. military pullout from the island nation. Since arriving,
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2006
Staff Sgt. Randy Broome signals a jammer operator to move a Bomb Rack Unit 61 forward, while loading it onto an F-15E Strike Eagle at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, on Aug. 1. The NCO is an aircraft weapons specialist with the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Lance Cheung) 
Small-diameter bomb makes F-15E squadron more lethal
When the 494th Fighter Squadron deploys to Southwest Asia later this year, its new small-diameter bomb will make its F-15E Strike Eagles even more lethal. The squadron will be the first to use the Air Force's new Guided Bomb Unit-39 bomb. It is a thin, Global Positioning System-guided 250-pound bomb that sprouts diamond-back wings and glides to its
0 8/03
2006
Aimee Hemmingsen, right, holds her 3-year-old son Mitchell as he waves an American flag while waiting for his father, Capt. Martin Hemmingsen, to climb down from his F-15E Strike Eagle on his return to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, on Friday, July 28. The captain, of the 492nd Fighter Squadron, and other members of the 48th Fighter Wing deployed to Graf-Isnatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, where they took part in exercise Immediate Response, which began July 17. The joint, trilateral exercise also included the Bulgarian and Romanian militaries and U.S. Soldiers. The Airmen practiced ground attack and air-to-air tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Lance Cheung) Lakenheath Strike Eagles return from Bulgaria
Airmen and their F-15E Strike Eagles returned to this base today from Bulgaria with new flying skills and friends in a land they had never visited. About 200 Airmen and 10 jets from the 48th Fighter Wing deployed to Graf-Isnatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, for the two-week exercise Immediate Response that began July 17. It was a joint, trilateral
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2006
Default Air Force Logo 56th Rescue Squadron launches first flight from Lakenheath
The 56th Rescue Squadron launched its first flight out of RAF Lakenheath today at noon. "We are very excited to get our local flying started," said Lt. Col. Thomas Greetan, 56th RQS commander. "It's a tribute to all the various groups and squadrons within the wing who have played a significant part in bringing the squadron to its current
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2006
Default Air Force Logo Base volunteers worth millions
RAF Lakenheath volunteers were recognized at a luncheon April 26 for their donated efforts, which added up to millions of dollars worth of time and support given to agencies both on and off base over the past year. More than 1,000 individuals from RAF Lakenheath spent 168,000 hours volunteering both on base and off, according to 48th Fighter Wing
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2006
Default Air Force Logo The rules for the ride
Servicemembers assigned to United States Air Forces in Europe who want to ride motorcycles while stationed overseas are required to attend a motorcycle safety foundation class at least once every three years. The 48th Fighter Wing Safety Office offers two different classes to meet the three year requirement. The beginner riders' course is designed
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2006
Default Air Force Logo Liberty Warriors prepare for attack
The 48th Fighter Wing spent the week training for almost any situation that could arise during peace or war including vehicle accidents and chemical attacks. Airmen with office jobs to crew chiefs, who prepare aircraft for missions, suited up for the training. Exercises provide a realistic contingency environment to familiarize operation forces
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2006
Default Air Force Logo 48th Fighter Wing jets receive high-tech overhaul
When aircraft launch from the British Isles in September to support operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, they will be fitted with the most advanced avionics and carry the most accurate, lethal weapons in the Air Force inventory. The 48th Fighter Wing here has taken the Air Force lead in technology with advanced processors, updated
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2006
A HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter is unloaded from a C-17 Globemaster III at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, on Monday, June 12. The helicopter is with the 56th Rescue Squadron being re-assigned here from Naval Air Station, Keflavik. (U.S. Air Force photo)
RAF Lakenheath welcomes new mission, aircraft
The first two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters from the 56th Rescue Squadron arrived here from Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, via a C-17 Globemaster III June 12 and 13. Five aircraft and many operators and maintainers are moving here as part of the reallocation of the Iceland-based unit. "We're thrilled to welcome the Airmen from the 56th to RAF
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2006
Airman 1st Class Mark Sturtevant trains on the new munitions release unit at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. This is the first time Airmen conducted operational training on the munition for their scheduled deployment in September. Airman Sturtevant is assigned to the 48th Munitions Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Airmen go operational with new small-diameter munition
Airmen from the 48th Munitions Squadron here have been trained on the handling procedures for the first small-diameter munition to enter the Air Force inventory. The Airmen are the first to handle the weapon in an operational environment. "This is the first time an Air Force fighter has carried the small-diameter munition, and it's an honor to be
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2006
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