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Air Force faces fighter pilot shortage

The Air Force is in the midst of a pilot shortage. While most platforms are affected by the shortage, the fighter pilot community has been hit the hardest.

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Upgrade advances A-10s search capability

A-10C Thunderbolt IIs assigned to active duty fighter squadrons at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., are in the process of having new lightweight airborne recovery systems installed.

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SecAF highlights progress at AFA breakfast

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James addressed the Air Force Association’s Air Force Breakfast Series Jan. 6, at the Key Bridge Marriot in Arlington, Va.

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Razor’s Edge: Practicing mass casualty recovery

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier A U.S. Air Force pararescueman from the 48th Rescue Squadron provides overwatch during a mass casualty exercise at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Dec. 8, 2016. Pararescuemen were air dropped into the site of a simulated plane crash, where they triaged casualties and had them airlifted from…

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47th Fighter Squadron celebrates their heritage

On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the 47th Fighter Squadron gathered their alumni to celebrate the unit’s history Dec. 6-7, 2016.


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Military children serve, Too

Posted  April 15, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department knows that the whole family serves when a military member serves. April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to highlight the contributions and sacrifices made by military children. It’s also a chance to catch up on what the department does for military families. As a group, military children are…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
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Airman Struck by the Thunderbolt

Posted  April 14, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz — In the heart of the Sonoran Desert lies a 2,600-acre piece of land, a “boneyard,” where it is commonly understood a unique bond exists between an Airman and his aircraft. Since the days shortly after World War II, this particular piece of land, located on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base,…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby/Released)
Local

Security Forces on two wheels

Posted  April 14, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The patrolmen, dressed in navy cargo shorts and blue polo shirts with “Police” printed on the back, slow their bikes down as they arrive in front of the crowded entrance of the Exchange. They secure their bikes and remove their helmets as they prepare to patrol the area when…

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AF names candidate bases, criteria for choosing next F-35A sites: D-M tops the list

Posted  April 14, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced April 12 that Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida; Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, are candidate bases for the first Reserve-led F-35A Lightning II location. The preferred and reasonable alternatives are expected to be selected in…

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SERE: Water survival – preparing Airmen for the sea

Posted  April 13, 2016

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — Everything instantly goes dark as a fuselage rises into the air. Winds stir and the water below begins to churn. Strobe lights begin to flash and sounds of simulated gunfire and thunder fill the already chaotic room. As soon as the fuselage is up in the air, it’s back…

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