Air Force

June 1, 2012

Air Force News June 1, 2012


The Navy and Air Force stand to save more than $2 billion after jointly developing an engine modification that will keep critically important aircraft flying for years. The two services and industry worked together to develop and field a modification to CFM International’s CFM56-2 (F108) engine, allowing them to restore exhaust gas temperature margins, increase fuel economy and extend the time between overhauls from 10 to 15 years.


The U.S. military has provided emergency medical aid to Yemen that’s being used to help treat Yemeni soldiers and others who were wounded in a May 21 terrorist suicide bombing attack in the country’s capital. A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules delivered more than 13,000 pounds of emergency medical supplies to Sanaa, Yemen’s capital city. More than 300 people were killed or injured in the attack.



More than 500 U.S. Airmen and two dozen F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base recently returned from a deployment to Graf Ignatievo air base, Bulgaria, where they spent a month conducting bi-lateral training with Bulgarian airmen during Thracian Star 2012.



Approximately 21 Afghan air force air wing security forces led their first quick reaction force patrol outside the gates of Kabul International Airport May 21. The AAF security forces were accompanied by seven members of the 439th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron who trekked up the mountain with the AAF security forces to give advice and guidance throughout the mission.


Air Force safety officials launch Critical Days of  Summer website

May 25th marked the first day of the Critical Days of Summer safety campaign. Summer is a welcome time of year marked by warmer weather and increased participation in outdoor activities.

Unfortunately, it’s historically also the time when the Air Force experiences disproportionately more mishaps and fatalities off duty.

To enhance awareness of risk management decision-making and offset the chance of mishaps, the Air Force Safety Center announced the Critical Days of Summer public website to help everyone enjoy a mishap-free summer. In addition to tools and features, this one-stop resource contains videos with important messages for all Airmen.

“Remember to dive into your summer off-duty activities with a clear eye toward safely returning to duty,” said Bill Parsons, Air Force chief of ground safety.

“Every Airmen is precious and every fatality is one too many!” safety center officials said. “Please enjoy your summer and make the choice to go into the fall with warm memories of the decisions you made and the time you had. Spread the word to prevent mishaps.”

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56th MOS change of command

Col. Victor Mora, 56th Maintenance Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. James Schieser July 23 during the 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

Air Force News – July 27, 2012

Colorado An Air Force Reservist was killed and another was wounded during the mass shooting at an Aurora theater July 20. Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, 29, was among the 12 fatalities and another Air Force Reservist was among 58 wounded during a midnight shooting rampage at the Century 16 multiplex, about 10 miles from downtown...

Honor among the guard

Members of the Honor Guard use fire to remove loose strings on their ceremonial gloves before an open ranks inspection July 10 at Luke Air Force Base. The Honor Guard represents the U.S. Air Force during ceremonies and events a...

Courtesy photo

Luke continues to support F-35 mission at Eglin AFB

Courtesy photo An F-35 and two Luke F-16s fly a sortie over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. These F-16s, along with more than 360 Luke maintainers, have been instrumental in advancing the F-35 program, according to Lt. Col. Michael ...

Focus on Appearance – July 20, 2012

  Did you know … Fingernails are not to exceed ¼-inch in length past the tip of the finger. They are not to interfere with duty performance or hinder proper fit of prescribed safety equipment or uniform items. Nail polish will be a single color that complements the skin tone noting bright red, orange, purple,...

TRS gets new leader

Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Matthew Liljenstolpe July 13 as he assumes command of the 56th Training Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.


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