Air Force

August 9, 2013

This week in history August 9, 2013

Officiating the activation ceremony was then Col. Gilmary Hostage III, 56th Operations Group commander and currently the Air Combat Command commander. Accepting the guidon was the new 21st Fighter Squadron commander, Lt. Col. James “Rusty” Mitchell. Now retired, Mitchell runs the Community Initiatives Team at Luke.

 

Aug. 8, 1996: 21st FS activates at Luke AFB

The 21st Fighter Squadron activated on Aug. 8, 1996, at Luke Air Force Base to conduct F-16 Fighting Falcon training for Taiwan air force pilots.

The Taiwan government bought 50 F-16 aircraft through the Foreign Military Sales program. The purchase was a major step in the modernization of the Taiwan air force’s inventory. Since the Taiwan air force lacked F-16 experienced pilots, it paid the U.S. Air Force to train their pilots to fly the F-16 and become instructor pilots.




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Ramping up …

An F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter prepares to land Aug. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. This is the fifth F-35 aircraft currently assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron with more on the way before the end of the year.
 
 
Airman 1st Class 
JAMES HENSLEY

Nursing fellows take on trauma training

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, and Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander, congratulate the 56th Medical Group nurses who graduated from the Critical Care and Eme...
 
 
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First generation Marine has passion for sport

Courtesy photo Cpl. Mauricio Sandoval, Bulk Fuel Company Charlie NCO in charge of administration, holds his daughter, Yaretzy, 1. When military personnel take the oath to serve their country, they enlist to serve a purpose grea...
 

 
Senior Airman 
MARCY COPELAND

Lt. Gen. rolls out F-35 program priorities during all call

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Lt. Gen Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer held an all-call Aug. 5 on Luke Air Force Base. The general spoke to Thunderbolts about the F-35 program and priorities. Lt. Ge...
 
 

Air Force News – August 15, 2014

Florida The 45th Space Wing supported Space Exploration Technologies’ successful launch of their Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 8 satellite, which was built for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited to serve Asia, the Middle East and Australia. Guatemala Airmen from the Arkansas Air National Guard are working alongside their Guatemalan air force counterparts as...
 
 

People First – August 15, 2014

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, click on the link in the title of each story. Job performance now big factor...
 




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