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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Air Force News – September 4, 2015

Washington A 15-member Type-3 Incident Management team arrived at Fairchild Air Force Base Aug. 22 to stand up a fire mobilization center aiding the firefighting efforts across eastern Washington. The resources inbound from California, Arizona, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Nevada, will form eight task force components. Louisiana Ten years ago, the Airmen of Keesler Air...
 
 

People First – September 4, 2015

2016 visionary leadership award nominees sought Nominations for the 2016 General Wilma Vaught Visionary Leadership Award will be accepted through Oct. 16. Named in honor of Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught, the award recognizes service members and civilians who have exhibited innovation, commitment and a selfless spirit of service while inspiring others and significantly improving the...
 
 
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U.S. service members receive ‘heroic welcome’ at Ramstein

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone is greeted with a hero’s welcome as he and Aleksander Skarlatos, an Army specialist in the Oregon National Guard, arrive Aug. 24 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. More than 500 Airme...
 

 
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Honor guardsman, family man makes good Airman

Courtesy photo Tech. Sgt. Richard Galero, 56th Force Support Squadron Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard NCO in charge, hands off a flag during a funeral honors ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix. Galero trains ...
 
 
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BARBARA PLANTE

944th Airmen live life as military couple

Tech. Sgt.BARBARA PLANTE Staff Sgt. Adam Jenkins and Senior Airman Cassandra Jenkins, 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron, are a dual-military couple and work together as maintainers in the refueling vehicle maintenance shop. St...
 
 
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Walt Disney inspires squadron

Courtesy photo While stationed at Luke Field, Sgt. Seymour Pine had the unique privilege of accepting the 62nd Fighter Squadron emblem of a boxing bulldog from the artist who drew it — Walt Disney. Everyone had a role to play...
 




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