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April 4, 2014

Air Force News – April 4, 2014

Nebraska

A new tool called the Wolf Blending Scope, no bigger than a yard stick, is making work a lot easier for maintenance professionals of the 55th Wing who are responsible for keeping Offutt Air Force Base aircraft flying. The tool is used to fix damaged compressor blades and stands to save the Air Force hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Poland

Two F-16 Fighting Falcon captains walked out to the flightline joking and reminiscing about their days spent at undergraduate pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. When the Polish and American pilot ran into each other after nearly four years, they picked up like no time had passed. They embraced the opportunity to train together once again, this time in the skies over Poland.

Qatar

Airmen and members of the Qatar Emiri air force participated in a base-wide major accident response exercise March 21 at Al Udeid Air Base to hone the skills of first responders. The simulated scenario included a C-130 Hercules which crashed at the end of a runway with 20 service members aboard.

Kyrgyzstan

Airmen from the 376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron recently loaded cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster III as part of the pending closure of the Transit Center at Manas.

Afghanistan

Service members at Bagram Airfield participate in monthly exercises to sharpen their base defensive skills and maintain vigilance. The exercise program blossomed after a 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airman approached the maintainer group offering assistance and advice.




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Senior Airman
JAMES HENSLEY

F-35 pilot training underway

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Travis Byrom, Lockheed Martin instructor pilot, briefs students in the first F-35 Lightning II training course before the start of class May 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The students are Lt. Col. Sean Ho...
 
 
Senior Airman 
DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Wild Weasels reunite

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The Wild Weasels gather for a group photo during their reunion May 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The Wild Weasels were formed during the early days of the Vietnam War. Their mission was to seek out and...
 
 
Courtesy Photo

LRS Airmen undertake unusual engine repair

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Kyle Saunders, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance journeyman, works on a destroyed valve inside the engine of a 2006 Ford Bobtail at Luke Air Force Base. The type of maintenance on t...
 

 

Air Force News – May 15, 2015

Germany Gen. Frank Gorenc, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, presented the 86th Airlift Wing in Ramstein a $250,000 check and a trophy May 1, for winning the USAFE-AFAFRICA Innovation Madness tournament. The tournament-style match determines which wing promotes the best innovative culture. Bulgaria The 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron was...
 
 

People First – May 15, 2015

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. AF establishes four new key reporting identifiers...
 
 

Next Week in History, May 21, 1960: B-25 retires

Editor’s note: The Thunderbolt will not be published May 22 due to the holiday down day. The following was provided for that edition. Fifty-five years ago next week, the Air Force retired its last World War II North American Aviation B-25 Mitchell bomber. The B-25’s first flight was 20 years earlier on Aug. 29, 1940....
 




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