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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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Luke conducts first F-35 training deployment

Senior Airman Thomas Spangler A 61st Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter taxis prior to take off April 15 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Ten F-35s from the 61st Fighter Squadron were sent to Nellis for th...
 
 

Sidewinders fly missing-man formation

A missing-man formation flyover took place at the Air Force Academy Cemetery April 14, to honor a fallen Airman whose remains were repatriated and laid to rest. Pilots from the 311th Fighter Squadron of the 54th Fighter Group from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, flew it. Capt. Richard Chorlins, U.S. Air Force Academy class...
 
 

Birth of a flagship

Courtesy photo An F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter taxis at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, facility just before its first flight March 31. This jet is one of several Lightning IIs destined for Luke Air Force Base in the near future after flight testing. Tail number 5056 is scheduled to be the 56th Fighter...
 

 

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a Viper

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Boyer A group touring Luke Air Force Base watches as an F-16 Fighting Falcon launches. Both the tower and the mountains are further away than they appear.
 
 

Use, lose leave over 60 days visible on April LES

In 2008, legislation was introduced to increase the number of leave days a member could carry forward at the end of the fiscal year from 60 to 75 days. Every year since, legislation has been introduced to extend the 75-day leave carryover through Sept. 30. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel and...
 
 

Air Force News – April 24, 2015

Idaho Airmen from the 366th Fighter Wing and the 266th Range Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base teamed with Sailors, Marines and Army National Guardsmen for combat training scenarios to simulate deployed situations during Gunfighter Flag 15-2. Honduras Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody visited Soto Cano Air Base April 13...
 




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