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White Sands ‘Vipers’ – F-16 training thrives at Holloman

Posted January 23, 2015 by Lt. Col. FREDRICK SCOTT

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Jerod Rick, 54th Fighter Group chief of standardization and evaluation, and 1st Lt. Taylor Roberts, 311th Fighter Squadron basic course student, prepare to taxi Nov. 13, 2014, in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Roberts became the first F-16 basic course student to get airborne in the…

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Aggressors on base

Posted January 16, 2015 by

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer The 64th Aggressor Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, came to Luke Air Force Base last week for eight days of dissimilar air combat training to aid students from the 308th and 309th fighter squadrons with flight training and academics. Their expertise and specialized skills in replicating enemy aircraft tactics provided…

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Luke announces Pro Bowl, Super Bowl involvement

Posted January 16, 2015 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

In celebration of the NFL’s Pro Bowl and Super Bowl events, Luke Air Force Base has teamed up with several organizations to plan the following events, highlighting the Air Force leading up to the Super Bowl Feb. 1. Jan. 21 NFL PLAY 60: Held at Luke Elementary School, NFL PLAY 60 is the NFL’s campaign…

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Are we mentoring our members to success?

Posted January 16, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. RICK STILES

The Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force approved the new Airman Comprehensive Assessment to be effective July 1, 2014. The ACA is not a change to the performance feedback program but a progression in the way we execute an overlooked opportunity to tell our subordinates what we expect…

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Airmen: Ambassadors of Air Force core values

Posted January 16, 2015 by Senior Airman SPENCER BROCKMAN

Airmen are tasked and trained to keep up with myriad tasks that sometimes venture outside the scope of their assigned jobs. One of these tasks that often goes unnoticed or rarely spoken about is the job of an ambassador. Every time you are in uniform and travel off base, whether to go home for the…

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Technology takes off

Posted January 16, 2015 by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Maj. William Wisehart, 56th Training Squadron chief instructor, teaches a class to F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots-in-training Jan. 7 at Luke Air Force Base. Luke is responsible for more than 80 percent of F-16 pilot training. What comes to mind when you think of the future? The 56th Training Squadron imagines a world…

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News Briefs January 16, 2015

Posted January 16, 2015 by

NFL Pro Bowl practice at Luke Jan. 22 The NFL’s all-star game, the Pro Bowl, will host a practice at Luke Air Force Base’s football field near the South Gate Jan. 22. Team Carter, led by Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter is scheduled to practice from 10 to 11 a.m. The second practice…

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLTS OF THE WEEK

Posted January 16, 2015 by timchisham

Airman 1st Class Clifford Leduc Surette 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Fuel system apprentice Hometown: Rensselaer, New York Years in service: One Education: Pursuing Cisco networking certification Inspirations: To Become a good supervisor and to get my Seven Level Goals: To get my Community College Air Force degree, be promoted Greatest feat: Completing firefighter school in…

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944th pilot aims high, logs 4,000 flying hours

Posted January 16, 2015 by Staff Sgt. LAUSANNE KINDER

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Col. Gregory Jones, left, 944th Operations Group commander, is congratulated by Col. Kurt Gallegos, 944th Fighter Wing commander, after completing 4,000 hours of flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. Jones and Gallegos are two of just 42 pilots in the Air Force who have reached this…

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Sparks fly …

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Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman David Andrews, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron metals technician, uses a grinder to clean titanium tubes Jan. 13 at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen at the metals shop handle machining and welding for various parts of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and some for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter.

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