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Veterans

Luke holds POW/MIA ceremony

Posted September 20, 2016 by

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller The 56th Fighter Wing command team, Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard and Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, stand watch during a 24-hour POW/MIA vigil at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 15, 2016. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is an annual event honoring our missing service members and their…

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Air Force

State of the Air Force: Active-duty force on the rise, space will be more prominent

Posted September 20, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross

Nearly three years into her tenure as the Air Force’s top leader, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James reaffirmed that people continue to be her top priority during her State of the Air Force address at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 19, in National Harbor, Md.

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Air Force

The B-21 has a name: Raider

Posted September 20, 2016 by Mike Martin

The Air Force’s long-range strike bomber has officially been named the B-21 Raider. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced the results of the Air Force Global Strike Command led naming contest alongside selected members during her remarks at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2016….

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Local

Luke achieves 10,000 F-35 flight hours

Posted September 17, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Maj. Nathan Heguy, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II pilot, successfully completed a routine training sortie Sept. 12, 2016, to officially cross more than 10,000 total combined flight hours in the F-35 for all pilots at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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A Brief History of the U.S. Air Force

Posted September 17, 2016 by Christopher McCune

For more than 100 years, the United States military has endeavored to master not just the battlefields that we sail or trod upon, but the realms of air and space. As the U.S. Air Force approaches its 69th birthday as an independent service on Sept. 18, we take these few moments to reflect on where…

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DoD

‘Be There’ suicide prevention theme resonates with troop values

Posted September 14, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

Preventing suicide requires the commitment of all in the Defense Department, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a videotaped message at the Sept. 7 Suicide Prevention Month kickoff at the Pentagon. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert R. Ruark, military deputy to the acting Secretary of Defense for…

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Local

Luke’s F-16 Fighting Falcon, Thunderbolts in action

Posted September 9, 2016 by

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley Airman 1st Class Codey Yurkewicz, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, runs the pilot of an F-16 Fighting Falcon through preflight checks at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 1, 2016. As a crew chief, Yurkewicz has the responsibility to look over the aircraft and ensure…

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Nomination window open for 2017 Spirit of Hope Award

Posted September 9, 2016 by Kat Bailey

Nominations for the 2017 Spirit of Hope Award will be accepted by the Air Force Personnel Center through Feb. 20. The award, named for comedian and actor Bob Hope, recognizes a military member, former military member, civilian or organization that epitomizes his values of duty, honor, courage, loyalty, commitment, integrity and selfless dedication. Organizations and…

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Career Intermission Program provides hiatus from AF active duty

Posted September 9, 2016 by Kat Bailey

A year ago, Capt. Katie Evans, a personnel officer, had two choices: leave active duty to pursue full-time parenthood and hope to return some day, or apply for the new Career Intermission Program which would allow her to leave the service for a few years with a guaranteed return to active duty. CIP provides active…

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Air Force

Updated EPME reenlistment, promotion eligibility policy takes effect in January

Posted September 9, 2016 by Kat Bailey

The Air Force’s updated reenlistment and promotion eligibility policy, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires Airmen to complete their enlisted professional military education distance learning course within 12 months of the date they are notified by Air Force Personnel Center or automatically be rendered ineligible to reenlist, extend or promote until the requirement…

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