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People First – May 9, 2014

Posted May 9, 2014 by

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, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. SecAF talks…

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This Week in History

Posted June 27, 2014 by

1954: Operation WOUNDED WARRIOR Different than today’s Wounded Warrior Project, 60years ago this week, the U.S. Air Force began execution of Operation WOUNDED WARRIOR. The French were still trying to keep control of their Southeast Asian colony Vietnam. The Vietnamese independence fighters were a mix of nationalists and communists collectively known as the Viet Minh….

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Lt. Gen. rolls out F-35 program priorities during all call

Posted August 15, 2014 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Lt. Gen Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer held an all-call Aug. 5 on Luke Air Force Base. The general spoke to Thunderbolts about the F-35 program and priorities. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer, visited Luke Air Force Base and held an all-call to brief…

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425th FS participates in Maple Flag

Posted June 1, 2012 by by Senior Airman Melanie Holochwost

Thunderbolts from the 425th Fighter Squadron are scheduled to depart for Canada June 9 to join the anticipated 4,500 military personnel attending Maple Flag 45 at Cold Lake Air Base, Alberta. “We regularly participate in Maple Flag and other similar exercises in keeping with our squadron’s mission of providing high-end training for our aircrew,” said…

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TRS gets new leader

Posted July 20, 2012 by Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Matthew Liljenstolpe July 13 as he assumes command of the 56th Training Squadron during a change-of-command ceremony at...

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Air Force News – September 14, 2012

Posted September 14, 2012 by

F-35A reaches ‘huge milestone’ in program development Air Force officials began their F-35A Lightning II Operational Utility Evaluation Monday, an instrumental step in beginning Joint Strike Fighter pilot and maintenance training for the service. Two 33rd Fighter Wing pilots at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., along with two Air Force test pilots, will conduct the…

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Pilots, maintainers come together

Posted December 14, 2012 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

Training the world’s greatest F-16 pilots is no small feat. That’s why it is up to the Airmen who oversee the maintenance and those who operate the F-16s to come together and communicate with one another to keep the mission at Luke Air Force Base going strong. To accomplish this, a team of two Airmen…

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Black and White Ball

Posted February 22, 2013 by

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Lt. Col. Zachary Warakomski, 56th Communications Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Timothy Farr, 56th Force Support Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Gregory Coleman, 56th Medical Support Squadron commander, chat during cocktail hour of the Black and White Ball Saturday at Luke Air Force Base. The ball, themed “At the crossroads of freedom…

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Don’t get caught in a ‘bind’

Posted April 19, 2013 by 56th CONS

There are only a few individuals on base who have been authorized to bind the government in a contract with an outside entity. Those members are also bound to the extent of their appointment limitations. A commitment made to obligate the government by any employee other than a contracting officer or purchase cardholder is an…

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Cost Conscious Culture C3

Posted June 14, 2013 by 1st Lt. ALLEN DISMUKE Jr.

Money doesn’t grow on trees! This is an age-old adage that everyone has probably heard from their parents at least once in their lifetime. This axiom still holds true today as the Defense Department is under sequestration and the U.S. Air Force experiences a cash flow issue during fiscal 2013. Specifically, Air Education and Training…

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