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Cadet IPs teach AF Academy sophomores to soar in Arizona

Posted April 7, 2016 by by Tech. Sgt. JASMINE REIF

Blizzard-like conditions may have struck the U.S. Air Force Academy earlier this month, but in Arizona the weather was perfect for cadet instructor pilots who taught academy sophomores the art of soaring in Coolidge, Arizona.  During their two-week trip to Arizona, 15 cadets and four officers from the 94th Flying Training Squadron’s Academy Soaring Program…

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T-bolts see ‘big picture’ in immersion program

Posted October 2, 2015 by by Airman PEDRO MOTA

Want to learn more about the missions of other squadrons at Luke? Every quarter the 56th Fighter Wing hosts an immersion program to provide enlisted Airmen in the ranks airman basic to technical sergeant with a glimpse into the inner workings of the four groups on base and 56th FW agencies as well. “Members who…

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All Air Force occupations open to women

Posted December 10, 2015 by

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced all occupations in the U.S. military will be open to men and women alike during a press conference Dec. 3. The announcement came after a thorough review of findings from the last three years of studies, and the subsequent recommendation of service secretaries and the chairman of the…

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Lightning IIs fly night mission — All part of the training —

Posted February 25, 2016 by Photos by Airman 1st Class Shan Ridge

61st FS ground crew and pilot prepare an F-35 Lightning II for launch. The 61st FS trains an international contingent of F-35 pilots in a rigorous and thorough curriculum which includes nighttime flying. The bright afterburner exhaust from the F-35 illuminates the tail section of the jet in the dark. The F-35’s afterburner can rapidly…

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This Month in Air Force History

Posted May 5, 2016 by Courtesy of airforcehistory.af.mil

May 1, 2001 The Space Shuttle Endeavour landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, after a mission to the International Space Station to deliver a robotic arm, a multipurpose logistics module and an UHF antenna. May 2, 1977 First Lt. Christine Schott became the first woman undergraduate pilot student to solo in the T-38 Talon….

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Luke hosts Forging Sabre biennial exercise

Posted October 22, 2015 by Courtesy of 56th fighter Wing Public Affairs

Luke Air Force Base will host Forging Sabre, a biennial exercise involving the members of the Republic of Singapore armed forces Nov. 30 through Dec. 14. The Forging Sabre exercise will include both night and weekend flying operations for the duration of the exercise at Luke AFB and the Barry M. Goldwater Range complex. The…

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This week in history – January 15, 2016

Posted January 14, 2016 by

Jan. 15, 1940: Groups activate at Luke Seventy-five years ago today two of the current groups in the 56th Fighter Wing activated for the first time. Today they are the 56th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base and the 54th Fighter Group at Holloman AFB, New Mexico. The next day, another group activated for…

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The mail must go through …

Posted March 24, 2016 by Senior Airman James Hensley

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Moriah Farnam, 56th Communications Squadron official mail clerk, meters postage onto a piece of mail March 11 at Luke Air Force Base. Mail clerks deliver to correspondents across the wing to keep the mission going.

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Welsh: Joint force in excellent shape, but needs resources, prioritization

Posted June 17, 2016 by Jim Garamone

The joint force is in excellent shape, but leaders must pay attention to it, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the Defense Writers Group in Washington, D.C., June 15. Welsh, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to the group as one of his last public acts in…

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PEOPLE FIRST November 20, 2015

Posted November 19, 2015 by adriennek

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. Art therapy…

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