Air Force

Crew chiefs struck by Lightning II

Posted October 9, 2015 by Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Lt. Col. David Lemery, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, speaks with the new dedicated crew chiefs during the recognition ceremony. According to Lemery, service as a dedicated crew chief is a unique opportunity that is met with pride, professionalism and enthusiasm by every individual who is selected for the privilege of crewing the world’s most…

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Arnold test teams prep F-35 for external weapons release

Posted December 10, 2015 by Courtesy of af.mil

Testing in the aerodynamic wind tunnels at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex helped prepare the Navy variant of the F-35 Lightning II for its first external weapons release, officials said. During a flight completed by the F-35 Integrated Task Force in September, four 500-pound Guided Bomb Unit-12 laser-guided inert bombs were successfully released from the…

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Reserve, active-duty work side-by-side

Posted October 22, 2015 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

People may hear about joint operations between the U.S. Air Force and foreign countries when it comes to training pilots and maintainers, but it’s rare to hear of Air Force reservists working hand-in-hand with active-duty Airmen. This is part of the total force integration at Luke to improve training and upkeep on aircraft by including…

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Luke F-35 competes first time in load crew competition

Posted January 14, 2016 by Courtesy of 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Luke F-35 competes first time in load crew competition A Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning II crew competed Dec. 18 for the first time in a load crew competition here against legacy F-16 Fighting Falcon crews. The 425th AMU scored the highest points and won the competition. Quarterly load crew competitions showcase the combat…

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Eglin crew chiefs advance with F-35

Posted November 25, 2015 by by SrA. Andrea Posey

As the Air Force continues to develop their newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, the 33rd Fighter Wing ensures the airmen tasked with taking care of it receive the training they need to advance with it. Crew chiefs who have worked alongside the F-35 since its production, have transformed into a new breed of…

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Mentors help Airmen get CCAF

Posted February 4, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland

Thunderbolts working toward earning their Community College of the Air Force degree now have another helpful resource: a wingman. The Luke Air Force Base education office offers a CCAF mentorship program. Thunderbolts who have received their CCAF can be trained how to offer assistance to those who want to pursue their CCAF. “We developed this…

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F-104C Starfighter

Posted October 9, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett

Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett Chazz Harris, civilian contractor, strips paint from the F-104C Starfighter static display at Luke Air Force Base. The F-104C served with the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1969 but continued to be flown by many NATO countries, including Germany, who trained pilots at Luke AFB. More than 2,200 F-104…

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Evolution of ‘Little Blue Book’ continues

Posted September 11, 2015 by Courtesy of af.mil

“As Airmen, we are charged with upholding a culture founded on professionalism, dignity and respect – that’s what our core values are about.” — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James The original 1997 “United States Air Force core values” handbook (aka the “Little Blue Book”) was published to introduce the Air Force core…

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From pharmacist to Airman

Posted October 29, 2015 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Some of the reasons people join the Air Force are the education benefits and job security. Many Airmen had jobs before joining. “I was a pharmacy technician back when it didn’t require formal education,” said Staff Sgt. Ashley Byers, 56th Force Support Squadron commander’s support staff NCO in charge. “When the requirement changed I knew…

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Green Dot to roll out across the Air Force

Posted January 14, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

WASHINGTON — Airmen will take the first step of a five-year strategy to decrease interpersonal violence across the service in January when 1,500 Airman implementers attend one of 22 Green Dot prep sessions worldwide. The Air Force contracted the nonprofit Green Dot organization to provide these violence prevention tools to the total Air Force over…

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