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Nominees sought for AFA civilian award

Posted November 27, 2013 by

Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 2014 Air Force Association Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employees of the Year Award. Each year, the AFA recognizes Air Force civilian employees for outstanding achievement in four categories:   • Civilian Wage Employee (all Federal Wage System employees) • Civilian Program Specialist (GS-1 through GS-11 or equivalent…

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Northrop’s BACN completes 5,000 combat missions

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The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force, has completed 5,000 combat missions connecting war fighters in the air and on the ground. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, video, imagery and other battlespace information from numerous sources. Using a suite of computers…

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425th reaches flying hour milestone

Posted November 22, 2013 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Members of the 425th Fighter Squadron pose for a group photo Nov. 13 on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base. The 425th FS celebrated reaching a milestone of 50,000 flying hours. The 425th Fighter Squadron celebrated reaching a milestone of 50,000 flying hours at Luke Air Force Base Nov. 13….

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Putting up walls …

Posted November 22, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

Workers raise an exterior wall of new construction Nov. 14 that will support the F-35 mission at Luke Air Force Base. The training site for the new F-35 Lightning II is scheduled to be completed by June 2014. The $54 million academic training center will be used to train both pilots and maintainers and will…

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Air Force News – November 22, 2013

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CMSAF launches worldwide CHIEFchat, answers questions Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody shared his perspective on the past, present and future of the Air Force with Airmen, Air Force civilians and their families Nov. 12, during a worldwide CHIEFchat session at the headquarters of the Defense Media Activity. Reduction in force and…

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People First – November 22, 2013

Posted November 22, 2013 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. Women seminar…

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This Week in History

Posted November 22, 2013 by Rick Griset,

Courtesy photo Luke Air Force Base students use old-style furniture on a tile floor prior to changes implemented by Gen. Wilbur Creech to improve the workplace for Airmen. 1953: Creech joins Thunderbirds at Luke A Luke Air force Base captain joined the Thunderbird Aerial Demonstration Team at Luke more than 60 years ago this month….

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Arizona Cardinals visit Luke

Posted November 15, 2013 by Senior Airman David Owsianka

Capt. Michael Mickus, 62nd Fighter Squadron scheduling chief, speaks to Arizona Cardinals football players during a meet and greet Nov. 5 at the Luke Air Force Base Hangar 913. Cardinals players and cheerleaders visited Luke, received a mission brief and greeted more than 300 Airmen.

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Old fuel tank gets facelift

Posted November 15, 2013 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Ed Smith, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels terminal superintendent, stands above a fuel tank under renovation Oct. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. This JP-8 jet fuel tank is the largest at Luke and was built in the 1940s. The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight is renovating a fuel…

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Precise measurements mean mission success

Posted November 15, 2013 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Tim Henderson, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron precision maintenance equipment laboratory craftsman, looks through an alignment telescope Nov.1 in Bldg. 417 on Luke Air Force Base. Airmen in PMEL calibrate equipment such as torque wrenches, scales and aircraft reference fixtures. At Luke Air Force Base, precision is key to every mission…

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