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This week in history

Posted July 11, 2014 by

Courtesy photo Capt. Fred Christensen July 7, 1944: Six in one day Seventy years ago this week, Capt. Fred Christensen, 62nd Fighter Squadron, was the first American fighter pilot to shoot down six Luftwaffe aircraft in one day. In fact, it took him under two minutes. Christensen was already a triple ace with 15.5 kills…

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Luke Airman ‘escapes’ from Alcatraz

Posted June 27, 2014 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Capt. Sarah Cossette Maj. Peter Cossette, 56th Fighter Wing executive officer, celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim June 7 in San Francisco. The event is limited to 800 participants and features a mile-and-a-half swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park on the San Francisco shore. Alcatraz is one of…

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Armed Forces Voter Week: Encouraging Airmen to vote

Posted June 27, 2014 by 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The Federal Voting Assistance Program encourages military personnel, their eligible family members and overseas citizens to submit a new federal post card application every January to ensure they can participate in upcoming federal elections. The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act states that any service member, eligible family member or overseas citizen may be…

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Ammo builds warheads for mission

Posted June 27, 2014 by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA

Pedro Mota Senior Airman Valerie Pessefal, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line crew member, tows a missile trailer at Luke Air Force Base. The missiles are being towed from the precision guided munitions section to the flightline. Speak softly and carry a big stick … or a rocket launcher. Luke Airmen expended 11,491 bombs, 611,156…

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People First – June 27, 2014

Posted June 27, 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. Women’s meeting…

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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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A grand exit …

Posted June 20, 2014 by Senior Airman Jason Colbert

Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, flew his final flight at Luke Air Force Base Wednesday in an F-16 Fighting Falcon. He relinquishes command today to Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus. Rothstein has been selected for an assignment commanding U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

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June 1999: End of Operation ALLIED FORCE

Posted June 20, 2014 by

This week, 15 years ago, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 78-day Operation ALLIED FORCE ended. NATO officially ended its air war against Serbia after Serbian military forces pulled out of Kosovo territory. NATO began the operation in response to Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic’s ethnic cleansing campaign against Kosovar Albanians. The operation signified one step in…

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Air Force News – June 20, 2014

Posted June 20, 2014 by

Jordan For the past two weeks, Airmen from around the world converged in Jordan to provide airpower to sister services and partner nations throughout Exercise Eager Lion 2014. The scenarios that played out over the skies of Jordan included various air-to-air and air-to-ground missions that were possible because of the efforts of all the Airmen…

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People First – June 20, 2014

Posted June 20, 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.  DOD, AF leaders look to F-35 maintainers for help The Pentagon will continue to seek aircraft maintainer suggestions…

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