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Birth of a flagship

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Courtesy photo An F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter taxis at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, facility just before its first flight March 31. This jet is one of several Lightning IIs destined for Luke Air Force Base in the near future after flight testing. Tail number 5056 is scheduled to be the 56th Fighter…

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a Viper

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Tech. Sgt. Timothy Boyer A group touring Luke Air Force Base watches as an F-16 Fighting Falcon launches. Both the tower and the mountains are further away than they appear.

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Use, lose leave over 60 days visible on April LES

Posted April 24, 2015 by Courtesy of 56th CPTS

In 2008, legislation was introduced to increase the number of leave days a member could carry forward at the end of the fiscal year from 60 to 75 days. Every year since, legislation has been introduced to extend the 75-day leave carryover through Sept. 30. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel and…

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Air Force News – April 24, 2015

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Idaho Airmen from the 366th Fighter Wing and the 266th Range Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base teamed with Sailors, Marines and Army National Guardsmen for combat training scenarios to simulate deployed situations during Gunfighter Flag 15-2. Honduras Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody visited Soto Cano Air Base April 13…

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People First – April 24, 2015

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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, click on the link in the title. Testing phase begins for women in combat The…

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This week in history

Posted April 24, 2015 by Rick Griset,

Courtesy photo Lockheed F-80c Shooting Star April 25, 1950: 56th FW begins conversion from F-80 to F-86 Sixty-five years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Wing began converting from the Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star to the North American F-86 Sabre. From Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan, the wing flew air defense missions, which helped defend…

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F-35 program ‘on right track,’ director says

Posted April 24, 2015 by af.mil

WASHINGTON — Despite numerous setbacks, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is on track to meet aircraft delivery deadlines, the program’s executive officer told a House Armed Services Committee panel April 14. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan updated members of the committee’s tactical air and land forces subcommittee on the F-35 program as part…

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Airmen reach terminal velocity

Posted April 17, 2015 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Parachute Team for their accomplishments during service. Terminal velocity is…

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Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Posted April 17, 2015 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child recognizes the role children play in the Armed Forces community. Every day, military members are being deployed to…

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People First – April 17, 2015

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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, click on the link in the title. CSAF describes future Air Force In the…

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