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Looking forward in 2016 … F-35 mission continues to evolve

Posted January 7, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

As the world’s premiere F-35 training base, Luke Air Force Base is constantly growing and improving to provide state-of-the-art training for F-35 Lightning ll pilots and maintainers. The F-35 is an aircraft with an international footprint unlike any other in history. Currently, Luke has two F-35 squadrons but will eventually be home to six squadrons,…

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SECAF checks in on F-35 mission

Posted March 17, 2016 by by Tech. Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited Luke Air Force Base March 9 and 10, to meet with Airmen and gain a better understanding of its mission with a focus on F-35 Lightning II operations, and its maintenance and training facilities. During her first visit to the base, James held an all-call where…

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Changes of command begin

Posted June 2, 2016 by

The following units will change command this year. Dates are subject to change. June 3 56th Fighter Wing command chief Relinquishing: Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza (Chief Master Sgt. Todd Kirsch acting CCC) Taking: Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski 56th Operations Support Squadron Relinquishing: Lt. Col. Jason Hokaj Taking: Lt. Col. Paul Jelinek June 24…

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Career Intermission Program provides hiatus from AF active duty

Posted September 9, 2016 by Kat Bailey

A year ago, Capt. Katie Evans, a personnel officer, had two choices: leave active duty to pursue full-time parenthood and hope to return some day, or apply for the new Career Intermission Program which would allow her to leave the service for a few years with a guaranteed return to active duty. CIP provides active…

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JSTARS Recap program takes next step with RFP release

Posted December 30, 2016 by Patty Welsh

The Air Force is well on its way to replacing a critical airborne battle management command and control weapon system with the Dec. 28, 2016, release of the development request for proposal, or RFP, for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or JSTARS Recapitalization program.

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Around the Air Force: Feb. 14

Posted February 15, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force, Airmen at Beale Air Force Base, California, assist evacuees displaced by Oroville Dam spillage and security forces advisors train Afghan airmen.

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Around the Air Force: April 14

Posted April 17, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force, Gen. Jay Raymond, the Air Force Space Command commander, unveils three major space initiatives and the U.S. Air Force will partner with the Royal Air Force and French air force for Atlantic Trident 2017.

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Around the Air Force: May 31

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On this look around the Air Force, the Air Force plans to increase command support staff and the vice chief of staff discusses the nuclear triad.

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Around the Air Force: Aug. 4

Posted August 7, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force, senior leaders release new priorities, F.E. Warren AFB Airmen launch a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and the Secretary of the Air Force discusses space funding at an Air Force Association dinner.

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Immersion takes Airmen out of comfort zone

Posted November 19, 2015 by Photos by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Staff Sgt. Thang Huynh, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Structural Maintenance journeyman, sets up metal plates for immersion group members to rivet. Photos by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Tech. Sgt. Michael Crumb, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Fuel Systems production supervisor, briefs Airmen in the immersion program on F-16 Fighting Falcon maintenance processes. The group…

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