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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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Delight valentine with flowers from Exchange Service

Posted February 4, 2016 by Courtesy of Army Air Force Exchange Service

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day on Luke Air Force Base, where shoppers can pick up fresh flowers, including roses, beginning Feb. 11 at the Luke Exchange. A wide variety of arrangements will be available, ranging from single roses to dozen-rose bouquets. “The Exchange loves to make any gift-giving occasion simple and easy…

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Cadet IPs teach AF Academy sophomores to soar in Arizona

Posted April 7, 2016 by by Tech. Sgt. JASMINE REIF

Blizzard-like conditions may have struck the U.S. Air Force Academy earlier this month, but in Arizona the weather was perfect for cadet instructor pilots who taught academy sophomores the art of soaring in Coolidge, Arizona.  During their two-week trip to Arizona, 15 cadets and four officers from the 94th Flying Training Squadron’s Academy Soaring Program…

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Pokémon Go — not all fun, games

Posted August 4, 2016 by Courtesy of 96th Test Wing Judge Advocate office

Watch out! Everyone’s favorite game from the ‘90s is back, this time in the form of a mobile phone application. That’s right, with Nintendo’s release of its new Pokémon Go mobile game, people across America are catching Pokémon fever again. Wondering how the game works? Well, Pokémon Go uses a mobile phone’s GPS to spot…

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Around the Air Force: Nov. 1

Posted November 2, 2016 by

On this look around the Air Force a reduction in ancillary training is announced, cyberattacks are the leading strategic threat and a preview of the latest episode of BLUE features Air Force tankers.

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AF announces NAS JRB Fort Worth as the preferred location for next F-35A base

Posted January 13, 2017 by

Air Force officials announced Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, as the preferred location for the first Air Force Reserve-led F-35 base, which is expected to begin receiving its first F-35As in the mid-2020s. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.; Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla.; and Whiteman AFB, Mo., will be considered as…

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T-bolts see ‘big picture’ in immersion program

Posted October 2, 2015 by by Airman PEDRO MOTA

Want to learn more about the missions of other squadrons at Luke? Every quarter the 56th Fighter Wing hosts an immersion program to provide enlisted Airmen in the ranks airman basic to technical sergeant with a glimpse into the inner workings of the four groups on base and 56th FW agencies as well. “Members who…

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All Air Force occupations open to women

Posted December 10, 2015 by

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced all occupations in the U.S. military will be open to men and women alike during a press conference Dec. 3. The announcement came after a thorough review of findings from the last three years of studies, and the subsequent recommendation of service secretaries and the chairman of the…

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Lightning IIs fly night mission — All part of the training —

Posted February 25, 2016 by Photos by Airman 1st Class Shan Ridge

61st FS ground crew and pilot prepare an F-35 Lightning II for launch. The 61st FS trains an international contingent of F-35 pilots in a rigorous and thorough curriculum which includes nighttime flying. The bright afterburner exhaust from the F-35 illuminates the tail section of the jet in the dark. The F-35’s afterburner can rapidly…

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This Month in Air Force History

Posted May 5, 2016 by Courtesy of airforcehistory.af.mil

May 1, 2001 The Space Shuttle Endeavour landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, after a mission to the International Space Station to deliver a robotic arm, a multipurpose logistics module and an UHF antenna. May 2, 1977 First Lt. Christine Schott became the first woman undergraduate pilot student to solo in the T-38 Talon….

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