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People First – January 31, 2014

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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, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. DOD releases…

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EFMP helps special needs military families

Posted March 7, 2014 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Life in the military can be stressful for active-duty personnel and their families. With change-of-duty stations and times of separation, this can be especially challenging for service members with dependents who have special needs. To make the move from one base to another smooth, the Exceptional Family Member Program is available to assist military families…

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Weather: Exercise component

Posted April 18, 2014 by Airman 1st Class James Hensley

First responders prepare to transport a simulated injured patient during an extreme weather exercise April 11 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise was designed to train and evaluate Luke Airmen on readiness and preparation for a hurricane-force winds scenario.

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Air Force News – June 6, 2014

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Florida The 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base etched another mark May 28 on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program by logging its 5,000th combined sortie. More than 15,000 sorties have been flown across all variants of the fifth generation multirole stealth fighter. Norway Airmen from the 426th Air Base Squadron…

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EOD called out for expertise

Posted July 25, 2014 by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA

Courtesy photo The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team recovers military ordnance July 4 from the rubble of a burnt down building at an auto repair facility in Phoenix. The Luke EOD team recovered numerous empty projectile package tubes, intact warheads and other items prior to bringing in heavy machinery to thoroughly clear…

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Deployments – other half of mission

Posted April 20, 2012 by by 2nd Lt. Tyner Apt

As we all know, the mission of the 56th Fighter Wing is to “Train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission-ready warfighters.” Throughout the day, we are frequently reminded of the first part of our mission — with maintainers constantly busy on the flightline, and jets continuously taking off; however, many…

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Air Force News – July 6, 2012

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Colorado More than 2,100 Airmen and their families who had to evacuate their homes at the U.S. Air Force Academy due to the Waldo Canyon fire were allowed to return as of 5 a.m. June 29.   Washington D.C. Air Force Academy Cadet Christopher Kirk recently saved the life of an individual after arriving on…

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Welsh ‘humbled’ to serve as Air Force chief of staff

Posted August 17, 2012 by Courtesy of af.mil

The Air Force chief of staff flag passed to the service’s 20th chief in a ceremony here Aug. 10. Gen. Mark Welsh III, a 36-year Airman, stepped into the position, taking over for Gen. Norton Schwartz, who also retired from the Air Force during the ceremony....

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F-35: Newest fighter much more than just ‘stealthy plane’

Posted October 19, 2012 by

The engines roared overhead as an F-35A fell into formation. Although this is a basic maneuver for the test pilots, the possibilities for combat environments created by these elite aircraft working together are anything but mundane.

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Loyalty critical to AF success

Posted February 1, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. CISCO JOHNSTONE

Chief Master Sgt. Cisco Johnstone As a long-suffering Dallas Cowboys fan, I like to think I can tell you a little bit about loyalty. They are certainly a team that polarizes football fans everywhere, but whether they do well or not, I stick to my team. There is some degree of stubbornness to this, but…

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