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Cactus Squadron keeps close ties to base

Posted May 31, 2013 by Lt. Col. JON WHEELER

The 310th Fighter Squadron hosted 25 members of the famed Cactus Squadron for a commander’s call May 13 at Luke Air Force Base. Retired Lt. Gen. Peter Vogler, former chief of staff of the German air force and current Cactus Squadron commander, visited and toured Luke and dedicated the new Cactus Starfighter Conference Room in…

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Air Force News – May 17, 2013

Posted May 31, 2013 by

Commission on Air Force structure to meet The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force will hold its first public hearing June 4 in Washington, D.C. President Obama, the chairman and ranking members of both armed services committees recently appointed eight members to serve on the commission. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act…

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People First – May 31, 2013

Posted May 31, 2013 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. Hagel emphasizes…

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X-47B launch a pivotal moment in Naval aviation

Posted May 24, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman photograph An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the first aircraft carrier to successfully catapult launch an unmanned aircraft from its flight deck. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from…

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AETC furlough numbers announced

Posted May 24, 2013 by

Air Education and Training Command manpower officials announced furlough will affect 14,434 civilian employees throughout the command beginning July 8. May 14, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined a furlough implementation plan, stating civilians will take up to 11 days of unpaid leave before Sept. 30, down from the 22 days that were originally estimated in…

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C-130J worldwide fleet soars past a million flight hours

Posted May 24, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin delivered three C-130J Super Hercules to the Iraqi Air Force, two months ahead of schedule, the third of which departed the Marietta, Ga., Dec 12, 2012. The Iraqi Air Force will use the airlifters for intra-theater support for its troops and to provide humanitarian relief operations in various locations. The…

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Lightning Leadership

Posted May 17, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. David Staton

Nearly a year ago, I arrived at Luke Air Force Base to be your command chief. Since then, I’ve spent the majority of my time digging into the biggest challenges for the enlisted corps. Through hundreds of discussions with Airmen of all ranks, I keep hearing the same thing; we want guidance, we want discipline,…

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People First – May 17, 2013

Posted May 17, 2013 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. Air Force…

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MWDs, handlers train for deployment

Posted May 16, 2013 by Airman 1st Class DAVID OWSIANKA

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Senior Airman Justin Lopez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and his dog Oscar, 56th SFS MWD, perform a tactical obedience maneuver at the kennels Dec. 14 on Luke Air Force Base. Lopez and Oscar practice this maneuver as a form of providing cover for the dog during…

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BASH program keeps pilots, aircraft safe

Posted May 10, 2013 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

In 2003 a Luke Air Force Base pilot was making an approach toward Gila Bend when a turkey vulture was sucked into the aircraft engine. The pilot ejected and survived, but unfortunately, the aircraft was lost. Incidents like this one prompted the creation of a program to keep pilots safe and save the Air Force…

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