Air Force

Lightning II to touch down at air shows world wide

Posted April 1, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

Aviation and F-35A fanatics have something special to look forward to this 2016 air show season. The Lightning II qualified March 6 at the Heritage Flight Conference at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, to take part in the Air Combat Command Air Force Heritage Flight program. The program features modern U.S. Air Force fighter…

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The mail must go through …

Posted March 24, 2016 by Senior Airman James Hensley

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Moriah Farnam, 56th Communications Squadron official mail clerk, meters postage onto a piece of mail March 11 at Luke Air Force Base. Mail clerks deliver to correspondents across the wing to keep the mission going.

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Outerwear …

Posted March 24, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Grace Lee

Staff Sgt. Grace Lee Senior Airman Anna Sherman, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron individual protective equipment journeyman, practices fitting an Improved Outer Tactical Vest on Senior Airman Georgette Moore, 56th LRS IPE journeyman, at Luke Air Force Base. IPE Airmen issue mobility oriented protection gear, outer tactical vests, helmets and more.

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Robinson tapped to be first female combatant commander

Posted March 24, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter has named a new commander for U.S. Northern Command to be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed, the new Northern Command chief will be the first woman to lead a U.S. combatant command. Carter made the announcement to pick Gen. Lori Robinson during a media interview March 18. President…

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Luke F-35s drop first weapons

Posted March 24, 2016 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

The F-35A Lightning II program took another step toward initial operational capability March 15 when two aircraft assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron successfully employed four laser-guided bombs on the Barry M. Goldwater Range. This marked the first weapons release by F-35s assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base. “Today we…

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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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It’s a gas …

Posted March 17, 2016 by Capt. Hope Cronin

Capt. Hope Cronin An Eglin Air Force Base F-35 Lightning II receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to MacDill AFB approximately 100 miles off the Gulf Coast March 2 following the 58th Fighter Squadron’s first successful munition employment at a nearby range. Airmen from the 33rd Fighter Wing were able to complete modifications to…

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CONS exercise offers deployment insights

Posted March 17, 2016 by Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams Simulated opposing forces, played by the 56th Security Forces Squadron, fire simulation rounds at 56th Contracting Squadron Airmen during a 56th CONS Operation Walrus: Wartime acquisitions logistics and random unorthodox scenarios exercise March 2 at Luke Air Force Base. CONS Airmen responded to an ambush when they were conducting…

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Army Rangers exercise close-air support with F-35s

Posted March 10, 2016 by adriennek

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Florida — Although the Air Force separated from the Army in 1947, the two forces have a long history of working together to dominate the sky and ground in combat. This tradition continues today with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment’s recent visit to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, to…

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500th sortie

Posted March 10, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Maj. Nicholas Rallo, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 instructor pilot, shuts down the engines of his aircraft after completing the squadron’s 500th sortie in an F-35 March 2 at Luke Air Force Base. The 62nd FS is the second fighter squadron to host the F-35 at Luke. To date, the 56th…

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