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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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Air Force selects its best for Developmental Special Duties

Posted August 19, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

Developmental special duties shape the Air Force by building leaders and placing them in key positions to lead Airmen.

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Air Force promotions eliminates time-in-grade, time-in-service points

Posted November 18, 2016 by Kat Bailey

Time-in-grade and time-in-service points in active duty enlisted promotion consideration will be eliminated beginning with the 17E7 master sergeant promotion cycle, and all future promotion cycles, the Air Force recently announced. This is the final step in a gradual reduction of points for TIG/TIS that occurred one-third at a time over three years as part…

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Air Force buys next lot of Pegasus tankers

Posted January 30, 2017 by

The Air Force has awarded a $2.1 billion contract to Boeing for the third Low Rate Initial Production lot of KC-46A Pegasus tankers.

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AF seeks to increase modernization budget

Posted March 31, 2017 by

Air Force senior leaders testified about Air Force modernization before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., March 22, 2017.

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Air Force selects 1,303 officers for field grade promotions 

Posted May 24, 2017 by

The U.S. Air Force has selected 1,303 active-duty officers for promotion to colonel, lieutenant colonel and major during the 2017A Colonel Medical Service Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Line of the Air Force and Medical Service Corps, and Major Medical Service Corps central selection boards.  The boards selected 13 lieutenant colonels for promotion to colonel, 1,254 majors…

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AF offers high year of tenure extensions to retain experienced Airmen

Posted July 31, 2017 by Kat Bailey

The Air Force is offering high year of tenure extensions to active-duty Airmen in certain shortage Air Force specialty codes and grades effective Aug. 1, 2017. High year of tenure, or HYT, refers to the maximum number of years enlisted Airmen in each grade may remain on active duty. This voluntary extension opportunity focuses on…

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