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This Week in History

Posted August 23, 2013 by

  56th Fighter Group’s first ace On Aug. 19, 1943, Capt. Gerald Johnson, 61st Fighter Squadron, was the first 56th Fighter Group pilot to claim and be credited with five kills, thus becoming its first ace. Much later, it was determined that one of his Aug. 17 kills was also claimed by 1st Lt. Frank…

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Capt. Pete Fernandez: Hispanic-American Ace

Posted September 27, 2013 by 1st Lt. Liliana Urrego

Son of the chief radio operator for Pan American World Airways, Capt. Manuel “Pete” Fernandez grew up immersed in aviation and earned his private pilot’s license at 15.

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Pilot realizes childhood dream, still serves

Posted November 8, 2013 by Airman 1st Class DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Courtesy photo Retired Lt. Col. James “Rusty” Mitchell poses with his A-10 Thunderbolt II in 1979 at the Royal Air Force Bentwaters, England. Mitchell’s military flying career took him around the world to places like South Korea, Colorado, and more, flying the A-10, then the F-16 Fighting Falcon. As a child he always dreamed of…

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AF officials announce FY14 civilian workforce shaping

Posted December 20, 2013 by af.mil

WASHINGTON — The Air Force will reduce the size of its civilian workforce by about 900 positions in addition to maintaining approximately 7,000 vacancies across the force to meet the demands of a constrained fiscal 2014 budget, officials announced. Specific reductions by location have not been determined. The Air Force will implement civilian workforce shaping…

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Lightning Leadership: developing Airmen to lead

Posted February 14, 2014 by Staff Sgt. DARLENE SELTMANN

Staff Sgt.DARLENE SELTMANN Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, leads a discussion during Lightning Leadership Feb. 7 at the Navy Operational Support Center at Luke Air Force Base. Lightning Leadership is a course designed to enhance and develop leaders through guided discussions. Airmen from across base gathered to learn about leadership…

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People First – March 21, 2014

Posted March 21, 2014 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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Writing skills key to good EPRs

Posted May 2, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Are you capturing what your Airmen are really doing for the Air Force when giving feedback and writing performance reports? Communicating well what Airmen do for the Air Force is the goal of military strategic writing. “Good communication has always been vital to the efficiency of our military mission,” said Master Sgt. Dustin Withrow, 56th…

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June 1999: End of Operation ALLIED FORCE

Posted June 20, 2014 by

This week, 15 years ago, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 78-day Operation ALLIED FORCE ended. NATO officially ended its air war against Serbia after Serbian military forces pulled out of Kosovo territory. NATO began the operation in response to Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic’s ethnic cleansing campaign against Kosovar Albanians. The operation signified one step in…

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Air Force News June 1, 2012

Posted June 1, 2012 by anradmin

Maryland The Navy and Air Force stand to save more than $2 billion after jointly developing an engine modification that will keep critically important aircraft flying for years. The two services and industry worked together to develop and field a modification to CFM International’s CFM56-2 (F108) engine, allowing them to restore exhaust gas temperature margins,…

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New LRS commander

Posted July 20, 2012 by anradmin

Col. Philippe Darcy, then 56th Mission Support Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Erin Cluff July 6 as she assumes...

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