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Sky Harbor Copperheads provide for F-16’s global reach, allow more training

Posted June 13, 2014 by af.mil

As a multipurpose fighter, the F-16 Fighting Falcon is a vital piece of air power for the United States and its allied nations, with its mere presence deterring enemy action, and capable of unleashing fury in and from the skies when needed.

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Pilots take plunge for survival

Posted June 6, 2014 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Maj. Brendan Shannon, 309th Fighter Squadron director of operations, follows a parachute seam May 28 at Luke Air Force Base during annual Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training. If a parachute lands on top of the pilot during a water landing, following the parachute seam will guide the pilot from beneath the…

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Spikes, Ducks get ‘Lightning’ thought

Posted June 6, 2014 by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Staff Sgt. Tomekia Lamb, 62nd Fighter Squadron aviation resource management, checks pilot flight and training records May 28 at Luke Air Force Base. The 62nd FS will become the second F-35 training squadron at Luke. The Wild Ducks relinquished command, the Spikes are to become Wild Ducks, then the Spikes are coming…

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MDSS Airman expresses self through spoken-word poetry

Posted June 6, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airman 1st Class Christopher Malone, 56th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory apprentice, swabs a patient’s arm with alcohol as he prepares to draw her blood May 7 at the 56th Medical Group laboratory. Malone writes and performs spoken-word poetry, a modern form of poetry that is spoken using theatrical expression. “Roses…

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Repeal of DADT – what it means to me

Posted June 6, 2014 by Staff Sgt. CHRISTOPHER ODOM

June is LGBT History Month and is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. I’ve been in the Air Force for five years and have been openly gay in the military since the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in 2011. I came in the military without the thought of this…

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Seminar provides information on U.S. citizenship

Posted June 6, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

Senior Airman Jason Colbert Airman Frank Mannington, 56th Contracting Squadron contracting specialist, feared leaving his home at night when he lived in Harare, Zimbabwe, prior to his family moving to America in 2002. To be born an American citizen and the many privileges offered in this country can easily be taken for granted. If a…

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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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People First – June 6, 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. AETC chaplains…

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Airman serves God, country through music

Posted May 30, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airman 1st Class Austin Shrewsbury, 56th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory apprentice, examines blood samples at the 56th Medical Group May 1. Shrewsbury plays bass guitar, guitar and piano at the Sunday contemporary gospel service at the Luke Air Force Base chapel and leads worship services in his off time. Although…

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607th Air Control Squadron trains eyes in sky

Posted May 30, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airmen 1st Class Alyssa Boone and Staff Sgt. Troy Wagner, 607th Air Control Squadron cyber transport system technicians, reconfigure a tactical air operations module on the equipment pad on Luke Air Force Base. Tactical air operations modules provide command and control battle management specialist the equipment to plan, direct, and control…

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