Air Force

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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Shoppers support service members with gift cards

Posted December 10, 2015 by Courtesy of Army & Air Force Exchange Service

Luke Air Force Base Exchange shoppers can send a little holiday cheer to military service members this year by purchasing an Exchange gift card. Service members can use Exchange gift cards to purchase snacks, electronics, books, clothing or even jewelry at any Army, Air Force, Navy or Marine Corps exchange. “Purchasing an Exchange gift card…

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STACI MILLER
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Gone, never forgotten

Posted December 10, 2015 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

Military can be devastating to a child, but one program aims to show children they’re not alone and are still part of the military family. Thunderbolts from Luke Air Force Base participated as mentors in the Transition Assistance Program for Survivors camp Dec. 5 in Scottsdale. “TAPS provides an opportunity for grieving children to honor…

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Forging Sabre

Posted December 4, 2015 by Senior Airman James Hensley

Senior Airman James Hensley F-15 Eagles from the 428th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, arrived Nov. 19 at Luke Air Force Base. The Eagles came in support of the training exercise Forging Saber, an exercise involving the 428th FS, 425th FS and members of the Republic of Singapore armed forces. The exercise…

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Air Force Academy LEAD visits Luke

Posted December 4, 2015 by by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

An Air Force Academy representative came to Luke Air Force Base Nov. 17 to provide information about opportunities for young Airmen looking to commission in the Air Force. The Air Force has officers to lead the enlisted core, and through programs such as the Leaders Encouraging Airman Development, enlisted Airmen can commission to second lieutenant….

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Exchange offers ‘Frisco’ sweepstakes

Posted December 4, 2015 by Courtesy of Army Air Force Exchange Service

This holiday season, Exchange shoppers have the chance to win a gift they’ll never forget – an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco, California. Through Dec. 24, shoppers can enter to win airline tickets, two nights in a local hotel, a meal allowance and spending money for their trip as part of the…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS
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Lightning Leadership course open to all

Posted December 4, 2015 by Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

  Airmen from Luke Air Force Base gathered Nov. 19 to learn about leadership techniques in a professional development program here designed to promote leadership through a series of guided discussions. “Lighting Leadership Gold is about learning and growing together,” said Master Sgt. Ida Bushey, 56th Force Support Squadron career assistance advisor. “It’s designed to…

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EOD Airmen train for mission where mistakes are lethal

Posted December 4, 2015 by Courtesy of af.mil

EOD Airmen train for mission where mistakes are lethal HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — On a windy Utah morning, under a cold, grey sky, an Airman moves his knife blade slowly through loose dirt toward a stick of dynamite with nitroglycerine crystals sweating through the paper casing. The Airman isn’t sweating, but maybe he…

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F-35A enters Edwards’ BAF for first time

Posted November 25, 2015 by by Rebecca Amber

An F-35A Lightning II entered the Benefield Anechoic Facility at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for the first time Sept. 14. The aircraft is undergoing Electromagnetic Environmental Effects testing, called E3 or “Triple E” by the team. “What that means is we’re testing the different electronic components on the jet and making sure they don’t…

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Eglin crew chiefs advance with F-35

Posted November 25, 2015 by by SrA. Andrea Posey

As the Air Force continues to develop their newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, the 33rd Fighter Wing ensures the airmen tasked with taking care of it receive the training they need to advance with it. Crew chiefs who have worked alongside the F-35 since its production, have transformed into a new breed of…

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