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This week in history

Posted April 24, 2015 by Rick Griset,

Courtesy photo Lockheed F-80c Shooting Star April 25, 1950: 56th FW begins conversion from F-80 to F-86 Sixty-five years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Wing began converting from the Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star to the North American F-86 Sabre. From Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan, the wing flew air defense missions, which helped defend…

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F-35 program ‘on right track,’ director says

Posted April 24, 2015 by af.mil

WASHINGTON — Despite numerous setbacks, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is on track to meet aircraft delivery deadlines, the program’s executive officer told a House Armed Services Committee panel April 14. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan updated members of the committee’s tactical air and land forces subcommittee on the F-35 program as part…

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Airmen reach terminal velocity

Posted April 17, 2015 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Parachute Team for their accomplishments during service. Terminal velocity is…

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Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Posted April 17, 2015 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child recognizes the role children play in the Armed Forces community. Every day, military members are being deployed to…

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People First – April 17, 2015

Posted April 17, 2015 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, click on the link in the title. CSAF describes future Air Force In the…

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Air Force News – April 17, 2015

Posted April 16, 2015 by

Greenland Thule Air Base and the 12th Space Warning Squadron’s location offers a unique and strategic vantage point in the execution of its missile warning and defense, and space surveillance missions in support of U.S. Strategic Command. The 12th SWS operates the Upgraded Early Warning Radar 24/7. Afghanistan After months of planning and construction, the…

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AIM: New resource for Airmen

Posted April 10, 2015 by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Courtesy Photo Luke Airmen mingle during an Airmen in Mentoring session March 25 at Luke Air Force Base. AIM is a new program just getting started on base to help support new Airmen by providing mentors who have volunteered to help Airmen with on and off-duty struggles. Being a new Airman has its challenges, but…

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Help comes in shape of uniform

Posted April 10, 2015 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs chief of community relations, and Tech. Sgt. Priscilla Noll, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron furnishing management office NCO in charge, provided first aid to an elderly woman who suffered a head injury during a head-on collision. Feb. 27 went as any other normal work…

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Pilots, combat systems officers may be eligible for retention incentives

Posted April 10, 2015 by Courtesy of af.mil

WASHINGTON — Eligible active-duty pilots and combat systems officers have until Sept. 30 to apply for fiscal year 2015 Aviator Retention Pay Program, Air Force officials said April 1. “The Air Force continues to expand previous ARP programs to decisively and deliberately shape and retain the rated force. External factors such as new congressional mandates…

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F-35 Lightning II costs drop, report shows

Posted April 10, 2015 by Courtesy of afnews.mil

WASHINGTON — A recent account of F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft program costs shows decreases, the Air Force’s F-35 program executive officer told reporters in a media roundtable March 24. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, citing this year’s selected acquisition report on the aircraft, called the roundtable to clarify cost and performance facts. He…

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