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Lightning II to touch down at air shows around the world

Posted March 10, 2016 by Photos by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller

F-35 Heritage Flight Team 2016 Air Show schedule April 2 and 3 at Luke Air Force Base April 22 and 24 at Langley AFB, Virginia May 7 and 8 at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida May 28 and 29 at Jones Beach, New York June 18 and 19 at Ocean City, Maryland June 25 and 26 at…

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Welsh releases 2016 reading list

Posted May 21, 2016 by SSgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

The Air Force chief of staff published his 2016 professional reading list May 13. “This year’s reading list addresses every Airman on our total force team,” said Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. “The profession of arms, Air Force heritage, and developing Airmen are topics that apply to all of us.” This year’s list contains books,…

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Exchange extends refund policy; makes for happy returns

Posted November 6, 2015 by Courtesy of AAFES

To give military shoppers peace of mind this holiday season, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is extending its return policy for items purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24. The Exchange’s standard policy allows returns anywhere from 15 to 90 days of purchase with a sales receipt. The holiday return/exchange policy extends these…

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Legal eagles sort facts from fiction

Posted January 21, 2016 by Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams Airman 1st Class Michael Brooks, 56th Fighter Wing Judge Advocate civil law paralegal, researches in the Uniform Code of Military Justice handbook Jan. 5 at the Luke Air Force Base legal office. The Legal Office provides confidential advice to all service members, retirees and activated Reserve and Guard members…

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Staff Sgt. Staci Miller
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F-35 takes its place in history

Posted April 1, 2016 by adriennek

Mission  The F-35 is the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter. It will replace the Air Force’s aging fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt II’s, which have been the primary fighter aircraft for more than 20 years, and bring with it an enhanced capability to survive in the advanced threat environment in which…

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Nominations for first Air Force enlisted RPA pilots being accepted

Posted July 9, 2016 by Kat Bailey

The Air Force is accepting nominations to fill its first class of enlisted remotely piloted aircraft pilots as part of a deliberate approach to enhance the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission. The first enlisted RPA pilot selection board will convene at the Air Force Personnel Center, Jan. 23-26, 2017, with application packages due to AFPC…

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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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JAMES HENSLEY
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Fabrication flight handles intricate things

Posted February 11, 2016 by Story and photos by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Fabrication Flight handles precise structural repair and inspection for aircraft and support equipment. “For all the F-16s and F-35s at Luke, we provide the back shop fabrication, inspection and repair for both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on and off the flightline,” said Senior Master Sgt. Brian Leonard, 56th EMS low…

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Quarterly load Competition

Posted April 21, 2016 by Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Airman 1st Class Nadiya Frick, 309th AMU weapons load crew member, secures a weapon during the competition. Senior Airman Kory Hickok, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, inspects an AIM 9 L/M munition. Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman David Davidson, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, places the…

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First refuel for RAAF KC-30A to F-35

Posted October 9, 2015 by Courtesy of www.airforce.gov

The Royal Australian Air Force completed the first fuel transfer with the air refueling boom from a RAAF KC-30A multi-role tanker transport to a U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter at Edwards Air Force Base in California. A total of 59 contacts were conducted of which five contacts transferred 43,200 pounds of…

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