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Mentors help Airmen get CCAF

Posted February 4, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland

Thunderbolts working toward earning their Community College of the Air Force degree now have another helpful resource: a wingman. The Luke Air Force Base education office offers a CCAF mentorship program. Thunderbolts who have received their CCAF can be trained how to offer assistance to those who want to pursue their CCAF. “We developed this…

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Cody talks WAPS changes, role of education, more

Posted April 21, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody discussed the implementation of the Weighted Airman Promotion System changes during his most recent CHIEFchat at Defense Media Activity on Fort George G. Meade. During his chat, he discussed the role of education in promotion, the continued relevance of testing at all enlisted levels, and the…

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F-104C Starfighter

Posted October 9, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett

Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett Chazz Harris, civilian contractor, strips paint from the F-104C Starfighter static display at Luke Air Force Base. The F-104C served with the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1969 but continued to be flown by many NATO countries, including Germany, who trained pilots at Luke AFB. More than 2,200 F-104…

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Evolution of ‘Little Blue Book’ continues

Posted September 11, 2015 by Courtesy of af.mil

“As Airmen, we are charged with upholding a culture founded on professionalism, dignity and respect – that’s what our core values are about.” — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James The original 1997 “United States Air Force core values” handbook (aka the “Little Blue Book”) was published to introduce the Air Force core…

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Hill’s F-35s drop first weapons

Posted March 3, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Airmen from the 388th and 419th fighter wings dropped laser-guided bombs at the Utah Test and Training Range the week of Feb. 25, marking the first time an F-35 Lightning II combat unit has deployed weapons from the F-35A. Lt. Col. George Watkins, the 34th Fighter Squadron commander, said…

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Goldfein to be the 21st chief of staff of AF

Posted May 5, 2016 by

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced April 26 that the president has nominated Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein to be the 21st chief of staff of the Air Force, succeeding Gen. Mark Welsh III, who has served in the position since 2012. “I’m extremely humbled by the nomination to serve…

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From pharmacist to Airman

Posted October 29, 2015 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Some of the reasons people join the Air Force are the education benefits and job security. Many Airmen had jobs before joining. “I was a pharmacy technician back when it didn’t require formal education,” said Staff Sgt. Ashley Byers, 56th Force Support Squadron commander’s support staff NCO in charge. “When the requirement changed I knew…

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Green Dot to roll out across the Air Force

Posted January 14, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

WASHINGTON — Airmen will take the first step of a five-year strategy to decrease interpersonal violence across the service in January when 1,500 Airman implementers attend one of 22 Green Dot prep sessions worldwide. The Air Force contracted the nonprofit Green Dot organization to provide these violence prevention tools to the total Air Force over…

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Luke F-35s drop first weapons

Posted March 24, 2016 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

The F-35A Lightning II program took another step toward initial operational capability March 15 when two aircraft assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron successfully employed four laser-guided bombs on the Barry M. Goldwater Range. This marked the first weapons release by F-35s assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base. “Today we…

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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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