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Army Rangers exercise close-air support with F-35s

Posted March 10, 2016 by adriennek

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Florida — Although the Air Force separated from the Army in 1947, the two forces have a long history of working together to dominate the sky and ground in combat. This tradition continues today with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment’s recent visit to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, to…

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500th sortie

Posted March 10, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Maj. Nicholas Rallo, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 instructor pilot, shuts down the engines of his aircraft after completing the squadron’s 500th sortie in an F-35 March 2 at Luke Air Force Base. The 62nd FS is the second fighter squadron to host the F-35 at Luke. To date, the 56th…

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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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Chance to win Patriot Star™ diamond ring

Posted March 10, 2016 by Courtesy of AAFES

Diamonds are forever and for two lucky winners of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s latest sweepstakes, forever will come free this summer. Through June 30, shoppers can enter the Exchange Patriot Star™ Giveaway for a chance to win a 1 carat diamond solitaire ring from the Exchange’s new Patriot Star™ collection. The two…

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Jumping Jack flash, it’s a gas …

Posted March 3, 2016 by Senior Airman James Hensley

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Alex Allison, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels laboratory technician, performs a flash test at Luke Air Force Base. The test checks the quality of the sample of Jet A fuel which is used for aircraft at Luke.

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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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PEOPLE FIRST – February 26, 2016

Posted February 25, 2016 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, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. James focuses…

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Lightning IIs fly night mission — All part of the training —

Posted February 25, 2016 by Photos by Airman 1st Class Shan Ridge

61st FS ground crew and pilot prepare an F-35 Lightning II for launch. The 61st FS trains an international contingent of F-35 pilots in a rigorous and thorough curriculum which includes nighttime flying. The bright afterburner exhaust from the F-35 illuminates the tail section of the jet in the dark. The F-35’s afterburner can rapidly…

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Air Force Week in photos

Posted February 25, 2016 by Photos courtesy of af.mil

An Airman with the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron maneuvers to the objective Feb. 9 during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. The Airmen swapped roles as opposing forces and U.S….

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Exchange program rewards military students

Posted February 18, 2016 by Courtesy of AAFES

For military students, making multiple moves with their active-duty parents is just a part of life. In fact, military children typically move six to nine times by the time they’ve completed 12th grade, according to the Military Child Education Coalition. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service appreciates the sacrifices military students make and is…

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