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This week in history

Posted March 13, 2015 by

P-38 transition training Courtesy photo A P-38 Lightning is parked on the Luke Field runway.   Seventy years ago today, March 13, 1945, Luke Field began conducting Lockheed P-38 transition training. The P-38 was known as the Lightning, while transition training taught rated pilots how to fly another aircraft. Eight years earlier, Lockheed’s chief engineer…

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Construction enterprise ongoing

Posted March 6, 2015 by Airman PEDRO MOTA

AirmanPEDRO MOTA Some of the base upgrades and new facilities have a direct connection to the arrival of the F-35 Lightening ll joint strike fighter and Luke’s transition to training F-35 pilots. X marks the spot of one of two 10,012-foot runways currently undergoing renovations. Two-hundred-and-twenty feet of asphalt are being scraped up, tossed in…

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Ducks conquer Ragnar Del Sol

Posted March 6, 2015 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Courtesy photo Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks cross the finish line Feb. 28 in Mesa. The more than 200-mile-long Ragnar race is held every year starting in Wickenburg and runs through the night until the race is completed. Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks participated in a more than 200-mile…

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944th reservist receives F-35 firefighter training

Posted March 6, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Members from local fire departments watch and listen Feb. 26 during a PowerPoint presentation at the Luke Air Force Base fire station conference room. Local fire departments gathered Feb. 26 to receive training on F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter crisis procedures in case of an emergency here and in the…

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Women’s History Month: Remembering the past, looking toward the future

Posted March 6, 2015 by

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — During the 1900s, answering phone calls, maintaining records and providing minor health care were some of few roles women who served in the military were permitted to fill. Jobs left open because men left for war, gave women the opportunity to step up and volunteer on the home front. A…

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AF leaders seek relief from sequestration-level funding

Posted March 6, 2015 by

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III discussed the damaging effects of sequestration with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations’ Defense Subcommittee Feb. 27.

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Air Force News – March 6, 2015

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Hawaii The 2014 Air Force safety awards were announced Feb. 25 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, naming Pacific Air Forces the recipient of the Secretary of the Air Force Safety Award, the highest safety award in the Air Force. Tucson Air Forces Southern joined forces with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Southern Command and…

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People First – March 6, 2015

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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 each header. Chief tackles TA rumors, slowing pay growth,…

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Airman magazine …

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  The March 2015 issue of Airman is now available for download on your tablet by clicking: Apple or Android. In this issue of Airman, our cover story tells the story of Master Sgt. Randy Rollins and his journey as a child who tinkers on Volkswagen Beetles with his uncle, to an Airman who tinkers…

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Handheld imaging tool expands aircraft inspection capability

Posted March 6, 2015 by af.mil

When pilots climb into the cockpit they expect their aircraft to perform as expected, regardless if take off is from a home or deployed location; but ensuring that the aircraft is healthy enough to fly has become a challenge for the Air Force.

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