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IMA goes from throwing dice to giving legal advice

Posted April 7, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

A casino worker huddled behind a craps table pondering a life of rolled snake eyes while a gunman aimed at gamblers on a Mississippi riverboat in January of 2001. It was 15 years ago when now Tech. Sgt. Wayne Freeland, 56th Fighter Wing paralegal, found himself listening in fear to gunfire and considering how his…

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Airpower key to ISIL fight; strikes to continue

Posted February 25, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — The head of Operation Inherent Resolve’s air campaign said Feb. 18 the “most precise air campaign in history” has severely hurt terrorist plans across Iraq and Syria, with more airstrikes to come. “There is no doubt coalition airpower has and continues to dramatically degrade Daesh’s ability to fight and…

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ANDREA POSEY
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Eglin units save thousands with F-35 innovations

Posted June 30, 2016 by Story and photo by Senior Airman ANDREA POSEY

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Since the introduction of the F-35A Lightning II, Airmen at the 33rd Fighter Wing have saved the Air Force close to $84,000 and more than 720 hours of shipping delays by locally manufacturing parts and tools. Around 500 maintenance personnel are assigned to work with the F-35 at Eglin…

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Luke Airman survives three wars, plane crash

Posted November 19, 2015 by by Tech. Sgt. TIMOTHY BOYER

“I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy used to transport supplies, so I figured I might as well sink it. I…

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Norway’s first F-35 sortie, jets arrive on air force’s birthday

Posted November 12, 2015 by by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

The first two Norwegian F-35 Lightning II jets arrived Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. Shortly after, a Norwegian pilot flew the F-35 for the first time Tuesday, in conjunction with the Royal Norwegian air force’s birthday. The F-35 program took its first step forward integrating partner nations with the arrival of the first Australian…

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Making history … again

Posted January 21, 2016 by Photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan An F-35 Lightning II from the 61st Fighter Squadron takes off Jan. 11 on the 3,000th F-35 sortie performed at Luke Air Force Base. Luke currently has 34 F-35s, including two Norwegian and two Australian jets.

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Tips for holiday budgeting

Posted December 17, 2015 by by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

During the holidays most people spend time with loved ones and spread holiday cheer, but it can also be a time when some find themselves in a financial bind. “The holidays can be a stressful time for many, because most people want to give more than they have or can afford,” said Robert Griffin, Airman…

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KC-135 crew saves F-16 pilot from ejecting over enemy lines

Posted February 25, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kansas — A KC-135 Stratotanker crew from McConnell Air Force Base saved an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from ejecting over Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-held territory in 2015, which could have resulted in the Airman’s captivity or death. While deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the crew responded…

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A bonding moment …

Posted June 2, 2016 by Senior Airman Andrea Posey

Senior Airman Andrea Posey Senior Airman Tyler Quayle, 33rd Maintenance Squadron low observable maintenance journeyman, cleans the slot of an F-35A Lightning II panel before replacing a grommet April 28 at Eglin Air Force Base. The panel must be prepared with a cleaning agent to ensure adhesives can properly bond to the surface keeping parts…

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AF leaders testify on F-35 progress

Posted November 6, 2015 by Courtesy of af.mil

WASHINGTON — Leaders in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office and the Air Force F-35 Integration Office testified on the fifth-generation aircraft’s development before a House Armed Services subcommittee Oct. 21 on Capitol Hill. Fielding a number of questions from Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee representatives, Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the F-35 program…

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