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‘Gunfighter’ vet shares AF past

Posted November 6, 2015 by by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

  Three enemy MiGs swooped low beneath him, screaming out to intercept the U.S. Navy A-4 fighter-bombers who were unloading their payload of explosives on Kep Air Field in North Vietnam. Flying in F-8 Crusaders as fighter protection for the A-4s, he was tasked to defend them at all cost. He quickly radioed his wingman,…

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Retirees seeking foreign government employment need pre-approval

Posted November 18, 2016 by Tammy Cournoyer

Military retirees seeking any civil employment with a foreign government agency — or any instrumentality of a foreign government agency — must apply for permission in advance or risk losing their military retirement pay. For retired Airmen, the Secretary of the Air Force and Secretary of State serve as approval authorities for requests, though the…

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Luke holds POW/MIA ceremony

Posted September 20, 2016 by

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller The 56th Fighter Wing command team, Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard and Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, stand watch during a 24-hour POW/MIA vigil at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 15, 2016. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is an annual event honoring our missing service members and their…

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Veterans visit VetVerify.org for Exchange online shopping authentication

Posted July 7, 2017 by Courtesy of AAFES

DALLAS — As the Defense Department’s military exchange services prepare to welcome potentially 13 million honorably discharged veterans back to their military families this coming Veterans Day, VetVerify.org has launched to confirm eligibility to receive a lifelong military exchange online shopping privileges. Veterans may log onto VetVerify.org, which will use information from DOD’s Defense Manpower…

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AF offered Airman chance of lifetime

Posted November 3, 2017 by by STEPHEN DELGADO

When people come to a medical facility, they are often anxious and uneasy. It is important to have personnel at that facility to make one feel comfortable and at ease. Some people have a gift for making people feel their needs are important and special. One such person is Lynne Nutter, who served the Air…

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Lightning I pilot meets Lightning II, shares stories

Posted October 26, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Retired Maj. Earl Conrad Jr., a World War II fighter pilot who flew the original P-38 Lightning, visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 3, 2016, to get a glimpse of the F-35 Lightning II, the namesake of the legendary fighter aircraft which dominated the skies over the Pacific during his time in service.

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F-35 Heritage Flight Team donates check to Disabled American Veterans Office

Posted December 16, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota The F-35 Heritage Flight Team donates a 20 thousand dollar charity check to the Disabled Veterans Office Dec. 14, 2016, Phoenix, Ariz. The donations given to the DAV will help the organization fund programs, like healthcare services, psychological counseling, physical rehabilitation, job training and residential relocation….

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Pilots mark 50-year reunion learning about the future of airpower

Posted April 21, 2017 by Senior Airman James Hensley

A 1967 Undergraduate Pilot Training class from Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., recently celebrated a 50-year reunion at Luke Air Force Base, by visiting the 63rd Fighter Squadron and the 310th FS.

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Father remembers son gone too soon

Posted November 6, 2015 by by RUSS NICHOLS

  Editor’s note: The following is a story of Airman 1st Class Wheeler Nichols, 56th Dental Squadron, written by his father. Our son loved the U.S. Air Force. His young life ended in service almost exactly one year ago. Wheeler D. Nichols was born in Peru December 1991. A few weeks later, after a lengthy…

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WW II vet grateful for life of blessings

Posted November 3, 2017 by by STEPHEN DELGADO

We hear the term ‘larger-than-life’ often, which can mean someone who led a life of adventure and was never afraid to try something new. Flay Randolph is such a person. He served in the Navy in World War II and joined at age 16. “My dad was reluctant to sign the enlistment papers because I…

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