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F-35 crosses ocean

Posted February 11, 2016 by Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo An Italian air force F-35 Lightning II flew Feb. 5 from Cameri Air Base, Italy, to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, completing the program’s first transatlantic flight. The F-35, designated AL-1, was assisted by an Italian air force KC-767 aerial refueling tanker, which refueled the fighter jet seven times during the ocean…

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Arizona tankers, NATO E-3s connect over Germany

Posted November 25, 2015 by

Air National Guard photograph by Lt. Col. Gabe Johnson Mission accomplished. An Arizona Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker finishes refueling a NATO E-3A Sentry over northern Germany during a training mission Nov. 16. Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing based in Phoenix are supporting aircrew training operations Nov. 9-20 at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen,…

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PEOPLE FIRST March 11, 2016

Posted March 10, 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. Air Force…

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F-35: Italians first mission highlights partnerships

Posted November 12, 2015 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking the first F-35 flights under control of an Italian pilot. Today marks another significant step forward for the F-35 program as today’s missions showcased the full partnership aspect of F-35 operations here. One Italian…

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Norwegian F-35 flies for first time under Norwegian command

Posted December 17, 2015 by Photos by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Hanche suits up for the flight of one of two Norwegian F-35 Lightning IIs. Maj. Gen. Per-Egil Rygg, Royal Norwegian air force chief of staff, conducts an interview for members of the press. Rygg discussed the significance of the first flight of a Norwegian F-35 by a Norwegian pilot. The F-35 Lightning II is the…

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Dudette passes 1,000 combat flight hours

Posted March 3, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

(Editor’s note: Last names were not included due to security and safety reasons.) SOUTHWEST ASIA — Maj. Jennifer received a hero’s welcome from members of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing as she surpassed the 1,000 combat-hour milestone in the F-15E Strike Eagle Feb. 13 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Jennifer, a weapon systems…

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T-bolt keeps AEW MDG mission up, running

Posted October 9, 2015 by adriennek

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, AFGHANISTAN — A key part of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing’s mission is providing extraordinary Role 3 medical care on the combat frontier. But before a medical technician can take a patient’s vital signs or a surgeon can operate, they must first have a facility and medical equipment ready to go. That responsibility…

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PEOPLE FIRST April 15, 2016

Posted April 14, 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. Air Force…

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Successful Aegis combat system test brings BMD to Japanese fleet

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Missile Defense Agency photograph JS Atago (DDG-177) successfully completed an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) intercept flight test off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii, bringing BMD capability to the Japanese fleet. Photo courtesy of the Missile Defense Agency. The JS Atago (DDG-177), supported by the U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin, used an…

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Norwegian F-35 flies for first time under Norwegian command

Posted December 17, 2015 by Story and photos by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

Maj. Morten Hanche, a Norwegian F-35 Lightning II student pilot training under the 62nd Fighter Squadron, flew the first sortie of a Norwegian F-35 Monday at Luke Air Base. Hanche has been training at Luke under the instruction of American instructor pilots for the past several months in order to be among Norway’s first F-35…

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