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Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special operations

In a move to meet the high-demand signal for the Air Force’s Battlefield Airmen, the service announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum dated April 25, 2016.

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Goldfein hosts first town hall with CMSAF

The Air Force’s top officer and enlisted leader hosted a town hall forum in the Boyd Auditorium at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., July 20, 2016.

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Goldfein swears in as 21st CSAF

Gen. David L. Goldfein was sworn in as the Air Force’s 21st chief of staff by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James during a ceremony at the Pentagon July 1, 2016. As the Air Force’s most senior uniformed leader, Goldfein is responsible for ensuring the 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian airmen under his command…

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Firefighter switches to fighter pilot

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Garrett Christensen, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Logistics NCO in charge, is crossing over to the Air Force officer corps where he hopes to become an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot. “Christensen is one of 12 Airmen selected for basic officer training school program,” said Steven Kinkade, 56th CES…

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USFWS selects BMGR for award

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Barry M. Goldwater Range has been selected as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2015 Military Conservation Partner Award recipient. The award, presented in a ceremony June 9, is a national award presented annually to a military installation whose efforts represent significant conservation accomplishments achieved in partnership with…

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F-35 flies for 5,000 hours

Posted  June 2, 2016

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Lt. Col. Gregory Frana, 62nd Fighter Squadron commander, removes his helmet May 19 at Luke Air Force Base after flying Luke’s 5000th F-35 Lightning II sortie. Paul Linski, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Lockheed Martin crew chief, stands by to assist Frana in safely removing his gear and exiting the jet.

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Top Hats present combat-ready fighters …

Posted  June 2, 2016

Courtesy photo FROM LEFT: Capts. Brian Leber and Michael Lengyel; 1st Lts. Jacob Jerzewski, John Lorbiecki, Michael Seis, Robert Kouwe and Daniel Thompson; Capt. John Hamilton; 1st Lt. Michael Radosevich; Capt. Alan Pippin, and 1st Lts. Anthony Pipe, Ian Faulkenberry, Gregory Sabol, Christopher Villanueva and Jonathan Hagan graduated May 20 from Class 15-CBG. The 15th…

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Pilot program remains laser-focused in the face of an Air Force pilot shortage

Posted  June 2, 2016

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Officials with the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program remain laser-focused on maximizing training production as the Air Force faces a growing pilot shortage. “The Air Force is currently about 500 pilots short of requirements,” said Col. Paul Moga, 80th Flying Training Wing vice commander. “And that number is…

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Health & Safety

Base makes strides toward awareness

Posted  June 2, 2016

Building awareness of the impact that sexual assault has on victims, survivors and their families is an important issue for the U.S. Air Force and Luke AFB community. This year’s Defense Department theme was, “Know Your Part! Do Your Part!” In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month a Walk a Mile in Their Shoes contest…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … I don’t know what to say

Posted  June 2, 2016

Have you ever felt like that? You face a dilemma or circumstance that leaves you without words to say? You face a leadership challenge that stresses you seemingly beyond your limits and you just don’t know what to say. Sometimes as a speaker/preacher/chaplain I encounter dry spells and I just don’t know what to say….

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