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Technological innovations in the history of the U.S. Air Force

From the earliest days of flight, airmen strived to set or exceed new altitude, speed, and distance records. The USAF has fostered new technologies resulting in sometimes exponential improvements in these and other areas.

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U.S. Air Force celebrates 70th anniversary

U.S. military aviation has changed over the years — from bi-planes during World War I to the modern jet fighter aircraft — but one thing remains constant, the motivation and resiliency of U.S. Airmen to protect and defend their home. On Sept. 18, the U.S. Air Force will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

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Thunderbolts prepare for Air Force 70th Birthday

Sept. 18, 1947, is seen as the official birth of the Air Force which has a rich history that revolutionized how the U.S. military functions as we know it today. Today’s Air Force is comprised of more than 680,000 Airmen, made up of active duty, reservists, guardsmen and civilians all who have answered our Nation’s…

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Health assessments ensure F-35 crew chiefs are fit to fight

It was a regular day on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Modern Day Air Force

Modern Day Today, the U.S. Air Force is the largest, most capable and most technologically advanced air force in the world, with about 5,778 manned aircraft in service, approximately 156 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles, 2,130 Air-Launched Cruise Missiles, and 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The U.S. Air Force has approximately 328,439 personnel on active duty, 74,000…


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Salutes and Awards: 3rd quarter FWSA awards announced

Posted  October 7, 2016

The following individuals received quarterly awards: Airman: Senior Airman James Hensley, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs NCO: Staff Sgt. Staci Miller, 56th FWPA Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Angel Cain, 56th FW Inspector General Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Shaun Chaplin, 56th Comptroller Squadron Civilian (Category I): Nicole Eades, 56th CPTS Civilian (Category II): Kiley Dougherty,…

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Tenant Units

Posted  October 7, 2016

Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 421 Mission: To identify, exploit and neutralize criminal, terrorist and intelligence threats to the Air Force, Defense Department and U.S. government Demographics: There are 2,029 federally credentialed special agents, 311 active-duty officers, 1,253 active-duty enlisted personnel, 785 civilians and 389 reservists History: AFOSI was founded Aug. 1, 1948,…

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Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9-15

Posted  October 7, 2016

Fire prevention is a responsibility shared by everyone; not only in protecting ourselves, families, and our property, but also, the people throughout Luke Air Force Base. Each year, fires kill or injure thousands of Americans and destroy or damage billions of dollars worth of property. Many of these fires might have been prevented by taking…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  October 7, 2016

Enjoy life Most people would agree with this idea and desire to experience joy as a natural and normal part of their lives. However, the reality is far too many of us allow ourselves to get caught up with the hurry and worry of life. We hurry with work, family responsibilities and crazy-hectic schedules. We…

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Luke achieves 10,000 F-35 flight hours

Posted  October 7, 2016

Maj. Nathan Heguy, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II pilot, successfully completed a routine training sortie Sept. 12 to hit officially the 10,000 total combined flight hours in the F-35 for all pilots at Luke Air Force Base. The milestone marks yet another progression in the development of the tactics and utility of the F-35,…

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