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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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Street Beat

Posted  October 7, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 29 through Oct. 2 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 50 moving violations and 12 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 29: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident near Bldg. 1219. One driver was cited due…

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Luke members journey to World Youth Day

Posted  October 7, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Luke Air Force Base Catholic Community sent 13 youth and three leaders to World Youth Day July 21 through Aug. 6, which was held in Krakow, Poland. The theme for this year’s WYD was Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” World Youth Day,…

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Weatherman retires after 50-plus years

Posted  October 7, 2016

A civilian with the 56th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight is retiring after 52 years of combined military and federal service. Ronald Presnal, 56th OSS Weather Flight weatherman, spent much of his life working in the weather career field at several bases, and saw many changes to his career field, before medical problems forced him…

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Justice Report

Posted  October 7, 2016

The following is a list of administrative actions and Articles 15 issued in August at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Operations Group Article 15s • An airman first class received nonjudicial punishment for dereliction of duty. The individual received a suspended forfeiture of $923, seven days extra duty and a reprimand. Administrative demotions • A…

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Remains of fighter pilot hero return home after 10 years

Posted  October 5, 2016

This week, nearly 10 years after he was killed in combat operations in Iraq, U.S. forces brought home the remains of F-16 pilot Maj. Troy Gilbert, who died saving the lives of U.S. service members and coalition allies.  

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