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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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Sports

Flag Football Season underway

Posted  October 5, 2016

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Devante Williams Markeith Wimbush, 56th Security Forces Squadron, runs towards the first down during an in intramural flag football game against 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron/AMMO Sept. 16, 2016, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. SFS defeated EMS/AMMO 7-6. Flag football season began at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug….

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Salutes & Awards

Weather forecaster retires after 50 plus years of service

Posted  September 30, 2016

A civilian, with the 56th Operations Support Squadron weather flight at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is retiring after 52 years of combined military and federal service.

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Absentee voter tips for military members

Posted  September 28, 2016

DOD photograph Members of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team pass on the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s message for U.S. military and overseas citizens to submit their absentee ballots in time for the upcoming general election. With less than two months until the general election on Nov. 8, absentee voters are beginning to receive their…

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Veterans

Luke holds POW/MIA ceremony

Posted  September 20, 2016

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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State of the Air Force: Active-duty force on the rise, space will be more prominent

Posted  September 20, 2016

Nearly three years into her tenure as the Air Force’s top leader, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James reaffirmed that people continue to be her top priority during her State of the Air Force address at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 19, in National Harbor, Md.

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