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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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EFMP alive, well at Luke AFB

Posted  September 1, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Exceptional Family Member Program supports military families with special medical and educational needs. The program has three components: Identification and enrollment of a family member with special medical or educational needs, assignment coordination to determine the availability of services at the projected duty station and family support to…

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Program rewards academic excellence

Posted  September 1, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Military students can turn good grades into rewards — and have a chance to win a $2,000 gift card with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s You Made the Grade program. Through the program, students in grades one through 12 who maintain a B average or better are…

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Exchange backs holidays with no-fee layaway

Posted  September 1, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Once again, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is offering fee-free layaway for Airmen, families and retirees who want to get a jump-start on holiday shopping and keep gifts hidden from inquisitive eyes. As of Sept. 1, the Luke Exchange will waive the $3 service fee for items…

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AF selects best for developmental special duties

Posted  September 1, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Developmental special duties shape the Air Force by building leaders and placing them in key positions to lead Airmen. The DSD program provides Airmen an important opportunity to lead and has been life-changing for those who have experienced it. “The DSD program is a phenomenal initiative to ensure we…

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Maintenance hiring flies over century mark

Posted  September 1, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The 944th Fighter Wing Detachment 1 recently surpassed the century mark, by having well over 100 members assigned to the unit, which is a landmark piece to their development. As part of the Air Force Reserve 944th FW at Luke Air Force Base, Det. 1 stood up as a…

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