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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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JUSTICE REPORT

Posted  September 1, 2016

The following is a list of administrative actions and Articles 15 issued in July at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial • A senior airman was found guilty of one charge and six specifications in violation of Article 120, sexual abuse of a child. The individual received a reduction in rank to airman…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  September 1, 2016

“You have to be willing to do more than the minimum. You have to be willing to sacrifice your rest and your free time to constantly improve.” ~Retired Lt. Cmdr. Rorke Denver As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by, and obsessed with, the special operations units in our military. Recently I…

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MacDill Airman competes in ultramarathons

Posted  September 1, 2016

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Inspiration for the modern marathon, a 26.2-mile race, stems from military origins. Legend tells of a Greek soldier who ran from Marathon to Athens to deliver news of the defeated Persian army. More than two millennia later, one Airman at MacDill Air Force Base is writing his own story….

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Sports Shorts

Posted  September 1, 2016

9/11 5k race The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center is featuring a 9/11 5k race at 6 a.m. Sept. 11. For more information, call 623-856-6241. Day for kids The Boys and Girls Clubs Day for Kids is 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Fowler Park. The free event is for children ages…

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AF opens enlisted RPA pilot program to all AFSCs

Posted  August 29, 2016

Using a phased-application approach, Air Force senior leaders are casting a wider net to ensure more active-duty enlisted Airmen are eligible to apply for the service’s RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft program, a Pentagon official said Aug. 29. The program expands the eligibility pool from career-enlisted aviators to all Air Force specialty codes with…

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