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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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Some IDs may be invalid starting Aug. 15

Posted  August 5, 2016

Individuals will no longer be able to access Air Force installations with a state-issued identification card or driver’s license from Minnesota, Missouri, Washington or American Samoa beginning Aug. 15, 2016. This new change aligns the Air Force’s installation access policy with requirements of the Real ID Act, which focuses on improving the reliability of state-issued…

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Embrace diversity: Lead from front

Posted  August 4, 2016

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Often times when we hear terms like diversity and inclusion, we think of them more as buzz words or a way to hold someone accountable for not doing the right thing. However, what does diversity actually mean to us in the Air Force? To me, it’s simple: place the right…

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JUSTICE REPORT

Posted  August 4, 2016

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in June: 56th Operations Group Articles 15 • A senior airman received nonjudicial punishment for public intoxication by consumption of alcohol and making a false official statement. The individual received a reduction in rank to airman first class, suspended forfeiture of…

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Sports Shorts

Posted  August 4, 2016

Fall triathlon The 56th Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation Center is featuring a triathlon at 7 a.m. Aug. 20 at the Silver Wings Pool. There will be a 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5k run. The cost is $20 per military ID  card holder and $45 for all others. There will be individual and…

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Zika: Spread of disease preventable

Posted  August 4, 2016

Chikungunya, dengue and Ebola are not names of exotic cuisine but rather diseases. Joining the array of names at the forefront is the Zika virus. Taking a closer look at what the virus is and how it is transmitted will help Arizona residents assist in preventing the spread of Zika. Zika is not a new…

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