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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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News

Fifth gen fighters play critical role in air dominance

Posted  August 4, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, Air Combat Command commander, recently discussed the importance of air superiority and the need to assure it by modernizing the Combat Air Force during a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. This is the second of…

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Salutes & Awards

FWSAs announce quarterly awards

Posted  August 4, 2016

The following individuals received second quarter awards from the 56th Fighter Wing staff agencies: Airman: Senior Airman Corey Shires, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Timothy Boyer, 56th FW Public Affairs Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Loraine Reese, 56th FW Inspector General Office Company grade officer: Capt. Jheremy Perkins, 56th FW Legal Office Civilian: (Category I):…

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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 44 in class 16-5

Posted  August 4, 2016

ALS graduates 44 in class 16-5 The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 43 senior airmen and one staff sergeant June 30 in class 16-5. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Dontae Smith, 56th Communications Squadron Distinguished graduates: John Dameron, 56th Operations Support Squadron, William Langston, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; and Tatiana…

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Air Force

Warhawks present squadron’s first F-16 grads

Posted  August 4, 2016

The 314th Fighter Squadron Warhawks are proud to announce the historic graduation of the squadron’s inaugural F-16 pilot basic qualification course, or “B-course.” Sixteen active-duty and one Air National Guard officer of class 15-BBH successfully completed the rigorous 10-month program and will transition to front-line combat units around the world. Class 15-BBH began last September…

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136 T-bolts selected for Tech. Sgt.

Posted  August 4, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Air Force selected 136 Luke staff sergeants for promotion to technical sergeant. The Luke selection rate was 21.69 percent, with an average selectee overall score of 380. This is the first technical sergeant promotion release since the implementation of the new Enlisted Evaluation System. “We began this process…

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