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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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Chrach: Decorated MWD retires

Posted  August 4, 2016

After eight years of serving in the military, Chrach (pronounced “crash”), 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog, retired in May and was given into the care of his first trainer at Luke Air Force Base. An 8-year old German shepherd from the Netherlands, he was a puppy when he joined the Air Force and…

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New command chief takes reins

Posted  August 4, 2016

Luke Air Force Base,  Ariz. — Charged with leading professional development for the enlisted at Luke Air Force Base, Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski has taken the reins as the 56th Fighter Wing’s newest command chief, replacing Chief John Mazza in June. Kwiatkowski focuses his effort on creating and maintaining high-quality enlisted Airmen that lead…

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Ending silence opens door to triumph over abuse

Posted  August 4, 2016

Editor’s note: The author’s name was redacted to protect the person’s identity. ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — I’m tired of the sound of silence. At a recent Green Dot leadership training session, I was asked to write down on a piece of paper an action I would do as a leader to help implement…

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Pokémon Go — not all fun, games

Posted  August 4, 2016

Watch out! Everyone’s favorite game from the ‘90s is back, this time in the form of a mobile phone application. That’s right, with Nintendo’s release of its new Pokémon Go mobile game, people across America are catching Pokémon fever again. Wondering how the game works? Well, Pokémon Go uses a mobile phone’s GPS to spot…

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Luke begins F-35 MRA course

Posted  August 4, 2016

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. — Five Airmen are a little closer to becoming F-35A Lightning II crew chiefs as Luke began its first F-35 Lightning II Mission-Ready Airmen training class June 30. “It’s exciting to be the first F-35 MRA class at Luke,” said Airman Kyle George, Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron F-35 MRA…

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