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Air Force faces fighter pilot shortage

The Air Force is in the midst of a pilot shortage. While most platforms are affected by the shortage, the fighter pilot community has been hit the hardest.

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K-9: Keeping up on Certs

Most emergency services require some form of certification prior to being able to go out and save lives. This includes police, fire and medical services but most people don’t think about the certifications that K-9 are required to have.

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AFE Airmen maintain flight equipment through teamwork

Maintaining flight equipment for a fifth generation fighter aircraft requires precision and skill. Providing F-35 Lightning II pilots with the proper gear is essential for 61st Fighter Squadron Airmen at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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58th SOW’s HH-60G hits 12,000 hours

The 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., celebrated several notable milestones in 2016, including one of its systems capping the year off by hitting 12,000 flying hours.

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F-16 pilots continue to graduate, continue to fight

A class of F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots under the tutelage of instructor pilots from the 309th Fighter Squadron graduated Dec. 16 following approximately nine months of training at Luke Air Force Base. Class 16-ABC completed the comprehensive basic flight course in a high-tempo curriculum stressing mission-ready combat skills. Training to refine their abilities will continue…


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Around the Air Force: Jan. 6

Posted  January 6, 2017

On this look around the Air Force, Airmen march in the Rose Parade, coalition forces conduct more than 70 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq since the New Year, and an Air Force amputee is attempting to resume his career in Pararescue.

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• MISSION • VISION • BELIEFS

Posted  January 6, 2017

Brig. Gen. Brooke Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, revealed the 56th FW’s new mission, vision and beliefs Nov. 4, 2016. “The mission is why we are here, the vision is what we want to be, and the beliefs are core descriptions of what we value and how we operate,” Leonard said. Mission: We build the…

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Salutes & Awards

AETC declares award winners

Posted  January 6, 2017

The following individuals or units received an Air, Education and Training Command awards: Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award Aircraft maintenance Technician: Airman 1st Class Alexander Milward, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Munitions/missile maintenance Technician: Airman 1st Class Nkosi Jones, 56th AMXS Technician supervisor: Staff Sgt. Joshua Nix, 54th AMXS Supervisor manager: Senior Master Sgt. Gabriel Flagg,…

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FW announces quarterly awards

Posted  January 6, 2017

The following individuals are quarterly award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Alexander Hayden, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Rosalind Wilson, 56th Fighter Wing Chapel Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Antonio Bell, 56th FW Inspector General Company grade officer: Capt. Charles Henderlite, 56th FW Plans and Programs Civilian (Category I): Melissa Hohn, 56th CPTS Civilian (Category II):…

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607th ACS graduates 26

Posted  January 6, 2017

The 607th Air control Squadron graduated 26 students: Weapons director 116th ACS Airman 1st Class David Logan U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Dylan Wakeland Weapons director – ground-based training 726th ACS Senior Airman Nicholas Bradley and Airman 1st Class Corey Farmer 116th ACS Senior Airman Vincent Ganassin 133rd Test Squadron Tech. Sgt. William Waychoff 255th ACS…

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