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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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Chaplain’s thoughts … September 11, 2015

Posted  September 11, 2015

Air Force life, indeed life in general, and religion have this in common — they are influenced and sustained by the use of symbols. Consider the symbols that mark our lives as Airmen. Our duty badges identify what we do, our unit seals identify which squadron we work in, and we have RMOs in our…

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Luke AFB Exchange offers new, old programs

Posted  September 11, 2015

‘Disney at the Exchange’ Saturday A cast of Disney, Marvel and “Star Wars” brands is joining forces with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service to bring a special, dedicated section to the Luke Exchange.    The standalone section, called “Disney at the Exchange,” showcases merchandise from Disney Consumer Products, including characters from Disney Junior,…

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We will never forget … Sept. 11, 2001

Posted  September 11, 2015

Danielle Allen “I was working at a restaurant in Alabama. My husband had just left the Army, and he called me to tell me that the Towers had been hit. I am from New York and I just couldn’t believe it. I kept saying ‘No way, there is no way. That is not possible.’ I…

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Evolution of ‘Little Blue Book’ continues

Posted  September 11, 2015

“As Airmen, we are charged with upholding a culture founded on professionalism, dignity and respect – that’s what our core values are about.” — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James The original 1997 “United States Air Force core values” handbook (aka the “Little Blue Book”) was published to introduce the Air Force core…

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Gym gets facelift, redesign

Posted  September 11, 2015

Courtesy graphic The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center will undergo state-of-the-art renovations later this year and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017. Changes to the gym will require most of the interior walls to be removed, providing open floor plans for cardiovascular and weight lifting areas. Once work areas are…

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