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Firefighter switches to fighter pilot

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Garrett Christensen, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Logistics NCO in charge, is crossing over to the Air Force officer corps where he hopes to become an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot. “Christensen is one of 12 Airmen selected for basic officer training school program,” said Steven Kinkade, 56th CES…

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USFWS selects BMGR for award

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Barry M. Goldwater Range has been selected as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2015 Military Conservation Partner Award recipient. The award, presented in a ceremony June 9, is a national award presented annually to a military installation whose efforts represent significant conservation accomplishments achieved in partnership with…

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AZ Reserve unit dominates at Hawgsmoke

DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Pilots from the 47th FS with the Air Force Reserve Command demonstrated their experience and expertise on the ground and in the air by winning the Hawgsmoke 2016 competition. Thirteen teams competed in biennial A-10C Thunderbolt II competition June 1 through 3. This year’s event concentrated on two…

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Equipment maintainers keep jets viable

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. — Imagine driving your car down the freeway. You are halfway to the destination with only four hours left to drive when the check engine light comes on, a tire blows and the car begins to overheat. You pull over and look at your phone, which has no signal, and…

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Wheels up: Hill shop improves F-35 tire change process

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — For years, the wheel shop at Hill Air Force Base has disassembled, inspected, repaired, built, and delivered reliable tires and wheels for F-16 Fighting Falcons. That reliability and 24-hour turnaround service will remain intact as the base’s operational mission transitions to the F-35A Lightning II. Three active-duty Airmen and…


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Commentary

Feedback essential to AF integrity

Posted  March 10, 2016

I was going through some old files, and I found a few notes that were written to me by the comptroller of a major command on several different occasions. One letter conveyed his best wishes on my birthday. A second one thanked me and my unit for our hospitality during his recent visit to the…

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Lightning II to touch down at air shows around the world

Posted  March 10, 2016

F-35 Heritage Flight Team 2016 Air Show schedule April 2 and 3 at Luke Air Force Base April 22 and 24 at Langley AFB, Virginia May 7 and 8 at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida May 28 and 29 at Jones Beach, New York June 18 and 19 at Ocean City, Maryland June 25 and 26 at…

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CV throws first pitch …

Posted  March 10, 2016

Senior Airman James Hensley Col. David Shoemaker, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, throws the first pitch of the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers to Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals left fielder, March 2 at Surprise Stadium. Several major league baseball teams come to Arizona for spring training including the Indians,…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS
Health & Safety

T-bolt receives perfect fitness score

Posted  March 10, 2016

Physical fitness is one of the four dimension of Air Force wellness. One Airman displayed his mastery of this dimension by earning 100 percent on his fitness assessment test earlier last month and shared his story on what it took to get there. “It’s an amazing feeling scoring 100 percent on the FA,” said Maj….

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Benefits of TSP outweigh savings sacrifice

Posted  March 10, 2016

Planning for retirement can be an intimidating task as there are many variables to consider. Luckily, both military and civilian government employees have the benefit of starting a Thrift Savings Plan. “The TSP is a federal retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401k plan found in the private sector,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th…

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