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Eglin crew chiefs advance with F-35

As the Air Force continues to develop their newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, the 33rd Fighter Wing ensures the airmen tasked with taking care of it receive the training they need to advance with it. Crew chiefs who have worked alongside the F-35 since its production, have transformed into a new breed of…

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Luke Airman survives three wars, plane crash

“I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy used to transport supplies, so I figured I might as well sink it. I…

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NASCAR honors Airmen at PIR

Forty-three race cars, 200 laps and only one driver to win it all. Fast cars and intense action are not all NASCAR is known for. It’s also known for recognizing throughout the NASCAR season those who serve in the military. The program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members of…

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Family advocacy, Glendale PD co-op earns honors

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Military University presented a certificate of honor Oct. 25 in Chicago to the Glendale Police Department and Luke Air Force Base Family Advocacy Center for joint efforts in providing support for victims of domestic abuse. The award, which was accepted by the Glendale police and…

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Hill AFB maintainers gain experience at Luke

Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, finished advanced training on maintenance procedures for the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The Hill Airmen are part of a continuous cycle of maintainers being sent to Luke from Hill in order to develop their skills in two phases of training, first under…

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Squadron creates memorial for Airman

Posted  November 6, 2015

  The 56th Operations Support Squadron held a dedication ceremony Oct. 23 at Luke Air Force Base to honor the memory of Senior Airman Scott Hill who lost his battle with cancer May 18, 2014. Airmen from the 56th OSS, who knew Hill, dedicated a wall to him. The wall is in the training room…

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‘Gunfighter’ vet shares AF past

Posted  November 6, 2015

  Three enemy MiGs swooped low beneath him, screaming out to intercept the U.S. Navy A-4 fighter-bombers who were unloading their payload of explosives on Kep Air Field in North Vietnam. Flying in F-8 Crusaders as fighter protection for the A-4s, he was tasked to defend them at all cost. He quickly radioed his wingman,…

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AF leaders testify on F-35 progress

Posted  November 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Leaders in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office and the Air Force F-35 Integration Office testified on the fifth-generation aircraft’s development before a House Armed Services subcommittee Oct. 21 on Capitol Hill. Fielding a number of questions from Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee representatives, Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the F-35 program…

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Soft spoken for 61 years

Posted  November 6, 2015

Retired Master Sgt. Duane Kellner is a soft spoken man with not much to say, but his career as an Air Force crew chief speaks for itself. In 1954, in the agricultural area of Muskego, Wisconsin, Kellner spent his teenage years not exactly living up to his potential. Deciding he had messed around enough and…

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Exchange extends refund policy; makes for happy returns

Posted  November 6, 2015

To give military shoppers peace of mind this holiday season, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is extending its return policy for items purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24. The Exchange’s standard policy allows returns anywhere from 15 to 90 days of purchase with a sales receipt. The holiday return/exchange policy extends these…

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