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Robotic arm tool poised to save costly inspection time

A common problem for aircraft maintainers may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to an Air Force Research Laboratory advanced inspection robotics research effort.

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F-35 Program Makes Significant, Solid Progress, Official Says

Production of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter is on a good trajectory and is a necessary aircraft in the military’s arsenal to battle high-end threats, service leaders told a House Armed Service Committee panel Feb. 16.

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F-35s first B-course takes flight

The Air Force’s first F-35 Lightning II basic flight course class took to the skies for the first time as they entered the live flying portion of their training Feb. 8, 2017.

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New construction of fourth F-35 squadron

With the F-35 Lightning II training moving ahead, new construction has begun at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to house more F-35s. Construction for the fourth F-35 fighter squadron broke ground in December of 2016 near the 62nd Fighter Squadron and Nondestructive Inspection Building.

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AMC enables first international F-35B deployment

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Air Mobility Command Airmen helped mark a major milestone Jan. 18 by enabling the delivery of Marine F-35B Lightning II aircraft to Japan. The transfer of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, marks the first permanent international…


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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 36 senior airmen

Posted  February 3, 2017

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 36 senior airmen Dec. 15, 2016, from class 17-1. The award winners are: John Levitow Award: Zackary Parrish, 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Distinguished graduates: Ronnie Smith, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Steven Wyrick, 56th Communications Squadron; and Jessica Berman, 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Commandant’s Award: Jessica Berman, 446th…

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56FW names quarterly award winners

Posted  February 3, 2017

The following individuals are 2016 fourth quarter award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Jaypee Simpliciano, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Andrew Klodt, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Senior NCO: Senior Master Sgt. Javier Gonzales, 56th Security Forces Squadron Company grade officer: Capt. Lauren Chaffee, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Field grade officer: Maj. Christopher Charron,…

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MSG announces quarterly, annual award winners

Posted  February 3, 2017

The following individuals are quarterly award winners: 56th Mission Support Group Airman: Senior Airman Alina Golovina, 56th Force Support Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Andrew Klodt, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Senior NCO: Senior Master Sgt. Javier Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron Company grade officer: 1st Lt. Tyler Cairel, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Field grade officer: Maj….

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AETC announces award winners

Posted  February 3, 2017

The following individuals or units are 2016 Air Education and Training Command awards winners: Air Force Aircraft Maintenance Effectiveness Medium aircraft maintenance category: 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Secretary of the Air Force special achievement Part-time SB specialist: Mary Peetz, 56th Contracting Squadron Civil engineer excellence Major General Robert C. Thompson Award (Resources excellent):  56th Civil…

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A1Cs shine to earn B-T-Z

Posted  February 3, 2017

The following 16 airmen first class were designated by the 56th Fighter Wing for below-the-zone promotion to senior airman: Turner Antonsen, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Garrett Byers, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Colin Davis, 310th AMU David Escobar, 56th Force Support Squadron Chad Hall, 56th Medical Support Squadron Alex Hayden, 56th Comptroller Squadron Xavier Knapp, 309th…

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