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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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Wing rallies to support Citizen Airman family

Citizen Airmen understand what the ultimate sacrifice is as a service member, and when a deployment happens, the risk of loved ones receiving bad news is a possibility they accept.

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JSTARS Recap program takes next step with RFP release

The Air Force is well on its way to replacing a critical airborne battle management command and control weapon system with the Dec. 28, 2016, release of the development request for proposal, or RFP, for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or JSTARS Recapitalization program.


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2016 in Photos — 5

Posted  January 6, 2017

Senior Airman Devante Williams Master Sgt. Anne Baker, soprano vocalist with the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, sang the national anthem for her birth son’s pilot graduation May 20 at Luke Air Force Base. Matthew Short F-16 fighting Falcons and F-35 Lightning IIs from the 56th Fighter Wing fly side-by-side during a large-force exercise April…

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2016 in Photos — 4

Posted  January 6, 2017

Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell Larry Miel, WWII veteran, shakes hands with F-35 Heritage Flight Team members before practice for the Luke Air Force Base air show April 1. Several WWII veterans came out to view the practice event, which included performances from the U.S. Thunderbirds and the F-35 Heritage Flight Team. Senior Airman James Hensley…

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2016 in Photos — 3

Posted  January 6, 2017

Staff Sgt. Grace Lee Senior Airman Anna Sherman, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron individual protective equipment journeyman, practices fitting an Improved Outer Tactical Vest on Senior Airman Georgette Moore, 56th LRS IPE journeyman, at Luke Air Force Base. IPE Airmen issue mobility oriented protection gear, outer tactical vests, helmets and more. Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan…

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2016 in Photos — 2

Posted  January 6, 2017

Staff Sgt. Grace Lee Tech. Sgt. Jessica Keller, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog kennel master, works out Feb. 11 at EOS Fitness in Avondale, Arizona. Keller won first place in the National Physique Committee Tournament of Champions in the women’s figure category December 2015 in San Diego. Luther Mitchell Jr. Six F-16 fighting…

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2016 in Photos — 1

Posted  January 6, 2017

Senior Airman Grace Lee Senior Airman Spencer Huber, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft metal technology journeyman, plasma cuts a part Jan. 7 for aerospace ground equipment at Luke Air Force Base. Aircraft metals technology Airmen weld, cut and form metal to fix aircraft parts, AGE, fabricate tools to better assist crew chiefs, and more. Staff…

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