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Air Force leaders address aircrew crisis

More than 60 Air Force senior leaders discussed the Air Force’s aircrew crisis which has left the service more than 1,500 pilots short of its requirements Sept. 22, 2017, at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

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SECAF outlines Air Force priorities during speech

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson discussed the state of the Air Force during the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 18, 2017.

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100 years of ‘mateship’

Luke Air Force Base in Arizona hosts several nations for training in both the F-35A Lightning II and F-16 Fighting Falcon. This year is the 100th year that Australia has been partnered with the United States.

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Goldfein delivers Air Force update

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein provided an update to his three focus areas during his remarks at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2017.

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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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Air Force History

Posted  September 1, 2017

National Security Act births AF With the stroke of a pen, President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 on Sept. 18, 1947. The Act created the National Military Establishment – later renamed the Department of Defense – and created the U.S. Air Force as a separate branch of the U.S. military….

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Cold War and war in Korea

Posted  September 1, 2017

In practice, the Army Air Forces became virtually independent of the Army during World War II, but its leaders wanted formal independence. In November 1945, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower became Army Chief of Staff, while Gen. Carl Spaatz began to assume the duties of Commanding General, Army Air Forces, in anticipation of Arnold’s announced retirement….

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Thunderbolt of the week

Posted  September 1, 2017

Airman 1st Class Jaden Cady 56th Security Forces Squadron — Installation entry controller Cady has been at Luke Air Force Base for 10 months. His favorite part of the job is “having all the tools and knowledge to protect the base from harm.” He likes hiking, swimming and fishing, and hopes to earn his Air…

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Vietnam War

Posted  September 1, 2017

The U.S. Air Force was heavily deployed during the Vietnam War. The first bombing raids against North Vietnam occurred in 1964, following the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. In March 1965, a sustained bombing campaign began, code-named Operation Rolling Thunder. This campaign’s purpose was to destroy the will of the North Vietnamese to fight, destroy industrial…

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Are you resilient enough?

Posted  September 1, 2017

How capable are you of recovering from life’s misfortunes? Do you have the tools necessary to tackle life’s obstacles? September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention month. The Luke Air Force Base helping agencies have joined forces this month to highlight the importance of equipping yourself with the proper mental, spiritual, social and physical “gear” to…

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