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Air Force faces fighter pilot shortage

The Air Force is in the midst of a pilot shortage. While most platforms are affected by the shortage, the fighter pilot community has been hit the hardest.

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K-9: Keeping up on Certs

Most emergency services require some form of certification prior to being able to go out and save lives. This includes police, fire and medical services but most people don’t think about the certifications that K-9 are required to have.

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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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AF uniform office designs for entire force; new modifications underway

Posted  May 21, 2016

When an airman gets dressed for his or her job, he or she dons apparel and equipment that were developed, produced, deployed, sustained, and modified by a group of fewer than 20 people working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

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Welsh releases 2016 reading list

Posted  May 21, 2016

The Air Force chief of staff published his 2016 professional reading list May 13. “This year’s reading list addresses every Airman on our total force team,” said Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. “The profession of arms, Air Force heritage, and developing Airmen are topics that apply to all of us.” This year’s list contains books,…

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Air Force changes utility allowance for privatized housing residents

Posted  May 21, 2016

The Air Force revised its utility allowance policy May 18, 2016, to ensure quality on-base housing for military families and continue to cover utility costs for the average energy consumer. For new tenants, the revised policy for the majority of residents will now be calculated using monthly meter readings instead of a five-year average with…

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Satellite pharmacy lobby closes for facelift

Posted  May 5, 2016

The Luke Air Force Base Satellite Pharmacy will undergo renovations June through September requiring the pharmacy lobby to close during the construction. The drive-thru will be open for prescription pick up only. During this time, the pharmacy, located in Bldg. 1514, west of the Luke Air Force Base Exchange parking structure, the 56th Medical Group…

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F-35 program accelerating, at ‘pivot point,’ program chief tells Congress

Posted  May 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — The program executive officer of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft program said the rapidly changing, growing and accelerating program is at a “pivot point” as officials address a number of challenges. The F-35 program, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter program, is of vital importance to U.S. security, Lt. Gen. Christopher C….

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