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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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K-9s mission-ready at Luke

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — 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 K-9s are required to have. “The certification process is done annually or when there is a…

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Living with mental illness

Posted  June 30, 2016

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Defective. Weak. Soft. Broken. Crazy. Compromised. Unfit. Career-ending. These are just some of the words that people may associate with mental illness. Sadly, the sentiment behind labels like these can act as a barrier to help-seeking for many who face challenges in their lives. A further hindrance to those…

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Balancing work, life strengthens identity

Posted  June 30, 2016

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — As the Air Force focuses on resiliency for our Airmen and their families, concepts like work-life balance have received renewed consideration. The health benefits of maintaining a balance between our career identity and our “true self,” the one typified by the activities we engage in outside of work, has…

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Firefighter switches to fighter pilot

Posted  June 30, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Garrett Christensen, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Logistics NCO in charge, is crossing over to the Air Force officer corps where he hopes to become an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot. “Christensen is one of 12 Airmen selected for basic officer training school program,” said Steven Kinkade, 56th CES…

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In Brief

Posted  June 30, 2016

Freedom Fest The July 4 Freedom Fest is 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Luke Air Force Base Fowler Park. Admission is free and includes music, food, kids’ splash zone, rock climbing, prizes and a fireworks show at 9 p.m. For more information, call the 56th Force Support Squadron Community Center at 623-856-7152. Flightline Feast The…

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Luke Airman ‘fit to fight’

Posted  June 30, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Keli Manglona, 56th Maintenance Group weapons quality assurance inspector, used motivation and dedication to rise from amateur to professional fighting. Manglona got into fights as a child, he said. In the 10th grade, he met a teacher who forever changed his life. “I was about to get…

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