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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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Volunteerism affects positive change

Posted  May 5, 2016

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Throughout our military careers, we often talk of being a volunteer force, a subset of our culture that has volunteered to serve our country in the profession of arms. Without disrespect to anyone currently in uniform or those that have served before me, I have always been in conflict…

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In Brief

Posted  May 5, 2016

Finance office closed The 56th Comptroller Squadron office will close at 11:30 a.m. today and reopen Monday with regular hours. For more information, call 2nd Lt. Shaun Chaplin at 623-856-6035. Give parents a break The 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center and Youth Center are offering free childcare in a safe, age appropriate learning…

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Investigation report details death at Scott

Posted  May 5, 2016

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. —  Air Mobility Command officials released the ground accident investigation board report regarding the Oct. 29, 2015, death of an Airmen who collapsed during his physical fitness assessment at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Kruse-Wright, assigned to the 375th Force Support Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois,…

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Winners have MILITARY STAR accounts paid in full

Posted  May 5, 2016

DALLAS — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service made wishes come true for three grand-prize winners of the worldwide MILITARY STAR Your Holiday Bill Is On Us sweepstakes — and for one retiree, the prize was a way of saying “thank  you” for sacrifices made decades ago. Retired Chief Master Sgt. James Jones, retired…

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Eglin Airman selected by Welsh for unique commissioning program

Posted  May 5, 2016

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) An Airman’s cell phone rings, but he doesn’t answer because for him personal calls can wait until after work. It rings again; he lets it go to voicemail….

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