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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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Green Dot: Take small steps to prevent violence

Posted  May 5, 2016

Luke Air Force Base will begin Phase II of Green Dot’s strategy to prevent interpersonal violence starting this month. “Green Dot is a civilian initiative the Air Force is adopting with a tiered approach to outreach and prevention,” said Maj. Daphne Brewton, 56th Medical Operations Squadron ADAPT program manager and Luke Air Force Base Green…

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Exchange Honors Military Spouses with $5,000 Vacation Giveaway

Posted  May 5, 2016

DALLAS — Military Spouse Appreciation Day falls on May 6 this year, but the Exchange will celebrate the contributions of military spouses all month by offering a chance to win a resort vacation package for two valued at more than $5,000. One lucky winner will have their pick of more than 2,000 resort locations worldwide,…

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AF family shares experience with child’s autism

Posted  May 5, 2016

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Four-year-old Dawson Stock loves music and instruments; his mother says he is obsessed with the violin. He knows the alphabet forward and backward and is ready to read. Dawson is teaching himself the sign-language alphabet. He knows his numbers and how to add. Dawson is a high-functioning child. This was not…

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At 82, ‘Mama’ keeps serving soldiers, retirees at Fort Sam

Posted  May 5, 2016

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON — At 82, an age when most Americans have long settled into retirement, Stella Graham keeps working, as she has for decades at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. For nearly 48 years, Graham has stayed true to her mission of serving military members, families and retirees at Fort…

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Posted  May 5, 2016

Tech. Sgt. Michael Crane Airmen assigned to the Missouri Air National Guard‘s139th Airlift Wing participate in a ruck march April 22 in Elwood, Kansas. The Airmen were qualifying for the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency. The event included running, swimming, sprints, pull-up hang, pistol marksmanship and a ruck march. Participants could qualify in…

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