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AF uniform office designs for entire force; new modifications underway

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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AF family shares experience with child’s autism

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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Honor guard Airman pushes past her limits

WASHINGTON — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) It’s noon on a Saturday, and Staff Sgt. April Spilde chalks up her hands in the gym at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, as she waits for her chance to lift during…

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McGuire hosts rapid response training with FEMA

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — The 305th Aerial Port Squadron welcomed members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Pennsylvania Task Force 1 to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for rapid air mobilization training April 21, as part of an ongoing partnership initiative. FEMA are the nation’s experts in rapid response in case of humanitarian crises and to…

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309th Fighter Squadron Graduates 11 from class 15-BBC

America’s newest fighter pilots are ready to join the most lethal combat air force the world has ever known. The eight active-duty and three Air National Guard officers of class 15-BBC have successfully completed the F-16 Basic Course and will celebrate this accomplishment today with loved ones, academic instructors, and instructor pilots. Class 15-BBC’s stay…

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PEOPLE FIRST April 8, 2016

Posted  April 7, 2016

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Wartime innovation saves…

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Welcome to Luke!

Posted  April 1, 2016

Welcome to Luke Air Force Base and our “75 Years of Airpower” air show. We are very excited about this year’s event as we open our gates to our incredible neighbors and fellow Arizonans. The men and women of Luke are proud to call the Valley home and to share our mission with each and…

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Luke Air Show Events Saturday & Sunday

Posted  April 1, 2016

Gates open, static aircraft viewable, vendors open 9:00 a.m. Aerial demonstrations 11:00 a.m. • Desert Rats CJ-6 • Acemaker T-33 • Tora Tora Tora • F-35 Heritage Flight Team • Alabama Boys • 56th Fighter Wing Air Support Capabilities • Red Bull Demonstration Team • U.S. Army Golden Knights • Jack Link’s Screamin’ Sasquatch •…

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56th Fighter Wing 1941 – 2016

Posted  April 1, 2016

The 56th Fighter Wing, one of the most highly decorated aviation units in history, traces its heritage to the 56th Pursuit Group, which first activated on Jan. 15, 1941, at Savannah Air Base, Georgia. Redesignated a fighter group, the unit was equipped with the P-47 Thunderbolt and then reassigned to England. On April 13, 1943,…

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Arizona Balloon Buster namesake of Luke

Posted  April 1, 2016

In September 1918, 2nd Lt. Frank Luke Jr., Arizona native, made aviation history in World War I when he wreaked havoc on the aerial fleets of Germany. During an 18-day period of which Luke flew only eight days, he destroyed 18 enemy aircraft. Because he targeted the most dangerous prey, the heavily defended observation balloons,…

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