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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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Equipment maintainers keep jets viable

Posted  June 30, 2016

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. — Imagine driving your car down the freeway. You are halfway to the destination with only four hours left to drive when the check engine light comes on, a tire blows and the car begins to overheat. You pull over and look at your phone, which has no signal, and…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  June 30, 2016

A message for every Airman, especially Chaplain Corps personnel: It’s a privilege to serve I shared something similar to this with my team recently. If it sounds a little preachy, well consider the fact that I’m a chaplain … Hope you enjoy it. You’ve been given the privilege of serving in the U.S. Air Force….

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PTSD awareness leads to positive treatment

Posted  June 30, 2016

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Post-traumatic stress disorder can be debilitating in some patients, but thanks to advancements in research and the continued training of mental health providers, treatments are getting better all the time. Maj. Joel Foster, Chief of Air Force Deployment Mental Health, said treating PTSD has improved dramatically in the last 20 years….

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Exchange’s online PCS guide makes move smooth

Posted  June 30, 2016

DALLAS — As PCS season kicks off for Soldiers, Airmen and their families, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has all the right moves for making a smooth transition. Exchange shoppers can visit PCS Headquarters online at www.shopmyexchange.com/PCS to find moving checklists, helpful products and more. “The Exchange understands the needs of Soldiers and…

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Justice Report July 2016

Posted  June 30, 2016

The following is a list of administrative actions and Articles 15 issued in May at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Operation Support Squadron Administrative discharges • An airman basic was discharged for drug abuse. 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • A technical sergeant received nonjudicial punishment for providing alcohol to minors. The individual received a…

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