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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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2016 in Photos — 4

Posted  January 6, 2017

Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell Larry Miel, WWII veteran, shakes hands with F-35 Heritage Flight Team members before practice for the Luke Air Force Base air show April 1. Several WWII veterans came out to view the practice event, which included performances from the U.S. Thunderbirds and the F-35 Heritage Flight Team. Senior Airman James Hensley…

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2016 in Photos — 3

Posted  January 6, 2017

Staff Sgt. Grace Lee Senior Airman Anna Sherman, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron individual protective equipment journeyman, practices fitting an Improved Outer Tactical Vest on Senior Airman Georgette Moore, 56th LRS IPE journeyman, at Luke Air Force Base. IPE Airmen issue mobility oriented protection gear, outer tactical vests, helmets and more. Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan…

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2016 in Photos — 2

Posted  January 6, 2017

Staff Sgt. Grace Lee Tech. Sgt. Jessica Keller, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog kennel master, works out Feb. 11 at EOS Fitness in Avondale, Arizona. Keller won first place in the National Physique Committee Tournament of Champions in the women’s figure category December 2015 in San Diego. Luther Mitchell Jr. Six F-16 fighting…

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2016 in Photos — 1

Posted  January 6, 2017

Senior Airman Grace Lee Senior Airman Spencer Huber, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft metal technology journeyman, plasma cuts a part Jan. 7 for aerospace ground equipment at Luke Air Force Base. Aircraft metals technology Airmen weld, cut and form metal to fix aircraft parts, AGE, fabricate tools to better assist crew chiefs, and more. Staff…

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Street Beat

Posted  January 6, 2017

The 56th SFS Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets SFS issued citations for 91 moving and 16 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 28: SFS medical services responded to a report of a major vehicle accident at the intersection of Litchfield Road and Lightning Street. Medical…

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