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Technological innovations in the history of the U.S. Air Force

From the earliest days of flight, airmen strived to set or exceed new altitude, speed, and distance records. The USAF has fostered new technologies resulting in sometimes exponential improvements in these and other areas.

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U.S. Air Force celebrates 70th anniversary

U.S. military aviation has changed over the years — from bi-planes during World War I to the modern jet fighter aircraft — but one thing remains constant, the motivation and resiliency of U.S. Airmen to protect and defend their home. On Sept. 18, the U.S. Air Force will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

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Thunderbolts prepare for Air Force 70th Birthday

Sept. 18, 1947, is seen as the official birth of the Air Force which has a rich history that revolutionized how the U.S. military functions as we know it today. Today’s Air Force is comprised of more than 680,000 Airmen, made up of active duty, reservists, guardsmen and civilians all who have answered our Nation’s…

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Health assessments ensure F-35 crew chiefs are fit to fight

It was a regular day on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Modern Day Air Force

Modern Day Today, the U.S. Air Force is the largest, most capable and most technologically advanced air force in the world, with about 5,778 manned aircraft in service, approximately 156 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles, 2,130 Air-Launched Cruise Missiles, and 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The U.S. Air Force has approximately 328,439 personnel on active duty, 74,000…


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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 36 senior airmen

Posted  February 3, 2017

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 36 senior airmen Dec. 15, 2016, from class 17-1. The award winners are: John Levitow Award: Zackary Parrish, 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Distinguished graduates: Ronnie Smith, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Steven Wyrick, 56th Communications Squadron; and Jessica Berman, 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Commandant’s Award: Jessica Berman, 446th…

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56FW names quarterly award winners

Posted  February 3, 2017

The following individuals are 2016 fourth quarter award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Jaypee Simpliciano, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Andrew Klodt, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Senior NCO: Senior Master Sgt. Javier Gonzales, 56th Security Forces Squadron Company grade officer: Capt. Lauren Chaffee, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Field grade officer: Maj. Christopher Charron,…

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MSG announces quarterly, annual award winners

Posted  February 3, 2017

The following individuals are quarterly award winners: 56th Mission Support Group Airman: Senior Airman Alina Golovina, 56th Force Support Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Andrew Klodt, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Senior NCO: Senior Master Sgt. Javier Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron Company grade officer: 1st Lt. Tyler Cairel, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Field grade officer: Maj….

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AETC announces award winners

Posted  February 3, 2017

The following individuals or units are 2016 Air Education and Training Command awards winners: Air Force Aircraft Maintenance Effectiveness Medium aircraft maintenance category: 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Secretary of the Air Force special achievement Part-time SB specialist: Mary Peetz, 56th Contracting Squadron Civil engineer excellence Major General Robert C. Thompson Award (Resources excellent):  56th Civil…

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A1Cs shine to earn B-T-Z

Posted  February 3, 2017

The following 16 airmen first class were designated by the 56th Fighter Wing for below-the-zone promotion to senior airman: Turner Antonsen, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Garrett Byers, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Colin Davis, 310th AMU David Escobar, 56th Force Support Squadron Chad Hall, 56th Medical Support Squadron Alex Hayden, 56th Comptroller Squadron Xavier Knapp, 309th…

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