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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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K-9s mission-ready at Luke

Posted  February 3, 2017

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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Heart: Leading cause of death in men, women

Posted  February 3, 2017

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women; locally, this disease currently affects 203 Luke community members. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, the 56th Medical Group Health Promotions team is participating in American Heart Month. Join the team for a 30-minute walk at 11 a.m….

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Protect those pearly whites

Posted  February 3, 2017

Sports activities are a common hobby that many Airmen enjoy. Unfortunately, many sports carry some risk of injury. A commonly overlooked area prone to injury is the mouth, including the teeth and gums. Basketball, for instance, is fun until a stray pass hits a player in the face leaving one less tooth with which to…

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2017 TSP contribution limits announced

Posted  February 3, 2017

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board and Internal Revenue Service have announced the annual contribution limits for the Thrift Savings Plan for 2017. They will remain unchanged from 2016 except for a traditional tax-exempt increase. Those limits are: • Traditional deferred\ROTH\Combination limit: $18,000 • Traditional deferred\ROTH\Combination catch-up limit: $6,000 • Traditional tax-exempt: $54,000 NOTE: The…

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AETC observes 75th anniversary, birth of professional Air Force

Posted  February 3, 2017

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Education and Training Command celebrated its 75th anniversary on Jan. 23 – a date much more important in our nation’s heritage than a simple mark in time. Jan. 23, 1942, proved to be the birth of a professional Air Force – men and women precisely selected and trained…

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