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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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LRS receives Supply Chain Excellence Award

Posted  February 3, 2017

Due to their outstanding work, the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., was nominated for the Air Education Training Command Department of Defense Award for Supply Chain Excellence.

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Tucson VA chaplains to participate in Four Chaplains Memorial Service

Posted  February 3, 2017

Chaplains from the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System will be participating in the City of Tucson, Veterans’ Affairs Committee annual Four Chaplains Memorial Service 1 p.m., Feb. 5 at Kino Veterans Memorial Park, 2805 E. Ajo Way. The park is located across from the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.  The memorial service honors four World…

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Annual load crew competition

Posted  February 3, 2017

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Airman 1st Class Kathryn Decker 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load team member, prepares a GBU-12 bomb during the Annual Load Crew Competition Jan. 27, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Teams consisted of three Airmen each from various AMUs working together to successfully load…

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Blended Retirement System Opt-In training now available to all Airmen

Posted  February 1, 2017

The Defense Department will implement the new Blended Retirement System in less than a year. While no one needs to make a decision until Jan. 1, 2018, all Airmen should take advantage of training and informational resources to research their options during 2017. Airmen eligible for the new BRS will begin receiving email notifications in…

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Around the Air Force: Feb. 1

Posted  February 1, 2017

On this look around the Air Force, a $2.1 billion contract is approved for the third Low Rate Initial Production lot of KC-46A Pegasus tankers, the military deputy of the assistant secretary of Air Force acquisition talks tech, and a repair network enhancement program has saved over $5 million.

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