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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

AF names award winners

Posted  December 2, 2016

The following individual and wing received Air Force-level awards: Air Force Outstanding Unit July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015: 56th Fighter Wing Hap Arnold Award for Excellence in Public Affairs 56th FW Public Affairs 2016 Air Force Automotive Service Excellence Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Sevaaetasi, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron

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607th ACS graduates 34

Posted  December 2, 2016

The 607th Air Control Squadron graduated 34 students in October and November: Distinguished graduates: Senior Airman Steven Choi, 726th ACS and Airman 1st Class David Logan, 116th ACS. Other graduates according to course: Surveillance tech 726th ACS Airman 1st Class Kyle Ford 134th ACS Senior Airman Oliver Hughes and Airman 1st Class Matthew Means 606th…

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ALS graduates 35 senior airmen

Posted  December 2, 2016

The John L. Rhodes Airman Leadership School graduated 35 senior airmen Oct. 27 in class 16-7. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Robert Shilander, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduates: Timothy Wallace, 56th Medical Operations Squadron; Mark Edwards, 756th AMXS; and Kevin Noonan, 943rd Mission Support Flight Commandant’s Award: Regina Fragale, 120th Operations…

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Tbolts bring home AETC awards

Posted  December 2, 2016

The following received Air Education and Training Command-level awards: 2017 Commander-in-Chief’s Installation Excellence: Luke Air Force Base 2016 Aviation Resource Management NCO: Staff Sgt. Adrian Parker, 56th Operations Support Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Benjamin Taylor, 62nd Fighter Squadron 2016 Weapons Safety Manager: Thomas Todd, 56th FW Safety 2016 Public Affairs Communication Excellence 56th Fighter…

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Vet chooses to honor Air Force, gives thanks

Posted  December 2, 2016

Veterans Day has been set aside to honor the men and women who serve now or have served and the sacrifices they made for their country in the U.S. armed forces. It’s also a time for veterans to appreciate what the military has provided for them. For some that’s a new life, self-confidence and a…

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