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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

FSS leader assumes command

Posted  November 6, 2015

  Reservists from the 944th Fighter Wing gathered at Luke Air Force Base Oct. 25, to witness the newest squadron leader assume command. Maj. Melissa Greene, 944th Force Support Squadron commander, received the squadron guidon from Col. Paul Theisen, 944th Mission Support Group commander, during an assumption of command ceremony thus assuming control of the…

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SHIRT’S CORNER – First line leader need not be left out

Posted  November 6, 2015

As experienced supervisors and leaders, are we empowering our junior leaders to spread their wings as supervisors and leaders at their level? Specifically, I’m referring to the day-to-day leadership roles within the work area. I can remember as a young staff sergeant, my team relied on me to motivate them, teach them and correct them….

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Aim High, Airmen!

Posted  November 6, 2015

I firmly believe the best things in life are the triumphs that make you proud – the ones that do not come easy. All of the things I consider to be my greatest accomplishments have required sustained effort. Obtaining my degree, being commissioned into the Air Force, passing my certification exam and running a half…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … November 13, 2015

Posted  November 12, 2015

November is the month in which the United States celebrates Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a civil holiday, yet it has deep spiritual and religious roots. It is a great time to express gratitude not only to the people whose lives have made a difference in our own, but more importantly, it is a time to thank…

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Citizen Airmen give civilian bosses behind-scenes look

Posted  November 12, 2015

The 944th Fighter Wing Air Force Reserve unit at Luke Air Force Base hosted Boss’s Day 2015 on Nov. 7 providing more than 85 employers a peek into the military service of their employees. In an action-packed day designed to show local and out-of-state civilian employers a day in the life of citizen Airmen, the…

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