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An A-10 Thunderbolt II shoots a flare off after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Oct. 6, 2017. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius, and short takeoff and landing capabilities, permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles) AF Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
0 10/13
2017
A four-ship formation of F-22 Raptors from the 94th Fighter Squadron and 1st Fighter Wing fly in formation over the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The aircraft were in transit back to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. after participating in Red Flag 17-4 Aug. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie) AF Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
0 9/01
2017
The 62nd Fighter Squadron attends the funeral of formers 62nd FS pilot 2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson. 62nd FS mate finally laid to rest
Nearly 50 Airmen assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, attended the funeral of former 62nd FS pilot 2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pennsylvania, Aug. 4, 2017.
0 8/09
2017
F-35A Lightning II initial qualification course graduation Luke graduates first F-35A initial qualification course
The 61st Fighter Squadron made history graduating the first F-35A Lightning II initial qualification course Aug. 5, 2017. After eight months of tremendous teamwork from across the 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base produced six F-35A fighter pilots ready for the combat Air Force.
0 8/07
2017
Tech. Sgt. Martin Wallace, 31st Fighter Wing Honor Guard lead instructor, represents his team of honor guard members as a photo is made of him on July 13, 2017, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Wallace currently leads more than 30 Airmen who are working to become fully qualified honor guardsmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cory W. Bush) AF Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
0 8/04
2017
An A-10 Thunderbolt II departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, July 6, 2017. The A-10 employs a wide variety of conventional munitions in support of OIR and the destruction of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride) AF Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
0 7/14
2017
Airmen from the 822d Base Defense Squadron storm a building to rescue a simulated hostage rescue during the Scorpion Fire Team Challenge, June 28, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The challenge was designed to push the Airmen to their physical and mental limits by incorporating written tests, hostage rescues, blindfolded weapons assembly and physical exertion sessions among 14 other challenges. Eighteen four-person teams competed during the two-day event for various prizes and bragging rights. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson) AF Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
0 7/07
2017
Writers from various publications listen to briefers and take notes during the Air Force’s third annual Magazine Day at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., June 21, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark) Magazine Day at Pentagon showcases Airmen, innovation
In the three years since its inception, the Air Force’s Magazine Day has cultivated relationships and strengthened interaction with media outlets to help spark future story ideas highlighting the innovation, courage and dedication of Airmen.
0 6/23
2017
An F-35 Lightning II performs a maneuver Sept. 12, 2016 over Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. This sortie marks the 10,000th flying hour for the F-35 program at Luke. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams) Luke AFB to resume local F-35A flying operations
The 56th Fighter Wing will resume local F-35A Lightning II flight operations June 21, 2017, following an 11-day pause after five physiological events occurred during flights from May 2-June 8, 2017.
0 6/20
2017
Default Air Force Logo Luke AFB temporarily cancels F-35A local flying ops
The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, cancelled local flying operations today for F-35A Lightning II aircraft due to a series of five incidents in which pilots have experienced hypoxia-like symptoms.
0 6/09
2017
Jeffery Schone, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron environmental engineer, poses for a portrait May 15, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. For his continual dedication to the Department of Defense mission and integrated support of sustainability initiatives, Schone recently received the 2017 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook)  Luke AFB environmental engineer receives SECDEF Environmental Award
One of these distinguished leaders is Jeffery Schone, an environmental engineer assigned to the 56th Civil Engineering Squadron, who received the 2017 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for his outstanding achievements throughout his career.
0 5/18
2017
Pictured are the Harchaoui triplets (from left): Myriam, 436th Supply Chain Operations Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Rabah, 56th Security Forces Squadron at Luke AFB, Ariz.; and Warda, 60th Medical Operations Squadron at Travis AFB, Calif. All three were born in Algeria before immigrating to the United States, and are Airmen serving in today’s Air Force. (Courtesy photo) Algerian triplets join Air Force for better future
Their journey has carried them over thousands of miles, from a barren region in Africa to California’s Simi Valley where eventually the Harchaoui triplets — Myriam, Rabah and Warda — would join the U.S. Air Force. Scott Air Force Base is now home to Myriam, who recently reflected on her unique journey.
0 5/05
2017
Default Air Force Logo Luke creates first F-35 undergraduate pilot curriculum
The first class of undergraduate pilots began training through the newly written F-35 Lightning II curriculum Dec. 5 in the F-35 Academic Training Center at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
0 12/08
2016
Lockheed Martin and Japanese Air Self-Defense Force personnel work together to taxi in the arrival of the first Foreign Military Sales F-35A onto the 944th Fighter Wing ramp Nov. 28 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The arrival marked the next step for the international F-35 training program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr.) First Japanese F-35A arrives at Luke
The F-35 program hit another milestone Nov. 28 with the arrival of the first foreign military sales F-35 at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The arrival marked the next step for the international F-35 training program as Japan took ownership of the first FMS aircraft to arrive at Luke AFB.
0 12/02
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Dec. 2
On this look around the Air Force the first Japanese F-35 arrives at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona; Edwards AFB in California is testing ways to save fueling cost for the C-17 Globemaster III; and the Air Force band performs at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
0 12/02
2016
An F-35 Lightning II flies alongside an F-16 Fighting Falcon June 25, 2015, at Luke Air Force Base. In October, F-35 and F-16 pilots began integrated training designed to improve mission cooperation and flight skills in both airframes. (Courtesy Photo) F-35 begins integrated training with F-16 at Luke
In October, pilots of the 56th Fighter Wing began flying integrated direct support practice sorties in the F-35A Lightning II and the F-16 Fighting Falcon for the first time as a regular component of the training curriculum at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
0 11/29
2016
The Air Force’s 100th F-35 Lightning II lands atr Luke Air Force Base, Ariz, on Aug. 26, 2016. The aircraft, designated AF-100, marks a milestone for the F-35 program as it continues to grow, progress and support initial operational capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland)
Luke receives Air Force’s 100th F-35 on heels of IOC announcement, unit activation
The F-35 Lightning II program took another huge step forward Aug. 26 when the Air Force’s 100th F-35, designated AF-100, arrived at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, following the recent announcement of the fifth-generation jet fighter’s initial operational capability.
0 8/27
2016
Default Air Force Logo AF releases criteria for basing new F-16 training squadrons
The Air Force released basing criteria Aug. 11 that will be used to select candidate bases to establish additional permanent formal training units using F-16 Fighting Falcons from Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
0 8/11
2016
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, receives instruction from Lt. Col. Rhett Hierlmeier, 56th Training Squadron director of operations on a flight simulator, March 10, 2016, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. James toured the Academic Training Center and received briefings on the progress of F-35 Lightning II operations, pilot training, and simulators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams) James visits Luke AFB for more insight on F-35 ops
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James met with Airmen to gain a better understanding of Luke Air Force Base’s mission with a focus on F-35 Lightning II operations, and its maintenance and training facilities March 9-10. During her first visit to the base, James held an all call where she took time to thank Airmen and give her impressions of Luke AFB.
6 3/11
2016
Members of the first ever F-35 Lightning II heritage flight team from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. participate in the Heritage Flight Conference at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., March 4-6, 2016. The heritage flight program features modern USAF fighter aircraft flying alongside World War II, Korean and Vietnam era aircraft in a dynamic display of our nation's air power history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller) F-35 to touch down at air shows around the world
Aviation and F-35A Lightning II fanatics have something special to look forward to this 2016 air show season. The Lightning II qualified March 6 at the Heritage Flight Conference at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, to take part in the Air Combat Command Air Force Heritage Flight program.
5 3/08
2016
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