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  • Community opens joint small arms range

    It became an historic day on May 8, 2015, when Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant came to Lowndes County, Mississippi, to officially open a new small arms range. The range will be used jointly by Columbus Air Force Base Airmen, Lowndes County, city of Columbus and other local law enforcement departments for weapons qualification and training. The
  • Hecker assumes command of 19th Air Force

    Maj. Gen. James B. Hecker assumed command of 19th Air Force in a ceremony here June 23.Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command who presided over the ceremony, spoke to the importance of the 19th Air Force and the opportunity that awaits Hecker.“All aviators start in the 19th Air Force,” Rand said. “If we don’t get it right
  • F-35s gas up on fly

    F-35 Lightning II fighter pilots from the 61st Fighter Squadron connected with Airmen from the Arizona Air National Guard's 161st Air Refueling Wing June 5 to practice air-to-air refueling.The 161st ARW is right down the road in Phoenix and provides a valuable service to Luke Air Force Base and its pilots."Luke is our active-duty sister unit," said
  • Aussie F-35s rack up 100th sortie

    The Royal Australian Air Force hit the century mark at Luke Air Force Base June 3 as their F-35s notched their 100th sortie.The partner nation is the first of 10 countries beyond the U.S. to arrive and train on F-35s at Luke. Australia currently has two of the fifth-generation jets assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron's Top Dogs. The first
  • Brig. Gen. Guastella addresses JSUPT 15-10 graduates

    A veteran Air Force aviator touted professional service and sacrifice as part of his keynote speech during a Joint specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training graduation at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, June 12.Just weeks before being promoted to major general and assuming a NATO post, Brig. Gen. Joseph Guastella told JSUPT Class 15-10 that a
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