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  • Phoenix wings: Tradition carries on through third aviator

    The World War II era conjures visions of monochromatic film flickering in sync with the distinctive pop of a reel-to-reel projector, coupled with a monotone voice-over description of planes roaring overhead, gunfire whizzing back and forth and explosions dealing real death and destruction. Those jarring images of WWII have a more grave meaning to the Byrd family. And for 2nd Lt. Colin Asbury, 47th Flying Training Wing pilot, the wings he now wears on his chest are a vivid reminder and direct link to those WWII sights and sounds. Asbury, who recently graduated the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training program at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, had a pair of aviator’s wings pinned by Lt. Col. (ret.) Thomas Byrd May 18, 2018, as the third pilot to wear the set dating back to 1941. Air Force pilots inherently ground themselves with their tradition, as does the rest of the aviation community. And the passing of wings is a time-honored tradition focused on the pedigree of pride and honor.
  • Newest PACE video highlights team concept, contributions of Civilian employees

    The Profession of Arms Center of Excellence unveiled “Teamwork,” Aug. 11th, which is the newest Heritage Today video. “Teamwork” highlights the importance of military and civilians working together; and the impact and value Air Force civilians bring to the fight.
  • Know your heritage, live the mission: 100 years of 48th Squadron lineage

    Along with the centennial commemoration of America’s entry into World War I, 2017 also marks the 100th anniversary of the 48th Squadron.
  • Keesler furthers MTL development with new building, resources

    The 81st Training Support Squadron’s Military Training Leader Course schoolhouse has a new home in Lott Hall, where the first course in the new building began July 17.The instructors, formerly based in Allee Hall, only had a couple classrooms at their disposal. They now have access to a dedicated training area and resources.“The new space is
  • The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen

    The fourth Thursday in March has become a significant date in Arizona as a day to celebrate the famed Tuskegee Airmen who helped shape the diverse culture of the United States Air Force.Luke Thunderbolts, members of the Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen and community members came together to take part in the Fourth Annual Tuskegee
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