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F-35 Heritage Flt Team

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An F-35 Lightning II maintainer stands by to marshal Maj. Will Andreotta, 61st Fighter Squadron F-35 hertage flight pilot, during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course Feb. 10, 2017, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Heritage and demonstration teams need to be certified annually to participate in open houses and air shows worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)   F-35: Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course 2017
The heritage flight program has flown aircraft during open houses and airshows across the country. This year is the second in which the F-35 Lightning II has participated in the heritage program. From Feb. 9 to Feb. 12 the F-35 flew in formations with several aircraft including the F-22 Raptor, A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16 Fighting Falcon, P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustangs during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The purpose of this course was to prepare aircraft teams for airshows they are scheduled to travel to throughout 2017.
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56th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal Airmen fire their weapons down range during a live-fire shooting exercise Feb. 7, 2017, at the Barry M. Goldwater Range in Gila Bend, Az. During live-fire training, EOD Airmen work on accuracy by aiming down their targets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook) EOD Airmen maintain readiness
The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal Airmen participated in the fifth annual exercise called Operation Enduring Training Feb. 6 to Feb. 10 at the Barry M. Goldwater Range located southwest of Luke Air Force Base in Gila Bend, Ariz.
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Student pilots in the Air Force’s first F-35 Lightning II basic flight course class took to the skies for the first time as they entered the live flying portion of their training Feb. 8, 2017 at Luke Air Force Base. The B-course students, training under the tutelage of the experienced instructor pilots of the 61st Fighter Squadron, will become the first purely operational combat F-35 pilots in the Air Force. (Courtesy Photo) F-35’s first B-course takes flight
The Air Force’s first F-35 Lightning II basic flight course class took to the skies for the first time as they entered the live flying portion of their training Feb. 8, 2017.
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Construction of the fourth F-35 Lightning II fighter squadron began in December of 2016, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. This building will include squadron operations, an aircraft maintenance unit and a hangar which can house six F-35s, making this structure the first all-inclusive building for F-35 squadrons at Luke. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)
New construction of fourth F-35 squadron
With the F-35 Lightning II training moving ahead, new construction has begun to house more F-35s. Construction for the fourth F-35 fighter squadron broke ground in December of 2016 near the 62nd Fighter Squadron and Nondestructive Inspection Building. “The construction near the Non-destructive Inspection lab is for the hangar, squadron operations
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Volunteers from the 56th Fighter Wing Chaplain office serve free meals to Airmen and their families during the monthly flight line feast, Feb. 2, 2017 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The flight line feast is one of many community outreach events the chaplain’s office holds to get Airmen more involved and comfortable with the chaplains and the services they offer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel) Luke Chaplains welcome Airmen anytime to give support, guidance
Every job in the Air Force plays a vital role to ensure mission success. One job has a behind-the-scenes role which is crucial for the guidance and support into the daily lives of Airmen—both in and out of uniform.   The 56th Fighter Wing Chapel is comprised of four chaplains and three chaplain assistants who are ready, willing and able to help
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An F-35B Lightening II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., stopped at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska en route to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 12, 2017. 
The VMFA-121 was the first operational F-35B squadron in the Marine Corps, with its relocation to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing at Iwakuni. The F-35B was developed to replace the Marine Corps' F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8B Harrier and EA- 6B Prowler. The Short Take-off Vertical Landing (STOVL) sensor technology, and electronic warfare systems bring all of the access and lethality capabilities of a fifth-generation fighter, a modern bomber, and an adverse-weather, all-threat environment air support platform. 
U.S Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Mike Campbell
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK, UNITED STATES
01.12.2017 F-35B marks aviation first at JBER
On any giving day at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, you can hear sound of freedom as the F-22 Raptors circle the mountains and come in for a landing. There was a different tone to that sound Jan. 9, 2017 as the Marine F-35B Lightening II fighter jets joined the orchestration.“There aren’t a lot of firsts in the world; they happen once and that’s
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The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron central storage section was nominated   for the Air Education Training Command Department of Defense Award for Supply Chain Excellence Jan. 25, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The 56th LRS received the award due to their excellence in providing supply support to the Air Force’s largest fighter wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook) LRS receives Supply Chain Excellence Award
Due to their outstanding work, the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron was nominated for the Air Education Training Command Department of Defense Award for Supply Chain Excellence.
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Airman 1st Class Kathryn Decker 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load team member, prepares a GBU-12 bomb during the Annual Load Crew Competition Jan. 27, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Teams consisted of three Airmen each from various AMUs working together to successfully load weapons on an F-16 Fighting Falcon or the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook) Annual Load Crew Competition
Airman 1st Class Kathryn Decker 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load team member, prepares a GBU-12 bomb during the Annual Load Crew Competition Jan. 27, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Teams consisted of three Airmen each from various AMUs working together to successfully load weapons on an F-16 Fighting Falcon or the F-35 Lightning II
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Airman 1st Class Jordan Barker, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron precision measurement equipment laboratory technician, and Tech. Sgt. Miguel Ruiz, 56th CMS noncommissioned officer-in-charge of production control, simulate a test measurement diagnostic equipment procedure Jan. 24, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The TMDE is used to create a job control number which is the beginning stages of getting an item recalibrated.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota) PMEL Calibrates on a Standard Level
When performing maintenance on essential military equipment, the precision and accuracy of the testing tool is crucial. The Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory examines these testing tools regularly to ensure a set standard. “PMEL is responsible for the accuracy of approximately 6,300 pieces of test equipment here at Luke Air Force Base,”
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Sandy Cooper, 56th Force Support Squadron education services specialist, assists Senior Airman Kevin Dawson, 56th Comptroller Squadron finance technician, with using the Air Force Virtual Education Center application Jan. 25, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The education office helps guide Airmen through the education process and goals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley) Education, direction: What is available to Airmen?
When it comes to education, there are many unknown variables and various directions Airmen can take to further themselves in their career or future. There are resources available at the education office located on the third floor of building 1150 whose goal is to help alleviate some of the concerns Airmen may have when it comes to seeking a higher
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