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23-25 Jun 16 - U.S. Air Force Explorers Commander COL Calvin Lowrie, U.S. Military Explorers Interim Committee Chair with Dr. Diane Thornton, National Director Exploring and Mr. Justin Lewter, Director of Exploring and U.S. Military Exploring Liaison at the Inaugural U.S. Military Explorers Conference at BSA Headquarters in Irving, TX. USAFX along with U.S. Army Explorers are forming a new command for all Military Exploring Units in the United States.
23 Aug 16 -(USAFA) - C4C Anna "Princess" Mendenhall, USAFX OTF 15-02 DG, now USAFA Class of 2020 accepting her shoulder boards from upperclassmen after completing BCT recently. You keep on trucking Anna! You join a long line of 396 ATRS Alumni for whom you are following in their footsteps. Anna is the latest of our US Air Force Explorer Cadets (an OTF 15-02 Distguished Graduate) and first female AFX Cadet to be accepted into the USAFA.
29 Aug 16 - Luke Receives Air Force's 100th F-35 on heels of IOC Announcement, Unit Activation. The F-35 Lighting II program took another huge step forward Aug. 26 when the Air Force's 100th F-35 designated AF-100 arrived here following the recent announcement of the fifth-generation jet fighter's initial operational capability.
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"This marks a milestone and shows the fact the F-35 program has continued to grow, progress and support initial operational capability," said Brig. Gen Brook Leonard, the 56th Fighter Wing commander. "It is also a 'scare factor' for our enemies that we are able to produce such an incredible platform at such a high production rate and that it's getting out in the field in larger and larger numbers."
Luke Air Force Base received its first F-35 in March 2014 and developed the training and tactics for the program. The fleet has since grown to more than 40 F-35's at the base, including those of partner nations such as Australia and Norway. The base also recently activiated its third F-35 unit -- the 63rd Fighter Squadron.