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March 15, 2013

Luke’s History – EXTREME weather …

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Intense storms caused the Dysart Drainage Canal north of base to overflow Oct. 20, 1992, which resulted in more than $3 million in damages to base housing. The base flooded because of land subsiding 17 feet due to long-term pumping of ground water used by the base and local farmers.

 
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Heavy rains flooded Luke Air Force Base July 1, 1951. Residents of nearby Glendale took in military families whose quarters were damaged by flooding. The main gate, lower left, is now under the Maj. Troy Gilbert bridge that connects the east and west sides of the base. Bldg. S11, above middle, still in use today, was the headquarters building from 1941 to June 13, 2001.




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Contract signed to improve base for years to come

Being the largest fighter wing in the Air Force has its costs. Everything from school quality, the local economy, crime rates, traffic and climate, to on-base amenities, such as commissaries, are assessed to determine the best Air Force bases in the US. In order to keep the living standards high for all Airmen at Luke...
 
 

News Briefs August 15, 2014

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise today. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting indiv...
 
 

Utah outdoors adventures: Camping at Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon

Senior Airman Grace Lee The sun rises over Lake Powell, a major vacation spot to about 2 million people each year. One day my friends came up with a great idea—camping. The last time I recalled “camping” was during Vacation Bible School, which consisted of sleeping in a tent at our church’s playground for one...
 

 

News Briefs August 8, 2014

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Aug. 15. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting...
 
 

56th Operations Support Squadron forecasts for Luke AFB

Ever curious where that AtHoc notice that flies across the computer screen alerting of weather warnings and when heat index changes comes from? Credit the people at the 56th Operations Support Squadron weather forecasting and warning services. Their mission is to observe and provide weather forecasts and severe weather threats to more than 30 squadrons...
 
 
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Airfield management keeps runway tidy

Senior Airman Monica Casanova, 56th Operation Support Squadron airfield management shift lead, requests permission from the tower to go onto the runway for a foreign object debris check.   It’s said when stakes are high,...
 




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