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June 21, 2013

This Week in History: June 21

The Phoenix metro area had been growing for several decades.

The original Community Initiatives Team was made up of, from left, Rusty Mitchell, Eric Binkley, Mike Hanson and Bob Dubsky.

As a result of a number of local development decisions and the 1991 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, Williams Air Force Base, 50 miles east of Luke AFB, closed March 31, 1993. With its closure, development in the East Valley dramatically slowed, but continued to boom in the West Valley.

By 2001, local development decisions began to impact Luke’s training operations. The Community Initiatives Team formally stood up June 16, 2003, by then Col. Philip Breedlove, 56th Fighter Wing commander. He selected Rusty Mitchell to lead the team. Over the last ten years, the team has worked managed-growth issues by improving communication with West Valley cities and other stakeholders.




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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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