Air Force

August 9, 2013

This week in history August 9, 2013

Officiating the activation ceremony was then Col. Gilmary Hostage III, 56th Operations Group commander and currently the Air Combat Command commander. Accepting the guidon was the new 21st Fighter Squadron commander, Lt. Col. James “Rusty” Mitchell. Now retired, Mitchell runs the Community Initiatives Team at Luke.

 

Aug. 8, 1996: 21st FS activates at Luke AFB

The 21st Fighter Squadron activated on Aug. 8, 1996, at Luke Air Force Base to conduct F-16 Fighting Falcon training for Taiwan air force pilots.

The Taiwan government bought 50 F-16 aircraft through the Foreign Military Sales program. The purchase was a major step in the modernization of the Taiwan air force’s inventory. Since the Taiwan air force lacked F-16 experienced pilots, it paid the U.S. Air Force to train their pilots to fly the F-16 and become instructor pilots.




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Ramping up …

An F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter prepares to land Aug. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. This is the fifth F-35 aircraft currently assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron with more on the way before the end of the year.
 
 

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...
 
 

Knocking it out of park means excellence

Over the past several years the Defense Department has seen an unprecedented reduction in force. Twenty years ago when I was a young Airman learning the Air Force ropes, our active-duty force was more than 421,000 strong. Today, our end strength stands at just over 323,000 Airmen, a reduction of roughly 100,000 personnel. Because of...
 

 

Gut check: Where do you stand?

Since the beginning of our Air Force careers, the majority of us have been taught that in order to lead, we need to lead by example and lead from the front. Today, that has not changed. However, as we all know, it is virtually impossible for all to be in front at the same time,...
 
 
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JAMES HENSLEY

Nursing fellows take on trauma training

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, and Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander, congratulate the 56th Medical Group nurses who graduated from the Critical Care and Eme...
 
 

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...
 




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