Senior Airman Grace Lee
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Luke F-35 competes first time in load crew competition

Posted January 14, 2016 by Courtesy of 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Luke F-35 competes first time in load crew competition A Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning II crew competed Dec. 18 for the first time in a load crew competition here against legacy F-16 Fighting Falcon crews. The 425th AMU scored the highest points and won the competition. Quarterly load crew competitions showcase the combat…

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Year in Photos – November 2015

Posted January 7, 2016 by

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Airmen experience welding and other metallurgy practices during an immersion exercise Nov. 13 in the 56th Maintenance Group. The 56th Force Support Squadron plans and organizes each immersion program which rotates among the wing groups and allows Airmen to learn about and experience jobs performed outside their career fields. The…

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Year in Photos – April 2015

Posted January 7, 2016 by

Senior Airman Thomas Spangler A 61st Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter taxis prior to take off April 15 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Ten F-35s from the 61st Fighter Squadron were sent to Nellis for the first-ever JSF deployment. The Las Vegas skyline is in the background. Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega…

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Year in Photos – August 2015

Posted January 7, 2016 by

Senior Airman Grace Lee Staff Sgt. Scotty Avis, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Services captain, uses the roof turret gun to simulate a fire attack on an F-16 Fighting Falcon Aug. 7 on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base. Luke firefighters practice emergency scenarios twice a month to stay proficient.

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Looking forward in 2016 … F-35 mission continues to evolve

Posted January 7, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

As the world’s premiere F-35 training base, Luke Air Force Base is constantly growing and improving to provide state-of-the-art training for F-35 Lightning ll pilots and maintainers. The F-35 is an aircraft with an international footprint unlike any other in history. Currently, Luke has two F-35 squadrons but will eventually be home to six squadrons,…

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Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan
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Luke announces F-35 heritage flight program

Posted December 17, 2015 by Courtesy of 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The Air Force Heritage Flight program features modern U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft flying alongside World War II, Korean and Vietnam era aircraft in a dynamic display of our nation’s airpower history. “These flights will allow all Americans to learn more about the F-35 and at the same time see just how far airpower has…

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Senior Airman Devante Williams
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RSAF hone combat skills during Forging Sabre exercise

Posted December 17, 2015 by by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Luke Air Force Base hosted Forging Sabre, a large group exercise involving members of the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces Nov. 30 through Dec. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. “Exercise Forging Sabre consists of day and night large-force employment in scenario-based training,” said Lt. Col. John Forino, 425th Fighter Squadron commander. “We also integrate…

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JAMES HENSLEY
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MWD handler — not an ordinary Airman

Posted December 17, 2015 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

While most dogs are considered pets, in the Air Force a select few Airmen view them as partners and lifesavers for not just themselves, but for others. These Airmen are trained to deploy with military working dogs who detect explosive devices in advance of lives being in danger. One Airman came into the Air Force…

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Arnold test teams prep F-35 for external weapons release

Posted December 10, 2015 by Courtesy of af.mil

Testing in the aerodynamic wind tunnels at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex helped prepare the Navy variant of the F-35 Lightning II for its first external weapons release, officials said. During a flight completed by the F-35 Integrated Task Force in September, four 500-pound Guided Bomb Unit-12 laser-guided inert bombs were successfully released from the…

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All Air Force occupations open to women

Posted December 10, 2015 by

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced all occupations in the U.S. military will be open to men and women alike during a press conference Dec. 3. The announcement came after a thorough review of findings from the last three years of studies, and the subsequent recommendation of service secretaries and the chairman of the…

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