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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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SECAF checks in on F-35 mission

Posted March 17, 2016 by by Tech. Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited Luke Air Force Base March 9 and 10, to meet with Airmen and gain a better understanding of its mission with a focus on F-35 Lightning II operations, and its maintenance and training facilities. During her first visit to the base, James held an all-call where…

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Changes of command begin

Posted June 2, 2016 by

The following units will change command this year. Dates are subject to change. June 3 56th Fighter Wing command chief Relinquishing: Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza (Chief Master Sgt. Todd Kirsch acting CCC) Taking: Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski 56th Operations Support Squadron Relinquishing: Lt. Col. Jason Hokaj Taking: Lt. Col. Paul Jelinek June 24…

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Career Intermission Program provides hiatus from AF active duty

Posted September 9, 2016 by Kat Bailey

A year ago, Capt. Katie Evans, a personnel officer, had two choices: leave active duty to pursue full-time parenthood and hope to return some day, or apply for the new Career Intermission Program which would allow her to leave the service for a few years with a guaranteed return to active duty. CIP provides active…

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Immersion takes Airmen out of comfort zone

Posted November 19, 2015 by Photos by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Staff Sgt. Thang Huynh, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Structural Maintenance journeyman, sets up metal plates for immersion group members to rivet. Photos by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Tech. Sgt. Michael Crumb, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Fuel Systems production supervisor, briefs Airmen in the immersion program on F-16 Fighting Falcon maintenance processes. The group…

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Delight valentine with flowers from Exchange Service

Posted February 4, 2016 by Courtesy of Army Air Force Exchange Service

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day on Luke Air Force Base, where shoppers can pick up fresh flowers, including roses, beginning Feb. 11 at the Luke Exchange. A wide variety of arrangements will be available, ranging from single roses to dozen-rose bouquets. “The Exchange loves to make any gift-giving occasion simple and easy…

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Cadet IPs teach AF Academy sophomores to soar in Arizona

Posted April 7, 2016 by by Tech. Sgt. JASMINE REIF

Blizzard-like conditions may have struck the U.S. Air Force Academy earlier this month, but in Arizona the weather was perfect for cadet instructor pilots who taught academy sophomores the art of soaring in Coolidge, Arizona.  During their two-week trip to Arizona, 15 cadets and four officers from the 94th Flying Training Squadron’s Academy Soaring Program…

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Pokémon Go — not all fun, games

Posted August 4, 2016 by Courtesy of 96th Test Wing Judge Advocate office

Watch out! Everyone’s favorite game from the ‘90s is back, this time in the form of a mobile phone application. That’s right, with Nintendo’s release of its new Pokémon Go mobile game, people across America are catching Pokémon fever again. Wondering how the game works? Well, Pokémon Go uses a mobile phone’s GPS to spot…

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T-bolts see ‘big picture’ in immersion program

Posted October 2, 2015 by by Airman PEDRO MOTA

Want to learn more about the missions of other squadrons at Luke? Every quarter the 56th Fighter Wing hosts an immersion program to provide enlisted Airmen in the ranks airman basic to technical sergeant with a glimpse into the inner workings of the four groups on base and 56th FW agencies as well. “Members who…

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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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