Courtesy photo
Air Force

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…

Full Story »

Air Force

Welcome to Luke!

Posted April 1, 2016 by Brig. Gen. Scott “Rolls” Pleus

Welcome to Luke Air Force Base and our “75 Years of Airpower” air show. We are very excited about this year’s event as we open our gates to our incredible neighbors and fellow Arizonans. The men and women of Luke are proud to call the Valley home and to share our mission with each and…

Full Story »

Air Force

Arizona Balloon Buster namesake of Luke

Posted April 1, 2016 by

In September 1918, 2nd Lt. Frank Luke Jr., Arizona native, made aviation history in World War I when he wreaked havoc on the aerial fleets of Germany. During an 18-day period of which Luke flew only eight days, he destroyed 18 enemy aircraft. Because he targeted the most dangerous prey, the heavily defended observation balloons,…

Full Story »

F-16 Fighting Falcon
Air Force

F-16 Fighting Falcon: Tried and True Blue

Posted April 1, 2016 by adriennek

Mission The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations. Features In an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can…

Full Story »

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller
Air Force

F-35 takes its place in history

Posted April 1, 2016 by adriennek

Mission  The F-35 is the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter. It will replace the Air Force’s aging fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt II’s, which have been the primary fighter aircraft for more than 20 years, and bring with it an enhanced capability to survive in the advanced threat environment in which…

Full Story »

Air Force

Lightning II to touch down at air shows world wide

Posted April 1, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

Aviation and F-35A fanatics have something special to look forward to this 2016 air show season. The Lightning II qualified March 6 at the Heritage Flight Conference at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, to take part in the Air Combat Command Air Force Heritage Flight program. The program features modern U.S. Air Force fighter…

Full Story »

Air Force

The mail must go through …

Posted March 24, 2016 by Senior Airman James Hensley

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Moriah Farnam, 56th Communications Squadron official mail clerk, meters postage onto a piece of mail March 11 at Luke Air Force Base. Mail clerks deliver to correspondents across the wing to keep the mission going.

Full Story »

Air Force

Outerwear …

Posted March 24, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Grace Lee

Staff Sgt. Grace Lee Senior Airman Anna Sherman, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron individual protective equipment journeyman, practices fitting an Improved Outer Tactical Vest on Senior Airman Georgette Moore, 56th LRS IPE journeyman, at Luke Air Force Base. IPE Airmen issue mobility oriented protection gear, outer tactical vests, helmets and more.

Full Story »

Air Force

Robinson tapped to be first female combatant commander

Posted March 24, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter has named a new commander for U.S. Northern Command to be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed, the new Northern Command chief will be the first woman to lead a U.S. combatant command. Carter made the announcement to pick Gen. Lori Robinson during a media interview March 18. President…

Full Story »

Photo by Staff Sgt. 
STACI MILLER
Air Force

Luke F-35s drop first weapons

Posted March 24, 2016 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

The F-35A Lightning II program took another step toward initial operational capability March 15 when two aircraft assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron successfully employed four laser-guided bombs on the Barry M. Goldwater Range. This marked the first weapons release by F-35s assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base. “Today we…

Full Story »


All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.