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Red Alert courtesy of 57th Wing

Posted January 21, 2016 by Photos by Airman Pedro Mota

Lt. Col. Zach Manning, 64th Aggressor Squadron director of operations, checks the electronic countermeasure pod. The ECM pod is used to replicate advisory tactics. Photos by Airman Pedro Mota Staff Sgt. Zachary Jones preps the 64th Aggressor Squadron flagship Jan. 7 at Luke Air Force Base. Both the crew chief and pilot conduct prelaunch checks…

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This week in history – January 15, 2016

Posted January 14, 2016 by

Jan. 15, 1940: Groups activate at Luke Seventy-five years ago today two of the current groups in the 56th Fighter Wing activated for the first time. Today they are the 56th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base and the 54th Fighter Group at Holloman AFB, New Mexico. The next day, another group activated for…

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Green Dot to roll out across the Air Force

Posted January 14, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

WASHINGTON — Airmen will take the first step of a five-year strategy to decrease interpersonal violence across the service in January when 1,500 Airman implementers attend one of 22 Green Dot prep sessions worldwide. The Air Force contracted the nonprofit Green Dot organization to provide these violence prevention tools to the total Air Force over…

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F-35 joins loaders’ friendly rivalry

Posted January 14, 2016 by

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Airman 1st Class Matthew Wolfel, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, prepares to load an F-35 Lightning ll during the 2015 fourth quarter weapon’s loading competition Dec. 18 at Luke Air Force Base. Courtesy photo Weapons load crew members from the 61st AMU load an F-35 Lightning ll during…

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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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