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Birth of a flagship

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Courtesy photo An F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter taxis at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, facility just before its first flight March 31. This jet is one of several Lightning IIs destined for Luke Air Force Base in the near future after flight testing. Tail number 5056 is scheduled to be the 56th Fighter…

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Air Force News – June 12, 2015

Posted June 12, 2015 by

Alaska A tanker task force assembled at Eielson Air Force Base from the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild AFB, Washington, and the 22nd ARW from McConnell AFB, Kansas for exercise Amalgam Dart. Joined by 300 military personnel and 15 aircraft, the North American Aerospace Defense Command exercise affords American and Canadian forces field training…

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Lightning strikes … Spikes receive first jet

Posted August 14, 2015 by

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Boyer Lt. Col. Gregory Frana, 62nd Fighter Squadron commander, prepares to step from the cockpit of the unit’s first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter Monday at Luke Air Force Base. Frana flew the jet from the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas, to Luke where it became the 62nd FS’s…

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Educating the sky’s eyes

Posted May 24, 2012 by Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert

Senior Airman Leslie Eccles, 56th Operations Support Squadron, briefs pilots on where possible threats will be located during their mission at Luke Air Force Base May 1. The OSS’s intelligence section is responsible for ensuring all personnel are aware of potential threats to the mission, whether they’re on the ground or in the air.

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Air Force News – July 20, 2012

Posted July 20, 2012 by anradmin

Arkansas Airmen at Little Rock Air Force Base recently received 721 iPads to be used as electronic flight bags for C-130 Hercules aircrews as part of Air Mobility Command’s effort to reduce paper waste and costs by replacing flight bags and loads of paperwork they hold with the electronic tablets.   New York Tactical Air Control…

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People First

Posted September 7, 2012 by

Redesigned program eases transition to civilian life A redesigned program will help ease every Airman’s transition to civilian life and better apply their military experience, Air Force officials said. The program is the first major overhaul of the transition assistance program for military members in nearly 20 years. The effort began in response to a…

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Air Force News – November 30, 2012

Posted November 30, 2012 by tomlear

F-35 begins integration phase of weapons testing The F-35 Lighting II, Joint Strike Fighter began the integration phase of weapons testing Oct. 26 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., when the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing aircraft successfully completed the first in-flight test with an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. It was the first…

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Trip reduction survey gauges success

Posted February 22, 2013 by Staff Sgt. CJ HATCH

Maricopa County Air Quality Department recently sent out the annual trip reduction survey and Luke Air Force Base is within the area affected by the survey. The Trip Reduction Program began in the late 1980s as part of the State of Arizona’s response to a court ruling requiring greater efforts to reduce air pollution. One…

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Luke Air Force Base Integrated Delivery System

Posted April 12, 2013 by

Support and resilience inventory is a self-assessment resilience tool that can be used by Airmen, family members and base leaders to gauge resilience levels. The SRI helps members and leaders identify actions needed to strengthen resilience. These actions are seen as a summary report once you’ve completed the 10 minute survey. Survey results are confidential….

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MSG evaluates services amid tight budget

Posted June 14, 2013 by 2nd Lt. CANDICE DILLITTE

In light of ongoing budgetary constraints, the 56th Mission Support Group and 56th Force Support Squadron are adopting a business case analysis approach to look at base activities here. “We’re using this approach to evaluate all our nonappropriated fund activities,” said Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th MSG commander, referring to funds that pay for morale events…

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