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People First – September 21, 2012

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Maintenance training on track to support F-35A As the Air Force begins its Operational Utility Evaluation of the F-35A Lightning II, maintenance training to support the joint strike fighter is also preparing for key program milestones. Though the first “pipeline” students — basic military training graduates — don’t begin training until January 2014, the two…

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Ducks train in high desert

Posted December 21, 2012 by Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH

One Luke Air Force Base fighter squadron spent last week in a cold, unforgiving high desert environment doing training with remote piloted aircraft, F-22s and German Tornadoes. The 309th Fighter Squadron might not have actually been cold, but they did spend Dec. 7 through 14 flying and training in the 5,000′ elevation high desert of…

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Exchange offers pricing parity

Posted February 22, 2013 by AAFES

Whether service members are here at Luke Air Force Base, on temporary duty or deployed, they can expect to find the same or very similar prices at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities worldwide. The practice is known as pricing parity and the prices for products available around the world are established centrally. “While…

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Air Force News – April 19, 2013

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DOD releases FY 14 defense budget proposal President Barack Obama sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $526.6 billion in discretionary budget authority April 10 to fund defense programs in the base budget for fiscal 2014. The budget continues the department’s commitment to good stewardship of taxpayer dollars by seeking further consolidation of defense…

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Air Force News – June 14, 2013

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Security a priority in DOD move to mobile devices The Defense Department wants to provide secure access to information from any device, anywhere and anytime, but the priority is security, the department’s principal deputy chief information officer recently said. At a defense systems seminar, Robert Carey spoke about mobile device security and architecture before an…

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Class gives tips on making move smooth

Posted July 26, 2013 by Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH

Every year hundreds of military families move from one base to another and each move gets a little easier, but who said it didn’t have to be easy to start with. The 56th Force Support Squadron’s Airman and Family Readiness Center is here to help make it easy for everyone, whether it’s the first or…

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HVAC keeps base cool during summer months

Posted September 6, 2013 by afcent.af.mil

In a region where temperatures can get above 100 degrees every day during the summer, the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing looks to its heating, ventilation and air conditioning specialists to keep people and equipment cool.

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At ‘tip of spear,’ passion keeps pilots sharp

Posted October 18, 2013 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Shamsher Mann, 62nd Fighter Squadron commander, flies an F-16 Fighting Falcon over the Gulf of Mexico. Mann deployed to Iraq in 2001 and 2003. It’s a dark night over Baghdad. Storm clouds rumble with the sound of thunder. In poor weather, Air Force pilots move in to escort a navy strike…

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Northrop’s BACN completes 5,000 combat missions

Posted November 27, 2013 by

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force, has completed 5,000 combat missions connecting war fighters in the air and on the ground. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, video, imagery and other battlespace information from numerous sources. Using a suite of computers…

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Stocking the shelves with Lightning

Posted January 31, 2014 by Senior Airman Jason Colbert

Staff Sgt. Adam Lauersdorf, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron inbound receiving technician, unwraps main gear tires Jan. 22 for the F-35A Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base. LRS received 52,000 items in preparation for the arrival of the fighter jet, the first of which is slated to land at Luke soon.

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