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Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

Posted March 20, 2015 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, prepares Wednesday for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training sortie at Luke Air Force Base with Senior Airman Patrick Murphy, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first…

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This week in history

Posted April 24, 2015 by Rick Griset,

Courtesy photo Lockheed F-80c Shooting Star April 25, 1950: 56th FW begins conversion from F-80 to F-86 Sixty-five years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Wing began converting from the Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star to the North American F-86 Sabre. From Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan, the wing flew air defense missions, which helped defend…

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NCOPEC bridges gap

Posted June 5, 2015 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Master Sgt. Ida Bushey, 56th Force Support Squadron career assistant advisor, asks questions during the NCO Professional Education Course May 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The NCOPEC course is held quarterly to help NCOs refresh and further develop as leaders. Luke Air Force Base recently held its quarterly, NCO Professional Enhancement…

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Air Force News – July 31, 2015

Posted July 31, 2015 by

California The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force is in the process of testing the F-35A Lightning II’s newest munitions asset, a four-barrel Gatling gun that fires 25 mm rounds known as the GAU-22/A. Unlike the Marine Corps and Navy variants, the GAU-22/A is integrated internally to the F-35A.   Bulgaria More than 100…

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Air Force News June 8, 2012

Posted June 8, 2012 by anradmin

Kentucky Airmen and volunteers from the 19th Air Support Operations Squadron are restoring a C-47 Skytrain at Fort Campbell. The plane was involved in every major airborne and glider-borne assault in the European Theater of operations, to include operations Dragoon, Market-Garden and Varsity.   North Carolina Col. Jeannie Leavitt became the first female to lead…

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Honor among the guard

Posted July 27, 2012 by Photos by Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert

Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard members bear the casket of a military veteran to the graveside. The Honor Guard is responsible for rendering final military honors to veterans across the state.

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Airmen urged to re-enlist, extend current enlistments before MilPDS upgrade

Posted September 21, 2012 by

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials are urging Regular Air Force Airmen who are eligible to re-enlist or extend their current enlistment in December and early January 2013 to complete these personnel actions through the myPers website and their base military personnel sections or force support squadrons by Nov. 15 to avoid processing delays…

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Thunderbirds headline 2013 open house

Posted December 21, 2012 by 1st Lt. RYAN DECAMP

The U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, will join Luke Air Force Base March 16 and 17 for Luke’s biennial open house and air show. Performing alongside the Thunderbirds in the air show lineup thus far include an F-16 close air support demonstration and a Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier demonstration, among others. Previous…

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People First – February 22, 2013

Posted February 22, 2013 by

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AF implements…

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Volunteering for Pat’s run …

Posted April 26, 2013 by

Photos by Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Chief Master Sgt. Steven Pleasants, 56th Security Forces Squadron security forces manager, and Capt. Tony Short, 56th SFS operations officer, salute during the national anthem Saturday before the 9th Annual Pat’s Run outside the Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University. Pat’s Run is the signature fundraising event…

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