Senior Airman Devante Williams
Air Force

RSAF hone combat skills during Forging Sabre exercise

Posted December 17, 2015 by by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Luke Air Force Base hosted Forging Sabre, a large group exercise involving members of the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces Nov. 30 through Dec. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. “Exercise Forging Sabre consists of day and night large-force employment in scenario-based training,” said Lt. Col. John Forino, 425th Fighter Squadron commander. “We also integrate…

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JAMES HENSLEY
Air Force

MWD handler — not an ordinary Airman

Posted December 17, 2015 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

While most dogs are considered pets, in the Air Force a select few Airmen view them as partners and lifesavers for not just themselves, but for others. These Airmen are trained to deploy with military working dogs who detect explosive devices in advance of lives being in danger. One Airman came into the Air Force…

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Arnold test teams prep F-35 for external weapons release

Posted December 10, 2015 by Courtesy of af.mil

Testing in the aerodynamic wind tunnels at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex helped prepare the Navy variant of the F-35 Lightning II for its first external weapons release, officials said. During a flight completed by the F-35 Integrated Task Force in September, four 500-pound Guided Bomb Unit-12 laser-guided inert bombs were successfully released from the…

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All Air Force occupations open to women

Posted December 10, 2015 by

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced all occupations in the U.S. military will be open to men and women alike during a press conference Dec. 3. The announcement came after a thorough review of findings from the last three years of studies, and the subsequent recommendation of service secretaries and the chairman of the…

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Shoppers support service members with gift cards

Posted December 10, 2015 by Courtesy of Army & Air Force Exchange Service

Luke Air Force Base Exchange shoppers can send a little holiday cheer to military service members this year by purchasing an Exchange gift card. Service members can use Exchange gift cards to purchase snacks, electronics, books, clothing or even jewelry at any Army, Air Force, Navy or Marine Corps exchange. “Purchasing an Exchange gift card…

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STACI MILLER
Air Force

Gone, never forgotten

Posted December 10, 2015 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

Military can be devastating to a child, but one program aims to show children they’re not alone and are still part of the military family. Thunderbolts from Luke Air Force Base participated as mentors in the Transition Assistance Program for Survivors camp Dec. 5 in Scottsdale. “TAPS provides an opportunity for grieving children to honor…

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Forging Sabre

Posted December 4, 2015 by Senior Airman James Hensley

Senior Airman James Hensley F-15 Eagles from the 428th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, arrived Nov. 19 at Luke Air Force Base. The Eagles came in support of the training exercise Forging Saber, an exercise involving the 428th FS, 425th FS and members of the Republic of Singapore armed forces. The exercise…

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Air Force Academy LEAD visits Luke

Posted December 4, 2015 by by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

An Air Force Academy representative came to Luke Air Force Base Nov. 17 to provide information about opportunities for young Airmen looking to commission in the Air Force. The Air Force has officers to lead the enlisted core, and through programs such as the Leaders Encouraging Airman Development, enlisted Airmen can commission to second lieutenant….

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Exchange offers ‘Frisco’ sweepstakes

Posted December 4, 2015 by Courtesy of Army Air Force Exchange Service

This holiday season, Exchange shoppers have the chance to win a gift they’ll never forget – an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco, California. Through Dec. 24, shoppers can enter to win airline tickets, two nights in a local hotel, a meal allowance and spending money for their trip as part of the…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS
Air Force

Lightning Leadership course open to all

Posted December 4, 2015 by Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

  Airmen from Luke Air Force Base gathered Nov. 19 to learn about leadership techniques in a professional development program here designed to promote leadership through a series of guided discussions. “Lighting Leadership Gold is about learning and growing together,” said Master Sgt. Ida Bushey, 56th Force Support Squadron career assistance advisor. “It’s designed to…

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