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Thunderbirds birthed at Luke

Posted June 7, 2013 by RICK GRISET Jr.

The history of the now famous Thunderbirds began at the end of World War II. After the war, a number of commands decided to develop teams to demonstrate the capabilities and flying precision of their pilots and new jet aircraft.

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Shoplifting can take base access, career, more

Posted July 19, 2013 by Capt. RYAN DECAMP

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on the effects and consequences of shoplifting at Luke Air Force Base. Next week the article will address the effects shoplifting has on the base exchange and highlight the security system that has cut the number of thefts in half since 2009, according to Luke’s Loss…

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Air Force News – August 23, 2013

Posted August 23, 2013 by

DOD announces extending same-sex spouse benefits The Defense Department announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and DOD civilian employees, according to a DOD news release recently issued. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage…

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People First – October 4, 2013

Posted October 4, 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. Single logon…

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People First – November 15, 2013

Posted November 15, 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. Service chiefs…

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Luke pilot selected to fly F-35

Posted January 17, 2014 by Staff Sgt. TIMOTHY BOYER and Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. Joshua Arki, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot and chief of weapons and tactics, is welcomed back Dec. 31, 2013, after his final flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon on the Luke Air Force Base flightline. Arki was selected as the first Luke F-16 pilot to transition to the F-35 Lightning…

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This week in history

Posted February 21, 2014 by

1944: Big Week – Operation Argument Seventy years ago this week, Lt. Gen. Carl Spaatz launched Big Week, or Operation Argument. Even with the Allied successes in 1943, the German Air Force was still a very lethal force. Allied air superiority was a local and transient condition. While the Allies had some long-range fighters, many…

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AFR has options for separating Airmen

Posted April 4, 2014 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr. A 944th Security Forces Squadron Airman fires on the enemy March 3 during Combat Operations Readiness Training at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The Air Force Reserve works with active-duty Airmen to help with exercise-related missions. Active-duty Airmen at Luke Air Force Base interested in joining the Reserve should call Master…

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News Briefs May 16, 2014

Posted May 16, 2014 by

Change of command Lt. Col. Kevin Cruikshank will relinquish command of the 425th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. John Forino at 8:42 a.m. May 30 in Hangar 840. 309th FS stand down Lt. Col. Stephane Wolfgeher will relinquish command of the 309th Fighter Squadron in a stand down ceremony at 5:03 p.m. May 30 in…

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Ammo builds warheads for mission

Posted June 27, 2014 by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA

Pedro Mota Senior Airman Valerie Pessefal, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line crew member, tows a missile trailer at Luke Air Force Base. The missiles are being towed from the precision guided munitions section to the flightline. Speak softly and carry a big stick … or a rocket launcher. Luke Airmen expended 11,491 bombs, 611,156…

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