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Civil Air Patrol helps Luke grow

Posted August 10, 2012 by By Senior Airman C.J. Hatch

Unbeknownst to many, there is a small squadron at Luke Air Force Base with the sole purpose of helping the base in unconventional ways.

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People First – October 19, 2012

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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 facilities…

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Air Force News – January 25, 2013

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GI Bill education transfer incurs 4 years for Airmen When initially implemented, the Post-9/11 GI Bill education transfer program was phased in to enable Airmen nearing retirement to accept a 1-, 2- or 3-year active-duty service commitment. That phase-in period expired July 31, 2012, and all active-duty Airmen now incur a four-year ADSC, said Bruce…

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F-16 bread, butter of LAFB for 30 years

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Mission The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the U.S. and allied nations. Features In an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can fly…

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BASH program keeps pilots, aircraft safe

Posted May 10, 2013 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

In 2003 a Luke Air Force Base pilot was making an approach toward Gila Bend when a turkey vulture was sucked into the aircraft engine. The pilot ejected and survived, but unfortunately, the aircraft was lost. Incidents like this one prompted the creation of a program to keep pilots safe and save the Air Force…

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Army updates ‘eyes’ of Apache helicopters

Posted July 3, 2013 by Sofia Bledsoe

The Army is incorporating a new sensor capability into its Apache helicopters. The Apache Sensors Product Office has accepted delivery of the new Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Laser Rangefinder Designator, or LRFD, the first component to be fielded in the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly. The laser represents increased capability to the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation…

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This Week in History

Posted August 16, 2013 by Richard Griset,

The Air Force accepted its first production model F-16, aircraft 78-0001, Aug. 17, 1978, from the General Dynamics plant, now Lockheed Martin, in Fort Worth, Texas. Up until 1959, U.S. fighter aircraft production starts were fairly constant.

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Emergency Management Flight: Keeping Thunderbolts at ready

Posted September 20, 2013 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Airmen 1st Class Jacob Brewer, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Readiness and Emergency Management apprentice, examines unexploded ordnance Sept. 10 at the 56th CES REM Flight building. Airmen receive chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive defense survival skill training prior to deploying. September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management…

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Legendary squadron reactivated

Posted November 1, 2013 by STEPHEN DELGADO

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Col. John Hanna, left, 56th Operation Group commander, unfurls the 61st Fighter Squadron banner with incoming commander Lt. Col. Michael Ebner, during the reactivation ceremony Oct. 25. The 61st FS will be Luke Air Force Base’s first squadron to fly the F-35A Lightning II. Luke Air Force Base marked an…

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Active-shooter exercise front, center next week

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You’re conducting business as usual, shopping at the commissary or waiting to talk with a TRICARE specialist in the Medical Clinic. Suddenly, gunshots ring out and you hear screaming. What do you do? What will the base do? To answer this question, the 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Wednesday to test military…

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