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F-35 joins loaders’ friendly rivalry

Posted January 14, 2016 by

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Airman 1st Class Matthew Wolfel, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, prepares to load an F-35 Lightning ll during the 2015 fourth quarter weapon’s loading competition Dec. 18 at Luke Air Force Base. Courtesy photo Weapons load crew members from the 61st AMU load an F-35 Lightning ll during…

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Robinson tapped to be first female combatant commander

Posted March 24, 2016 by Courtesy of af.mil

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter has named a new commander for U.S. Northern Command to be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed, the new Northern Command chief will be the first woman to lead a U.S. combatant command. Carter made the announcement to pick Gen. Lori Robinson during a media interview March 18. President…

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Hill AFB maintainers gain experience at Luke

Posted November 19, 2015 by Story and photos by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, finished advanced training on maintenance procedures for the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The Hill Airmen are part of a continuous cycle of maintainers being sent to Luke from Hill in order to develop their skills in two phases of training, first under…

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Tier organizations focus on Airmen

Posted February 4, 2016 by Story and photos by Airman PEDRO MOTA

An Airman walks into work believing it is another day at the office and is shocked to find out he has won an award for going above and beyond. The Focus Five Six NCO council carried out a similar scenario for Airman 1st Class Sean Jones, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron storage and issue apprentice, Jan….

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DoD Announces Pilot Tutor Program for Service Members

Posted April 14, 2016 by By Erin Roberts

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Officials with the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Program and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support announced the launch of a pilot tutoring program that will provide service members with tutoring support at no cost, anytime, anywhere. “If a service member is struggling with a college course or simply needs help…

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Crew chiefs struck by Lightning II

Posted October 9, 2015 by Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Lt. Col. David Lemery, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, speaks with the new dedicated crew chiefs during the recognition ceremony. According to Lemery, service as a dedicated crew chief is a unique opportunity that is met with pride, professionalism and enthusiasm by every individual who is selected for the privilege of crewing the world’s most…

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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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Jumping Jack flash, it’s a gas …

Posted March 3, 2016 by Senior Airman James Hensley

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Alex Allison, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels laboratory technician, performs a flash test at Luke Air Force Base. The test checks the quality of the sample of Jet A fuel which is used for aircraft at Luke.

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Reserve, active-duty work side-by-side

Posted October 22, 2015 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

People may hear about joint operations between the U.S. Air Force and foreign countries when it comes to training pilots and maintainers, but it’s rare to hear of Air Force reservists working hand-in-hand with active-duty Airmen. This is part of the total force integration at Luke to improve training and upkeep on aircraft by including…

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Luke F-35 competes first time in load crew competition

Posted January 14, 2016 by Courtesy of 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Luke F-35 competes first time in load crew competition A Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning II crew competed Dec. 18 for the first time in a load crew competition here against legacy F-16 Fighting Falcon crews. The 425th AMU scored the highest points and won the competition. Quarterly load crew competitions showcase the combat…

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