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TOP DOGS gas-up F-35s on the fly

Posted June 19, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller

F-35 Lightning IIs from the 61st Fighter Squadron train air-to-air refueling operations with the 161st Air Refueling Wing June 5 while flying over Lake Havasu. While fighter pilots practice air refueling in simulators, hands-on experience is vital in showing pilots variables a simulator can’t fully replicate, like wind and weather.   Real-world factors can complicate…

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Luke’s main gate

Posted June 19, 2015 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

In 1941, the land lease was approved and construction began on Luke Air Force Base, which consisted of two phases during the World War II era with three runways, a parking apron and a drainage system for the flying field.

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Spiritual pillar strengthened at VBS

Posted June 19, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. TIMOTHY BOYER

A slew of volunteers, including eight active-duty members, helped make the Luke Air Force Base Chapel’s Vacation Bible School program a success June 1 through 5.

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News Briefs June 12, 2015

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308th FS inactivation The 308th Fighter Squadron’s Emerald Knights will inactivate in a ceremony at 8 a.m. June 25 in Hangar 999. The squadron’s aircraft will move next week to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, and become the 314th Fighter Squadron. 61st FS change of command Lt. Col. Michael Ebner will relinquish command of…

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EES/WAPS briefing personnel to visit Luke AFB June 16

Posted June 12, 2015 by Courtesy of afpc.mil

Personnel from Headquarters Air Force and the Air Force Personnel Center will visit Luke Air Force Base June 16 to share information about Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System changes. During the briefing, EES/WAPS subject matter experts will speak about changes that have already been implemented, those slated for implementation in the months…

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Emerald Knights squadron stands down

Posted June 12, 2015 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

The 308th Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit officially stands down this month at Luke Air Force Base after 73 years of service. The base has trained “Emerald Knights” F-16 pilots and maintainers since 1993.

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AETC drops in at Luke …

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Airman Pedro Mota Command Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, Air Education and Training Command, holds an enlisted call at the base theater May 18 on Luke Air Force Base. Tapia spoke to the packed crowd about the future of the Air Force for all enlisted ranks. He discussed changes to the enlisted performance reporting system,…

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Critical days of summer upon us

Posted June 5, 2015 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

With the beginning of the Critical Days of Summer, we are reminded to make safe decisions this summer. “The Air Force has been focused on additional mishap vulnerabilities during the summer months since 1964,” said Col. James Fisher, Air and Education Training Command director of safety. “We recognize the summer months put our Airmen at…

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News Briefs June 5, 2015

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61st FS change of command Lt. Col. Michael Ebner will relinquish command of the 61st Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Michael Gette in a ceremony at 8:01 a.m. June 26 in Hangar 999. 607th ACS change of command Lt. Col. Charles Jones will relinquish command of the 607th Air Control Squadron to Lt. Col. Jerald…

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At-risk students get Luke primer

Posted June 5, 2015 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Maj. Jason Chugg, 310th Fighter Squadron pilot, shows the children the F-16 Fighter Falcon May 19 at Luke Air Force Base. Children First Academy of Phoenix brought students on base to see the military lifestyle and to talk to Airmen about their careers and lives. Most children have a dream job they…

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