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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

Posted June 26, 2015 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here.

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Clinic responds to shortage with changes

Posted June 26, 2015 by Capt. Ambrosia Tomaino

The Luke Air Force Base Pediatrics Clinic is undergoing a shortage of provider staffing due to humanitarian mission support, separations and a decrease of providers from five to four. This manning issue has impacted appointments available to children as well as increased the wait times to be seen by the clinic. The 56th Medical Group…

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CDC mission includes playtime

Posted June 26, 2015 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Placing a child in the arms and care of a stranger can be a terrifying experience for a first-time parent, but with the help of the staff at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center, the transition from mom to CDC becomes one of trust and appreciation.

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Photo essay: Emerald Knights go out with a bang

Posted June 26, 2015 by

Tech. Sgt. Tim Boyer 308th FS jets line up to launch from Luke AFB June 12 on their way to Holloman AFB.   Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Pilots flying F-16s from Luke AFB to Holloman donned the 314th FS Warhawks patch.   Senior Airman Devante Williams Bacon speaks to the 308th FS inactivation party goers…

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F-35s gas up on fly

Posted June 19, 2015 by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

F-35 Lightning II fighter pilots from the 61st Fighter Squadron connected with Airmen from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing June 5 to practice air-to-air refueling. The 161st ARW is right down the road in Phoenix and provides a valuable service to Luke Air Force Base and its pilots. “Luke is our…

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944th Det. 1 hits maintenance milestone

Posted June 19, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. BARBARA PLANTE

For the first time a team of maintainers from the 944th Fighter Wing Detachment 1 Maintenance Squadron spent time during the June Unit Training Assembly providing hands-on maintenance and received training on the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

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Aussie F-35s rack up 100th sortie

Posted June 19, 2015 by 61st FS

Tucker Williamson Jorge Salazar, Lockheed Martin Maintenance and attending recovery chief, assisted Maj. Matt Olson, 62nd FS assistant director of operations. The Royal Australian Air Force hit the century mark at Luke Air Force Base June 3 as their F-35s notched their 100th sortie. The partner nation is the first of 10 countries beyond the…

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News Briefs June 19, 2015

Posted June 19, 2015 by

308th FS inactivation The 308th Fighter Squadron’s Emerald Knights will inactivate in a ceremony at 8 a.m. Thursday in Hangar 999. The squadron’s new home is at the 314th FS at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. 61st FS change of command Lt. Col. Michael Ebner will relinquish command of the 61st Fighter Squadron to…

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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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