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Luke exchange answers call for perfect smart phone

Posted March 22, 2013 by AAFES

Do you watch sporting events while on the go, enjoy funny YouTube videos or just want to see the latest episode of your favorite show on DISH Network while you’re out and about? The Exchange Mobile Center is the answer. It is equipped with the latest video-capable Smart Phones on the market. Mobile video is…

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Luke Field rises out of desert

Posted March 15, 2013 by RICHARD GRISET

The Battle of Britain began Aug. 8, 1940, and the same day, President Franklin Roosevelt directed the military to start producing 12,000 pilots annually. In response to that order, the Army Air Corps conducted feasibility studies for the construction of eight new air fields. Phoenix City Manager Donald Scott announced the War Department had approved…

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Local Briefs March 15, 2013

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Assumption of command Maj. Kathryn Roman will assume command of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron in a ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Hangar 485. LOSC raffle The Luke Officers Spouses Club will be hosting a Bunny Basket Raffle at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. For more information or to RSVP, email lukeOSCReservations@gmail.com…

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Fighting Falcon hails proud heritage at Luke

Posted March 15, 2013 by 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Courtesy photo Tail number 78-0081, the first F-16 Fighting Falcon permanently assigned to Luke Air Force Base, sits on the flightline Dec. 6, 1982. The F-16 Fighting Falcon has served the U.S. Air Force as one of the world’s premier fighter aircraft, and for nearly a quarter of a century Luke Air Force Base has…

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944th FW closes chapter in history

Posted March 15, 2013 by Air Force Reserve Command News Service

Sends remaining F-16 Fighting Falcons to other locations, assignments Reservists from the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base bid farewell Feb. 12, 2007, to the last three F-16s after almost 20 years. The unit’s F-16s are being reassigned to other locations on the recommendations of the Base Realignment and Closure. “This is like…

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Squadron symbols embrace significance

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Air Force shields and symbols are created to identify and set apart each organization and convey a specific meaning created to describe the purpose, warrior ethos and passion to complete the mission of that organization. These are just a few from the 56th Fighter Wing....

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Thunderbirds birthed at Luke

Posted March 15, 2013 by Thunderbirds History Office

In 1947, while the jet age was still in its infancy, military aviation was hurtled into the future with the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service.

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Oct. 7: Dream date, evening on the town offered Luke, Willie Airmen

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Circa 1955, From the pages of the Jet Sun A beautiful girl, an afternoon and evening of dining and dancing, a new car to drive, with all expenses paid. What more could an Airman ask for? All he need ask for is the pleasure of escorting a lovely lass on this fabulous date. It’s all…

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Luke’s History – EXTREME weather …

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Intense storms caused the Dysart Drainage Canal north of base to overflow Oct. 20, 1992, which resulted in more than $3 million in damages to base housing. The base flooded because of land subsiding 17 feet due to long-term pumping of ground water used by the base and local farmers.   Heavy rains flooded Luke…

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NASCAR visits Luke

Posted March 8, 2013 by Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH

photo by Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH FROM LEFT: Daniel Suarez and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sign NASCAR memorabilia Feb. 28 during a visit to the base. The two drivers signed autographs, posed for photos and talked with service members during a meet and greet arranged by the USO. Two NASCAR drivers visited Luke Air Force Base Feb….

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