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Luke conducts first F-35 load training

Posted September 11, 2015 by Story and photos by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

Airmen from the 56th Maintenance Group performed simulated weapons loading procedures on the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter for the first time Aug. 28 at Luke Air Force Base. The F-35 weapons load training is designed to teach and enhance knowledge of preparation, operation, and safety to weapons load crew and maintenance members who…

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‘Start Small, Think Big’ theme of Military Saves Week

Posted February 18, 2016 by

Military Saves Week is Feb. 22 through 27, and the campaign’s slogan, “Start Small, Think Big,” speaks to the long-term benefits of saving even a small amount each month. The Military Saves program is designed to educate and motivate service members and their families to reduce debt and save their hard-earned money for both emergencies…

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Luke issues first Gen lll helmet

Posted October 29, 2015 by by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

The world’s most advanced aircraft is getting a new helmet to match. Luke Air Force Base issued its first Generation III F-35 Lightning II Helmet Mounted Display System to Norwegian Air Force Maj. Morten Hanche, 62nd Fighter Squadron training pilot, Oct. 16. The new system, built and issued by Rockwell Collins at the pilot fit…

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Luke ‘Salad Wednesdays’ good for body, wallet

Posted January 21, 2016 by Courtesy of Army Air Force Exchange Service

Airmen wanting to eat right and save money can turn to restaurants at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange for “Salad Wednesday.” Every Wednesday, Luke AFB diners can take $2 off any salad priced $4 or more at participating Exchange direct-operated restaurants. “Salad Wednesday” is part of the Luke AFB Exchange’s BE FIT initiative, designed…

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Two-year anniversary since Lightning struck Luke

Posted March 17, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

This month marks the two-year anniversary of the unveiling of the first F-35 Lightning II to arrive at Luke Air Force Base. The arrival of the F-35 ushered in a new era of operational and mechanical training for the base whose primary mission for the past 34 years has been to train the world’s greatest…

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Luke military working dogs

Posted November 25, 2015 by Air Force photographs by SrA. James Hensley

Staff Sgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Boss, 56th SFS MWD, search for explosives during training with local police departments at Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 18, 2015. Gonzalez stayed back to allow Boss to search freely. Boss detected nearly 260 pounds of explosives during the training. SSgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th…

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Vehicles driven on base now required to pass inspection

Posted February 4, 2016 by Courtesy of 56th Civil Engineer Squadron

Federal (military and civilian) employees at Luke Air Force Base began receiving emails Wednesday from no-reply@apims.af.mil, titled “Action Required: Vehicle emission testing self-certification is due within 30 days.” This is a self-certification tasking allowing the Air Force to demonstrate compliance with a federal requirement of the Clean Air Act, Section 118(d) (42 U.S.C. §7418(d)). The…

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Exchange shoppers can show mom they mean it with Mother’s Day flowers

Posted April 21, 2016 by Courtesy of AAFES

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is giving military families an opportunity to show mom how much they care this year with fresh-cut Mother’s Day flowers. From May 4 through Mother’s Day, May 8, authorized shoppers can purchase floral bouquets and roses just for mom at the Luke Air Force Base main store and…

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Soak zone …

Posted October 9, 2015 by Harvey Brugger

Harvey Brugger A photo taken Tuesday from atop the air traffic control tower on Luke Air Force Base displays an ominous-looking storm system approaching the base from the southeast. Although it was reported that Litchfield Park received the most rain in the Valley from the storm, measuring 1.5 inches, the rainfall at Luke was measured…

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Around Luke – Under the lights …

Posted December 17, 2015 by Airman Pedro Mota

Airman Pedro Mota Danielle Tanner-Graziani and Senior Airman Jessica Woods, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintainers, prepare fiber glass treatment on the leading edge of an F-16 Fighting Falcon wing at Luke Air Force Base. The fiber-glass bond requires two fillers and an overlay patch to the wing. This prevents air from going up…

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