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Around Luke – Old faithful …

Posted February 25, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Grace Lee

Staff Sgt. Grace Lee The Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star is shown Feb. 8 at the Luke Air Force Base air park. The T-33A became the Air Force’s standard jet trainer in 1949 and served for almost two decades in that role. It played a secondary role at Luke but served 17 years here following its…

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Luke AFB Exchange backs its ‘Buddies’ with exclusive offers, savings

Posted February 25, 2016 by Courtesy of AAFES

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service strives to make it easy for shoppers to exercise their benefit. That’s why the Luke Exchange brings exclusive offers directly to shoppers’ inboxes every week when they sign up for the Exchange Buddy List. Shoppers who sign up will be among the first to find out about exclusive…

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Tried, true, take-off ready …

Posted February 25, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr. Six F-16 Fighting Falcons await instructions prior to launch Tuesday at the end of the runaway at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Operations Group has operational control and responsibility for all F-16 fighter squadrons here at Luke, including two detachments. The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, officially…

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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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Vehicle operators keep GOVs in top form

Posted February 18, 2016 by Photos by Senior Airman James Hensley

Goershel inspects the spare tire for damage on one of the 78 vehicles vehicle operators maintain. Casper cleans the bus windows. The vehicles are waxed to help protect the paint against the effects of the sun. Photos by Senior Airman James Hensley Airman 1st Class Tyler Casper, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator apprentice, washes…

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MVD alternatives shorten wait

Posted February 18, 2016 by Courtesy of azdot.gov

PHOENIX — By expanding the use of technology and third-party options, the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is making it easier for motorists to renew vehicle registrations, apply for driver licenses and more without visiting MVD offices. Numbers for 2015 tell the story: 4.4 million: That’s the number of transactions by residents processed…

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Overseers of the streets …

Posted February 18, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr. Master Sgt. Sean Nichols, 56th Security Forces Squadron Alpha Flight chief, writes a traffic citation for texting while driving Feb. 9 at Luke Air Base. Airmen in the 56th SFS make 10 to 15 traffic stops daily. The majority of traffic stops are due to motorists failing to stop at…

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Habitual beauty of Arizona sunrises …

Posted February 11, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Grace Lee

Staff Sgt. Grace Lee The silhouette of the Fighter Country water tower at Luke Air Force Base provides another dramatic photo taken at sunrise Jan. 28 from the Public Affairs building parking lot. The tower holds 500,000 gallons of water and was repainted last year.

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AAFES deputy director works to better Luke Airmen’s lives

Posted February 11, 2016 by Courtesy of AAFES

Mike Immler, Army & Air Force Exchange Service deputy director, is making it his mission to ensure the Exchange is doing all it can to serve Airmen at Luke Air Force Base. To better understand how the Exchange can best meet the needs of the community, Immler met with Col. James Kossler, 56th Mission Support…

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RIDGE SHAN
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F-35 egress trainer arrives at Luke

Posted February 11, 2016 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

Over the past two months, major components of the new F-35 Lightning II egress trainer, an advanced replica of the F-35 cockpit designed to simulate the mechanical layout of the ejection and emergency evacuation system, have arrived at Luke Air Force Base. Upon completion of the build, the third of its kind in the nation,…

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