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F-16 Fighting Falcon Heritage Aircraft gets new look with vintage style

The former 56th Fighter Wing flagship F-16 Fighting Falcon, tail number 89-2056, got a paint job and is taking its new look to the skies above Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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New Air Traffic Control Trainer Course better prepares Airmen to control the skies

The Air Force recently developed an Air Traffic Control Trainer Course, the first trainer course designed for a specific career field, to improve retention rates. The three-day course, implemented first at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., trains Airmen who have completed their year of on-the-job training and are preparing to train the newest controllers coming from technical school.

Local

Base’s roster of F-35s increasing; spike in noise complaints

Luke Air Force Base's roster of F-35s has grown and that means more noise around the pilot-training installation on the west side of metro Phoenix.

Technology

Metals Technology: Innovating the future of airpower

From aircraft parts to specialized tools, the Airmen at the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., aircraft metals technology flight manufacture and fix any asset that comes their way.

Air Force

‘Alcatraz Gang’ POW leaves legacy of hope

In May of 1966, 21 days after his F-4 Phantom II was shot down over North Vietnam, Sam Johnson arrived at the Hōa Lò Prison. Within hours, he was beaten unconscious by his brutal captors. The unspeakable pain Johnson endured when his broken arm and dislocated shoulders were wrenched backwards was only the beginning. Johnson…


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Defenders partner with local law enforcement for annual Shop with a Cop

Posted  December 21, 2018

In a celebration of holiday spirit, members of the 56th Security Forces Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., helped children from low-income families pick out toys during the annual Glendale Shop with a Cop charity event, Dec. 15, 2018, at Glendale, Ariz.

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41 years of DOD service, comes to an end for this aviation enthusiast

Posted  December 21, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid Harvey Brugger, 56th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, watches an F-35A Lightning II taxi down the runway, Dec. 13, 2018, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Brugger is an aviation enthusiast with a passion for photography. After 41 years of service, the 56th Fighter Wing…

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Salutes & Awards

Luke AFB recognizes 12 honor guardsmen

Posted  December 19, 2018

Members from the Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Honor Guard were Awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal during an Honor Guard recognition breakfast ceremony Dec. 12, 2018.

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Toys for Tots Delivers Holiday Cheer

Posted  December 17, 2018

Courtesy photograph U.S. Marine Corps Reserve members stand with volunteers at a toy collection point in Phoenix, Ariz. Toys were gathered throughout the state from October to December, and will be distributed to more than 300 families now through Dec. 25, 2018. Marines from the U.S. Marine Corps Bulk Fuel Company “C” at Luke Air…

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Air Force Surgeon General visits 56th Fighter Wing Medical Group

Posted  December 14, 2018

Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, paid a visit to Luke Air Force Base., Ariz., on Dec. 12, 2018, where she outlined her mission, values and modernization efforts to an enthusiastic group of Airmen.

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