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Fallen hero awarded DFC 46 years later

The air was thick with emotion. She had been waiting for this moment since the love of her life passed away more than 46 years earlier. Andi Dice was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross Jan. 27 at Luke Air Force Base on behalf of her husband, Maj. Carl Dice, for his extraordinary heroism and aerial…

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Load crews face off in test of best

This year’s annual Luke Air Force Base weapons load competition took place on Jan. 28, 2016. The competition featured three teams of F-16 Fighting Falcon load crew Airmen from the 309th, 310th, and 425th Aircraft Maintenance Units, and two teams from the 311th and 314th AMUs out of Holloman Air Force Base. Additionally, a team…

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Luke pilot flies 500th hour in F-35

Lt. Col. Matthew Hayden, 56th Fighter Wing chief of safety and pilot attached to the 61st Fighter Squadron, made history Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base as the first Air Force pilot to achieve 500 flight hours in an F-35 Lightning II. Hayden achieved this milestone flying his 270th sortie, a routine training mission, which…

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Every scarf tells a story

Within a dusty room, a simple conversation took place among four officers stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, which would not only change their lives, but the lives of oppressed women struggling to survive in a Taliban-ravaged province. In 2011, Capt. Joseph Stenger III, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 instructor pilot, deployed to Afghanistan as a…

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HVAC keeps it cool

Training the world’s greatest 607th Air Control Squadron battle managers wouldn’t be possible without the cool temperatures provided by the air conditioning units. These units are maintained and installed by the heating ventilation and air conditioning Airmen, enabling the training in the 607th ACS to happen. The conex boxes used by the 607th Airmen are…

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Luke ‘Salad Wednesdays’ good for body, wallet

Posted  January 21, 2016

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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2016 Championship flyover

Posted  January 21, 2016

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller An F-16 Fighting Falcon with Staff Sgt. Staci Miller, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, on board tagged alongside a four-ship formation of F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft from Luke Air Force Base that performed a flyover prior to the 2016 College Football Playoff Championship Jan. 11 at the University of…

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Salutes & Awards

45 graduate ALS

Posted  January 21, 2016

The 56th Fighter Wing graduated 44 senior airmen and one staff sergeant Dec. 17 from class 16-1. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Michelle Justiniani, 56th Operations Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Elisabeth Yates, 944th Medical Squadron; Anthony Lopez, 944th Security Forces Squadron; Cassandra Saunders, 56th Medical Operations Squadron; and Eric Burrell 56th Civil…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … The desire to serve the Lord

Posted  January 21, 2016

From the very first days of our Air Force careers we’ve heard of the Four Pillars of Comprehensive Fitness. All are essential to our wellbeing and that of the Airmen with whom we serve. Although most of the pillars, like physical, mental and social fitness are truly obvious, spiritual fitness needs cultivation. However, civil society…

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JUSTICE REPORT- January 22, 2016

Posted  January 21, 2016

The following is a list of administrative actions issued in November and December 2015 at Luke Air Force Base. 56th Maintenance Group Courts-Martial • An airman first class was found guilty of one charge and two specifications in violation of Article 112a, wrongful use of cocaine and wrongful use of promethazine with codeine, a schedule…

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