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State of the Air Force: Active-duty force on the rise, space will be more prominent

Nearly three years into her tenure as the Air Force’s top leader, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James reaffirmed that people continue to be her top priority during her State of the Air Force address at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 19, in National Harbor, Md.

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Luke achieves 10,000 F-35 flight hours

Maj. Nathan Heguy, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II pilot, successfully completed a routine training sortie Sept. 12, 2016, to officially cross more than 10,000 total combined flight hours in the F-35 for all pilots at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Luke receives AF’s 100th F-35

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The F-35  Lightning II program took a major step forward recently with the announcement of initial operational capability and another huge step was made at Luke Air Force Base Aug. 26 when the Air Force’s 100th F-35 Lightning II, designated AF-100, arrived here. “This marks a milestone and shows…

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AF selects best for developmental special duties

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Developmental special duties shape the Air Force by building leaders and placing them in key positions to lead Airmen. The DSD program provides Airmen an important opportunity to lead and has been life-changing for those who have experienced it. “The DSD program is a phenomenal initiative to ensure we…

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Triathletes cover Luke territory

The 56th Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation Center held the 2016 Luke Air Force Base Fall Triathlon a little early this year, but it had the desired effect. More than 60 athletes participated individually or on one of six teams. They came from across base, and included some family members, to put themselves through the…


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56th Operations Group

Posted  October 2, 2015

56th Training Squadron Mission: Train the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 pilots by providing peerless instruction, virtual training and training systems management. Demographics: There are 14 officers, eight civilians and 201 contract employees. Leadership Commander: Lt. Col. Michael Dunn Director of operations: Lt. Col. Rhett Hierlmeier and Maj. Matthew Brockhaus Responsibilities: Provides 97 percent of…

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56th Operations Group

Posted  October 2, 2015

309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks Mission: Train the world’s finest F-16 fighter pilots; develop today’s warriors to build tomorrow’s wingmen. Demographics: 10 assigned instructor pilots, three enlisted situational awareness and resource management professionals, one civilian, 17 attached instructor pilots, and 12 Air Force Reserve Command instructor pilots. The squadron also includes two contract employees and…

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56th Maintenance Group

Posted  October 2, 2015

56th Maintenance Group staff Mission: Plan, monitor, train, manage, and adapt through precise scheduling and efficient execution to produce the world’s finest maintainers and fighter pilots. Demographics: There are 166 active-duty and 14 civilian members. Leadership Section commander: Maj. Wesley Wade Maintenance operations superintendent: Senior Master Sgt. Charles Parton Weapons standardization superintendent: Chief Master Sgt….

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Posted  October 2, 2015

Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland The crashed vehicle used as a prop during the active-shooter exercise was provided by an auto salvage company. The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Services has a partnership with the salvage company to provide Luke with vehicles for training at no cost.

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56th Medical Group

Posted  October 2, 2015

56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Mission: Support 56th Fighter Wing flying, training and deployment mission through superior aeromedical, optometric, occupational, environmental and preventive medicine programs. Demographics: There are 59 military active-duty personnel, six civilians and four contractors. Leadership Commander: Lt. Col. Robert Craig-Gray Squadron superintendent: Master Sgt. Jeremy Roberts Responsibilities: Flight and Operational Medicine Clinic is…

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