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GRACE LEE Salutes & Awards

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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MXG pros descend on Phoenix for symposium

Posted  December 17, 2015

Senior Airman James Hensley Lt. Gen. John Cooper, deputy chief of staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., speaks Dec. 8 during the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards Ceremony and Banquet. Senior Airman Grace Lee Attendees view an exhibit during the symposium Dec. 7. The mission of the 2015…

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Norwegian F-35 flies for first time under Norwegian command

Posted  December 17, 2015

Hanche suits up for the flight of one of two Norwegian F-35 Lightning IIs. Maj. Gen. Per-Egil Rygg, Royal Norwegian air force chief of staff, conducts an interview for members of the press. Rygg discussed the significance of the first flight of a Norwegian F-35 by a Norwegian pilot. The F-35 Lightning II is the…

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Year in Photos – June 2015

Posted  January 7, 2016

Senior Airman Devante Williams Lt. Col. Christopher Bacon, 308th Fighter Squadron commander, plays the burning piano June 12, a tradition that began in World War II to signify the ending of an era, during the 308th FS inactivation party at Luke Air Force Base. Tech. Sgt. James Luna-Hill The Arizona sun rises June 1 over…

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Retiree Appreciation Day: Giving back to vets

Posted  November 19, 2015

The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center hosted the Retiree Appreciation Day Nov. 7. It was a day to give retirees a chance to come together and see what direction the Air Force is going. “It was a full house with a number of activities and resources available for the retirees,” said Capt. Chuck…

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Arizona tankers, NATO E-3s connect over Germany

Posted  November 25, 2015

Air National Guard photograph by Lt. Col. Gabe Johnson Mission accomplished. An Arizona Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker finishes refueling a NATO E-3A Sentry over northern Germany during a training mission Nov. 16. Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing based in Phoenix are supporting aircrew training operations Nov. 9-20 at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen,…

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