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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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No. 351 gets overhaul …

Posted  January 21, 2016

Senior Airman James Hensley Weston contractors work on repairs to Fuel Storage Tank 351 Jan. 14 at Luke Air Force Base. The repairs included a new dome roof, cathodic protection, fuel tank bottom, piping, manifolds and the dike liner which is a secondary spill container.

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Mentoring evolves with new ideas, methods

Posted  January 21, 2016

What does it mean to be a mentor this day and age? A few years ago, it held the meaning of having an experienced individual take you under his wing and guide or assist you when you came to new crossroads in life. Although this view has not changed much over the years, new techniques…

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AETC releases 2016 strategic plan

Posted  January 21, 2016

Editor’s note: The following is an article addressed to AETC Airmen: AETC Airmen, As our world changes and we evolve to meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges, you — innovative and creative Airmen — will continue leading the way in protecting and defending our Constitution. I am proud to be your commander. To best accomplish our…

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Base supply center creates opportunities

Posted  January 21, 2016

With a limited number of jobs available in the U.S., it can be difficult for people to find employment. There is an added challenge to overcome for people with disabilities. Since 1997, the Luke Air Force Base Supply Center has employed people with disabilities. The Arizona Industries for the Blind employs workers whose tasks range…

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Health & Safety

Bio-med folks get props

Posted  January 21, 2016

Jan. 25 through 29 is Biomedical Sciences Corps Appreciation Week. This week we recognize the achievements of the men and women who support our members with their medical service. BSC was formed more than 50 years ago on March 15, 1965. It was originally comprised of mostly scientists, dieticians and occupational therapists; however, over the…

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