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Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, prepares Wednesday for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training sortie at Luke Air Force Base with Senior Airman Patrick Murphy, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first…

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Club Beyond: Where friends, fun, faith connect

Courtesy photo Charles and Joe compete to see who can attach the most clothespins to their faces Dec. 1, 2014, at Club Five Six. Club Beyond has more than 100 trained staff and hundreds of volunteers at over 40 locations worldwide. Teenagers face many difficult issues today such as online bullying, educational stress, sexual pressures,…

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AFAF campaign: Committed to caring

Courtesy photo Air Force senior leaders review Air Force Assistance Fund affiliate web sites in preparation for the 2015 AFAF drive at the Pentagon. Seated are Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III, and standing from the left are Air Force Vice Chief of…

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56th Fighter Group longest mission

Courtesy photo Maj. James Carter, 61st Fighter Squadron commander Seventy years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Group and many others in Eighth Air Force flew over Berlin. Previously, the Allies sporadically targeted Berlin, the capital of the Third Reich. On the ground, the Allies were about to cross the Rhine River. Crossing the Rhine…

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Qualification training

Staff Sgt. Rakim Redd, 607th Air Control Squadron instructor, instructs Senior Airman Rachel Mach, 607th ACS interface control technician, on how to set up a datalink March 10 during 607th ACS initial qualification training at Luke Air Force Base. The 607th ACS operates and maintains radar and communications to train highly-qualified weapons directors and surveillance…


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Luke pilot selected to fly F-35

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. Joshua Arki, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot and chief of weapons and tactics, is welcomed back Dec. 31, 2013, after his final flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon on the Luke Air Force Base flightline. Arki was selected as the first Luke F-16 pilot to transition to the F-35 Lightning…

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The future: New territory or repeat of history?

Posted  January 17, 2014

It is easy to get overwhelmed when listening to the pervasive 24/7 news cycle broadcasting predictions of an uncertain future. Whether it is America’s supposed “failure to lead” abroad, continuous fiscal disagreements in Washington D.C., or the Air Force’s pending drawdown of 25,000 Airmen, many conclude that the future is uncertain and not promising. But…

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Airmen held to higher standard

Posted  January 17, 2014

No matter where you go or what you do you will see standards set for your performance. These standards vary from place to place or job to job. As you may already know, military personnel are held to a higher standard than those outside the military. The Air Force standards range from something as simple…

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Communications Airmen key to mission success

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airmen Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Anthony Navarra, 56th Communications Squadron network infrastructure technician, connects an optic light to an optical fiber cable Jan. 8 at the Network Operations Center on Luke Air Force Base. The infrastructure section maintains and manages the various lines of communication for Luke, making it possible to correspond via…

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News Briefs January 17, 2013

Posted  January 17, 2014

56th FW annual awards The 56th Fighter Wing 2013 Awards ceremony is Jan. 25 at the Renaissance Hotel at Westgate City Center. Social hour is 5 p.m. and the ceremony and dinner are 6 p.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12th Air Force commander. For more information, call Master Sgt. Tracy Buechler…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airman Aaron Munoz-Case 56th Medical Support Squadron Arizona Refill Center pharmacy supervisor Hometown: Pasadena, Calif. Years in service: Four Education: Pursuing a degree in nutrition and working toward a Community College of the Air Force degree in pharmacy technology at Estrella Mountain Community College Inspirations: My father is the hardest working man I know,…

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Salutes & Awards

Posted  January 17, 2014

MXG recognizes best-of-best Annual The following individuals received 56th Maintenance Group annual awards: Airman: Senior Airman Joseph White, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit NCO: Tech. Sgt. Sara Abel, 309th AMU Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Heather Parker, 56th Maintenance Group Company grade officer: 1st Lt. Christie Taylor, 310th AMU Civilian: Michael Dodge, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron First…

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The future of Air Force Blue …

Posted  January 17, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Air Force Junior ROTC students from Gilbert High School walk toward the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit building Jan. 9 on Luke Air Force Base. The students toured the base to learn about what life is like in the active-duty Air Force as well as about the process of becoming a fighter…

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This week in history

Posted  January 17, 2014

Jan. 15, 1994: Eastern Bloc countries grant overflight rights Courtesy photo An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Spangdahlem Air Base flies over Germany. Twenty years ago, three former communist countries authorized overflight rights to a U.S. Air Force unit. That unit flew F-16 Fighting Falcons and was stationed in Germany. Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria authorized the…

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Flightline feast feeds Airmen across Luke

Posted  January 17, 2014

Staff Sgt.Luther Mitchell Airmen line up for lunch Jan. 9 at the chapel-sponsored Flightline Feast at the 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit pavilion. The feast is open to all Airmen at Luke. Airmen from around Luke Air Force Base gathered for a flightline feast Jan. 9 at the 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit pavilion. The flightline feast…

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