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Young thunderbolts learn about deployments

The 56th Force Support Squadron’s staff held its biannual mock deployment event at the Ability to Survive and Operate area Oct. 15 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Building Partnerships

Airmen from the 944th Civil Engineering Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., helped strengthen the relationship between the Department of Defense and a Navaho community in Gallup, N.M., recently.

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Luke honors those lost, captured in war

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony Sept. 16 in honor of prisoners of war and those missing in action preceded by a two-day vigil. The vigil began at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 with Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, 56th…

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T-bolt nominated for AF leadership award

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Air Force announced Maj. Matthew Hoyt, 54th Fighter Group F-16 chief instructor pilot and 54th Operations Support Squadron chief of weapons and tactics, was nominated for the Lance P. Sijan Air Force Leadership Award. Hoyt was responsible for leading 192 pilots and 72 instructors as chief instructor accounting…

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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 to hit officially the 10,000 total combined flight hours in the F-35 for all pilots at Luke Air Force Base. The milestone marks yet another progression in the development of the tactics and utility of the F-35,…

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Reservist hits AF F-35 trans-Atlantic milestone

Posted  September 1, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — A native Arizonan and 944th Fighter Wing Reserve pilot achieved his life-long goal while also hitting a milestone for the Air Force last month. Maj. Daniel Daehler, 944th Operations Group, Det. 2 F-35 instructor pilot, flew an F-35 Lightning II from Luke Air Force Base to Royal Air Force…

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Students get back-to-school bash

Posted  September 1, 2016

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. — Dark clouds filled the sky as members of the Luke Air Force Base community made their way to Fowler Park on base. The Luke Chapel and Luke Airman Fund sponsored a back-to-school bash Aug. 2 to give back to Airmen and their families. The chapel sponsored the event to…

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AF to reduce additional duties

Posted  September 1, 2016

WASHINGTON — Airmen need more time to focus on their core missions. Air Force senior leaders said that’s the message they received from Airmen and it’s the reason they made the decision to reduce additional duties. In a memorandum to Airmen released Aug. 19, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force…

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Posted  September 1, 2016

The following is a list of administrative actions and Articles 15 issued in July at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial • A senior airman was found guilty of one charge and six specifications in violation of Article 120, sexual abuse of a child. The individual received a reduction in rank to airman…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  September 1, 2016

“You have to be willing to do more than the minimum. You have to be willing to sacrifice your rest and your free time to constantly improve.” ~Retired Lt. Cmdr. Rorke Denver As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by, and obsessed with, the special operations units in our military. Recently I…

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