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Construction plan supports F-35 program

A multi-disciplinary team across the 56th Fighter Wing is preparing Luke Air Force Base to become the largest F-35 Lightning II training base in the world.

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Munition flight’s isolation strengthens unit

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight involves all types of conventional munition systems and is an essential component to the Luke Air Force Base mission.

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Reservist lends hand

Master Sgt. Steven Joubert, 944th Fighter Wing Detachment 1, is the first Air Reserve technician aircrew chief to hold a position within the 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit since the base realignment and closure in 2007.

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This week in history

Forty years ago, I stood with 4,400 other academy cadets listening to a motivational speech about patriotism. It was a short speech because Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. knew he stood between us and our allotted 20 minutes for lunch.

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U.S. service members receive ‘heroic welcome’ at Ramstein

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone arrived safely Aug. 24 at Ramstein Air Base via military airlift after receiving emergency medical care for injuries sustained while subduing an armed gunman aboard a French train Aug. 21.


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Security managers: Protecting information Keep bad guys out, let good guys in

Posted  July 31, 2015

At Luke Air Force Base we need Airmen to fly, fight and maintain our aircraft, but we also need Airmen to protect classified information and ensure individuals have the clearances they need in order to complete the mission, and that’s where Luke’s security managers step in. “The security manager acts as the liaison between the…

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Home security part of Airman readiness

Posted  July 31, 2015

A home invasion, burglary or robbery can be a terrifying experience. Unfortunately, along with the possible loss or damage to possessions, it can remove the sense of security and make the victim feel vulnerable within his own home. According to the Federal Bureau Of Investigations, in 2013, there were an estimated 8,632,512 property crime offenses…

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Crossing over: Enlisted to officer

Posted  July 31, 2015

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Shaun Chaplain, 56th Comptroller Squadron flight commander, surveys his surroundings at an unnamed deployed location when he was still an enlisted member. From a technical sergeant in cyber operations, he became a second lieutenant three months ago after completing Officer Training School. Luke Air Force Base is his first assignment as…

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Air Force News – July 31, 2015

Posted  July 31, 2015

California The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force is in the process of testing the F-35A Lightning II’s newest munitions asset, a four-barrel Gatling gun that fires 25 mm rounds known as the GAU-22/A. Unlike the Marine Corps and Navy variants, the GAU-22/A is integrated internally to the F-35A.   Bulgaria More than 100…

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People First – July 31, 2015

Posted  July 31, 2015

SecAF addresses priorities at Aspen Security Forum Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James discussed her top national and homeland security issues, as well as current personnel challenges, during a Q-and-A session with Fox News at the sixth annual, three-day Aspen Security Forum in Colorado July 24. Regarding her perspective of the current top U.S….

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This week in history

Posted  July 31, 2015

1945: P-51 Transition Training Luke Field instructors began to teach a transition course in the North American P 51 Mustang 70 years ago this month when 13 of the aircraft arrived at Luke Field. In the following months, instructor pilots taught various P-51courses. Five years earlier, the British asked North American Aviation to manufacture Curtiss…

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In plain sight, but where?

Posted  July 31, 2015

What was once a hustling, bustling main gate to Luke Air Force Base is now a monument known only as facility number four.

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FSS cog in 56th FW wheel

Posted  July 31, 2015

The 56th Fighter Wing mission is to train the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 fighter pilots. It takes the whole base to make the mission run smoothly. From the 56th Medical Group to the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, all squadrons help to train the world’s greatest fighter pilots.

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Fly Over: ‘Rose and Crown Pub’ and ‘Food Network Star’

Posted  July 31, 2015

‘Rose and Crown Pub’ A beautiful green countryside, day after day of cloudy skies, rain and fog, and chilly winters and humid summers — if this sounds more appealing to you than sun and desert heat, you’re probably better suited for England than Arizona. Fortunately, if it’s only a small taste of English pub life…

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PROTOCOL: Master planners Emily Post of AF

Posted  July 31, 2015

Tech. Sgt. Douglas Teutsch, 56th FW protocol NCO in charge, sweeps up after the change of command ceremony. Special occasions often require seemingly mundane yet important tasks, such as organizing proper seating arrangements and cleaning up.   The protocol team is, literally, behind the scenes during official functions, but remains ready to address any emerging…

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