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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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History buffs

Posted  December 6, 2013

Members of the 56th Range Management Office Environmental Sciences Management, with naturalist and historian Bill Broyles, conduct a survey for historical artifacts Nov. 7 along a roadway in the East Tactical Range at the Barry M. Goldwater Range-East. Cultural and natural resource surveys are required before a new road may be opened for official administrative…

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AETC announces winners

Posted  December 6, 2013

The following unit won a 2013 Air, Education and Training Command best maintenance unit award for the fourth year in a row: Maj. Gen. Clements McMullen Weapons System Maintenance Daedalian Award 56th Maintenance Group

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Luke has perfect air permit inspection

Posted  December 6, 2013

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann An F-16 model sits in the foreground of a clear Arizona sky Nov. 20 at Luke Air Force Base. The base recently received its air permit inspection which evaluates about 465 pieces of air emitting equipment listed in Luke AFB’s Title V air operating permit. The base received a perfect rating,…

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How do we lead?

Posted  December 6, 2013

One of my favorite scenes from the movie “Independence Day” was the motivational speech by actor Bill Pullman. My wife pokes fun at me as I stop to watch it every time it comes on. As the president eloquently bellows his closing line, “Today is our Independence Day,” the background music builds to a perfectly…

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CDC caregivers recognized for years of service

Posted  December 6, 2013

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Todd Ladd, left, 56th Force Support Squadron commander, and Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, pose with child caregivers Nov. 18 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The women were awarded for more than 20 years of dedicated service to the CDC. Caring for children from…

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Mentorship: Not just senior NCO thing

Posted  December 6, 2013

When people talk about mentorship, they may think of a senior NCO guiding an NCO or an Airman. However, this should not always be the case. Mentorship can occur at any level and is a useful tool for all Airmen. A mentor is someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced…

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Call signs represent more than name

Posted  December 6, 2013

Courtesy photo Then Capt. Sean “LOBO” Canfield, now a major and the 62nd Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, smiles in February 2002 at Nellis Air Force Base after performing a re-enlistment ceremony for his brother, Staff Sgt. Clark Canfield. Sean Canfield’s call sign was the result of an incident with his dogs and his…

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News Briefs December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Dec. 18 which will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. Those traveling on base should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting individuals…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  December 6, 2013

Senior Airman Houston Brittain 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Avionics journeyman Hometown: Tahlequah, Okla. Years in service: Two years Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in applied science in professional aeronautics Goals: Finish my degree and obtain an airframe and power plant license Greatest feat: I read 255 books in the fifth grade and received a trophy…

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Through paintball, commanders focus on team building

Posted  December 6, 2013

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Lt. Col. Patrick Launey, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, returns fire to the opposing team during a paintball game Nov. 25 at Fighter Town Paintball in El Mirage. Luke Air Force Base commanders participated to build camaraderie and esprit de corps. Wing, group and squadron commanders from Luke Air Force Base…

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