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Weather forecaster retires after 50 plus years of service

A civilian, with the 56th Operations Support Squadron weather flight at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is retiring after 52 years of combined military and federal service.

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State of the Air Force: Active-duty force on the rise, space will be more prominent

Nearly three years into her tenure as the Air Force’s top leader, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James reaffirmed that people continue to be her top priority during her State of the Air Force address at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 19, in National Harbor, Md.

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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, 2016, to officially cross more than 10,000 total combined flight hours in the F-35 for all pilots at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Luke receives AF’s 100th F-35

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The F-35  Lightning II program took a major step forward recently with the announcement of initial operational capability and another huge step was made at Luke Air Force Base Aug. 26 when the Air Force’s 100th F-35 Lightning II, designated AF-100, arrived here. “This marks a milestone and shows…

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AF selects best for developmental special duties

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Developmental special duties shape the Air Force by building leaders and placing them in key positions to lead Airmen. The DSD program provides Airmen an important opportunity to lead and has been life-changing for those who have experienced it. “The DSD program is a phenomenal initiative to ensure we…


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FWSAs announce quarterly awards

Posted  August 4, 2016

The following individuals received second quarter awards from the 56th Fighter Wing staff agencies: Airman: Senior Airman Corey Shires, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Timothy Boyer, 56th FW Public Affairs Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Loraine Reese, 56th FW Inspector General Office Company grade officer: Capt. Jheremy Perkins, 56th FW Legal Office Civilian: (Category I):…

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Warhawks present squadron’s first F-16 grads

Posted  August 4, 2016

The 314th Fighter Squadron Warhawks are proud to announce the historic graduation of the squadron’s inaugural F-16 pilot basic qualification course, or “B-course.” Sixteen active-duty and one Air National Guard officer of class 15-BBH successfully completed the rigorous 10-month program and will transition to front-line combat units around the world. Class 15-BBH began last September…

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ALS graduates 44 in class 16-5

Posted  August 4, 2016

ALS graduates 44 in class 16-5 The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 43 senior airmen and one staff sergeant June 30 in class 16-5. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Dontae Smith, 56th Communications Squadron Distinguished graduates: John Dameron, 56th Operations Support Squadron, William Langston, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; and Tatiana…

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Airman vaults to spot on US Olympic team

Posted  August 4, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. — First Lt. Cale Simmons, who cleared the bar at 5.65 meters — 18 feet, 6.4 inches — July 4 in the men’s pole vault finals, secured a spot on the U.S. Olympic team at the U.S. Olympic team track and field finals. Simmons finished second at the finals, just behind Army 2nd…

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136 T-bolts selected for Tech. Sgt.

Posted  August 4, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Air Force selected 136 Luke staff sergeants for promotion to technical sergeant. The Luke selection rate was 21.69 percent, with an average selectee overall score of 380. This is the first technical sergeant promotion release since the implementation of the new Enlisted Evaluation System. “We began this process…

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