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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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Senior enlisted advisers mark Armed Forces Day

Posted  May 24, 2013

To mark Armed Forces Day, the services’ senior enlisted advisers joined the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in an inaugural wreath-laying ceremony here at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

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Emerald Knights graduate 18

Posted  May 17, 2013

The 308th Fighter Squadron Emerald Knights will graduate 18 pilots today. They are, from left, 1st Lt. Connor Flynt, Capt. Eric Broyles, 1st Lt. Joe Walz, Capt. Nathaniel Halley; 1st Lts. Stephen Grace, Patrick Nolan, Kyle Bell, John Johnston, Christopher Hartman, Alex Kimber, Philip Messer, Mike Gallinoto, Nathan McCaskey, Benjamin Baci, Dan Doohen, Tyler McBride;…

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Lightning Leadership

Posted  May 17, 2013

Nearly a year ago, I arrived at Luke Air Force Base to be your command chief. Since then, I’ve spent the majority of my time digging into the biggest challenges for the enlisted corps. Through hundreds of discussions with Airmen of all ranks, I keep hearing the same thing; we want guidance, we want discipline,…

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Followership key to being a leader

Posted  May 17, 2013

Maybe you played “follow the leader” at school during recess or in some neighbor’s yard down the street. It’s a fun game, requires no expensive equipment and can be played indoors or outdoors – just about anywhere. But the game only works if you actually follow the leader, and everyone else in line, well ……

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Positive attitude leads to success

Posted  May 17, 2013

Everyone wants to be successful, and there are many books, internet tests, and programs people try to market and sell to guarantee that success. But, I believe your success is greatly dependent on your attitude. So, what is attitude? Attitude is defined as manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing;…

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Emerald Knights Graduate 18

Posted  May 17, 2013

Eighteen of the U.S. Air Forces’ newest Viper pilots will culminate nine months of demanding training and receive their graduation certificates today. Class 12-EBG from the 308th Fighter Squadron “Emerald Knights” will join the ranks of a select group of aviators fortunate enough to fly the F-16. They did not achieve this goal on their…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 17, 2013

Airman 1st Class Renee Polk 308th Fighter Squadron Squadron aviation resource manager Hometown: Crestview, Fla. Years in service: One year Family: Parents, Roosevelt and Ella Polk; brother and sister-in-law, Trey and Melchar Polk; and brother, Rhys Polk Education: Bachelor’s degree in sports management at the University of West Florida and an associate’s degree in exercise…

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MWD team takes training downrange

Posted  May 17, 2013

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron kennel master, and Chrach, 56th SFS military working dog, pose in front of a Polaris Ranger vehicle in Herat Province, Afghanistan, during a deployment with an Army Special Operations Task Force West unit. The MWD team received a Bronze Star Medal for actions during their…

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56th CES changes command …

Posted  May 17, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Lt. Col. Kenneth Herndon, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, returns a salute to members of CES as he takes command during the change of command ceremony at the Civil Engineer compound at Luke Air Force Base May 9.

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Luke serves as stop for international tour

Posted  May 17, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Master Sgt. Michael Crawford, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight chief of fight medicine, gives out information to the attendees during the foreign student medical tour at Luke Air Force Base, May. 2. Aviation and occupational medicine students from the University of Otago, New Zealand, traveled to Phoenix to get a…

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