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Air Force faces fighter pilot shortage

The Air Force is in the midst of a pilot shortage. While most platforms are affected by the shortage, the fighter pilot community has been hit the hardest.

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K-9: Keeping up on Certs

Most emergency services require some form of certification prior to being able to go out and save lives. This includes police, fire and medical services but most people don’t think about the certifications that K-9 are required to have.

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AFE Airmen maintain flight equipment through teamwork

Maintaining flight equipment for a fifth generation fighter aircraft requires precision and skill. Providing F-35 Lightning II pilots with the proper gear is essential for 61st Fighter Squadron Airmen at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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58th SOW’s HH-60G hits 12,000 hours

The 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., celebrated several notable milestones in 2016, including one of its systems capping the year off by hitting 12,000 flying hours.

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F-16 pilots continue to graduate, continue to fight

A class of F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots under the tutelage of instructor pilots from the 309th Fighter Squadron graduated Dec. 16 following approximately nine months of training at Luke Air Force Base. Class 16-ABC completed the comprehensive basic flight course in a high-tempo curriculum stressing mission-ready combat skills. Training to refine their abilities will continue…


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Luke AFB Exchange offers new, old programs

Posted  September 11, 2015

‘Disney at the Exchange’ Saturday A cast of Disney, Marvel and “Star Wars” brands is joining forces with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service to bring a special, dedicated section to the Luke Exchange.    The standalone section, called “Disney at the Exchange,” showcases merchandise from Disney Consumer Products, including characters from Disney Junior,…

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Commentary

Chaplain’s thoughts … September 11, 2015

Posted  September 11, 2015

Air Force life, indeed life in general, and religion have this in common — they are influenced and sustained by the use of symbols. Consider the symbols that mark our lives as Airmen. Our duty badges identify what we do, our unit seals identify which squadron we work in, and we have RMOs in our…

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Events

STREET BEAT September 11, 2015

Posted  September 11, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 31 through Sept. 6 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 17 moving violations. Emergency responses Sept. 3: Security forces responded to a report of a medical emergency at the base exchange involving a retiree, whose head was injured upon falling…

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Around Luke – Rango …

Posted  September 11, 2015

Senior Airman James Hensley Staff Sgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, and Rango, 56th SFS MWD, stand in the kennel training yard at Luke Air Force Base. Gonzalez and Rango work on obedience training, drug detection, deterrence, patrol, subduing suspects and search pit.

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Sports

Fall flag football season opens

Posted  September 11, 2015

The 2015 fall flag football season has begun at Luke Air Force Base with 13 teams competing to show who has what it takes to win. “I feel pretty good about this season,” said Benjamin Williams, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron head coach. “There was a good showing of people, and we have a very talented…

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