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Luke’s new Mission Defense Team provides active cyber security

Luke Air Force Base’s Mission Defense Team, a group of talented and vigilant communications and cyber warfare Airmen, maintain the 56th Fighter Wing’s network communications security and prevent the exploit of potential vulnerabilities in the base’s network by monitoring, identifying, and communicating threats.

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Lightning integrated technicians reinvent F-35 maintenance

As part of an effort to increase F-35A Lightning II maintenance effectiveness and efficiency at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit created a team of unified maintenance Air Force specialties called Lightning Integrated Technicians.

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Under Secretary Donovan returns to Luke for 61st FS graduation

Under Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., June 29, 2018, to gain insight into F-35 training operations and serve as the guest speaker for the 61st Fighter Squadron F-35A basic course graduation.

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Building a leader

To become an officer in the U.S. Air Force, an individual must display strong moral character, high academic strength, and be devoted to an honorable conduct with a persistent exemplification of integrity, service, and excellence in all that they do.

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General signs agreement …

Tech. Sgt. Clinton Atkins Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, then 56th Fighter Wing commander, signs the successor collective bargaining agreement June 13 for non-appropriated fund employees alongside negotiators at Luke Air Force Base. The new agreement covers conditions of employment affecting more than 300 NAF civilian employees in the AFGE 1547 bargaining unit. Proposals for the…


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Commentary

Building a leader

Posted  July 9, 2018

To become an officer in the U.S. Air Force, an individual must display strong moral character, high academic strength, and be devoted to an honorable conduct with a persistent exemplification of integrity, service, and excellence in all that they do.

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Luke Freedom Fest 2018

Posted  July 6, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Children participate in a tricycle race during the annual Freedom Fest celebration June 29, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Freedom Fest is an event that offers a variety of games and activities for military members and their families to enjoy in celebration of Independence…

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – July 6, 2018

Posted  July 6, 2018

Luke AFB Thunderbolt – Base Newspaper for Luke AFB, serving the West Valley region of Phoenix, AZ http://online.flipbuilder.com/vzwd/hycf/ Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Facebook page! It’s a summer season of change in Fighter Country, as Brig. Gen. Todd Canterbury assumes command of the 56th Fighter Wing from Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard. This will be…

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‘I really shouldn’t be here’

Posted  July 6, 2018

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Jan. 31, 2015. FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — A couple of feet and a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life. There…

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Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifices

Posted  July 6, 2018

Editor’s note: This commentary was first published Feb. 19, 2015. MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations today, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April of 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman…

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