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Chief of staff visits Luke

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, spent time meeting with Airmen and leadership Monday at Luke Air Force Base. Welsh highlighted Airman health, wellness and quality of life activities. He also reviewed the progress made in the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training program at Luke….

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Prevention training goes face-to-face

Courtesy photo Maj. Jennifer Tomlinson, Air Education and Training Command Medical Readiness Division deputy chief, serves as facilitator during the AETC Medical Services and Training directorate annual Air Force Suicide Prevention training March 4 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The face-to-face training replaced the computer-based training beginning Feb. 11. The World Health Organization reports…

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Thunderbolt looks to future

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Maddie Baker, 56th Dental Squadron acting commander secretary was an Air Force Honor Guard member prior to crossing over to the dental field. As the commander’s secretary, she plays a pivotal support role in the dental squadron. Motivation comes from looking at the thing you want and realizing what it…

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Blue Blazers share with Airmen options for future

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Tech. Sgt. Steve Martin, Detachment 12, 372nd Training Support Squadron fuels systems instructor, sits in a speed mentor session March 18 at Luke Air Force Base. The Blue Blazers, a group of Fighter Country Partnership Honorary Commanders alumni, put on the mentoring session to help Airmen who are considering transitioning to civilian…

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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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Goldwater Range big part of Luke mission

Posted  March 11, 2014

Courtesy photo An HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter with the Alaska Air National Guard lands at the Barry M. Goldwater Range April 19, 2010, in the Sonoran Desert. The Barry M. Goldwater complex in southwestern Arizona is the Air Force’s premier training range. Established in 1941 to train military pilots in air-to-air and air-to-ground operations…

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The 2014 Thunderbirds

Posted  March 11, 2014

In 1947, while the jet age was still in its infancy, military aviation was hurtled into the future with the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service. Just six years later, on May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke…

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F-16 Fighting Falcon

Posted  March 11, 2014

Mission The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations. Features In an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can…

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F-35A Lightning II Conventional takeoff, landing variant

Posted  March 11, 2014

Virtually undetectable to an enemy that cannot hide, the conventional takeoff and landing F-35A gives the U.S. Air Force and allies the power to dominate the skies – anytime, anywhere. It’s an agile, versatile, high-performance 9-G multirole fighter that provides unmatched capability and unprecedented situational awareness. The F-35A’s advanced sensor package gathers and distributes more…

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Luke, 56th FW history traces back to ‘40s

Posted  March 11, 2014

Luke Air Force Base and the 56th Fighter Wing have long and meaningful histories. They both began back in the ‘40s playing major roles in World War II. They both continue to offer important contributions to the military might of the nation. In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the annual production of 12,000 military pilots….

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Open House Events Saturday & Sunday

Posted  March 11, 2014

Gates open, static aircraft viewable, vendors open 9:00 a.m. Wings of Blue performance – U.S. flag arrival and national anthem 11:00 a.m. Firebirds: Jack Knutson and Rob Holland P-51 Red Tail Tuskegee Airmen demonstration Bike/Jet Vehicle Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Julie Clark T-34 F-16 & P-38 flyover Ace Maker T-33 Rob Holland Dodge Viper vs….

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World War I ace, hero, Luke AFB namesake

Posted  March 11, 2014

America’s second ranking ace in World War I, Frank Luke Jr. embodied the fighting spirit and public image of a fighter pilot of the time. He went after the toughest targets, heavily defended German Drachen observation balloons. They were protected by a ring of aircraft from planes attacking above the balloon, and balloon-mounted machine guns…

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Greetings

Posted  March 11, 2014

Welcome to “Lightning in the Desert,” Luke Air Force Base’s Open House and Air Show. We are excited to open our gates to the people of Arizona for a glimpse at our nation’s Air Force in action. The next two days will be packed with demonstrations and displays, which are sure to delight people of…

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Sports Shorts – March 21, 2014

Posted  March 21, 2014

Photos by Senior Airman David Owsianka Kyle Smith, 56th Medical Group, lays up the ball over Alon Moore, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, during the game. MDG defeated 56th AMXS 45-35.   Photos by Senior Airman David Owsianka Eric Gist, 56th MDG, shoots the ball over a 56th AMXS defender Monday during the first half of…

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