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Thunderbolts, trainers kickoff New Year’s wellness challenge

Thunderbolts at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., have taken the first step toward self-improvement by beginning the Force Support Squadron’s “New Year, New You” Weight Loss Challenge. 

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2018 Haboob Havoc: Legacy of Airpower Celebrating Frank Luke’s sacrifice

The 2018 Haboob Havoc, held Jan. 29 through Feb. 2, will be hosted by Luke Air Force Base. It is an annual competition where fighter pilots hone their skills in aerial combat, bringing together fighter pilots from across the Air Force to build comradery as well. This competition builds on the legacy of Frank Luke…

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We are leaders and work best in teams

The 56th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Ops team leads from the front! The extreme cold and hot swings of winter weather plays havoc on the concrete runways at Luke Air Force Base. Monolithic concrete structures, like runways require expansion joints to keep concrete from failing. Here at Luke, just like other airfields, we use a…

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Legendary pilot inspires new generation of air warriors

In March of 1967, a flight of F-4 Phantom IIs from the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron based out of Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, flew through clear skies for a bombing run on a steel mill in North Vietnam.

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Thunderbolts pursue F-16 seat raise initiative

Since 1976, the F-16 Fighting Falcon has seen a multitude of maintenance improvements which have enhanced its systems, simplified costs and reduced man hours needed to keep it in the air.


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Salutes & Awards

Luke announces annual group award winners

Posted  January 5, 2018

The following individuals received an annual award from their wing staff agency or group: 56th Fighter Wing staff agencies Airman: Airman 1st Class Ariel Ciprian, 56th Comptroller Squadron NCO: Master Sgt. Nikki Walberg, 56th FW Legal Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Colette Roe, 56th FW Company grade officer: Capt. Derek VanderMolen, 56th FW Chapel Field grade…

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AETC announces awards

Posted  January 5, 2018

The following individuals and unit received Air Education and Training Command of the year awards: Aircrew flight equipment NCO:  Staff Sgt. Derek Baskin, 56 Operations Support Squadron Senior NCO:  Master Sgt. Timothy Navarre, 56 OSS Large program: 56th OSS Medical services Medical Information Services: 56th Medical Information Systems Flight, 56th Medical Support Squadron Medical Service…

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Squadron commanders selected

Posted  January 5, 2018

The following individuals were selected to command an Air Force squadron: From the 56th Fighter Wing Lt. Col. Joseph Nicholas, 56th Comptroller Squadron, will command the 86th CPTS, Ramstein Air Base, Germany Maj. Edward Romero, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, will command the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Lt. Col. Jeffrey Kaepp, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, will…

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2017 in Photos: January

Posted  January 5, 2018

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Jessica Reyes, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, plays with Frida, 56th SFS MWD, before their certification evaluation Jan. 6, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base. Handlers and their dogs need to build trust by having a good rapport between one another making them more effective.

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2017 in Photos: February

Posted  January 5, 2018

Courtesy photo Student pilots in the Air Force’s first F-35 Lightning II basic flight course class took to the skies for the first time Feb. 8, 2017, as they entered the live flying portion of their training at Luke Air Force Base. The B-course students, training under the tutelage of the experienced instructor pilots of…

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