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Luke Airman survives three wars, plane crash

“I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy used to transport supplies, so I figured I might as well sink it. I…

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NASCAR honors Airmen at PIR

Forty-three race cars, 200 laps and only one driver to win it all. Fast cars and intense action are not all NASCAR is known for. It’s also known for recognizing throughout the NASCAR season those who serve in the military. The program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members of…

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Family advocacy, Glendale PD co-op earns honors

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Military University presented a certificate of honor Oct. 25 in Chicago to the Glendale Police Department and Luke Air Force Base Family Advocacy Center for joint efforts in providing support for victims of domestic abuse. The award, which was accepted by the Glendale police and…

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Hill AFB maintainers gain experience at Luke

Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, finished advanced training on maintenance procedures for the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The Hill Airmen are part of a continuous cycle of maintainers being sent to Luke from Hill in order to develop their skills in two phases of training, first under…

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F-35: Italians first mission highlights partnerships

Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking the first F-35 flights under control of an Italian pilot. Today marks another significant step forward for the F-35 program as today’s missions showcased the full partnership aspect of F-35 operations here. One Italian…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … November 6, 2015

Posted  November 6, 2015

“Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Today marks the start of our final week of the annual Combined Federal Campaign. This annual event calls and challenges every Airman regardless of rank or position to give. Unapologetically this campaign asks us to put our money…

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Commander cuts ribbon on TLF

Posted  November 6, 2015

  There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 29 at Luke Air Force Base to celebrate the completion of the base’s new temporary lodging facility. In attendance was Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, his wife, Jennifer, Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th FW command chief, Col. James Pease, Air Education Training Command director…

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Squadron creates memorial for Airman

Posted  November 6, 2015

  The 56th Operations Support Squadron held a dedication ceremony Oct. 23 at Luke Air Force Base to honor the memory of Senior Airman Scott Hill who lost his battle with cancer May 18, 2014. Airmen from the 56th OSS, who knew Hill, dedicated a wall to him. The wall is in the training room…

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‘Gunfighter’ vet shares AF past

Posted  November 6, 2015

  Three enemy MiGs swooped low beneath him, screaming out to intercept the U.S. Navy A-4 fighter-bombers who were unloading their payload of explosives on Kep Air Field in North Vietnam. Flying in F-8 Crusaders as fighter protection for the A-4s, he was tasked to defend them at all cost. He quickly radioed his wingman,…

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AF leaders testify on F-35 progress

Posted  November 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — Leaders in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office and the Air Force F-35 Integration Office testified on the fifth-generation aircraft’s development before a House Armed Services subcommittee Oct. 21 on Capitol Hill. Fielding a number of questions from Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee representatives, Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the F-35 program…

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