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EOD: A job for the Air Force’s best and bravest

Few tasks require as much attention to detail as disarming an explosive device. EOD uses many tools and technologies including robots, x-ray systems and bomb suits to execute the mission in the most efficient, expeditious and safest way possible.

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F-16 Fighting Falcon Heritage Aircraft gets new look with vintage style

The former 56th Fighter Wing flagship F-16 Fighting Falcon, tail number 89-2056, got a paint job and is taking its new look to the skies above Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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New Air Traffic Control Trainer Course better prepares Airmen to control the skies

The Air Force recently developed an Air Traffic Control Trainer Course, the first trainer course designed for a specific career field, to improve retention rates. The three-day course, implemented first at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., trains Airmen who have completed their year of on-the-job training and are preparing to train the newest controllers coming from technical school.

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Base’s roster of F-35s increasing; spike in noise complaints

Luke Air Force Base's roster of F-35s has grown and that means more noise around the pilot-training installation on the west side of metro Phoenix.

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Metals Technology: Innovating the future of airpower

From aircraft parts to specialized tools, the Airmen at the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., aircraft metals technology flight manufacture and fix any asset that comes their way.


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62nd FS mate finally laid to rest

Posted  August 9, 2017

Approximately 50 Airmen assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., attended the funeral of former 62nd FS pilot 2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Penn., Aug. 4, 2017.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  October 9, 2015

“Example is leadership. Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” ~ Albert Schweitzer We all set an example for others everyday as we live our lives. We may set a good example or we may be the poster child of what not to do. No matter your age,…

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Firefighter switches to fighter pilot

Posted  June 30, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Garrett Christensen, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Logistics NCO in charge, is crossing over to the Air Force officer corps where he hopes to become an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot. “Christensen is one of 12 Airmen selected for basic officer training school program,” said Steven Kinkade, 56th CES…

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Airmen, Marines compete in physical competition

Posted  January 31, 2018

  Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham Marines are timed while performing an ammo can lift during a combat fitness test challenge at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 26, 2018. The challenge was held between Marines and Airmen to build esprit de corps between the two services. During the CFT, a 30-pound…

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Introspection spurs us to be better

Posted  April 28, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. — We are all created different. We think differently, perceive things differently and interpret success and failure through very different lenses. At each person’s unique period in life, he begins to look back, wondering if he truly made a difference. For many, that difference can only be defined by one’s self, regardless of…

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