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Lightning I pilot meets Lightning II, shares stories

Retired Maj. Earl Conrad Jr., a World War II fighter pilot who flew the original P-38 Lightning, visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 3, 2016, to get a glimpse of the F-35 Lightning II, the namesake of the legendary fighter aircraft which dominated the skies over the Pacific during his time in service.

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Young thunderbolts learn about deployments

The 56th Force Support Squadron’s staff held its biannual mock deployment event at the Ability to Survive and Operate area Oct. 15 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Building Partnerships

Airmen from the 944th Civil Engineering Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., helped strengthen the relationship between the Department of Defense and a Navaho community in Gallup, N.M., recently.

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Luke honors those lost, captured in war

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony Sept. 16 in honor of prisoners of war and those missing in action preceded by a two-day vigil. The vigil began at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 with Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, 56th…

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T-bolt nominated for AF leadership award

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Air Force announced Maj. Matthew Hoyt, 54th Fighter Group F-16 chief instructor pilot and 54th Operations Support Squadron chief of weapons and tactics, was nominated for the Lance P. Sijan Air Force Leadership Award. Hoyt was responsible for leading 192 pilots and 72 instructors as chief instructor accounting…

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Evolution of ‘Little Blue Book’ continues

Posted  September 11, 2015

“As Airmen, we are charged with upholding a culture founded on professionalism, dignity and respect – that’s what our core values are about.” — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James The original 1997 “United States Air Force core values” handbook (aka the “Little Blue Book”) was published to introduce the Air Force core…

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Gym gets facelift, redesign

Posted  September 11, 2015

Courtesy graphic The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center will undergo state-of-the-art renovations later this year and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017. Changes to the gym will require most of the interior walls to be removed, providing open floor plans for cardiovascular and weight lifting areas. Once work areas are…

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PEOPLE FIRST September 11, 2015

Posted  September 11, 2015

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. New website…

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Honorary commanders visit BMGR

Posted  September 11, 2015

Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman William Langston, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, briefs business and government leaders from the community who have been selected as honorary commanders at Luke Air Force Base on how the robot functions Aug. 31 during a tour of the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Gila…

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Health & Safety

Be informed, plan, prepare for disasters

Posted  September 11, 2015

While the greater Phoenix area is considered a low-risk area for natural disasters, according to national disaster databases, it is wise to be prepared for longer than expected power outages due to monsoons. National Preparedness Month is a month dedicated to increasing the number of individuals that understand how to prepare and perform possible actions…

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