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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.

Local

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.

Local

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.

Technology

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.

Air Force

‘Alcatraz Gang’ POW leaves legacy of hope

In May of 1966, 21 days after his F-4 Phantom II was shot down over North Vietnam, Sam Johnson arrived at the Hōa Lò Prison. Within hours, he was beaten unconscious by his brutal captors. The unspeakable pain Johnson endured when his broken arm and dislocated shoulders were wrenched backwards was only the beginning. Johnson…


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Air Force

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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Local

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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U.S.

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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