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F-35 Program Makes Significant, Solid Progress, Official Says

Production of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter is on a good trajectory and is a necessary aircraft in the military’s arsenal to battle high-end threats, service leaders told a House Armed Service Committee panel Feb. 16.

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F-35s first B-course takes flight

The Air Force’s first F-35 Lightning II basic flight course class took to the skies for the first time as they entered the live flying portion of their training Feb. 8, 2017.

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New construction of fourth F-35 squadron

With the F-35 Lightning II training moving ahead, new construction has begun at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to house more F-35s. Construction for the fourth F-35 fighter squadron broke ground in December of 2016 near the 62nd Fighter Squadron and Nondestructive Inspection Building.

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AMC enables first international F-35B deployment

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Air Mobility Command Airmen helped mark a major milestone Jan. 18 by enabling the delivery of Marine F-35B Lightning II aircraft to Japan. The transfer of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, marks the first permanent international…

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K-9s mission-ready at Luke

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Most emergency services require some form of certification prior to being able to go out and save lives. This includes police, fire and medical services but most people don’t think about the certifications K-9s are required to have. “The certification process is done annually or when there is a…


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STREET BEAT

Posted  October 2, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 21 through 27 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving violations. Sept. 27: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government-owned vehicle vs. a fixed object at the parking lot of Bldg. 318….

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Tenant Units

Posted  October 2, 2015

Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 421 Mission: To identify, exploit and neutralize criminal, terrorist and intelligence threats to the Air Force, Defense Department and U.S. government. Demographics: There are 2,029 federally credentialed special agents, 311 active-duty officers, 1,253 active-duty enlisted personnel, 785 civilians and 389 reservists. History: AFOSI was founded Aug. 1, 1948, at…

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Cornerstone of FW three-fold

Posted  October 2, 2015

Mission: Train the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 pilots. Airmen: There are more than 5,500 Airmen serving at Luke Air Force Base, and each one is critical to the Air Force mission. Airmen and airpower – the two are inseparable. Without Airmen, there is no airpower. Community: We cannot thank Luke’s neighbors throughout the valley enough for letting…

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T-bolts see ‘big picture’ in immersion program

Posted  October 2, 2015

Want to learn more about the missions of other squadrons at Luke? Every quarter the 56th Fighter Wing hosts an immersion program to provide enlisted Airmen in the ranks airman basic to technical sergeant with a glimpse into the inner workings of the four groups on base and 56th FW agencies as well. “Members who…

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56th Mission Support Group

Posted  October 2, 2015

56th Civil Engineer Squadron Mission: Provide technically sound combat ready engineers to build, sustain and protect Luke Air Force Base through engineering and emergency response services. Demographics: There are 235 active-duty and 116 civilian members assigned. Leadership Commander: Lt. Col. Gregory Mayer Deputy commander: Tauny Woo Superintendent: Chief Master Sgt. Bill Ewing First sergeant: Master…

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