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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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Luke members journey to World Youth Day

Posted  October 7, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Luke Air Force Base Catholic Community sent 13 youth and three leaders to World Youth Day July 21 through Aug. 6, which was held in Krakow, Poland. The theme for this year’s WYD was Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” World Youth Day,…

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Weatherman retires after 50-plus years

Posted  October 7, 2016

A civilian with the 56th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight is retiring after 52 years of combined military and federal service. Ronald Presnal, 56th OSS Weather Flight weatherman, spent much of his life working in the weather career field at several bases, and saw many changes to his career field, before medical problems forced him…

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Justice Report

Posted  October 7, 2016

The following is a list of administrative actions and Articles 15 issued in August at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Operations Group Article 15s • An airman first class received nonjudicial punishment for dereliction of duty. The individual received a suspended forfeiture of $923, seven days extra duty and a reprimand. Administrative demotions • A…

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Remains of fighter pilot hero return home after 10 years

Posted  October 5, 2016

This week, nearly 10 years after he was killed in combat operations in Iraq, U.S. forces brought home the remains of F-16 pilot Maj. Troy Gilbert, who died saving the lives of U.S. service members and coalition allies.  

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Flag Football Season underway

Posted  October 5, 2016

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Devante Williams Markeith Wimbush, 56th Security Forces Squadron, runs towards the first down during an in intramural flag football game against 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron/AMMO Sept. 16, 2016, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. SFS defeated EMS/AMMO 7-6. Flag football season began at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug….

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