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AFE Airmen maintain flight equipment through teamwork

Maintaining flight equipment for a fifth generation fighter aircraft requires precision and skill. Providing F-35 Lightning II pilots with the proper gear is essential for 61st Fighter Squadron Airmen at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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58th SOW’s HH-60G hits 12,000 hours

The 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., celebrated several notable milestones in 2016, including one of its systems capping the year off by hitting 12,000 flying hours.

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F-16 pilots continue to graduate, continue to fight

A class of F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots under the tutelage of instructor pilots from the 309th Fighter Squadron graduated Dec. 16 following approximately nine months of training at Luke Air Force Base. Class 16-ABC completed the comprehensive basic flight course in a high-tempo curriculum stressing mission-ready combat skills. Training to refine their abilities will continue…

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Wing rallies to support Citizen Airman family

Citizen Airmen understand what the ultimate sacrifice is as a service member, and when a deployment happens, the risk of loved ones receiving bad news is a possibility they accept.

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JSTARS Recap program takes next step with RFP release

The Air Force is well on its way to replacing a critical airborne battle management command and control weapon system with the Dec. 28, 2016, release of the development request for proposal, or RFP, for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or JSTARS Recapitalization program.


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2016 in Photos — 10

Posted  January 6, 2017

Senior Airman Devante Williams Sparky the Fire Dog waves to base housing residents during the National Fire Prevention Week parade Oct. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. The parade consisted of members and vehicles from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Services and the Hall of Flame Fire Museum. Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman…

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2016 in Photos — 9

Posted  January 6, 2017

Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman Koraye Williams, 56th Comptroller Squadron finance technician, and Senior Airman Vernon Sparks, 56th Force Support Squadron career development technician, clean kayaks Sept. 21 during the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic held in San Diego. Senior Airman James Hensley Maj. Nathan Heguy, 62nd Fighter Squadron fighter pilot, greets Casey O’neal,…

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2016 in Photos — 8

Posted  January 6, 2017

Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland A monsoon approaches Luke Air Force Base Aug. 8. From June 15 until Sept. 30, strong storms affect Luke with heavy rain, lightning, thunder, extreme winds and dust. Denise Willhite Tech. Sgt. Charles Gonzalez, 944th Fighter Wing Detachment 1 aircraft armament craftsman, aided Senior Airman Karim Castro, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit…

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2016 in Photos — 7

Posted  January 6, 2017

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks to the Airmen July 13 for the first time during the 56th FW change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. Brian Ward FROM LEFT: Hydraulics maintainers Tech. Sgt. Kevin Gray, Airman 1st Class Garrett Byers, and Airmen Jonathan Edwards and Aaron Castro-Zulueta,…

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2016 in Photos — 6

Posted  January 6, 2017

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, signs the memorandum of understanding identifying the structure of the Luke Community Partnership program during the Luke West Valley Council meeting June 16 at Luke AFB. The Luke Community Partnership program is part of the Air Force’s Public-Public, Public-Private initiative, known as P4,…

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