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Weather forecaster retires after 50 plus years of service

A civilian, with the 56th Operations Support Squadron weather flight at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is retiring after 52 years of combined military and federal service.

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State of the Air Force: Active-duty force on the rise, space will be more prominent

Nearly three years into her tenure as the Air Force’s top leader, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James reaffirmed that people continue to be her top priority during her State of the Air Force address at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 19, in National Harbor, Md.

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Luke achieves 10,000 F-35 flight hours

Maj. Nathan Heguy, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II pilot, successfully completed a routine training sortie Sept. 12, 2016, to officially cross more than 10,000 total combined flight hours in the F-35 for all pilots at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Luke receives AF’s 100th F-35

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The F-35  Lightning II program took a major step forward recently with the announcement of initial operational capability and another huge step was made at Luke Air Force Base Aug. 26 when the Air Force’s 100th F-35 Lightning II, designated AF-100, arrived here. “This marks a milestone and shows…

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AF selects best for developmental special duties

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Developmental special duties shape the Air Force by building leaders and placing them in key positions to lead Airmen. The DSD program provides Airmen an important opportunity to lead and has been life-changing for those who have experienced it. “The DSD program is a phenomenal initiative to ensure we…

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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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LEAD Council in community helps Airmen

Posted  October 2, 2015

There are many organizations on base available for Airmen to be a part of. Members of one group, although lower in rank, have a great vision for the future. “LEAD stands for Luke Empowering Airmen’s Development,” said Senior Airman Dylan Vogel, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Family Health medical technician and LEAD Council president. “LEAD is…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  October 2, 2015

What’s on your bucket list? Two weeks ago I went on a chapel sponsored event to the Grand Canyon with Airmen from several bases. It was an inspiring event, and I particularly enjoyed making a trek into the canyon. I chose to turn around at the 1.5 mile mark — a decision I did not…

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