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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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Triathletes cover Luke territory

The 56th Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation Center held the 2016 Luke Air Force Base Fall Triathlon a little early this year, but it had the desired effect. More than 60 athletes participated individually or on one of six teams. They came from across base, and included some family members, to put themselves through the…


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STREET BEAT

Posted  September 1, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 1 through 28 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 25 moving violations and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 3: Security forces identified a nonaffiliated civilian attempting to enter the installation with an odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle….

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What does TFI mean for Luke?

Posted  September 1, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — With talk of manning at only 80 percent across the entire Air Force, having to do more with less sounds like a daunting task, but with Total Force Integration, it doesn’t have to be. The 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base is integrating with active-duty units to…

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Smart Car up for grabs in Exchange sweepstakes

Posted  September 1, 2016

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is teaming up with Promotion in Motion to put one lucky military shopper in the driver’s seat of a brand-new Welch’s Smart car. Now through Sept. 30, authorized shoppers worldwide can enter the Promotion in Motion Sweepstakes to win the Smart car valued at $15,000. Shoppers…

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Shred competition hits Luke stage

Posted  September 1, 2016

Men competing in the physique tall category line up for the judges during the main event. The first-place winner was Zachary Recendes. Women competing in the bikini short category line up for the judges. The first-place winner was Daryan Davis. In the tall division, Briana Massey took first place. The judges deliberate on the performance,…

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Reservist hits AF F-35 trans-Atlantic milestone

Posted  September 1, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — A native Arizonan and 944th Fighter Wing Reserve pilot achieved his life-long goal while also hitting a milestone for the Air Force last month. Maj. Daniel Daehler, 944th Operations Group, Det. 2 F-35 instructor pilot, flew an F-35 Lightning II from Luke Air Force Base to Royal Air Force…

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