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GRACE LEE Salutes & Awards

Fallen hero awarded DFC 46 years later

The air was thick with emotion. She had been waiting for this moment since the love of her life passed away more than 46 years earlier. Andi Dice was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross Jan. 27 at Luke Air Force Base on behalf of her husband, Maj. Carl Dice, for his extraordinary heroism and aerial…

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Load crews face off in test of best

This year’s annual Luke Air Force Base weapons load competition took place on Jan. 28, 2016. The competition featured three teams of F-16 Fighting Falcon load crew Airmen from the 309th, 310th, and 425th Aircraft Maintenance Units, and two teams from the 311th and 314th AMUs out of Holloman Air Force Base. Additionally, a team…

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Luke pilot flies 500th hour in F-35

Lt. Col. Matthew Hayden, 56th Fighter Wing chief of safety and pilot attached to the 61st Fighter Squadron, made history Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base as the first Air Force pilot to achieve 500 flight hours in an F-35 Lightning II. Hayden achieved this milestone flying his 270th sortie, a routine training mission, which…

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Every scarf tells a story

Within a dusty room, a simple conversation took place among four officers stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, which would not only change their lives, but the lives of oppressed women struggling to survive in a Taliban-ravaged province. In 2011, Capt. Joseph Stenger III, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 instructor pilot, deployed to Afghanistan as a…

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HVAC keeps it cool

Training the world’s greatest 607th Air Control Squadron battle managers wouldn’t be possible without the cool temperatures provided by the air conditioning units. These units are maintained and installed by the heating ventilation and air conditioning Airmen, enabling the training in the 607th ACS to happen. The conex boxes used by the 607th Airmen are…

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AF sends F-35A to UK air shows

Posted  January 29, 2016

The Air Force is taking the future of airpower to international audiences in England this summer.

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In Brief January 29, 2016

Posted  January 29, 2016

Dining facility reopens The Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility will reopen Monday. Affected meal card holders will continue to receive basic allowance for subsistence through Sunday. No member action is required. Effective Monday, the DFAC hours will be 6 to 8 a.m. for breakfast, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch and 4 to 6…

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Airman finds joy in singing

Posted  January 29, 2016

“At first I thought, ‘It’s just singing,’” said Senior Airman Adriana Van Wyk, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection technician and Luke Air Force Base national anthem singer.

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Salutes & Awards

ACC Awards honor Arizona’s top in-house attorneys

Posted  January 29, 2016

Jan. 14, before a sold-out crowd at The Camby/Autograph Collection Hotel (formerly the Ritz-Carlton), Az Business magazine recognized the important and vital role that in-house counsel plays in the success of a business with the Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards. The 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office received the following award: In-House Legal Department of the Year…

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Fire station rescued from decades of wear

Posted  January 29, 2016

A ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly renovated fire station took place Jan. 20 at Luke Air Force Base.

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