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Australia F-35s leave in historic launch

The Royal Australian Air Force launched two F-35A Lightning II’s Dec. 3, starting the multi-day journey to a historic arrival in Australia.

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Reservist serves underserved communities

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Native Americans make-up about 1.5 percent of the U.S. population. Tech. Sgt. Renelle Conner, 944th Medical Squadron dental flight chief and Reserve Citizen Airman, is working toward becoming an orthodontist. A member of the Yakama Native American Nation, in her hometown of Toppenish, Washington, Conner is committed to serving…

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F-35 HFT prepares for new demonstration profile

The F-35 Heritage Flight Team is officially transitioning to the F-35 Demonstration Team for the 2019 air show season taking their current flying profile to new heights. “The past year’s demonstration was sort of like an ‘appetizer,’ if you will,” said Capt. Andrew Olson, F-35 Demonstration Team pilot and commander. The new profile this year…

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – December 7, 2018

Holiday Greetings to all in Fighter Country, from the staff of Aerotech News! Click on the link below for a digital copy of this week’s Luke AFB Thunderbolt. Here are some highlights from the Dec. 2018 issue:

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CDC preschool class acts out kindness

The students were able to gather78 gallon bags of toiletries, snacks and other items to be handed out to homeless veterans around Phoenix. The Falcon preschool class poses for a photo with items collected during their “Simple Act of Kindness” drive to provide personal items to local veterans. FROM LEFT TOP ROW: April Castronova and…

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Air War College international students finish capstone program at Luke

Posted  March 5, 2018

United States Air Force Air War College International Fellows students visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 27 to gain a better understanding of U.S. military operations and see how Luke is building the future of airpower.

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Women’s History Month Breakfast

Posted  March 5, 2018

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ridge Shan Col. Michael Richardson, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, talks with Georgia Lord, mayor of Goodyear, and other members of the 56th Fighter Wing during the Women’s History Month breakfast at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., March 1, 2018. The breakfast, at which Lord was a guest speaker,…

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Australian Defence Force vice chief visits Luke

Posted  March 2, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Australian Wing Commander Darren Clare, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot and Australian Senior National Representative, shows the F-35 Lightning II helmet to Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 22, 2018. During the visit, Griggs…

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Luke Days 2018 Blue Angels

Posted  March 2, 2018

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be headlining the Luke Days 2018 air show at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., March 17 and 18, 2018.

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New AETC strategic plan online

Posted  March 2, 2018

I’m excited to announce the new 2018 AETC Strategic Plan. Some of you may be wondering why we need a new strategic plan. While it would be tempting to rest on our laurels, our adversaries are certainly not resting. Today’s and tomorrow’s challenges demand that those of us who train and educate the force move…

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