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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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Thunderbolts support 3-river spring fest

Posted  March 17, 2016

An estimated 8,000 people attended the 2016 Tres Rios Nature and Earth Spring Festival March 5 and 6 in Avondale. The festival included family friendly activities such as canoeing on the river, fishing clinics, archery, air rifle, music, snakes and falcon observations, recycling educational activities, and storytelling. Team Luke supported the festival with 22 volunteers…

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In Brief March 18, 2018

Posted  March 17, 2016

Air Show VIP Experience General admission is free to the Luke Air Force Base 75 Years of Air Power Air Show, but attenders can be part of the VIP experience by purchasing tickets to the Luke Hospitality Tent at https://tickets.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1457. Tickets are $110 per person age 13 and up, $75 per youth ages 6 through…

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SFS cuts it close with EMS

Posted  March 17, 2016

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron and 56th Security Forces Squadron kicked off March 7 with a short quarterback rush by EMS to gain only a few yards, setting the tone for the game with SFS matching EMS play for play. The final score was 19-14 SFS. “Security forces has a good reputation for an impressive…

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CONS exercise offers deployment insights

Posted  March 17, 2016

Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams Simulated opposing forces, played by the 56th Security Forces Squadron, fire simulation rounds at 56th Contracting Squadron Airmen during a 56th CONS Operation Walrus: Wartime acquisitions logistics and random unorthodox scenarios exercise March 2 at Luke Air Force Base. CONS Airmen responded to an ambush when they were conducting…

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Budgeting could be friend in disguise

Posted  March 10, 2016

Money — many people use it every day, and it may seem to go as quickly as it comes. To ensure money is being saved or set aside toward a goal that is beneficial to the earner, creating and following a budget just might be the answer. “A budget is essentially a spending plan,” said…

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