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F-35 Program Makes Significant, Solid Progress, Official Says

Production of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter is on a good trajectory and is a necessary aircraft in the military’s arsenal to battle high-end threats, service leaders told a House Armed Service Committee panel Feb. 16.

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F-35s first B-course takes flight

The Air Force’s first F-35 Lightning II basic flight course class took to the skies for the first time as they entered the live flying portion of their training Feb. 8, 2017.

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New construction of fourth F-35 squadron

With the F-35 Lightning II training moving ahead, new construction has begun at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to house more F-35s. Construction for the fourth F-35 fighter squadron broke ground in December of 2016 near the 62nd Fighter Squadron and Nondestructive Inspection Building.

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AMC enables first international F-35B deployment

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Air Mobility Command Airmen helped mark a major milestone Jan. 18 by enabling the delivery of Marine F-35B Lightning II aircraft to Japan. The transfer of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, marks the first permanent international…

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K-9s mission-ready at Luke

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Most emergency services require some form of certification prior to being able to go out and save lives. This includes police, fire and medical services but most people don’t think about the certifications K-9s are required to have. “The certification process is done annually or when there is a…

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Salutes & Awards

USFWS selects BMGR for award

Posted  June 30, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Barry M. Goldwater Range has been selected as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2015 Military Conservation Partner Award recipient. The award, presented in a ceremony June 9, is a national award presented annually to a military installation whose efforts represent significant conservation accomplishments achieved in partnership with…

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Airfield rubber removal preserves aircraft safety

Posted  June 30, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — During a recent inspection of the flightline, the 56th Operations Support Squadron identified buildup of rubber deposits and completed a project to remove them, a step that keeps sorties in the air and aircraft landing safely. “When an aircraft touches down, it leaves traces of rubber on the surface,”…

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Health & Safety

TBIs result from jolt, strike to head

Posted  June 30, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Most people associate traumatic brain injuries with military combat operations or football injuries. In reality, any jolt or strike to the head that may cause the brain to shake violently can result in a TBI. Events resulting in a TBI can include a bicycle incident, a slip and fall…

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Do’s, don’ts to know when fundraising in AF

Posted  June 30, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office has put together a quick, painless guide to help future fundraising events run more smoothly and ethically. Private organizations and unofficial activities are allowed to host two fundraisers per quarter. POs and UAs must obtain approval prior to holding a fundraiser. To obtain…

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Changes of command

Posted  June 30, 2016

The following units will change command this year. Dates are subject to change. July 1 56th Training Squadron Relinquishing: Lt. Col. Michael Dunn Taking: Lt. Col. Matt Hayden July 8 56th Operations Group Relinquishing: Col. Chris Bailey Taking: Col. Benjamin Bishop July 11 56th FW Legal Relinquishing: Lt. Col. Joel England Taking: Lt. Col. John…

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