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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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AF announces E-8 promotions

Posted  March 10, 2016

The following master sergeants were selected for promotion to senior master sergeant at Luke and Holloman air force bases: 56th Fighter Wing Deanna Commack 56th Operations Support Squadron James Buckley Jr. 607th Air Control Squadron Neel Rodgers 56th Maintenance Group Craig Burgard and Ian Snowsill 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Deborah Hofstra 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron…

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43rd annual AFAF campaign kicks off at Luke

Posted  March 10, 2016

“It’s not about Airmen giving more; it’s about more Airmen giving!” – Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force These collective words of Air Force leadership sum up the goal of this year’s 43rd annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign as unit representatives at Luke Air Force Base and others worldwide raise money to…

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500th sortie

Posted  March 10, 2016

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Maj. Nicholas Rallo, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 instructor pilot, shuts down the engines of his aircraft after completing the squadron’s 500th sortie in an F-35 March 2 at Luke Air Force Base. The 62nd FS is the second fighter squadron to host the F-35 at Luke. To date, the 56th…

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Checking under the hood …

Posted  March 10, 2016

Senior Airman James Hensley Airman 1st Class Jerry Poot, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle mechanic technician, pours bio-blend oil into a Ford Fusion hybrid Feb. 25 at Luke Air Force Base. The bio-blend oil is more environmentally friendly and reliable than traditional oil products.

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Sports Shorts March 11, 2016

Posted  March 10, 2016

Start Smart Baseball Start Smart Baseball is for children ages 3 to 5 with a parent participating. It is 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays March 22 through April 26 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. The cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt. A sports physical is required. For more information, call 623-856-7470….

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