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Lightning I pilot meets Lightning II, shares stories

Retired Maj. Earl Conrad Jr., a World War II fighter pilot who flew the original P-38 Lightning, visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 3, 2016, to get a glimpse of the F-35 Lightning II, the namesake of the legendary fighter aircraft which dominated the skies over the Pacific during his time in service.

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Young thunderbolts learn about deployments

The 56th Force Support Squadron’s staff held its biannual mock deployment event at the Ability to Survive and Operate area Oct. 15 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Building Partnerships

Airmen from the 944th Civil Engineering Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., helped strengthen the relationship between the Department of Defense and a Navaho community in Gallup, N.M., recently.

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Luke honors those lost, captured in war

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony Sept. 16 in honor of prisoners of war and those missing in action preceded by a two-day vigil. The vigil began at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 with Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, 56th…

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T-bolt nominated for AF leadership award

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Air Force announced Maj. Matthew Hoyt, 54th Fighter Group F-16 chief instructor pilot and 54th Operations Support Squadron chief of weapons and tactics, was nominated for the Lance P. Sijan Air Force Leadership Award. Hoyt was responsible for leading 192 pilots and 72 instructors as chief instructor accounting…

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Health & Safety

Understanding love language aids communication

Posted  October 22, 2015

According to most relationship experts, communication is the key to developing a long-lasting, healthy relationship. Imagine what it would be like if you didn’t speak the same language as your partner? How could you ever know what he or she expects and needs from you or vice versa? With October being Domestic Violence Prevention month,…

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Salutes & Awards

F-35 ATC wins design award

Posted  October 22, 2015

The 56th Fighter Wing F-35 Academic Training Facility on Luke Air Force Base received the 2015 U.S. Air Force Design Award for facility design. The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron served as the base organization, Albuquerque District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was the design agent and Burns McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. was the designing organization….

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Airfield management secures safe place to land

Posted  October 22, 2015

From filing flight plans and initiating search and rescue missions to conducting pavement evaluations, airfield management is responsible for ground and flight safety ensuring the well-being of pilots at Luke Air Force Base. “We provide a safe and secure environment for aircraft to operate in,” said Senior Airman Jordan Stoltz, 56th Operations Support Squadron airfield…

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Posted  October 22, 2015

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AF sets…

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The “It’s not my problem” is a problem

Posted  October 22, 2015

In an Air Force where being a leader at all levels is highly encouraged, it is becoming increasingly disturbing to me that people just do not seem to care. They are so focused on their particular area of responsibility, that when something new or unknown arises, they routinely brush it off as “not my problem.”…

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