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Newly renovated Community Commons gets its ribbon cutting

Col. David Shoemaker, 56th Fighter Wing vide commander at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., was joined by Arizona Cardinals football players and cheerleaders to cut the ribbon for the Community Commons at building 700 Oct. 25, 2016, in celebration of its grand opening.

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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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AAFES Exchange named ‘Best for Vets’ employer

Posted  March 24, 2016

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has been named a ‘Best for Vets’ employer for the third straight year by Military Times. The designation recognizes the Exchange as having a company culture and policies that cater to military veterans. The Exchange was also named a Best for Vets employer in 2014 and…

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Celebrating 75 Years of Airpower

Posted  March 24, 2016

Luke Air Force Base is proud to present to the Arizona community the “75 Years of Airpower” airshow April 2 and 3. Attendees will experience exciting aerial acts, an array of static displays from both the past and present, and have the chance to interact with the Airmen who carry out the Luke mission of…

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Sports Shorts March 25, 2016

Posted  March 24, 2016

Cheerleading and football camp The 56th Force Support Squadron Bryant Fitness Center is featuring Pigskin Patriots, a free cheerleading and football camp April 16. Ages 5 to 9 meet at 9 a.m. to noon and ages 10 to 14 meet at 1 to 4 p.m. at the fitness center. The event is led by NFL…

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SECAF checks in on F-35 mission

Posted  March 17, 2016

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited Luke Air Force Base March 9 and 10, to meet with Airmen and gain a better understanding of its mission with a focus on F-35 Lightning II operations, and its maintenance and training facilities. During her first visit to the base, James held an all-call where…

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MXG shines light on 2015 best

Posted  March 17, 2016

The 56th Fighter Wing 2015 Maintenance Professional of the Year Banquet was March 5. The theme was Tutum Et Certa (Safe and Reliable). The banquet recognized the following outstanding performers across all maintenance career fields: Maintenance professional Airman: Senior Airman Teresa Nowak, 54th Maintenance Operations NCO: Staff Sgt. Aleksandr Dolgikh, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Senior…

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