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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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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 to hit officially the 10,000 total combined flight hours in the F-35 for all pilots at Luke Air Force Base. The milestone marks yet another progression in the development of the tactics and utility of the F-35,…

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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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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  October 22, 2015

Quite regularly, Luke Air Force Base has a base-wide exercise. It’s a time when the security of the base and its people are tested. It’s a time that helps us all prepare for any potential disaster no matter its source. Each of us faces spiritual disasters in our lives, too, don’t we? There are times…

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OCTOBER: Energy Awareness Month

Posted  October 22, 2015

October is Energy Awareness Month and Luke Air Force Base is committed to reducing energy consumption to meet all conservation directives. The Luke Energy Program is designed to comply with federally mandated energy goals while maintaining a healthy and productive workplace. The latest energy reduction goals are specified in Executive Order 13693 and focus primarily…

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