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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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Two-year anniversary since Lightning struck Luke

Posted  March 17, 2016

This month marks the two-year anniversary of the unveiling of the first F-35 Lightning II to arrive at Luke Air Force Base. The arrival of the F-35 ushered in a new era of operational and mechanical training for the base whose primary mission for the past 34 years has been to train the world’s greatest…

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It’s a gas …

Posted  March 17, 2016

Capt. Hope Cronin An Eglin Air Force Base F-35 Lightning II receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to MacDill AFB approximately 100 miles off the Gulf Coast March 2 following the 58th Fighter Squadron’s first successful munition employment at a nearby range. Airmen from the 33rd Fighter Wing were able to complete modifications to…

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Exchange gift cards up for grabs to shoppers

Posted  March 17, 2016

DALLAS — Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers don’t have to be top-tier college athletes to have a shot at a slam dunk this spring. From now until April 7, authorized shoppers can enter to win a $500 Exchange gift card as part of the NCAA March Madness 2016 Unilever Sweepstakes. Thirty lucky winners…

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Sports Shorts March 18, 2016

Posted  March 17, 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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Senior Airman Devante Williams

2nd Anniversary of F-35 at Luke Force Base

Posted  March 17, 2016

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, prepares March 18, 2015, for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training sortie at Luke Air Force Base with Senior Airman Patrick Murphy, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Norwegian Maj. Morten Hanche, 62nd Fighter Squadron…

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