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Luke’s newest AMU supports F-35 program

Since the arrival of the first F-35A Lightning II to the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., earlier this year, maintainers, crew chiefs and other respective maintenance positions have been steadily working to continue developing Airmen toward building the future of Airpower.

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Ghost towns of Arizona

As Airmen, we have the unique opportunity to live in different places across the world, and this presents endless adventures to be pursued. In Arizona, there are more than 275 ghost towns to explore. Some of the largest and most prosperous towns were those that boomed during the gold, silver and copper rushes of the…

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Thunderbolts participate in Great American Smokeout

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. The event encourages smokers to use the date to quit smoking or begin making a plan to quit.

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Luke celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Every November, “Thunderbolts” at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., observe Native American Heritage Month. This year, Luke celebrated by hosting a 5K run and a Native American luncheon scheduled for Nov. 28 at the community commons.

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Gunfighters complete first F-35 transport

An F-35A Lightning II belonging to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. was moved for repairs after being grounded in Idaho for the past year.

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Salutes & Awards

Tbolts bring home AETC awards

Posted  December 2, 2016

The following received Air Education and Training Command-level awards: 2017 Commander-in-Chief’s Installation Excellence: Luke Air Force Base 2016 Aviation Resource Management NCO: Staff Sgt. Adrian Parker, 56th Operations Support Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Benjamin Taylor, 62nd Fighter Squadron 2016 Weapons Safety Manager: Thomas Todd, 56th FW Safety 2016 Public Affairs Communication Excellence 56th Fighter…

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Luke congratulates new E-8s

Posted  April 7, 2017

Across the Air Force, 1,391 master sergeants were selected to become senior master sergeants from 11,788 eligible. The overall selection rate was 11.8 percent. Within the 56th Fighter Wing, the following master sergeants were selected for the top 2 percent of the enlisted force. 56th Operations Support Squadron Sean Strong 56th Maintenance Group Clifton Berger…

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Champion of hope, equality: Airman wins award

Posted  March 24, 2016

Because of hard work, selflessness and dedication, Capt. Joseph Stenger III, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II instructor pilot, was awarded the National Public Service Award Monday from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration. “I won it as an individual but the NAPA Award represents so much more…

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Protect those pearly whites

Posted  February 3, 2017

Sports activities are a common hobby that many Airmen enjoy. Unfortunately, many sports carry some risk of injury. A commonly overlooked area prone to injury is the mouth, including the teeth and gums. Basketball, for instance, is fun until a stray pass hits a player in the face leaving one less tooth with which to…

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Looking good or being good? What works best?

Posted  January 14, 2016

Leadership can be defined in many different ways. The American dictionary defines it as “the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group.” Most commonly leadership can be characterized as leading, setting the example. However, what is setting the example? Does setting an example mean you must do things…

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