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Fallen hero awarded DFC 46 years later

The air was thick with emotion. She had been waiting for this moment since the love of her life passed away more than 46 years earlier. Andi Dice was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross Jan. 27 at Luke Air Force Base on behalf of her husband, Maj. Carl Dice, for his extraordinary heroism and aerial…

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Load crews face off in test of best

This year’s annual Luke Air Force Base weapons load competition took place on Jan. 28, 2016. The competition featured three teams of F-16 Fighting Falcon load crew Airmen from the 309th, 310th, and 425th Aircraft Maintenance Units, and two teams from the 311th and 314th AMUs out of Holloman Air Force Base. Additionally, a team…

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Luke pilot flies 500th hour in F-35

Lt. Col. Matthew Hayden, 56th Fighter Wing chief of safety and pilot attached to the 61st Fighter Squadron, made history Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base as the first Air Force pilot to achieve 500 flight hours in an F-35 Lightning II. Hayden achieved this milestone flying his 270th sortie, a routine training mission, which…

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Every scarf tells a story

Within a dusty room, a simple conversation took place among four officers stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, which would not only change their lives, but the lives of oppressed women struggling to survive in a Taliban-ravaged province. In 2011, Capt. Joseph Stenger III, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 instructor pilot, deployed to Afghanistan as a…

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HVAC keeps it cool

Training the world’s greatest 607th Air Control Squadron battle managers wouldn’t be possible without the cool temperatures provided by the air conditioning units. These units are maintained and installed by the heating ventilation and air conditioning Airmen, enabling the training in the 607th ACS to happen. The conex boxes used by the 607th Airmen are…

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Salutes & Awards

Chief selects announced at Luke

Posted  December 17, 2015

The following senior master sergeants have been selected for promotion to chief: Cameron Johnson, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Michael Schrick, 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Rochelle Hemingway, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Jason Boyle, Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron

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Year in Photos – October 2015

Posted  January 7, 2016

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan A runner completes the Luke Air Force Base Halloween Fun Run in a clown costume Oct. 30. Runners, dressed in a variety of costumes, competed for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in men’s and women’s divisions. Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Col. David Shoemaker, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the…

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Looking forward in 2016 … F-35 mission continues to evolve

Posted  January 7, 2016

As the world’s premiere F-35 training base, Luke Air Force Base is constantly growing and improving to provide state-of-the-art training for F-35 Lightning ll pilots and maintainers. The F-35 is an aircraft with an international footprint unlike any other in history. Currently, Luke has two F-35 squadrons but will eventually be home to six squadrons,…

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Year in Photos – May 2015

Posted  January 7, 2016

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Charles Lilly, lithograph artist, unveil the new fighter wing lithograph May 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The presentation took place during the 56th Fighter Wing change-of-mission ceremony. Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with…

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Year in Photos – January 2015

Posted  January 7, 2016

Senior Airman Devante Williams Airman 1st Class Gerald Casteel, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew member, watches as load crew team members install a GBU-12 armament Jan. 16 during the annual load crew competition for 2014. The objective of the competition is to finish with the fastest time and fewest safety violations. Staff Sgt. Nestor…

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