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Eglin crew chiefs advance with F-35

As the Air Force continues to develop their newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, the 33rd Fighter Wing ensures the airmen tasked with taking care of it receive the training they need to advance with it. Crew chiefs who have worked alongside the F-35 since its production, have transformed into a new breed of…

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Luke Airman survives three wars, plane crash

“I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy used to transport supplies, so I figured I might as well sink it. I…

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NASCAR honors Airmen at PIR

Forty-three race cars, 200 laps and only one driver to win it all. Fast cars and intense action are not all NASCAR is known for. It’s also known for recognizing throughout the NASCAR season those who serve in the military. The program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members of…

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Family advocacy, Glendale PD co-op earns honors

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Military University presented a certificate of honor Oct. 25 in Chicago to the Glendale Police Department and Luke Air Force Base Family Advocacy Center for joint efforts in providing support for victims of domestic abuse. The award, which was accepted by the Glendale police and…

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Hill AFB maintainers gain experience at Luke

Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, finished advanced training on maintenance procedures for the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The Hill Airmen are part of a continuous cycle of maintainers being sent to Luke from Hill in order to develop their skills in two phases of training, first under…

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Honor Guard pays tribute to those who serve

Posted  October 29, 2015

Military veterans are the reason why the military is where it is today. With their dedication, they paved the way for America’s freedom. When veterans or service members pass away, they may get provided full funeral honors to recognize their time in service. That’s where the honor guard comes in. The Luke Air Force Base…

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Partnership: the Luke way

Posted  October 29, 2015

A few years back, I went on a 365-day deployment and was struck by the international cooperation going into the fights in Iraq and Afghanistan. On a daily basis, I coordinated with folks from the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands and France. On a routine basis, I worked with Canadians and dealt with representatives from…

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Volunteers improve earth …

Posted  October 29, 2015

Christina Underhill More than 175 volunteers (26 from Luke Air Force Base) reported Saturday for a day of cleanup to Tres Rios at the Base and Meridian Wildlife area just north of Phoenix International Raceway. Volunteers picked up trash, painted over graffiti, and installed and cleaned signage. The beautification effort was to produce a healthier…

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Sports Shorts

Posted  October 29, 2015

White Tanks hike The White Tank Mountain Hike is 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6 and is open to the Luke Air Force Base community. Children ages 7 to 12 may attend. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Round-trip transportation departs from the Bryant Fitness Center. Guides, breakfast and lunch…

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Around Luke

Posted  October 29, 2015

Senior Airman Devante Williams Tech. Sgt. Michael Mavrakis, 56th Fighter Wing Occupational Safety NCO in charge, inspects the central air unit outside Bldg. 431 at Luke Air Force Base. Mavrakis’ office works to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for Luke members.

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