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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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AGE keeps it cool …

Posted  November 12, 2015

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Joshua Heninger, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment journeyman, works on replacing an air duct at Luke Air Force Base. The air duct goes to a 270 volt DC air conditioner hybrid for the F-35 Lightning II.

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Leadership … Are you up for the challenge

Posted  November 12, 2015

Leadership is often defined as the capacity to lead. Though this definition describes the actions of an individual in a leadership position, it does not provide any insight on what makes a good leader. Though there are hundreds of books and guides that provide steps to becoming a better leader, I believe that true leadership…

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News November 13, 2015

Posted  November 12, 2015

Notice to claimants In accordance with Air Force Instruction 34-511, paragraph 3.1.5, notice is hereby given that Airman Craig N. Mertens is deceased. The undersigned has been appointed summary court officer for the purpose of estate settlement in accordance with AFI 34-511. All persons having claims against the estate are hereby on notice to present…

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Holloman F-16s first in AF for aircraft purification

Posted  November 12, 2015

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — The F-16 Fighting Falcons at Holloman Air Force Base became the first F-16s in the Air Force to go through the aircraft purification process Nov. 3. Aircraft purification has been performed on other airframes, but this was the first time it was performed on F-16s. “Aircraft purification is removing…

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Posted  November 12, 2015

The following is a list of administrative actions issued in October at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Operations Group Administrative discharges • An Airman was discharged for minor disciplinary infractions. • An Airman was discharged for drug abuse. 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • An airman first class received nonjudicial punishment for disorderly conduct and…

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