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Construction plan supports F-35 program

A multi-disciplinary team across the 56th Fighter Wing is preparing Luke Air Force Base to become the largest F-35 Lightning II training base in the world.

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Munition flight’s isolation strengthens unit

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight involves all types of conventional munition systems and is an essential component to the Luke Air Force Base mission.

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Reservist lends hand

Master Sgt. Steven Joubert, 944th Fighter Wing Detachment 1, is the first Air Reserve technician aircrew chief to hold a position within the 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit since the base realignment and closure in 2007.

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This week in history

Forty years ago, I stood with 4,400 other academy cadets listening to a motivational speech about patriotism. It was a short speech because Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. knew he stood between us and our allotted 20 minutes for lunch.

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U.S. service members receive ‘heroic welcome’ at Ramstein

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone arrived safely Aug. 24 at Ramstein Air Base via military airlift after receiving emergency medical care for injuries sustained while subduing an armed gunman aboard a French train Aug. 21.


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PMEL vital to AF mission

Posted  December 5, 2014

To have jets that work, Airmen who are maintenance and repair experts are needed to take care of the jets. Airmen who fix the jets need tools that are in working order, and that’s where precision measurement equipment laboratory Airmen step in.

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Salutes & Awards

Top Hats graduate 15 into combat air force

Posted  December 5, 2014

Basic F-16 Course Class 14-CBG of the 310th Fighter Squadron is well on its way to being “Dressed to Kill” as combat-ready F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots.

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Fly Over: ‘Takamatsu’ and ‘Call of Duty Advanced Warfare’

Posted  December 5, 2014

Dining out: ‘Takamatsu’ As a recent transplant to Luke Air Force Base, I am always in search of a great restaurant that serves authentic Japanese food. Prior to arriving at Luke, I had lived in Japan for more than 20 years and was fortunate to enjoy the finest Japanese cuisine first-hand. Since being back in…

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ANG invites Luke Airmen, families to historic muster

Posted  December 5, 2014

PHOENIX – The Arizona National Guard, as part of its first-ever community open house, is scheduled to muster in a mass military formation on the field at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe at 11 a.m. Sunday — and everyone is invited. The Arizona National Guard Muster and Community Expo will honor the service and sacrifice…

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Street Beat

Posted  December 5, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 24 through Dec. 1: Tickets Security forces issued citations for two moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Vehicle accidents Security forces responded to one minor accident. Nonemergency responses Nov. 28: Security forces responded to a report of shoplifting at Bldg. 1540. An individual was detained for…

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Sports Shorts – December 5, 2014

Posted  December 5, 2014

Staff Sgt. Seth Barrett, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle technician, finishes the run portion of his Air Force physical fitness test Nov. 12 at Luke Air Force Base. Barrett raised his score by more than eight points after completing a run improvement program ran by the base exercise physiologist. Consistency, intensity key to run score…

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Fly, fight & win! Luke plays unique role in AF mission

Posted  November 21, 2014

The mission of the Air Force is to fly, fight and win. The Air Force’s “motto,” as it was originally called, was adopted October 2010. Capt. Gregroy Bollrud of Hurlburt Field Florida, wrote, “It succinctly captures what our Air Force has been renowned for ever since its creation in 1947. Also, the specific choice of…

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Wingman for life

Posted  November 21, 2014

“I look after my wingman. He looks after me. We work together. We fight together.” — Col. Gabby Gabriski, WWII ace Having a wingman has been an essential part of combat flying since the beginning. A wingman is able to watch your “6,” provide support and can offer a different perspective on a situation. These…

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Chiefs announced

Posted  November 21, 2014

Senior master sergeants selected for promotion to chief master sergeant at Luke Air Force Base posed in front of the static F-16 Fighting Falcon in front of the wing headquarters building. They are, from left, Kelbey Norton, 56th Medical Support Squadron; Ben Carson, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; Lawrence Witt, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Blake Holm,…

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