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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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AF needs Airmen to maintain identity

Posted  November 14, 2014

Some of us may remember playing the pool game “Marco-Polo.” Some of us may still use this game to entertain our children at the pool today. One player closes his or her eyes and repeatedly shouts out “Marco” while the other players tread water and respond “Polo.” All the while, they attempt to shift quickly…

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New evaluation system calls for accountability

Posted  November 14, 2014

It seems that everyone is overly concerned with the new evaluation system the Air Force is releasing. We should ask ourselves if it is really that scary to have an assessment which fits each of us in a more realistic way. This new system is going to hurt a lot of egos when they are…

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Luke conducts CBRNE exercise

Posted  November 14, 2014

Senior AirmanDevante Williams Members of the 56th Medical Group and Southwest Med Evac air ambulance team members prepare to air evacuate a simulated victim during the exercise Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise was conducted for first responders, base personnel and local agencies to practice real-world events. Luke Air Force Base conducted…

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News Briefs Nov, 14, 2014

Posted  November 14, 2014

Kachina Gate closure The Kachina Gate will be closed to inbound traffic Dec. 8 through 19 for gas valve repair. Outbound traffic will not be affected. For more information, call 623-856-7051. Scholarships The Air Force Aid Society is offering scholarships to dependent children of active duty, Title 10 Reserve, Title 32 AGR, retired, retired Reserve…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  November 14, 2014

Staff Sgt. Dustin Rysavy-Hollis 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Aircrew Egress Systems Journeyman Home town: Apopka, Florida Years in service: Five Family: Father, Tim Hollis and mom, Roxann Rysavy Previous assignments: Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: My father is a huge inspiration; he works hard for what he gets Greatest feat: Performed a recovery…

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Enlistment highlights total force

Posted  November 14, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr. The 944th Fighter Wing’s newest recruits stand next to a new F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter and raised their hands to enlist into the Air Force Reserve during a “Total Force” mass enlistment held during the October unit training assembly at Luke Air Force Base. The excitement was palatable…

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AFRC CC, CCC visit 944th …

Posted  November 14, 2014

Lt. Gen. James Jackson, back right, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief Master Sgt. Cameron Kirksey, AFRC command chief, listen to the heartbeat of the Laerdal 3G Simulation Manikin while Tech. Sgt. Tymmothy Roy, 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Air Reserve Technician health services manager, demonstrates its capabilities Nov. 6 during a tour of the…

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Volunteer groups gift wrap perfect present to raise $s

Posted  November 14, 2014

The Luke Air Force Base Exchange is actively soliciting partners for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s annual community gift wrap program. Community groups can raise funds for their causes while spreading some holiday cheer. “In order to make the holidays a little easier, we partner with local military groups to ensure gifts purchased…

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NASCAR action

Posted  November 14, 2014

Luke Air Force Base Airmen hold U.S. flags during the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 introduction ceremony Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Veterans, active-duty military members and their families were front and center for the race as NASCAR honored their service and sacrifice for the nation.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  November 14, 2014

I was minding my own business the other evening when my phone rang. “Hello,” I said, trying to sound at least a wee bit chipper. A pregnant pause on the other end, you know the pause that means a computerized message is on the way, and then it came: “Hi, I once got a phone…

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