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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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Lead the way: Be the spark to set fire

Posted  November 12, 2015

As a leader, do not let your ego get in the way. Stand tall, but not above everyone else. Do not tell people what to do, show them. Showing them is what leading is all about. When you show them, you are creating that spark. Much like a fire, it all starts with a small…

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Vehicle emission requirement goes live 2016

Posted  November 12, 2015

Beginning in January, Luke Air Force Base will require federal employee privately owned vehicles that are driven for more than 60 days on base to demonstrate compliance with federal law requirements under the Clean Air Act Section 118(d) (U.S.C. §7418(d), the vehicle inspection and maintenance program. The statute requires all federal employees to meet the…

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Coyote loose on base

Posted  November 12, 2015

Murphy learns to plasma weld at the 56th LRS. Murphy visited Luke for Veterans Day. Connor Murphy, Arizona Coyotes defenseman, practices plasma welding Nov. 4 at the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron during a visit to Luke Air Force Base in recognition of Veterans Day. Murphy toured Luke and spoke with Airmen about their daily service…

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FSS hosts job fair

Posted  November 12, 2015

Senior Airman James Hensley Master Sgt. David Addison, 607th Air Control Squadron Heating Ventilation And Air Conditioning Flight chief, talks with a representative Oct. 28 at the 56th Force Support Squadron job fair at Luke Air Force Base. The job fair was located at Club Five Six and featured representatives from various organizations with work…

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F-35: Italians first mission highlights partnerships

Posted  November 12, 2015

Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking the first F-35 flights under control of an Italian pilot. Today marks another significant step forward for the F-35 program as today’s missions showcased the full partnership aspect of F-35 operations here. One Italian…

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