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Emerald Knight’s shine restored

After closing its doors more than three years ago, the 308th Fighter Squadron, also known as at the Emerald Knights, was reactivated at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., in November 2018.

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Hope fills the heart

Hope can come in many forms, and for the children who visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., for the “Day of Hope,” Dec. 21, 2018, hope came from the Airmen of the 56th Fighter Wing.

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Defenders partner with local law enforcement for annual Shop with a Cop

In a celebration of holiday spirit, members of the 56th Security Forces Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., helped children from low-income families pick out toys during the annual Glendale Shop with a Cop charity event, Dec. 15, 2018, at Glendale, Ariz.

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Luke AFB recognizes 12 honor guardsmen

Members from the Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Honor Guard were Awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal during an Honor Guard recognition breakfast ceremony Dec. 12, 2018.

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Air Force Surgeon General visits 56th Fighter Wing Medical Group

Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, paid a visit to Luke Air Force Base., Ariz., on Dec. 12, 2018, where she outlined her mission, values and modernization efforts to an enthusiastic group of Airmen.


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Turn stress into strength this upcoming holiday season

Posted  December 7, 2018

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — The holiday season presents opportunities to engage in multiple forms of resiliency. Engaging in close relationships, practicing gratitude, and participating in religious activities that promote spirituality are often helpful aspects of the holidays. However, the holidays may also create stressors that are unique to this time of year. Extra…

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CDC preschool class acts out kindness

Posted  December 7, 2018

The students were able to gather78 gallon bags of toiletries, snacks and other items to be handed out to homeless veterans around Phoenix. The Falcon preschool class poses for a photo with items collected during their “Simple Act of Kindness” drive to provide personal items to local veterans. FROM LEFT TOP ROW: April Castronova and…

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Five missing, two found after F/A-18, tanker crash off Japan

Posted  December 6, 2018

TOKYO — A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan’s southwestern coast after colliding early Dec. 5, and rescuers found two of the seven crew members, one of them in stable condition, officials said. The U.S. Marine Corps said that the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter…

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F-35 HFT prepares for new demonstration profile

Posted  December 5, 2018

The F-35 Heritage Flight Team is officially transitioning to the F-35 Demonstration Team for the 2019 air show season taking their current flying profile to new heights. “The past year’s demonstration was sort of like an ‘appetizer’ if you will,” said Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Demonstration Team pilot and commander. The new profile this…

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Luke AFB stands up new F-35A lightning II fighter squadron

Posted  December 3, 2018

Luke Air Force Base in Arizona reactivated the 308th Fighter Squadron, Nov. 30, 2018, which will house the Dutch and the Danes F-35A Lightning IIs as part of Luke’s partnerships. With Lt. Col. Robert Miller assuming command, the fighter squadron is scheduled to begin operations in December 2018.

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