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Fabrication flight handles intricate things

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Fabrication Flight handles precise structural repair and inspection for aircraft and support equipment. “For all the F-16s and F-35s at Luke, we provide the back shop fabrication, inspection and repair for both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on and off the flightline,” said Senior Master Sgt. Brian Leonard, 56th EMS low…

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F-35 egress trainer arrives at Luke

Over the past two months, major components of the new F-35 Lightning II egress trainer, an advanced replica of the F-35 cockpit designed to simulate the mechanical layout of the ejection and emergency evacuation system, have arrived at Luke Air Force Base. Upon completion of the build, the third of its kind in the nation,…

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3-time Super Bowl champ, AF pilot reflects on America’s game

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Super Bowl 50 was just a few days ago, and it’s hard not to wonder how one of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s best all-time players fits into that history. Chad Hennings won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys during the 1990s, and his first appearance was within…

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Airman abroad achieves Army commendation

Every ribbon on an Airman’s ribbon rack tells a story. All have the basic training ribbon, most earn a ribbon for length of service but it’s the medals that tell a unique story. Senior Airman Carlton Mickles, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems journeyman, was awarded an Army achievement medal for his efforts in supporting…

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Fallen hero awarded DFC 46 years later

The air was thick with emotion. She had been waiting for this moment since the love of her life passed away more than 46 years earlier. Andi Dice was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross Jan. 27 at Luke Air Force Base on behalf of her husband, Maj. Carl Dice, for his extraordinary heroism and aerial…

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PEOPLE FIRST – January 15, 2016

Posted  January 14, 2016

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. More sexual…

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Year in Photos – April 2015

Posted  January 7, 2016

Senior Airman Thomas Spangler A 61st Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter taxis prior to take off April 15 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Ten F-35s from the 61st Fighter Squadron were sent to Nellis for the first-ever JSF deployment. The Las Vegas skyline is in the background. Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega…

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Year in Photos – September 2015

Posted  January 7, 2016

Airman Pedro Mota Leadership from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Services conducted a role call Sept. 11 in honor and remembrance of the first responders and others who died as a result of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. A final call bell commemoration was directed by Senior Airman Oscar Adame, 56th CES firefighter….

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Year in Photos – December 2015

Posted  January 7, 2016

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Children engage in close-range snowball tossing. Snowballs were made from man-made snow shipped in for Holiday Magic Dec. 4 at Luke Air Force Base. The snow is one of numerous attractions and activities provided at the event. Senior Airman Grace Lee Weapons load crew members from the 61st Aircraft Maintenance…

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Red, green can bring on ‘blue’ feelings

Posted  December 17, 2015

The holiday season is here, and often, there is no better time to spend with relatives and carry on family traditions than this time of year. In the United States, Thanksgiving and Christmas are known to be the two most celebrated and happiest days of the year due the social festivities, gift exchanges and gatherings…

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