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F-35 Program Makes Significant, Solid Progress, Official Says

Production of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter is on a good trajectory and is a necessary aircraft in the military’s arsenal to battle high-end threats, service leaders told a House Armed Service Committee panel Feb. 16.

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F-35s first B-course takes flight

The Air Force’s first F-35 Lightning II basic flight course class took to the skies for the first time as they entered the live flying portion of their training Feb. 8, 2017.

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New construction of fourth F-35 squadron

With the F-35 Lightning II training moving ahead, new construction has begun at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to house more F-35s. Construction for the fourth F-35 fighter squadron broke ground in December of 2016 near the 62nd Fighter Squadron and Nondestructive Inspection Building.

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AMC enables first international F-35B deployment

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Air Mobility Command Airmen helped mark a major milestone Jan. 18 by enabling the delivery of Marine F-35B Lightning II aircraft to Japan. The transfer of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, marks the first permanent international…

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K-9s mission-ready at Luke

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Most emergency services require some form of certification prior to being able to go out and save lives. This includes police, fire and medical services but most people don’t think about the certifications K-9s are required to have. “The certification process is done annually or when there is a…


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PMEL Calibrates on a Standard Level

Posted  February 3, 2017

When performing maintenance on essential military equipment, the precision and accuracy of the testing tool is crucial.

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MLK walk

Posted  February 3, 2017

Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Fatimah Halim, designer and facilitator of the Rites of Passage Programs for Phoenix area youth, and Lt. Col. David Shoemaker, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, lead the way during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day walk Jan. 13 at Luke Air Force Base. MLK day is a day to remember…

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Chapel Corner

Posted  February 3, 2017

The Luke Chapel team is committed to ensuring spiritual care for the entire family. Chapel offices are in the Luke Community Chapel at 139th Avenue and Shooting Star Street. All services are Sunday unless noted. For more information, call 623-856-6211. COM-Chapel on the Mall LCC-Luke Community Chapel Worship schedule Catholic Mass Saturday is at 5…

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Water: Where does it come from?

Posted  February 3, 2017

There are more than 3,000 military personnel and dependents living on Luke Air Force Base who receive ground water pumped to the base water tower from a two-well system on base. Beginning this year, the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron will now receive supplemental water from Valley Utilities. The connection the 56th CES is constructing will…

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Tucson VA to host veterans creative arts competition

Posted  February 3, 2017

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System’s Tucson VA campus will be hosting a local National Veterans Creative Arts competition 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 7 in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium, Bldg. 4 located at 3601 S. 6th Ave. Tucson, AZ 85723. There will be a performing artist’s jam session from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and…

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