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US, Aussie partnership thriving at Luke

Since the arrival of Australia’s first F-35A at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., in December 2014, Australian pilots and maintainers have trained side by side with members from the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin in preparation for the day when Australian F-35s would travel home to Australia.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Alexander Cook Local

Personalized Learning Cohort members gain insight on Luke’s pilot training mission

Members of the School of Superintendents Association Personalized Learning Cohort recently visited Luke Air Force Base in Arizona to collaboratively research, inspire, empower and amplify educators’ work to transform education.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ridge Shan Local

Top cadets from across Latin America visit Luke

A group of distinguished cadets from the air service academies of several Latin American countries visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 31, 2018, as part of the Department of Defense Latin American Cadet Initiative program.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Alexander Cook Local

AMNPES seeks to grow, develop future Air Force leaders

Among the numerous resources Luke Airmen are able to use to enhance their professional growth, the Airmen Professional Enhancement Seminar is one of the best.

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – November 2, 2018

Luke AFB Thunderbolt – Base Newspaper for Luke AFB, serving the West Valley region of Phoenix, AZ – Digital Edition November 2, 2018 Welcome to the Luke AFB Thunderbolt Digital Edition! We wish all our readers an enjoyable Veterans Day weekend – and to set the tone, we’ve devoted some space in our pages this…

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Salutes & Awards

Posted  August 4, 2016

AETC names Allen trophy heir The following individual received the Air Education and Training Command nomination for the General Lew Allen Jr. Trophy: Company grade officer: Capt. Keith Bacon, 54th Maintenance Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico 19th AF announces Sijan award The following individual received the 19th Air Force nomination for the Lance…

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Reserve, active-duty work side-by-side

Posted  October 22, 2015

People may hear about joint operations between the U.S. Air Force and foreign countries when it comes to training pilots and maintainers, but it’s rare to hear of Air Force reservists working hand-in-hand with active-duty Airmen. This is part of the total force integration at Luke to improve training and upkeep on aircraft by including…

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We are leaders and work best in teams

Posted  January 5, 2018

The 56th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Ops team leads from the front! The extreme cold and hot swings of winter weather plays havoc on the concrete runways at Luke Air Force Base. Monolithic concrete structures, like runways require expansion joints to keep concrete from failing. Here at Luke, just like other airfields, we use a…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  October 4, 2018

Why ‘Integrity First?’ As an Airman, have you ever asked yourself the question, “In our core values, why is integrity first?” Integrity is the quality of being honest, being true to one’s self. It is also about wholeness and being undivided. Integrity speaks both of one’s character and the unity of the object in question….

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FMS pilots, 944th FW reach 100th F-35 sortie milestone

Posted  April 7, 2017

Student and instructor pilots working under the Foreign Military Sales program reached a historic milestone March 10 when they flew their 100th sortie in an F-35 Lightning II at the 944th Fighter Wing. The milestone is significant for the team making the mission happen on a daily basis. “It was truly a reflection of the…

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