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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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Tier organizations focus on Airmen

Posted  February 4, 2016

An Airman walks into work believing it is another day at the office and is shocked to find out he has won an award for going above and beyond. The Focus Five Six NCO council carried out a similar scenario for Airman 1st Class Sean Jones, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron storage and issue apprentice, Jan….

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Mentors help Airmen get CCAF

Posted  February 4, 2016

Thunderbolts working toward earning their Community College of the Air Force degree now have another helpful resource: a wingman. The Luke Air Force Base education office offers a CCAF mentorship program. Thunderbolts who have received their CCAF can be trained how to offer assistance to those who want to pursue their CCAF. “We developed this…

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In Brief – February 5, 2016

Posted  February 4, 2016

Traffic congestion A higher volume of traffic, which could cause congestion, is expected to occur day and night Feb. 13 on the streets surrounding Luke Air Force Base due to the Band of Brothers Festival happening at Sage and Sand Bar and Grill just east of Luke on Glendale Avenue. For more information, call 800-838-4448….

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AFREP team ‘makes it rain’ at Luke AFB

Posted  January 29, 2016

With ever-growing budget cuts and dwindling resources, it’s never been more important to save money in today’s Air Force. That’s where the Air Force Repair Enhancement Program Airmen at Luke Air Force Base step in.

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Are you getting the full experience?

Posted  January 29, 2016

Master Sgt. Ida Bushey One role I have as a career assistance advisor is to assist Airmen interested in retraining from their current career field or Air Force specialty code. I often ask them, “Why do you want to retrain to another career?” The answers vary from, “I don’t like the people I work with,”…

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