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Eglin crew chiefs advance with F-35

As the Air Force continues to develop their newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, the 33rd Fighter Wing ensures the airmen tasked with taking care of it receive the training they need to advance with it. Crew chiefs who have worked alongside the F-35 since its production, have transformed into a new breed of…

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Luke Airman survives three wars, plane crash

“I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy used to transport supplies, so I figured I might as well sink it. I…

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NASCAR honors Airmen at PIR

Forty-three race cars, 200 laps and only one driver to win it all. Fast cars and intense action are not all NASCAR is known for. It’s also known for recognizing throughout the NASCAR season those who serve in the military. The program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members of…

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RIDGE SHAN Salutes & Awards

Family advocacy, Glendale PD co-op earns honors

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Military University presented a certificate of honor Oct. 25 in Chicago to the Glendale Police Department and Luke Air Force Base Family Advocacy Center for joint efforts in providing support for victims of domestic abuse. The award, which was accepted by the Glendale police and…

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Hill AFB maintainers gain experience at Luke

Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, finished advanced training on maintenance procedures for the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The Hill Airmen are part of a continuous cycle of maintainers being sent to Luke from Hill in order to develop their skills in two phases of training, first under…

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Phoenix Suns basketball clinic

Posted  November 12, 2015

Larry Keen The 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center Phoenix Suns Basketball Clinic was Saturday on Luke Air Force Base. The event, which included coaching from Bob Lanier, NBA Hall of Fame; Tom Chambers, four-time NBA All Star; Steve Hunter, Phoenix Suns ambassador and alumni player; the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, Go; and Phoenix Suns staff…

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ALS graduates 47 airmen

Posted  November 12, 2015

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 47 senior airmen Oct. 29 from class 15-7: The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Sharonda Walker, 56th Fighter Wing Distinguished graduates: Shane Hinton, 56th Dental Squadron; JoAnne Baum 56th Medical Support Squadron, Philemon Sehne, 56th Force Support Squadron; and Teresa Anaya-Hernandez, 56th Operations Support Squadron…

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Norway’s first F-35 sortie, jets arrive on air force’s birthday

Posted  November 12, 2015

The first two Norwegian F-35 Lightning II jets arrived Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. Shortly after, a Norwegian pilot flew the F-35 for the first time Tuesday, in conjunction with the Royal Norwegian air force’s birthday. The F-35 program took its first step forward integrating partner nations with the arrival of the first Australian…

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PHX Suns nothing but net at Luke

Posted  November 12, 2015

The Phoenix Suns basketball team visited Luke Air Force Base and treated Airmen and families of the Luke community to a training practice in support of personnel in the armed services. Before practice, the team toured Luke’s feature jet, the F-35 Lightning II. Lt. Col. Matthew Vedder, 62nd Fighter Squadron director of operations, escorted team…

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Health & Safety

Great American Smokeout observed

Posted  November 12, 2015

The Military Health System has designated November as Smoking Cessation Month as an opportunity to increase awareness of service members, family members and employees of the benefits of tobacco-free living. Tobacco-free living is avoiding use of all types of tobacco products — including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, pipes and hookahs — and also living free…

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