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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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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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Sports Shorts November 6, 2015

Posted  November 6, 2015

Turkey Trot 5K fun run The Annual Turkey Trot 5k Fun Run begins at 7 a.m. Nov. 20 at the 944th Fighter Wing headquarters, Bldg. 988. T-shirts, prize drawings and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center at 623-856-6241. Power-lifting competition The Bryant Fitness Center is…

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Luke issues first Gen lll helmet

Posted  October 29, 2015

The world’s most advanced aircraft is getting a new helmet to match. Luke Air Force Base issued its first Generation III F-35 Lightning II Helmet Mounted Display System to Norwegian Air Force Maj. Morten Hanche, 62nd Fighter Squadron training pilot, Oct. 16. The new system, built and issued by Rockwell Collins at the pilot fit…

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From pharmacist to Airman

Posted  October 29, 2015

Some of the reasons people join the Air Force are the education benefits and job security. Many Airmen had jobs before joining. “I was a pharmacy technician back when it didn’t require formal education,” said Staff Sgt. Ashley Byers, 56th Force Support Squadron commander’s support staff NCO in charge. “When the requirement changed I knew…

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AFOSI seeks top-quality Airmen at recruiting fair

Posted  October 29, 2015

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Luke Air Force Base will soon hold its annual recruiting fair. AFOSI is responsible for investigating major crimes against the Air Force, Defense Department and the United States. AFOSI directly denies the abilities of terrorist networks and foreign intelligence efforts. With more than 2,700 members, AFOSI has…

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Taking care of your Airmen?

Posted  October 29, 2015

Many years ago I was just starting out as a young flight chief and senior NCO. I had traveled back east to attend the Maintenance Production Superintendent Course and was headed back home. After I dropped off my rental car I hopped on the bus that would take me back to the terminal. It is…

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