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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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Load crews face off in test of best

This year’s annual Luke Air Force Base weapons load competition took place on Jan. 28, 2016. The competition featured three teams of F-16 Fighting Falcon load crew Airmen from the 309th, 310th, and 425th Aircraft Maintenance Units, and two teams from the 311th and 314th AMUs out of Holloman Air Force Base. Additionally, a team…

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Luke pilot flies 500th hour in F-35

Lt. Col. Matthew Hayden, 56th Fighter Wing chief of safety and pilot attached to the 61st Fighter Squadron, made history Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base as the first Air Force pilot to achieve 500 flight hours in an F-35 Lightning II. Hayden achieved this milestone flying his 270th sortie, a routine training mission, which…

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Every scarf tells a story

Within a dusty room, a simple conversation took place among four officers stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, which would not only change their lives, but the lives of oppressed women struggling to survive in a Taliban-ravaged province. In 2011, Capt. Joseph Stenger III, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 instructor pilot, deployed to Afghanistan as a…

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HVAC keeps it cool

Training the world’s greatest 607th Air Control Squadron battle managers wouldn’t be possible without the cool temperatures provided by the air conditioning units. These units are maintained and installed by the heating ventilation and air conditioning Airmen, enabling the training in the 607th ACS to happen. The conex boxes used by the 607th Airmen are…

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Health & Safety

Jaws of life …

Posted  December 17, 2015

Senior Airman Grace Lee Airman Adarius Thurmond, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Services firefighter, inspects what is commonly known as the “jaws of life” or spreader, ensuring full range of motion at Luke Air Force Base. The Luke Fire Department checks lifesaving equipment daily, including axes, fire hoses, medical equipment and more.

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Luke announces F-35 heritage flight program

Posted  December 17, 2015

The Air Force Heritage Flight program features modern U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft flying alongside World War II, Korean and Vietnam era aircraft in a dynamic display of our nation’s airpower history. “These flights will allow all Americans to learn more about the F-35 and at the same time see just how far airpower has…

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Posted  December 17, 2015

Airman Victoria Colbourne 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment apprentice Hometown: Tampa, Florida Years in service: Eight months Family: Steve Colbourne, husband; and Jordan Colbourne, son Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree in aerospace ground equipment technology Inspirations: My faith in God and my family Goals: To earn senior airman…

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The running man

Posted  December 17, 2015

I failed a physical training test in February, and then ran every day for 21 days straight to pass another in March. I did it just in time to go to the NCO Academy in April. At the NCOA I made some great friends with classmates. We shared many commonalities such as knowing the Air…

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AETC announces medical awards

Posted  December 17, 2015

The following individuals and unit are Air Force Medical Service yearly award winners: Biomedical Sciences Corps large-team award: 56th Medical Group Pharmacy technician: Senior Airman Sergey Voytov Clinical dentist: Capt. Elizabeth McCourt Civilian: Annissa Chavez

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