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Construction plan supports F-35 program

A multi-disciplinary team across the 56th Fighter Wing is preparing Luke Air Force Base to become the largest F-35 Lightning II training base in the world.

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Munition flight’s isolation strengthens unit

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight involves all types of conventional munition systems and is an essential component to the Luke Air Force Base mission.

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Reservist lends hand

Master Sgt. Steven Joubert, 944th Fighter Wing Detachment 1, is the first Air Reserve technician aircrew chief to hold a position within the 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit since the base realignment and closure in 2007.

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This week in history

Forty years ago, I stood with 4,400 other academy cadets listening to a motivational speech about patriotism. It was a short speech because Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. knew he stood between us and our allotted 20 minutes for lunch.

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U.S. service members receive ‘heroic welcome’ at Ramstein

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone arrived safely Aug. 24 at Ramstein Air Base via military airlift after receiving emergency medical care for injuries sustained while subduing an armed gunman aboard a French train Aug. 21.


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Dollars and Sense

Posted  September 26, 2014

The Defense Department, like all federal agencies, will start fiscal 2015 (beginning Oct. 1) without approval of the National Defense Authorization Act or the Defense Appropriations Bill. Both legislative bills are required to be passed by Congress and signed by the president in order for the DOD to operate. In lieu of a defense act…

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56th Fighter Wing command priorities

Posted  September 26, 2014

Mission: Our mission is to train the world’s greatest F-16 pilots. As we continue to bring more F-35s to Luke, we’ll train the world’s best F-16 and F-35 pilots.   Airmen: There are more than 5,500 Airmen serving at Luke Air Force Base, and each one is critical to the Air Force mission. Airmen and…

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Street Beat

Posted  September 26, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 15 through 21: Tickets: Security forces issued citations for eight moving violations and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 17: Security forces responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident in the parking lot of Bldg. 156. There were no injuries. Sept.18: Security forces responded…

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Fire Prevention Week: Oct. 5-11

Posted  September 26, 2014

I am a Luke Air Force Base firefighter. My main priority is to save your life, your children and protect your property. However, we all need to focus on fire safety in our home and work places every day of our lives. Fire prevention is a responsibility we all share not only in protecting ourselves,…

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JAG Corps announces 2015 law school programs

Posted  September 26, 2014

Legal Officers interested in continuing to serve the Air Force as judge advocates are invited to apply to the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program. Officers selected for FLEP have the opportunity to attend law school at Air Force expense while also continuing to receive full pay, allowances and tuition. Officers chosen for…

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F-35 night crawlers

Posted  September 26, 2014

F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter night crew chiefs, also known as night crawlers, from the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, perform preflight inspections Aug. 22 on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base. In addition to inspections, Staff Sgt. Aaron Booth, left, Senior Airman Nikolas Kinder, center, and Staff Sgt. Arthur Verchot are responsible for…

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Shoplifting increases cost military community

Posted  September 26, 2014

There are approximately 27 million shoplifters in America, accounting for more than $35 million a day in losses, according to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention. This fact is not lost on retailers including the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. While it may not be evident to the naked eye, the Luke Air Force…

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Sports Shorts – September 26, 2014

Posted  September 26, 2014

Rafael Lopez, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, avoids 56th Force Support Squadron defenders Sept. 16 during intramural football play at Luke Air Force Base. EMS defeated FSS 32-0. EMS shuts out FSS 32-0 Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The first pass of the game was thrown short setting the tone…

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Supreme allied commander comes home

Posted  September 19, 2014

Gen. Philip Breedlove, left, NATO supreme allied commander, Europe, visited Luke Air Force Base Sept. 12. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, right, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefed the general on Luke’s evolving mission to train F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter pilots and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter pilots. For story and more photos, see Page 12.

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Command post chief averts potential disaster

Posted  September 19, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. George Normandin, 56th Fighter Wing Command Post chief, received the Aviation Safety Well Done Award Sept. 2, presented by Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander. Normandin took control of an F-16 Fighting Falcon and landed it safely after an internal malfunction occurred during a training mission over Luke. Capt….

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