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CommBats defeat Marines in fitness challenge

Posted March 24, 2016 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Airmen from the 56th Communications Squadron accepted and won a fitness challenge against Bulk Fuel Company Charlie Marines. The event took place March 11 at the base track. The challenge was a six-person relay race consisting of a 400-meter run, 20 pullups, 50 air squats, 25 pushups and the fireman carry run to the start…

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Tribe visits Luke

Posted March 24, 2016 by by Senior Airman CORY GOSSETT

Tohono O’odham Nation Vice-chairman Verlon Jose and other members of the nation met with Luke Air Force Base wing leaders in February in support of an annual government-to-government visit the Air Force conducts with Native American tribes that are impacted by military training operations. “Located in southern Arizona, the Sells Military Operations Area is a…

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Champion of hope, equality: Airman wins award

Posted March 24, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

Because of hard work, selflessness and dedication, Capt. Joseph Stenger III, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II instructor pilot, was awarded the National Public Service Award Monday from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration. “I won it as an individual but the NAPA Award represents so much more…

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WHM lunch brings past to life

Posted March 24, 2016 by Story and photo by Airman PEDRO MOTA

Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolts celebrated women’s history by attending a Women’s History Month observance luncheon March 9 at Club Five Six. This year’s theme is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” “The theme is meaningful because it acknowledges barriers are being broken and women are holding…

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Luke F-35s drop first weapons

Posted March 24, 2016 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

The F-35A Lightning II program took another step toward initial operational capability March 15 when two aircraft assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron successfully employed four laser-guided bombs on the Barry M. Goldwater Range. This marked the first weapons release by F-35s assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base. “Today we…

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SECAF checks in on F-35 mission

Posted March 17, 2016 by by Tech. Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited Luke Air Force Base March 9 and 10, to meet with Airmen and gain a better understanding of its mission with a focus on F-35 Lightning II operations, and its maintenance and training facilities. During her first visit to the base, James held an all-call where…

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MXG shines light on 2015 best

Posted March 17, 2016 by Photos by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

The 56th Fighter Wing 2015 Maintenance Professional of the Year Banquet was March 5. The theme was Tutum Et Certa (Safe and Reliable). The banquet recognized the following outstanding performers across all maintenance career fields: Maintenance professional Airman: Senior Airman Teresa Nowak, 54th Maintenance Operations NCO: Staff Sgt. Aleksandr Dolgikh, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Senior…

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Two-year anniversary since Lightning struck Luke

Posted March 17, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

This month marks the two-year anniversary of the unveiling of the first F-35 Lightning II to arrive at Luke Air Force Base. The arrival of the F-35 ushered in a new era of operational and mechanical training for the base whose primary mission for the past 34 years has been to train the world’s greatest…

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Thunderbolts support 3-river spring fest

Posted March 17, 2016 by

An estimated 8,000 people attended the 2016 Tres Rios Nature and Earth Spring Festival March 5 and 6 in Avondale. The festival included family friendly activities such as canoeing on the river, fishing clinics, archery, air rifle, music, snakes and falcon observations, recycling educational activities, and storytelling. Team Luke supported the festival with 22 volunteers…

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Comemoration Day celebrates 75th anniversary of Tuskegee Airmen

Posted March 10, 2016 by Courtesy of ARAC

The 75th anniversary of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen of World War II celebration is March 24 at Luke Air Force Base. The Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. joins the national and international celebration and also announces its 10th anniversary and the 3rd annual Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day in Arizona. Today, more than 50…

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