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Photo by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN
World

F-35: Italians first mission highlights partnerships

Posted November 12, 2015 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking the first F-35 flights under control of an Italian pilot. Today marks another significant step forward for the F-35 program as today’s missions showcased the full partnership aspect of F-35 operations here. One Italian…

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MARCY COPELAND
Events

PHX Suns nothing but net at Luke

Posted November 12, 2015 by Story and photos by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

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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Staff Sgt. Staci Miller
U.S.

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

Posted November 12, 2015 by by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

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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Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz
Local

Citizen Airmen give civilian bosses behind-scenes look

Posted November 12, 2015 by Story by Tech. Sgt. BARBARA PLANTE

The 944th Fighter Wing Air Force Reserve unit at Luke Air Force Base hosted Boss’s Day 2015 on Nov. 7 providing more than 85 employers a peek into the military service of their employees. In an action-packed day designed to show local and out-of-state civilian employers a day in the life of citizen Airmen, the…

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Photo by Staff Sgt. 
NESTOR CRUZ
Salutes & Awards

FSS leader assumes command

Posted November 6, 2015 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. NESTOR CRUZ

  Reservists from the 944th Fighter Wing gathered at Luke Air Force Base Oct. 25, to witness the newest squadron leader assume command. Maj. Melissa Greene, 944th Force Support Squadron commander, received the squadron guidon from Col. Paul Theisen, 944th Mission Support Group commander, during an assumption of command ceremony thus assuming control of the…

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U.S.

AF leaders testify on F-35 progress

Posted November 6, 2015 by Courtesy of af.mil

WASHINGTON — Leaders in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office and the Air Force F-35 Integration Office testified on the fifth-generation aircraft’s development before a House Armed Services subcommittee Oct. 21 on Capitol Hill. Fielding a number of questions from Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee representatives, Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the F-35 program…

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Veterans

T-bolts assist disabled vets

Posted November 6, 2015 by by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

  Thunderbolts from Luke Air Force Base assisted with the 2015 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic for five days in September in San Diego. Forty-two Airmen attended the clinic to assist disabled veterans from all over the country. The clinic gave veterans an opportunity to challenge themselves through education and recreational activities. Rehabilitation was promoted…

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Staff Sgt. Staci Miller
U.S.

Greatest generation vet survived capture

Posted November 6, 2015 by by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

  Retired Chief Master Sgt. Harold Bergbower was born May 11, 1920, in Newton, Illinois. He joined the Army Air Corps May 12, 1939. One year later, he went to school at Chanute Field, Illinois, and became an air mechanic. In January 1940, he volunteered to go to the Philippines and stayed there for a…

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MARCY COPELAND
Salutes & Awards

Soft spoken for 61 years

Posted November 6, 2015 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

Retired Master Sgt. Duane Kellner is a soft spoken man with not much to say, but his career as an Air Force crew chief speaks for itself. In 1954, in the agricultural area of Muskego, Wisconsin, Kellner spent his teenage years not exactly living up to his potential. Deciding he had messed around enough and…

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Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan
Local

Luke issues first Gen lll helmet

Posted October 29, 2015 by by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

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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