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Families of deployed get hand from Glendale police

Posted October 9, 2015 by Story and photos by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

The 56th Force Support Squadron held its monthly “Hearts Apart” event for families who have been separated by deployment or remote assignments. The Glendale Police Department sponsored the event after contacting Master Sgt. Anthony Drew, 56th FSS Readiness NCO in charge, about wanting to support and give back to the families of the Luke community….

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Favored to win, CMS doesn’t disappoint

Posted October 9, 2015 by Story and photo by Airman PEDRO MOTA

The 56th Component Maintenance Squadron flag football team shut out the Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron team 37-0 Sept. 28 at Luke Air Force Base. CMS came into the game as the favorite having only one previous loss and didn’t disappoint when they scored two touchdowns followed by a safety early in the game. “It…

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First class of Norwegian, Italian F-35 pilots begins

Posted October 9, 2015 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

The first class of future F-35 Lightning II instructor pilots from Norway and Italy began their training Sept. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The pilots, from countries partnered with the United States in the procurement of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, will learn how to operate the advanced aircraft under the instruction of pilots…

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T-bolt keeps AEW MDG mission up, running

Posted October 9, 2015 by adriennek

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, AFGHANISTAN — A key part of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing’s mission is providing extraordinary Role 3 medical care on the combat frontier. But before a medical technician can take a patient’s vital signs or a surgeon can operate, they must first have a facility and medical equipment ready to go. That responsibility…

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First refuel for RAAF KC-30A to F-35

Posted October 9, 2015 by Courtesy of

The Royal Australian Air Force completed the first fuel transfer with the air refueling boom from a RAAF KC-30A multi-role tanker transport to a U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter at Edwards Air Force Base in California. A total of 59 contacts were conducted of which five contacts transferred 43,200 pounds of…

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Outfitting F-35 pilots requires perfection

Posted October 9, 2015 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

Anyone who has been fitted for a suit, a tux or even a set of golf clubs knows the difference a fitting can make. It’s no different for warfighters. As technology gets more sophisticated it’s essential that F-35 Lightning ll pilots be properly fitted for their gear. The pilot-fit facility opened on Luke Air Force…

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Wingman day: a time to come together

Posted October 9, 2015 by by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

On Sept. 30, Airmen across base came together to strengthen bonds and build new ones through sporting events and activities. The deeper reason for Wingman Day can be overlooked through all the fun, and it’s important to take a step back and remember why we have it. Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Airmen engage in…

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CFC takes off at Luke

Posted October 2, 2015 by by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

The Combined Federal Campaign kicked off Oct. 1 at Luke Air Force Base to give federal employees an opportunity to donate to approved charitable organizations. The CFC was created in 1961 as a way to annually solicit donations in the workplace and for those contributions to be payable through payroll deductions. “The CFC has all…

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LEAD Council in community helps Airmen

Posted October 2, 2015 by Story and photo by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

There are many organizations on base available for Airmen to be a part of. Members of one group, although lower in rank, have a great vision for the future. “LEAD stands for Luke Empowering Airmen’s Development,” said Senior Airman Dylan Vogel, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Family Health medical technician and LEAD Council president. “LEAD is…

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T-bolts see ‘big picture’ in immersion program

Posted October 2, 2015 by by Airman PEDRO MOTA

Want to learn more about the missions of other squadrons at Luke? Every quarter the 56th Fighter Wing hosts an immersion program to provide enlisted Airmen in the ranks airman basic to technical sergeant with a glimpse into the inner workings of the four groups on base and 56th FW agencies as well. “Members who…

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