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  • Active Shooter Exercise Prepares Luke First Responders

    Luke Airmen participate in an active shooter exercise Feb. 26, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The exercise took place at the Bryant Fitness Center, and evaluated the training, readiness and capability of Luke Airmen to respond to an active shooter threat. Exercises ensure Airmen meet warfighting needs with a continuous drive toward more effective and efficient training. (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Amber Carter)
  • 56th Fighter Wing Airman Grants 56 Wishes for Children

    Community involvement and selfless service are common attributes of service members, and one Airman at Luke Air Force Base set the bar high in granting children’s wishes through the Make-A-Wish foundation.
  • Security Incident on Luke Air Force Base

    On Friday, February 26, 2021, Luke Air Force Base was conducting a routine active-shooter exercise when 56th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) received real-world reports of someone claiming to have a gun at the 56th Medical Group facility. Following an initial investigation, it was determined that an individual inside the facility made a statement that was misinterpreted by several others as a claim to have a weapon.
  • Luke fighter pilot tops 1,000 F-35 flying hours

    Maj. Nicholas “JAKAL” Rallo, an instructor pilot with the 944th Fighter Wing, became the first Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning II pilot to attain 1,000 F-35 flying hours here, February 22, 2021.
  • 62nd FS pilots, maintainers prepare for Red Flag

    U.S. and international student pilots enrolled in the F-35A Lightning II B-course are preparing for Red Flag Exercise 21-2, one of the largest aerial combat simulations the U.S. Air Force has to offer.
  • Thunderbolt Spark Cell ignites Airmen innovation

    In August 2020, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., released his strategic approach entitled “Accelerate Change or Lose,” and followed this statement up in December 2020 with action orders that represent his call to Airmen to move forward aggressively in the push toward change “allowing more space for innovation.” Luke Air Force Base answered that call to action with the creation of the Thunderbolt Spark Cell, officially announced January 5, 2021.
  • AETC Airmen named Finalists in 2021 Spark Tank Challenge

    Three Airmen from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona will represent Air Education and Training Command during the Spark Tank Challenge at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium in this February. Spark Tank is an annual event where Airmen pitch innovative ideas to top Air Force leadership and a panel of industry experts.
  • From virtual to reality: F-35A, B-2 conduct joint training mission

    Ten F-35A Lightning II fighter jets from the 63rd Fighter Squadron “Panthers” participated in a joint capstone training mission with two B-2 Spirit stealth bombers assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Nov. 18, 2020.
  • Luke F-35s, F-16s train daily

    An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron prepares to takeoff, Dec. 15, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The 62nd FS transitioned from flying F-16 Fighting Falcons to flying F-35 aircraft in 2015. There are four F-35 fighter squadrons and four F-16 fighter squadrons that directly support the base’s mission of training the
  • Luke reinforces TFI with DoD level maintenance award

    The 56th and 944th Fighter Wings’ maintenance groups, referred to as the 1K Maintenance Group at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, will be recipients of the 2020 Secretary of Defense Field-level Maintenance Award in the large category. The information was officially confirmed in a Department of Defense news release posted on Nov. 19.
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