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  • Thunderbolt of the Week: Senior Airman Carrie Zent

    Senior Airman Carrie Zent, 607th Air Control Squadron, Surveillance Technician Instructor Hometown: Richardton, N.D. Years in service: Four Education: Currently attending American Military University, pursuing a medical transcription certificate and Community College of the Air Force degree Previous assignments: Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and Naval
  • Thunderbolt of the Week: Staff Sgt. Joseph Bihms

    Staff Sgt. Joseph Bihms, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, Aerospace Propulsion journeyman Hometown: San Diego, Calif. Years in service: Four years Education: Pursuing an associate degree in computer science at Estrella Mountain Community College Inspirations: Family and friends Goals: To complete my bachelor's degree within two years Greatest
  • Luke Welcome new commanders

    Arizona summers are not only synonymous with hot weather, but with changes of commands at Luke. The 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, 56th Security Forces Squadron and 56th Dental Squadron, welcomed new commanders July 6 through 13. Lt. Col. James Sears, the 56th Fighter Wing Safety chief, took command of the 61st FS from
  • 944th FW changes command

    Col. Richard Scobee took command of the 944th Fighter Wing Saturday during a ceremony in Hangar 999. Colonel Scobee recently expressed his thoughts of taking command of the wing, his vision for the future and the partnership with the 56th Fighter Wing. "I am excited about the opportunity to take command of the 944th Fighter Wing," Colonel Scobee
  • Luke's 'Safety Dude' wins hero award

    A Luke safety specialist was named the 2007 Safety Hero of the Year June 26 in Orlando, Fla. Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing Ground Safety specialist, was awarded the Saxcies™ safety award, presented by members of the American Society of Safety Engineers. "I was honored to be in the company of finalists for the award this year," said Mr. Bruce. "I
  • 56th MXG earns excellence award

    The 56th Maintenance Group earned the Air Education and Training Command 2007 Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award June 8, by improving Luke's F-16 Fighting Falcon cannibalization processes. Luke's mission is to train the world's greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission ready warfighters. The MXG supports this mission
  • Staff Sgt. receives Purple Heart, cluster

    A 56th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst will receive a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf cluster in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. today at the Desert Star Club. Staff Sgt. Aime Hart, having never been involved in combat operations, volunteered for a short-notice eight month deployment to Iraq within six months of returning from a short tour
  • Luke Airman makes ultimate sacrifice in freedom fight

    The Defense Department announced Wednesday the identity of a Luke Airman who recently died in Afghanistan, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Master Sgt. Randy Gillespie, 44, of Coaldale, Colo., died Monday due to wounds sustained from small arms fire encountered outside Camp Stone, a forward operating base near Herat. "The 56th Fighter Wing
  • New energy-saving initiative starts at Luke

    The 56th Civil Engineer has implemented an energy conservation initiative after normal duty hours. Computers will automatically shutdown daily starting at around midnight. Prior to shutdown, a countdown timer will be displayed on each computer screen and users will have the option to cancel the operation. Once the computers shut down, they may be
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We’ve showed you tips for beating the heat, but make sure you look out for your furry friends, too! 🐶☀️ #summersafety #petsafety
Thunderbolts - have you heard there were updates to AFI 36-2903? Check out some of the major changes in this short video and then get smart on all of them by reviewing the full list here: https://go.usa.gov/xU9kX
Krav Maga instructors visited Luke Air Force Base last week to teach our Security Forces #defenders combative techniques that they can use in their daily operations to ensure the safety of themselves and our personnel. Upon completion of the seven-day Krav Maga training, the members became instructor certified to teach military and government employees.
Did you know the AFMS - Luke - 56th Medical Group​ operates a pharmacy in Scottsdale 2 days a week to better serve the beneficiaries in the east valley? Here’s what you need to know: 1️⃣ open Mon & Thur 0900-1500 2️⃣ located at 7301 E 4th St, Suite 7 Scottsdale AZ 3️⃣ call 623-856-3450 for assistance 4️⃣ to refill a prescription call 623-856-3969
Each week an Airman is recognized from the 56th Fighter Wing as the Thunderbolt of the Week for their outstanding performance and dedication to duty. Join us in congratulating the amazing Airmen of Thunderbolt nation!
Have you seen those scenes in movies where the computer geniuses track the bad guys trying to break into a network and stop them?! Well we just got our own version...kind of. 💻⛔️🔍 Luke's network security was recently upgraded with the Mission Defense Team reaching initial operating capability. The MDT monitors base network traffic and communicates any threats, anomalies, or suspicious activity. Learn more about how the Air Force is transforming Communication Squadrons to optimize #cyber security for weapons systems and networks.
“What this program is going to do is provide the stability for the AMU to produce a consistent turn-pattern of aircraft..to produce more pilots, more efficiently, with a higher quality of training.” As part of an effort to increase #F35 maintenance effectiveness and efficiency the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit created a team of unified maintenance Air Force specialties called Lightning Integrated Technicians. Learn how these #Airmen have exceeded Air Education and Training Command mission capable rates with fewer technicians than traditional manpower constructs. https://go.usa.gov/xUBHb
The U.S. Air Force F-35 Heritage Flight Team is heading to the UK to take part in the #RAF100 festivities this weekend!
Thunderbolts - don't make dinner plans for Thursday night...come out to Club Five Six and take part in the PF Chang's food truck!
We recently had the honor of hosting Under Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan. During his visit he gained insight into #F35 training operations and served as the guest speaker for the 61st Fighter Squadron F-35A basic course graduation. ⭐️ Fun Fact! Under Secretary Donovan graduated from the 426th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron at Luke in 1983 as an F-15 Eagle pilot and his initial instructor pilot was an exchange officer from the Royal Australian Air Force. The #61FS continues the legacy of #Mateship and strengthening alliances today. 🇺🇸 🇦🇺 Read more here: https://go.usa.gov/xUWUC
“As you progress in your career and you advance in rank, you find that your responsibilities change and your role in the organization changes. You take what you get and you learn from it. Every experience you have, you take something away.” For DeLand, Fla. native Capt Kristi Machado her journey from college graduate to Enlisted Airman to Force Support Officer is one of optimism and pragmatism that led her to becoming the leader she is today. Read more here: https://go.usa.gov/xUjtp #KnowYourMil
Chief Wright just announced an update to the Enlisted Force Structure. Take a few min to review and if you have any questions let us know and we’ll do our best to get them answered.
Hope everyone is celebrating big (and safe!) today! 🎇🇺🇸
We had a blast at LukeEvents Freedom Fest Friday night! If you couldn't make it or need more fireworks in your life here are a few place around the West Valley you can find them tomorrow night! 🎇Westgate Firework Fest | 5-9pm 🎇⚾️Surprise Fourth of July baseball game and fireworks | game starts at 5:30pm, fireworks 8:30pm 🎇Goodyear's Star-Spangled 4th | 6-10pm 🎇Buckeye's Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration | 7-9pm 🎇Red, White and Boom! at The Wigwam | 6-8:30pm 🎇Tolleson 4th of July Celebration | starts at 4pm 🎇Peoria's All-American Festival | fireworks at 9:15pm *some events are free and some require tickets so give them a quick google search to get all the details!* 📸: A1C Alex Cook
#DYK that servicemembers can register to vote by absentee ballot in whatever state they are a resident of? Watch this video from the Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP to learn more! You can also call the Luke A&FRC for help getting registered and requesting your ballot at 623-856-6550.
Every day we build fighter pilots. Airman Magazine recently spent time with the 54th Fighter Group to learn more about how we are helping the United States Air Force get after the complex issue of the pilot shortage.
Today we marked the end of our summer change of command season (13 this year!). Thanks again to all the outstanding leaders who departed for your contributions building the future of #airpower and welcome to all new commanders! Pics from all the ceremonies here at Luke (as well as many other events from around TBolt Nation) can be found on our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56fwpa/albums
Thunderbolts time for some #SummerSafety reminders! Even though we only hit 110 degrees 5 times so far in June (compared to 11 times from 2015-2017) it’s still hot enough to need to hydrate and wear your SPF every day. 🔥🔥🔥 What else do you do to stay cool?
Today Luke Air Force Base completed our 20,000th #F35 sortie! We continue to build the future of airpower with an amazing total force, partner nation and industry team! Congrats to all who played a part! 🇺🇸🇦🇺🇮🇹🇳🇴🇯🇵 944th Fighter Wing Air Force Reserve Luke AFB F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office F-35 Lightning II
Last week Thunderbolts climbed dirt hills and dove into muddy waters as they took on the Jump in the Mud 5k. Learn how one Thunderbolt got out of her comfort zone and got more than a good workout from it. #mudrun #5K #thunderbolts LukeEvents
Thunderbolts - 2 closures that may impact your weekend plans! Plan accordingly! https://t.co/EwcvlWJeHH
RT @usairforce: #ICYMI, Ms. Brie Larson, star of the upcoming feature film "Captain Marvel," joined #Airmen from across the NCR and local #…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: This #POWMIARecognitionDay, a toast to honor the service & sacrifice of America's POWs, those who remain missing & the…
Our @LockheedMartin #wingmen work tirelessly alongside our maintenace #Airmen to prepare safe and reliable #F35s to… https://t.co/gUqmxsNA4c
Chiefs from across @AETCommand gathered at Luke last week to learn how we are changing the Air Force with innovativ… https://t.co/oAxvhQteJT
RT @AF_Academy: The #CaptainMarvel trailer is finally here. Now, we're not saying we make superheroes but she's not wearing a @WestPoint_US
We build the foundation of MultiDomain Ops by training Command and Control warriors in the 607 Air Control Squadron! https://t.co/6lVelWPxme
RT @AirmanMagazine: Currently the @usairforce has 312 operational squadrons. Looking forward, @SecAFOfficial says to implement the National…
The designation of #ace is one of the greatest in fighter pilot culture. It is reserved for those who have shot dow… https://t.co/AcngQirssA
Cheering for our #Airman’s to be named the winner at #ASC18 👏🏼👏🏼 https://t.co/mnxcuDcPpv
RT @usairforce: .@SecAFOfficial: The #USAF we need to implement the National Defense Strategy has 386 Operational Squadrons. #ASC18 https:/…
Congrats to 56 SFS defender SrA David Hightower on earning 2nd place out of 56 USAF and partner defenders for “Top… https://t.co/VqPAiPUJUo
Later that day, Luke’s sq received another tasking. Luke made the attack w/Wehner providing cover. After Luke hit t… https://t.co/7eWcccDV6R
The morning of Sept 14 1918, Luke and two others strayed from formation pursuing an Observation Balloon. Through a… https://t.co/SziIIXDOuM
The next chapter of Lt Frank Luke Jr’s #18in18 legacy includes his best friend Lt Joseph Frank "Fritz" Wehner. Beca… https://t.co/dcjjfFKz66
We're so proud of SrA Hightower! Only 6 individual awards given for all who participated and he grabbed one! https://t.co/gwbdiAUc1r
RT @DeptDefence: .@Aus_AirForce pilots & maintenance personnel have undergone munitions loading training for the F-35A joint strike fighter…
Our pilots have a lot to worry about when they step to their jet. The Aircrew Flight Equipment #Airmen make sure ea… https://t.co/53sEkgE9u1
We're thinking of everyone on the east coast impacted my Hurricane #Florence. Stay safe! https://t.co/4MtJkOM7cL
Thunderbolts - plan accordingly for traffic diversions next weekend! https://t.co/jYiDMG8npE

F-35 Heritage Flt Team