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  • Luke AFB observes National Police Week

    Airmen from Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard participate in the S.S. Mayaguez Memorial Retreat Ceremony, May 14, 2021, at Luke AFB, Arizona. Established by Congress in 1962, National Police Week honors law enforcement officers who have lost their life in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Leala Marquez)
  • Luke AFB improves launch and recovery with new app

    The Air Force prioritizes searching for new ways to streamline processes, track progress and increase efficiency as a whole. Members of the 56th Fighter Wing introduced a new way of completing the mission through the Spark Cell Initiative, KILA.
  • First Danish F-35s land at Luke AFB

    Royal Danish Air Force pilots delivered the first two RDAF F-35A Lightning II fighter jets to Luke Air Force Base, April 13, 2021, in preparation of pilot training. The aircrafts, assigned to the 308th Fighter Squadron will eventually be joined by five other Danish F-35s for use in the F-35 training program. According to the U.S. State Department, as stalwart NATO allies, the United States and Denmark cooperate extensively to promote peace and stability internationally.
  • Two Luke K-9s retire after honorable service

    Airmen from the 56th Fighter Wing participate in a military working dog retirement ceremony March 19, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Boss and Rango, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dogs, retired after seven and eight years of service, respectively. As the Air Force prepares to retire a MWD, the dog’s handler can request to adopt the dog enabling it to live the remainder of its life as a family member. Boss and Rango will retire and live at home with their respective handler.
  • Women of Weapons Exhibition Load highlights female maintainers

    Airmen from multiple 56th Fighter Wing and 944th FW aircraft maintenance units participate in the Women of Weapons Exhibition Load March 25, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The exhibition load involved three teams made up of women from different backgrounds, units and ranks loading weapons on the F-35A Lightning II and the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Diversity allows the Air Force to capitalize on all available talent by enabling a culture of inclusion.
  • Luke Defenders and Local Law Enforcement Train for Real-World Integrated Response

    During a base-wide exercise Feb. 26, 2021, the Luke Command Post Giant Voice System announced “Lockdown, Lockdown, Lockdown - Real-World Incident” triggering a full-scale emergency response. While almost everyone on the base sheltered in place, the screams of sirens and racing vehicles showcased the rapid, integrated response of the ones who have sworn to serve and protect – the Defenders and the local police officers. Although officials determined the emergency was a false alarm, the actions taken showcased the strong relationship the base shares with community emergency response teams.
  • 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.
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