Fifth F-35 squadron activates at Luke AFB

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  • By Senior Airman Dominic Tyler
  • 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Adam Vogel assumed command of the 310th Fighter Squadron at an assumption of command ceremony June 2, 2023, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

Originally an F-16 Fighting Falcon squadron, the 310th FS stood back up with F-35 Lightning II aircraft and personnel to resume supporting the 56th Fighter Wing’s mission of developing the world’s greatest F-35 fighter pilots, instructors, and leaders.

U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Johnston, 56th Operations Group commander, presided over the ceremony and gave remarks about the new commander.

“Lt. Col. Vogel’s reputation precedes him,” said Johnston. “F-35 operations are the new focus of the 310th. Vogel has a great team and great experience. I have full confidence he can handle the mission.”

After the assumption of command ceremony, Vogel gave closing remarks, addressing his new 310th Top Hats team and expressed his vison of command.

“You are our most important asset when it comes to the mission,” Vogel said to his Airmen. “We have to look out for each and be better Airmen, leaders, instructors, and pilots. The future is bright, and I’m thankful for that; and together, ‘we dress to kill’.”

On June 5, 2023, Vogel conducted the inaugural F-35 training sortie for the 310th FS.

The 56th OG at Luke AFB is the largest fighter group in the U.S. Air Force. The 310th FS is one of seven fighter squadrons working in tandem at Luke to train the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat ready Airmen.