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  • The Air Force and my American dream

    I immigrated to the United States in 1989 when I was 26 years old. Coming to the United States with English as my second language was very challenging and I was not sure if I would be able to find a stable job. I ended up joining the U.S. Air Force in 1991. I was hesitant about being in the military, but I decided to give it a try after exhausting
  • Good leadership begets good leaders

    As military members we all can relate to leadership, whether as an airman basic in basic military training relying on element leaders, dorm chiefs and ultimately the assigned training instructor; or a squadron commander who is tasked with leading those below him, as well as adhering to the leadership above. When someone is a good leader, it can be
  • Leadership's responsibility to ensure safe driving

    The past several months have not been kind to government vehicles. A rash of government-owned vehicle accidents has plagued the base and the majority of these could have been prevented. Causative factors include inattentiveness, lack of respect for government property, failure to properly plan ahead, and an overall lack of situational awareness. It
  • Caring for people requires emotional intelligence

    A little more than a year ago I had the great opportunity to attend the AETC Commanders' Course. Being a new commander I was very excited and looked forward to learning the "secret handshake" for command success. The course agenda made it evident that we were going to spend some quality time with Gen. Stephen Lorenz, the four-star in charge of AETC
  • Our world needs heroes

    Our world needs heroes.The term hero is often overused and misunderstood, similar to the word warrior. Fortunately for our country, our military is full of heroes. Maj. Troy "Trojan" Gilbert is certainly one of those heroes. Gilbert deployed to Iraq in 2006 while stationed at Luke Air Force Base as an F-16 instructor pilot. He was killed in action
  • A carrot, an egg, a cup of coffee

    Resiliency.Luke Airmen are dedicated to train the world's greatest F-16 pilots and maintainers while deploying mission-ready warfighters. Every Air Force organization is focused on that mission while standing ready to deploy anywhere. These two critical missions present their own challenges and adversities. Take for example preparing for the
  • We are all Airmen...Period!

    I've never had the option of choosing who I wanted to supervise. I've never been allowed to conduct interviews for possible coworkers. If given the option, I would not be able to choose, or not choose, a subordinate or coworker by the type of music they listen to, where they were born, or what they like to do for a hoppy. The choice would strictly
  • Getting to know your Group CC: First things first

    Far from being one who minces words, Col. Deborah Liddick, 56th Maintenance Group commander, had the focus of her group commander profile defined before the questions even began. "In maintenance, it's all about the team," she said. "The load crew, crew chiefs, avionics, ammo Airmen - it takes all of them to keep a jet flying, it's never about just
  • All my pickles are in a big pile

    Recently, we decided as a family to run through the fast food restaurant near our house since it was late and we wanted something quick for dinner. When we got home and everyone was starting to eat, my daughter remarked as she checked her hamburger that all the pickles were in a pile in the center of the bun. I took the opportunity and made it a
  • Getting to know your Group CC: Don't judge a book by its cover

    Col. Philippe Darcy, 56th Mission Support Group commander, may have been dressed in his Air Force Blues for this Monday morning interview, but he is a pilot at heart and that was apparent from the very first minute. "I read the book The Right Stuff by Thomas Wolfe in high school and I knew from that moment that I wanted to be a fighter pilot,"
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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
The 56th Dental Squadron painted the rock in honor of Chief Wright’s visit! https://t.co/LRxAeLwlr1
RT @388fw: We flew our 10,000th operational @thef35 sortie yesterday in the @388fw and @419fw - all thanks to our pilots and maintainers. #…
RT @usairforce: #BREAKING: #USAF extends High Year of Tenure for E-4 through E-6: https://t.co/YAigB5peEe https://t.co/455ltEgUMc
RT @AETCommand: Revitalizing our squadrons is a top priority for the Air Force. Check out what the First Sergeant Academy at @HQAirUniversi
If you aren’t following @SecAFOfficial for the latest info on our Air Force bows a great time to! https://t.co/uWZHCjdl0U
RT @AirmanMagazine: An F-35A Lightning II and P-51 Mustang fly in formation as part of a Heritage Flight display during the Bell Fort Worth…
RT @DeptDefence: The tenth F-35A Joint Strike Fighter to be delivered to the @Aus_AirForce has arrived at @usairforce Luke Air Force Base i…
More photos from @POTUS visit to Luke are available here: https://t.co/2QcqbxTRhp
RT @DepSecDef: Great discussion yesterday at @LukeAFB & great leadership from @POTUS Trump. The @DeptofDefense must work with Congress & de…
“We make the greatest military equipment in the world. American-made military products are more effective, more let… https://t.co/NwNuQi0by9
Team Luke was proud to host @POTUS, as well as @DepSecDef & @SecAFOfficial today to showcase defense capabilities.… https://t.co/nUh0tx5Y35
RT @DepSecDef: Happening now: Alongside @POTUS Trump, @SecAFOfficial, defense industry CEOs and local leaders at @LukeAFB, talking defense…
RT @abc15: No visit to @LukeAFB, even by @realDonaldTrump, is complete without a selfie. #abc15 https://t.co/axuqNkI3UM
RT @markknoller: Pres thanks military personnel at @LukeAFB, shaking hands and posing for multiple selfies. https://t.co/o9f7RjsKjS
RT @SecAFOfficial: Meeting some of the Airmen here @LukeAFB where we train more than 70% of the world’s #F35 pilots. #AirPower https://t.co…
RT @FoxNews: .@POTUS participates in a roundtable discussion with defense industry CEOs and local business leaders at @lukeafb https://t.co…
RT @WhiteHouse: President Trump Participates in a Defense Roundtable https://t.co/FywXuHOh1n

F-35 Heritage Flt Team