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  • Luke Airman awarded Bronze Star Medal

    LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. –The Bronze Star, also known as the Bronze Star Medal or “Ground Medal,” is awarded to any member of the U.S. military for heroic service, meritorious achievement or meritorious service in a combat zone. It can also be awarded to members of foreign militaries and civilians. There have been notable recipients throughout history who have earned this award, such as U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alan Cozzalio, a helicopter pilot, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Robert E. Cushman Jr., the 25th Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Mark Esper, the 27th Secretary of Defense. Among these men and women stands Master Sgt. Thomas Williams, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loading non-commissioned officer in charge. He earned the medal for his meritorious achievement as Armament Program Manager and Weapons Safety Air Advisor, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force at Forward Operating Base Oqab, Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • ‘Safety Dude’ retires after 50 years of service

    “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get,” said Bernard Bruce, retired 56th Fighter Wing Occupational Safety and Health manager. While quoting the famous Forrest Gump line, Bruce reflected on his more than 50 years of service to the Air Force and laughed at his original plans for his life’s trajectory.
  • Honoring those who served

    Five verses, three days, and one goal – an acrostic that spells out HONOR.  The Honor Guard Charge is a sacred creed memorized by every ceremonial guardsman since the 1980s. Upon arrival to the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard building, trainees are immediately tasked with their first assignment: to learn the Honor Guard Charge and recite it from memory. 
  • One Luke Airman's path to self-acceptance

    “I knew from the time I was 11 and would pray that I’d wake up in a male body so my life would make more sense,” said Staff Sgt. KC Zens, 372nd Training Squadron Detachment 12 F-35A Lightning II avionics instructor. Zens is a son, a husband, an Airman, and trains tech school Airmen to maintain the avionics systems in the Air Force’s 5th generation fighter aircraft at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. It is a long journey for anyone to get where Zens has with his career, but he faced an even greater hurdle. While serving on active duty, Zens transitioned from a female body to a body that reflects the gender he identifies with. This did not come without challenges.
  • 63rd FS graduates first female B-course student pilot

    U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Rachel Vander Kolk, 63rd Fighter Squadron B-course student pilot, trains to fly the F-35A Lightning II July 23, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
  • Luke AFB Airman saves 28 lives in Westgate shooting

    When envisioning a superhero, you might imagine someone who is fictional, has powers and who is abnormally strong – in other words, someone who is not like the average person. For one Airman, his childhood dream of becoming a superhero became his reality. Tech. Sgt. Michael Walker, 309th Fighter Squadron aviation resource manager, received the 2021 Air Force Sergeants Association William H. Pitsenbarger Heroism Award at the Air Education and Training Command level March 17, 2021. The AFSA presents the award annually to an enlisted Air Force member who has performed a heroic act, on or off duty, resulting in the saving of life or the prevention of serious injury.
  • USSF Swearing-in Ceremony

    From ‘Always Ready’ to ‘Always Above’, Airmen from the 607th Air Control Squadron participated in an inter-service transfer that moved them from the United States Air Force into the United States Space Force Feb. 5, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
  • Luke fire fighter retrain life saving skills

    According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Every 90 seconds someone dies from cardiac arrest. Early recognition and high quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation is crucial to saving lives.On Sept. 20, 2016, the Luke Air Force Base Fire Department's leadership team held a
  • Firefighter to fighter pilot

    Firefighting takes teamwork, guts, commitment and the courage to go into harm’s way. Similarly, being a fighter pilot requires precision, skill and bravery to fly into combat and face off against an enemy.
  • Keeping airfield clean, aircraft flying

    There is one group of Airmen, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operators, whose efforts have the potential to save the Air Force millions of dollars in aircraft repairs and keep pilots safe in flight."Whenever jets are flying we have a sweeper on standby just in case there is any FOD which could interfere with aircraft taking off," said
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