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  • Healthy household habits can reduce water pollution

    Do you know what is going down your storm drain? During rainstorms, car washes, pressure washings, and other watering activities, chemicals and other pollutants in driveways, streets and lawns flow untreated into the storm drain system and eventually into rivers, streams, lakes and groundwater. One household may produce minimal amounts of
  • ID theft serious threat to military members

    When many of us think of theft, we imagine ski masks and armed gunmen. Unfortunately, there is another group of thieves armed with pre-approved credit cards or social security cards that can do much more damage. Identity thieves steal personal information and use it to wreak havoc. These thieves can obtain credit cards or cellular phone service and
  • Practice produces perfect public proclamations

    One of the top five phobias for the average American is public speaking or glossophobia. The fear is not actually of public speaking, but of doing or saying something which may cause embarrassment. "Even the most seasoned speaker gets a little choked up and nervous at the prospect of speaking in front of a large group," said Staff Sgt. Blake
  • Base wood skills shops help Airmen split cost

    It's just another chip off the old block as a woodworker steadily pulls down on a lever of the hollow chisel mortise. James Nowicki, 56th Services Squadron Wood Skills Shop wood crafter, is using the machine to make square holes for a table he is helping a customer build from a hand-drawn design. Despite the lack of air conditioning, the abundance
  • Feeding the spirit soul food

    In the summer of 2003, Luke Thunderbolts began a different kind of maintenance on the flightline, a spiritual maintenance. The Spiritual Maintenance Center chapel was created by Chaplain (Maj.) George Youstra, a former 56th Fighter Wing chaplain and retired Chief Master Sgt. Michael Kriely, when they saw a need for a ministerial outreach to the
  • DUI can cause quick end to career, life

    People join the military for many reasons: education, adventure, patriotism, travel or a steady paycheck. Regardless of a person's reason for entering the military, there's one thing members have in common -- they all want to go as far as possible in their career, and no one wants their career or their life to come to a sudden end. Driving under
  • Total force integration alive, well at 107th ACS

    Approximately 30 miles from Luke Air Force Base is an example of the Total Force Integration concept. The 107th Air Control Squadron is an Air National Guard unit located in Phoenix on the Papago Park Military Reservation. The 107th unit has a unique mission and a "blended" group of military professionals that perform its mission, according to Lt.
  • Security guards provide Luke's first line of defense

    Who has the most visible job at Luke? Hint: it's not the wing commander, command chief, or any group or squadron commander. Instead, it is the security officer, charged with installation protection, who serves as nearly every person's first point of contact upon entering the base. The civilian security officers, employed by the Maryland-based
  • Getting to destination safe better than not at all

    Not long after newcomers arrive in the Phoenix area, they may notice how fast the drivers travel on roads here. Over time this can cause people to react in different ways, either becoming staunch advocates of good driving habits or eventual acceptance and adoption of bad driving practices. Becoming one who adopts bad driving practices just makes
  • Start of school brings focus on child safety

    As the end of summer approaches and a new school year begins, the 56th Fighter Wing Safety Office asks students and parents to stop and reflect on safety concerns associated with going back to school. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, school bus related crashes kill more than 100 students per year and
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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
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
100 yrs ago today Lt Frank Luke Jr’s #18in18 legacy began. Luke broke formation to pursue the heavily defended Obse… https://t.co/DH7ZCcjYBW
RT @AETCommand: #ICYMI - the 2018 #AFDefenderChallenge is underway at @JBSA_Official-Camp Bullis this week. Check out the imagery from the…
#Thunderbolts gathered this morning to remember the lives of the 411 first responders lost on Sept 11, 2001. #DYKhttps://t.co/hzKL1PbIXe
The squadron is the heart of the @usairforce. It’s where #Airmen develop their technical and leadership skills. It’… https://t.co/bcFAI7k9a8

F-35 Heritage Flt Team