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  • Explore Mesa Verde National Park

    Mesa Verde National Park offers a view of the Pueblo American Indian culture as well as archeological sites, nestled in the canyons of Southwestern Colorado about an hour from Cortez, Colo. It is America's first World Heritage site (an organization that encourages the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage
  • 63rd gives young visitor royal treatment

    At Luke, early summer brings two certainties: heat and PCS moves. One of the newest members of the 63rd Fighter Squadron arrived June 2 and in addition to the heat, brought a typhoon. Like the thousands of pilots who have arrived here before him, Tyler "Typhoon" Sell donned his flight suit and spent the day getting to know his new unit. Unlike
  • Firebird International Raceway provides speed therapy

    With a twist of the throttle, some bikers can reach speeds in excess of 155 miles per hour within seconds. With the heat rising, and the urge to take to the streets, some Airmen are practicing their motorcycle skills and testing their limits in a safer manner via the Firebird International Raceway. Technical Sgt. Kyle Klein, 56th Equipment
  • Tops In Blue thunders into Arizona

    Nearly every night of the year more than 30 of the most talented performers in the Air Force put on an action-packed show somewhere in the world. Tops In Blue has been bringing crowds to their feet for 53 years. Thursday night the Tops in Blue team entertained thousands at the Maricopa County Events Center, a facility located near Phoenix's
  • Tops In Blue bring two Luke musicians home

    Every year 34 Air Force men and women are chosen to leave their day-to-day military jobs and become Air Force entertainers as members of Tops In Blue. During the 2006-2007 season, two of those entertainers took a year away from their jobs here at Luke. Before joining the Tops In Blue team, Staff Sgt. Tenisia Jones, a vocalist, was an information
  • Superheroes go where troops go

    Marvel Comics' "The New Avengers" and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service will team up again to deliver another free, military-exclusive comic book to troops stationed throughout the globe. The newest military-only installment and the third since Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld unveiled "The New Avengers" at the Pentagon in February 2005,
  • Safe grilling tips ensure enjoyable summertime fun

    Summertime is barbecuing time, but remeber to follow barbecuing basics to help keep outdoor cooking safe and enjoyable. Remember to protect clothing with a heavy apron and hands and arms with barbecuing or oven mitts. Use long-handled barbecue tools including long-handled salt and pepper shakers designed specifically for grilling. The grill should
  • Know rights, rules for divorce in Arizona

    Divorce can be a difficult and emotional period. Often times, partners are left with many questions about where to go and what to do to obtain a divorce. The Air Force has recognized that divorce of military members can have an indirect impact on the overall mission. As part of this recognition, the Air Force seeks to educate members and their
  • Driver fatigue factor in fatal crashes, worse in summer

    An annoying thumping noise like someone banging on walls, wakes the Airman from his sleep. Suddenly aware, he jerks the steering wheel away from the shoulder of the freeway before driving completely off the road. Most drivers have faced drowsiness at some point in their lives, but sleepiness at the wheel, often referred to as driver fatigue, can be
  • Wheelie fun -- motorcycle course teaches Airmen safety techniques

    Be it the rise of gas prices or the fun factor of straddling the seat of a motorcycle, some Airmen are thinking about taking to the streets of Arizona on a motorcycle. Before hitting the open road, Airmen and civilians here must complete an approved motorcycle safety course and pass a comprehensive practical exam. "So many people ride on a regular
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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