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  • 56th FW honors Air Force 75th Anniversary

    U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, cuts the cake with Airman 1st Class Jacob Hess, 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, during the 75th Air Force Ball at the Wigwam Resort near Luke Air Force Base, Arizona on Sept. 24, 2022. The U.S. Air Force celebrated its 75th

  • CMSgt Jason Shaffer’s words of wisdom

    On August 26, 2022, CMSgt. Jason Shaffer assumed the role of the 56th Fighter Wing command chief at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Since arriving, Shaffer has reflected on his vision for Luke AFB and how Airmen can best support the mission as a whole.

  • Honorary commander takes flight

    LUKE AIR FORCE BAZE, Ariz. - Being an honorary commander affords many unique opportunities to those selected to represent their community in hopes of positively effecting public support. For Jill Kimmerle, the chance to fly in an F-16 Fighting Falcon was the highlight of her time as an honorary

  • F-35As take off from Luke AFB

    An F-35A Lightning II aircraft takes off Sept. 23, 2022, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The F-35 is a fifth-generation fighter that features advanced stealth, sensor fusion and logistics support capabilities that provide increased survivability in an advanced threat environment. Luke AFB is home

  • T-38s, F-35s sync for pilot training

    The 2d Fighter Training Squadron and the 61st Fighter Squadron, stationed at Luke AFB, Arizona, traveled to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to conduct the capstone for student pilots in the F-35A Lightning II basic course, Sept. 12-23, 2022.

  • Luke AFB retires Block 25 F-16 aircraft

    Like old soldiers being relieved from their posts, the Block 25 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft have been relieved of duty Sept. 6, 2022, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. This model of aircraft has been imbedded with the 309th “Ducks” Fighter Squadron. A squadron that has successfully led the fight

  • 2022 Tower Challenge

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jason Rueschhoff, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks during the 2022 Tower Challenge, Sept. 9, 2022, at Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona. During the event, participants climbed 2,071 steps, representing the 110 floors of the World Trade Center that first responders

  • Luke AFB holds 24-hour POW/MIA vigil

    U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 56th Fighter Wing participate in a 24-hour POW/MIA vigil, Sept. 15, 2022, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Participants ran with the POW/MIA flag for set time periods, while the names of service members were read out by volunteers in honor of those missing in action

  • A month in the seat with Brig. Gen. Rueschhoff

    Brig. Gen. Jason Rueschhoff assumed command of the 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, on 29 July, 2022. After a month of immersing with organizations across base and meeting with community leaders, Rueschhoff discussed his perspective, goals, and insights with 56th Fighter Wing Public

  • The 309th Fighter Squadron Finishes Block 25 Divestment

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew Eldredge (right), former 309th Fighter Squadron commander, receives a pre-flight briefing with Maj. Lance Tucker, 309th Fighter Squadron commander (left), on Sept. 7, 2022, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. After 28 years, the 309th FS is retiring 27 of Luke AFB’s