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  • Lightning Technician Program: Expediting the Fight

    The 56th Fighter Wing and 56th Maintenance Group are accelerating change through the Lightning Technician Program. The program’s goal is to reassign all maintenance tasks for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft to the Aircraft Maintenance Units by creating two new consolidated career fields: air vehicle mechanic and mission systems technician.
  • Luke AFB hosts Desert Challenge

    The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center hosted the annual paralympic ‘Desert Challenge Track and Field Training Camp’ May 23, 2021.
  • 56th LRS increases productivity through Rapid Maintenance

    In an effort to help increase the efficiency of flightline maintenance operations, the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron opened a Rapid Maintenance Annex in April located near the flight line. With the addition of the annex, Airmen from the vehicle maintenance flight can expedite minor repairs or services for flight line vehicles ensuring those vehicles rapidly return to duty.
  • Denmark F-35A embarks on first training flight over Luke AFB

    The Royal Danish Air Force achieved a milestone in the F-35 training program by using a Denmark-owned F-35A Lightning II for the first time in a training flight over Luke Air Force Base, May 5, 2021.
  • Luke AFB observes National Police Week

    Airmen from Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard participate in the S.S. Mayaguez Memorial Retreat Ceremony, May 14, 2021, at Luke AFB, Arizona. Established by Congress in 1962, National Police Week honors law enforcement officers who have lost their life in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Leala Marquez)
  • Luke AFB improves launch and recovery with new app

    The Air Force prioritizes searching for new ways to streamline processes, track progress and increase efficiency as a whole. Members of the 56th Fighter Wing introduced a new way of completing the mission through the Spark Cell Initiative, KILA.
  • First Danish F-35s land at Luke AFB

    Royal Danish Air Force pilots delivered the first two RDAF F-35A Lightning II fighter jets to Luke Air Force Base, April 13, 2021, in preparation of pilot training. The aircrafts, assigned to the 308th Fighter Squadron will eventually be joined by five other Danish F-35s for use in the F-35 training program. According to the U.S. State Department, as stalwart NATO allies, the United States and Denmark cooperate extensively to promote peace and stability internationally.
  • Two Luke K-9s retire after honorable service

    Airmen from the 56th Fighter Wing participate in a military working dog retirement ceremony March 19, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Boss and Rango, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dogs, retired after seven and eight years of service, respectively. As the Air Force prepares to retire a MWD, the dog’s handler can request to adopt the dog enabling it to live the remainder of its life as a family member. Boss and Rango will retire and live at home with their respective handler.
  • Women of Weapons Exhibition Load highlights female maintainers

    Airmen from multiple 56th Fighter Wing and 944th FW aircraft maintenance units participate in the Women of Weapons Exhibition Load March 25, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The exhibition load involved three teams made up of women from different backgrounds, units and ranks loading weapons on the F-35A Lightning II and the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Diversity allows the Air Force to capitalize on all available talent by enabling a culture of inclusion.
  • Luke Defenders and Local Law Enforcement Train for Real-World Integrated Response

    During a base-wide exercise Feb. 26, 2021, the Luke Command Post Giant Voice System announced “Lockdown, Lockdown, Lockdown - Real-World Incident” triggering a full-scale emergency response. While almost everyone on the base sheltered in place, the screams of sirens and racing vehicles showcased the rapid, integrated response of the ones who have sworn to serve and protect – the Defenders and the local police officers. Although officials determined the emergency was a false alarm, the actions taken showcased the strong relationship the base shares with community emergency response teams.
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