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The 56th Fighter Wing’s mission is to train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission ready warfighters. The wing, part of Air Education and Training Command, is home to more than 170 F-16 aircraft and 26 squadrons of which eight are F-16 fighter squadrons. The 56th Fighter Wing graduates more than 400 F-16 pilots and 470 crew chiefs annually.

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Luke Air Force Base News

607th ACS defeats 56th OSS in intramural B-ball action

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January 23, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The first shot of the game was taken by the 56th Operations Support Squadron and was thrown short, setting the tone for a 607th Air Control Squadron win in an early Luke Air Force Base intramural basketball season games. The final score was 60-44.

ACS scored through the first half, and as it wore on, OSS defended harder resulting in penalties, but it didn't stop ACS from pulling ahead 34-13 by the end of the half.
As the second half began, it looked like OSS was going to make a comeback, getting the ball down the court and building a rhythm. Two ACS players answered by working in unison making rebounds and using their speed to gain momentum down the court.
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Luke hosts NFL Pro Bowl practice

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January 22, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

NFL Pro Bowl players came to the Luke Air Force Base football field January 22 to practice and sign autographs for service members and their families.

Since 1938, the Pro Bowl has been an NFL tradition during which players are selected by the coaches, players themselves, and the fans. Players who are accepted into the Pro Bowl are considered to be elite.

This year, Pro Bowl players were separated into two teams--Team Carter, named after Chris Carter, former NFL Hall of Famer, and Team Irvin, named after Michael Irvin, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver.
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Luke announces Pro Bowl, Super Bowl involvement

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January 16, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

In celebration of the NFL's Pro Bowl and Super Bowl events, Luke Air Force Base has teamed up with several organizations to plan the following events, highlighting the Air Force leading up to the Super Bowl Feb. 1.

- Jan. 21 NFL PLAY 60: Held at Luke Elementary School, NFL PLAY 60 is the NFL's campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity. The event is closed to students not attending Luke Elementary School. 
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Technology takes off

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January 16, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

What comes to mind when you think of the future? The 56th Training Squadron imagines a world where pilots around the globe can receive specialized fighter training in an instant and local students can access all their course work and computer-based training from one portable device.

Currently, each F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot receives more than 3,500 documents of information, totaling more than a million pages annually. Switching to a portal digital device would eliminate paper waste, provide a 24/7 global learning environment and allow for instant content updates.
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‘View from Top’ program gives bird’s eye view

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January 16, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Airmen and NCOs got to experience what it's like to be a chief master sergeant Jan. 6 when they shadowed a chief here during the View from the Top program.

View from the Top is a new monthly program at Luke Air Force Base that provides an opportunity for Airmen to gain insight about senior leadership roles in the mission at Luke. It also gives them a chance to see the decision-making process chiefs use on a daily basis.

"It presents an amazing chance to see a broader view of the Air Force," said Airman 1st Class Dylan Vogel, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician. "It also provides chiefs an opportunity to be a direct mentor."
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AFAS steps up with education programs

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January 16, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Education can be a key to succeeding in life, especially for military members looking to make the Air Force a career. The costs associated with getting an education are on the rise, but the Air Force Aid Society can help take some of stress out of the process for dependents.

For more than 70 years, the AFAS has helped many dependents of eligible Airmen to meet their post-secondary education expenses. Dating back to 1945, AFAS has provided financial assistance for education programs through the Air Force Aid Society Education Fund. The AFAS Education Fund has provided over $31 million in direct education loan assistance to 19,000 Air Force families.
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Nellis aggressors bring ‘fight’ to Luke

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January 16, 2015 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

You want results? Then train like it.

The 64th Aggressor Squadron from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, came to Luke Air Force Base Dec. 7 through 16, 2014, to provide their expertise and specialized skills to aid students from the 308th and 309th fighter squadrons with flight training and academics.

"The aggressors are dedicated to replicating enemy aircraft tactics," said Maj. Jalen Whitener, 308th Fighter Squadron standardization evaluation shop chief. "Bringing them here provides the students with in depth knowledge and analysis on adversary systems and tactics."
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D-models return to flight after longeron repair

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December 23, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force officials removed 82 two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcons from flight earlier this summer after discovering cracks along the canopy sill longeron between the front and rear pilot seats. The longeron is a major structural component that carries significant loads during dynamic flight operations of the F-16. Of these 82 aircraft, 32 belong to the 56th Fighter Wing.

Aircraft maintainers at Luke Air Force Base, in conjunction with 309th Aircraft Maintenance depot field teams from Hill AFB, Utah, have been working on getting those F-16s back into the air since mid-October and are nearing completion of repairs on the 32 F-16D aircraft that belong to Luke.
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Top cop visits Luke

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December 22, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force's top security forces Airman visited Luke Air Force Base Dec. 9 to get a glimpse of the mission, as well as to meet and greet with 56th Security Forces Squadron Airmen.

Brig. Gen. Allen Jamerson, Air Force Security Forces director and deputy logistics chief of staff, installations and mission support, and Chief Master Sgt. Stephen White, Air Force Security Forces career field manager, toured various security forces facilities and learned the squadron's processes and mission. Jamerson is the focal point for ensuring the physical security of Air Force nuclear assets, and planning and programming for active-duty and Reserve component security forces worldwide.
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Australian F-35 lands at new home

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December 18, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The first Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II jet arrived at Luke Air Force Base December 18. The jet's arrival marks the first international partner F-35 to arrive for training at Luke.

"Today, we take another tremendous step forward in our transition to the F-35 here at Luke," said Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander. "Australia is the first of 10 nations that will not only become part of the Luke community, but will share in calling the West Valley a home away from home."
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LRS adds white R-11 refueling truck to fleet

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December 5, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron recently added a new fuel truck to its fleet designed to improve mission effectiveness and safety on the flightline.

It's not really a new fuel truck, but an old fuel truck with its tank painted white. Affectionately called "Big Green" by LRS Airmen, the new white tank requires a little getting used to. The reason for the white paint job? It will keep fuel in the tankers cooler.

"We painted the refuelers white to reduce the temperature of fuel being delivered to the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter," said Senior Airman Jacob Hartman, 56th LRS fuels distribution operator. "The F-35 has a fuel temperature threshold and may not function properly if the fuel temperature is too high, so after collaborating with other bases and receiving waiver approval from AETC, we painted the tanks white."
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F-35 arrival ignites memories for retired fighter pilot

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December 5, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

F-15 pilot training began at Luke Air Force Base 40 years ago. With the arrival of the F-35, one retired fighter pilot reflects on his time as an F-15 Strike Eagle test pilot at Luke and his vision for the future of the Air Force.

"The F-15 was a great advancement in technology and performance in every respect," said retired Col. Richard Toliver, author and motivational speaker. "We made a quantum-jump with the F-15 in 1973. Today, young pilots are flying the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. As a retired fighter pilot, I'm delighted to see our country continue to advance in technology to ensure our young men and women are provided the best equipment and capabilities to do the mission of the Air Force and the country."
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Chief serves beyond active-duty

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December 5, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

John Burden retired as a chief master sergeant more than 18 years ago, but he never stopped serving his country and community.

"As I was parking at the Veteran's Association clinic, I saw a gentleman across the street get out of an old rickety van," Burden said. "He was an amputee on crutches and struggling to get his old beat-up wheelchair out of the back."

Burden parked and immediately walked over to help a fellow veteran.

"To be honest, his wheelchair belonged inside of a garbage can," Burden said. "I said to him, 'Wouldn't you like to have a better wheelchair?' He looked at me and told me there was no way he could afford a new one. So, I told him I knew I guy who could help him out."
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Stay fit through season of celebrations

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December 5, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Tis the season for family get-togethers, office holiday parties and cookie drives. What do these events have in common? Food ... lots of food. As people load their plates with cakes and pies, getting a good workout drops on the priority list.

Why do people fall into this annual holiday trap?

Aaron Anderson, 56th Medical Group registered dietitian, said most people attend holiday gatherings with the main focus on food. His recommendation is to change that mindset.

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Keep holiday sweet tooth in check

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December 5, 2014 in Arizona, Luke Air Force Base by clevine

Assorted sweets are a big attraction on display in stores and are advertised in television commercials. Despite the effort to escape purchasing them and knowing they're not healthy, people still tend to crave, buy and gobble them up.

On top of the negative impact these treats have on health and the waistline, over-indulging in these sugary treats can also affect teeth?

When eating holiday goodies, the body undeniably wants more of these empty calories, which in turn can be very harmful to teeth. The main reason is the sugars and fermented carbohydrates in sweets adhere to the tooth surface. When that occurs, it creates an ideal environment for bacteria in the mouth to thrive.
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