At an Oct. 25 ceremony, Luke Air Force Base reactivated the 61st Fighter Squadron, designating the unit as the first of six squadrons planned for training in the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet.
More than 150 family members, pilots and community members were present at the ceremony, which was held at Club Five Six on the base.
Also in attendance were Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, who was the presiding officer.
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Steve L. Bruflat, P.E., an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program and a Blue Blazer, formerly assigned to the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base from 2004-2006.
Steve is a registered civil engineer in the State of Arizona and practicing businessman with five companies offering professional engineering services around the States of Arizona, Utah, Nevada and in the country of Qatar.
After spending his earlier life growing up in an Air Force family at bases around the U.S., Steve moved to Arizona in 1970 and has lived here ever since. Five of those earlier years and during his college years were spent on a working cattle ranch in Montana. Steve acquired his civil engineering education from the University of Hawaii and Arizona State University.
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visited Luke Air Force Base on Nov. 5 to speak to Luke AFB Airmen and preside over the retirement ceremony of a civil servant in the 56th Comptroller Squadron, Dorothy Rowe, who retired after serving 70 years — the longest tenure of any civilian in the Air Force.
Fanning also met with wing leadership, toured the base and held an all-call attended by about 400 Airmen, during which he covered a broad range of topics, including sequestration and sexual assault.
About 150 people attended the retirement luncheon, including Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and other community leaders.
At FCP, we take this time of year to prepare our strategic plan for 2014. To thoroughly complete this process, it is important to understand what has taken place over the last 12 months, so we take the time needed to identify all of the areas where we have directed our M.I.T. – Money – Information – Time. I am constantly amazed every year when we complete this task because it is an incredibly positive reminder to all of the awesome accomplishments we have achieved. Some items are routine while others are unique to an identified new area of need and FCP has filled the gap.
FCP Visions Fall 2013 is now available as a digital download. This issue discusses the successful arrival of the F-35 at Luke , Luke’s impact on the state economy, a reflection of FCP’s success in 2013 and more.
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This publication is made available with permission of Pueblo Publishers, Inc.
Glendale, AZ – As concerns of the Federal Government shutdown rise, Credit Union West is prepared to assist those adversely affected. “We realize the shutdown may create tough times for our members and others,” stated Robert MacGregor, President/CEO. “Our commitment to serving the community is a vital part of our mission.”
The credit union announced that it will offer a special low-rate loan with deferred payments to those requiring assistance as a result of the shutdown. Current Credit Union West members may request deferral of payments on existing loans.