Posted on March 27, 2013 by Fighter Country
By SENIOR AIRMAN KATE VAUGHN 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs One of the dirtiest jobs on base may be in the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant Flight. Every time a jet takes off, it’s powered by fuel. But where does that fuel come from and how does it make it into the jets? The POL flight is ready to respond around the clock in order to ensure each jet gets the fuel it needs. It all starts at the preventive refueling maintenance section where each of the 18 R-11 fuel trucks is inspected to ensure nothing malfunctions…
Posted on March 25, 2013 by Fighter Country
There are two reasons I believe Luke Air Force Base is at more risk now than it was during the base selection process for the F-35.
Sequestration and BRAC, which is Base Realignment and Closure.
The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that it will seek two rounds of base closures, one in 2015 followed by another in 2017. Apparently DoD wanted to do a BRAC last year but that was stymied by Congress, who just happened to be up for reelection.
Posted on March 23, 2013 by Fighter Country
>Having been in public service for roughly 30 years of my life, witnessing political posturing is not exactly a new phenomenon. But the recent back-and-forth over President Obama’s sequester, including the failure to reach an agreement before the March 1 deadline, has taken the worst aspects of bureaucracy to absurd new heights.
Indeed, the federal government has, at this point, become essentially a parody of itself. So inefficient and ineffective has the budgeting process become that the federal government has, for months, been scrambling to find some way to undo its own work.
A crash course was charted, autopilot was enabled, and we are now somehow shocked to find ourselves arriving at our destination.
Posted on March 22, 2013 by Fighter Country
Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, 57, commander of U.S. Air Force personnel in Europe and Africa since July 2012, is President Barack Obama’s choice to head the NATO command. From June 2002 to June 2004, Breedlove was the wing commander at Luke AFB.
Breedlove has flown combat missions in Operation Joint Forge/Joint Guardian. He is a command pilot with 3,500 flying hours, primarily in the F-16.
If Breedlove is nominated and confirmed by the Senate, he would succeed Navy Adm. James Stavridis, who has been head of NATO since 2009. Breedlove would also be the first Air Force general to hold the top NATO position since 2000-2003.
Posted on March 21, 2013 by Fighter Country
When the following news release reached the newspaper offices of The Glendale Star and Peoria Times, reader response was mixed. Luke cancels air show Luke AFB officials announced Feb. 15 that Luke’s 2013 Open House and Air Show, “Storm on the Horizon,” originally scheduled for March 16 and 17, is canceled. “While I value the importance of this event to both the Air Force and our local community, given the budgetary pressures and expected repercussions if sequestration goes into effect, we need to cancel this year’s Luke Days. I cannot in good conscience spend some of our limited resources to…
Posted on March 20, 2013 by Fighter Country
FCP Visions Spring 2013 is now available as a digital download. This issue discusses the high expectations of the F-35 JSF, sequestration and FCP’s preparations for increased role, West Valley support of Luke AFB and more.
In order to enjoy FCP Visions Spring 2013 Web Edition you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application that will display the PDF file format. Click here to download FCP Visions Spring 2013 (you may need to right click and “save file as”).
This publication is made available with permission of Pueblo Publishers, Inc.
Posted on March 7, 2013 by rsites
FCP has enjoyed a relationship with Luke that is so unique, mainly due to the fact that we have been given the opportunity to bring successful prototypical programs to Luke that no other military installations are able to accomplish. The successes of these events are being recognized by senior leaders in the AF, thereby causing other military installations in the country to ask “how are you able to do this?”
FCP provides support in three areas – Health & Human Services, Culture & Tradition, and Advocacy. The importance of advocating in support of Luke’s mission is critical, because without Luke, we would not be a part of the other two areas that are incredibly rewarding. FCP plays a valuable role in enhancing our Airmen’s quality of life while they are stationed at Luke. Whether we are funding summer camps for Autistic children, assisting with amazing wellness expos for the men and women…
Posted on January 22, 2013 by Fighter Country
Our role in supporting Health & Human Services, Culture and Tradition and Advocating on behalf of Luke AFB has been a monumental one in 2012. We will share with you a bullet point list of events and programs FCP either pioneered or partnered in to support our beloved Fighter Country. Before we get to “the list,” the first highlight has to be the Record of Decision. The DoD’s decision for Luke to be the next training base for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, is far and away the biggest news of the year. With that decision, we now have…
Posted on January 16, 2013 by Fighter Country
Posted on January 12, 2013 by Fighter Country
FCP Visions Winter 2012 is now available as a digital download. This issue discusses the F-35B landing at Yuma MCAS, Luke Forward accomplishments and more.
In order to enjoy FCP Visions Winter 2012 Web Edition you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application that will display the PDF file format. Click here to download FCP Visions Winter 2012 (you may need to right click and “save file as”).