Posted on November 14, 2013 by Fighter Country
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.
Posted on November 13, 2013 by Fighter Country
Five Cardinals players took a tour of Luke Air Force Base on Nov 6th to kick off Salute to Service week ahead of annual thanks to military. It wasn’wasn’t a surprise to see Andre Roberts among them. The fourth-year wide receiver played collegiately at The Citadel and his parents each spent more than 20 years in the military. Despite the background, Roberts was still awed by what he saw inside one of the hangars. “I’ve’ve heard of a lot of these things before, coming from a military school, and I’I’ve been on military bases, but I’I’ve never seen an F-16 like,…
Posted on November 12, 2013 by Fighter Country
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.
Posted on October 18, 2013 by Fighter Country
Since taking office in November 2010, my council colleagues and I have been privileged to play an integral role in a number of successes in El Mirage. These successes include new public safety and recreational facilities, improved roadways and water infrastructure, pro-business initiatives, and financial stability, thanks to fiscal strategies focused squarely on what we had to do and on what we could afford. Yet, if anyone were to ask about the hallmark of our accomplishments thus far, I feel the answer must lie in making good on a pledge to our citizens to support Luke Air Force Base as…
Posted on October 17, 2013 by Fighter Country
On June 26, an F-16 crashed just outside the boundaries of Luke Air Force Base. Luckily, the pilots were able to eject safely and the aircraft went down in a field, causing no damage to structures. The fact that only vacant land was affected by this crash is no coincidence. For the past decade, Peoria and other West Valley cities have been working with Luke Air Force Base to ensure that residential encroachment did not impact the mission of the base, or put residents in danger in these types of situations. The following day, 56th Fighter Wing Commander Gen. Michael…
Posted on October 16, 2013 by Fighter Country
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.
Posted on October 15, 2013 by Fighter Country
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.
In order to enjoy FCP Visions Fall 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 Fall 2013 (you may need to right click and “save file as”).
This publication is made available with permission of Pueblo Publishers, Inc.
Posted on October 4, 2013 by Fighter Country
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.
Posted on August 9, 2013 by Fighter Country
At Fighter Country Partnership, one of our avenues for supporting Luke Air Force Base is through culture and tradition. In keeping with tradition, Luke AFB will celebrate the Air Force’s 66th birthday during the 2013 Air Force Ball. We will have the opportunity to honor airmen, veterans, and retirees who have served our great nation. The event will also pay tribute to the local community for our support of the men, women, mission and families of Luke AFB.
FCP is collecting donations now for Luke AFB’s Sept. 14 Air Force Ball. If you or anyone in your circle are able to make a donation, please contact Susan Lovelace at the FCP office. For more information please download this flyer.
Posted on August 7, 2013 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership’s support for the men, women and families of Luke Air Force Base focuses in three areas: Health and Human Services–Culture and Tradition—Mission Sustainability. Under the health and human services, FCP helped to sponsor a summer camp for children with disabilities through the Hattie Larlham’s “Connect with Hattie’s Friends summer camp” for the second year in a row.
Hattie Larlham is a non-profit organization that provides services to more than 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities. In 2011, the organization celebrated its 50th anniversary. Named after its founder, Hattie Larlham, the organization is headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio in Summit County. The summer camp is one of the largest recreation programs offered at Hattie Larlham.