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 June 21, 2013 by Fighter Country
Nearly a year ago, I arrived at Luke Air Force Base to be your command chief. Since then, I’ve spent the majority of my time digging into the biggest challenges for the enlisted corps.
Through hundreds of discussions with Airmen of all ranks, I keep hearing the same thing; we want guidance, we want discipline, we want high standards, we want accountability, and most importantly, WE WANT TO BE LED!
As your senior enlisted leader, I would tell you we have phenomenal leaders in the 56th Fighter Wing. However, as the wing commander says “we can always do better.” As the conversations with Airmen raise questions in my head, I wonder if we are always providing our subordinates the leadership they want, need and deserve.
The more I think about this, the more I realize that some of us need to get back to the basics of leadership.
Posted on June 20, 2013 by Fighter Country
Progress has been swift. And here we are. The first building set for completion in the fall, with the first aircraft expected to land sometime in January. That’s just 17 months after the initial announcement was made about the selection of Luke Air Force Base for F-35A Lightning II training. The Department of Defense released its Record of Decision and the afternoon of Aug. 1, 2012, when Air Force Secretary Michael Donley announced Luke Air Force Base had been chosen as a training center for the F-35 Lightning II. Luke AFB met with the media at a last-minute press conference…
Posted on June 19, 2013 by Fighter Country
Sequestration is not affecting construction of two F-35 training facilities at Luke Air Force Base. Although sequestration, which involved civilian personnel furloughs, resulted in cancellation of the spring open house and air show at the base, it has no effect on the F-35 program.
Lt. Col. Scott Fredrick, F-35 Division Chief in the F-35 integration office at Luke AFB, said the money was programmed a few years ago for construction of the facilities.
“So, all F-35 buildings are as programmed right now,” he said.
Fredrick said as he walks through the project, he sees “quite a few folks out there wearing hardhats,” and construction is right on schedule.
In fact, the first building, what is called Ops 1, the squadron building for pilots, should be up and operational in mid-October. Half of this structure is the building that housed the 62nd Fighter Squadron operations unit. It is 100 feet from the aircraft maintenance unit.
Posted on June 6, 2013 by Fighter Country
Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, visited Luke Air Force Base May 17 where he held an officer’s call and was the guest speaker at the 308th Fighter Squadron graduation. During the officer’s call, Rand discussed his priorities of mission, Airmen and families. He also shared his thoughts on the Air Force Core Values.
“The mission is what it’s all about,” Rand said. “I’m so proud of what you do here at Luke Air Force Base. We’re working you hard, and it’s not getting any easier. I want to personally thank you for what you do.”
He then talked about how leaders should be invested in and take care of their Airmen.
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…