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…
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 January 11, 2013 by Fighter Country
An F-22 squadron slated to move from New Mexico to Florida early this year will stay put until early 2014.
The transfer from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., involves 620 active-duty and 230 Reserve airmen, and 21 F-22s and seven T-38 Talons. As a part of the shuffle, Holloman, in spring 2014, will receive two F-16 squadrons with 950 personnel authorizations from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Luke will eventually host three F-35A squadrons.
Posted on November 6, 2012 by Fighter Country
Luke Forward received the Special 20th Anniversary Best of the West award Thursday night at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel as WESTMARC celebrated its 20th annual awards presentation. Co-chairs, retiring Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs and Charley Freericks, president of DMB, accepted the award on behalf of all those involved with the Luke Forward campaign, including the cities of El Mirage, Surprise, Peoria, Youngtown, Tolleson, Litchfield Park, Goodyear and Avondale. Luke Forward helped secure that Luke Air Force Base would serve as the Air Force’s new F-35 training center. It was Scruggs’ idea was to make Luke Forward a “grassroots campaign.” El…
Posted on October 11, 2012 by Fighter Country
Brig. Gen. Michael D. Rothstein
Colonel Michael D. Rothstein is the Commander of the 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan. He commands a combat-ready F-16CJ fighter wing composed of nearly 3,100 personnel and sustains forces and facilities worth over $2 billion. Colonel Rothstein oversees a 13,000-person installation which supports eight associate units representing three U.S. military services (Air Force, Army, and Navy) and the Japan Air Self Defense Force.
Colonel Rothstein received his commission in 1988, graduating as a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, a Master of Military Arts and Sciences degree and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.
Posted on October 10, 2012 by Fighter Country
Kathryn Stafford Staff Writer Arizona Senator John McCain held a press conference and town hall meeting at Peoria City Hall, Aug. 23, discussing the future of the F-35, military cuts, and creating jobs for veterans to a crowd of standing room only. The 2008 Republican presidential nominee conducted the meeting with West Valley mayors and Firefighter Country Partnership members prior to the town hall meeting. The meeting’s purpose was to give residents an opportunity to hear from the senator concerning the deployment of F-35 jet fighters to Luke Air Force Base and the proposed automatic budget cuts to national defense….
Posted on October 9, 2012 by Fighter Country
By CAROLYN DRYER The weather was just one factor in the selection of Luke Air Force Base by the Department of Defense as a training center for the fifth-generation fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II. The Department of Defense released its Record of Decision and Wednesday afternoon, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley announced Luke had been chosen. The base will receive 72 aircraft for a total of three fighter squadrons. Luke AFB met with the media at a last-minute press conference Wednesday. Col. Robert Webb, Vice Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, and Rusty Mitchell, Director of Community Initiatives at Luke, stood…
Posted on September 20, 2012 by Fighter Country
When the Air Force announced Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., as the next training location for F-35A Lightning IIs, maintainers temporarily assigned here began to feel like they were already in the future environment.
Since January 2011, F-16 Fighting Falcons have been on “loan” at the 33rd Fighter Wing from their Phoenix-area home.
The F-16s arrived six months in advance of the first F-35A delivery last year which helped bring a sense of operations back to the wing where the fresh paint smell was still lingering in each of the newly constructed hangars for Air Force, Navy and Marines.