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…
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…