Posted on November 13, 2013 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Steve L. Bruflat, P.E., an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program and a Blue Blazer, formerly assigned to the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base from 2004-2006.
Steve is a registered civil engineer in the State of Arizona and practicing businessman with five companies offering professional engineering services around the States of Arizona, Utah, Nevada and in the country of Qatar.
After spending his earlier life growing up in an Air Force family at bases around the U.S., Steve moved to Arizona in 1970 and has lived here ever since. Five of those earlier years and during his college years were spent on a working cattle ranch in Montana. Steve acquired his civil engineering education from the University of Hawaii and Arizona State University.
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 July 31, 2013 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Robert MacGregor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Union West. He is an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program and board member of Fighter Country Partnership. Mr. MacGregor was assigned to the 56th Comptroller Squadron at Luke Air Force Base from 2008-2010.
Bob started at the credit union as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in 1998. He was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in 2004, and Senior Executive Vice President in 2008. Bob was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer on October 1, 2009.
Posted on July 24, 2013 by Fighter Country
We couldn’t resist sharing with the world a few of the most recent photos of AF-41, Lockheed Martin’s 100th F-35 Airframe and first F-35A that will be delivered to Luke AFB. Enjoy!
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 June 5, 2013 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Karrin Kunasek Taylor, an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program. Karrin was assigned to the Commander of the 56th Fighter Wing from 2005-2007.
Karrin Kunasek Taylor is Executive Vice President for DMB Associates and is responsible for ongoing land use entitlement matters and other value enhancing efforts for DMB communities and businesses. Ms. Taylor also provides oversight for the Company’s government and political affairs efforts and economic development activities at the local, state and federal level. Ms. Taylor has been a member of DMB’s entitlements team for more than 15 years. Under her leadership, the entitlements team has worked on public-private partnership agreements, negotiated GPLET agreements, CFDs and other complex development plans for projects around Arizona.
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…
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