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FCP’s Future: A Strong Path Forward

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Fighter Country

Exec. Director / President - Ron Sites

From the Desk of Fighter Country Partnership,

FCP’s main goal is to sustain the programs and services we have initiated over the past years. This goal hasn’t only been stressed by our Board of Directors; it is echoed loudly by the Senior Leadership at Luke AFB. We are proud of the expectations we have created, and within every new endeavor we approach, we will ensure it won’t negatively affect our current programs and services.

The programs and services FCP provides have become very standardized for all the right reasons. The programs are repetitive because we are consistently serving a new demographic due to the continuous turnover of families at Luke AFB. This is perfect from the base’s perspective, but at FCP, we don’t want to become complacent with our current menu of services.

As FCP maintains, we will now focus on growing Fighter Country Foundation (FCF). This has been a goal for many years, and we are now in a position to let FCP continue on its strong path and focus on FCF’s next mission supporting Luke AFB in a much larger way.

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Honoring Dorothy Rowe

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Fighter Country

Dorothy RoweDorothy Rowe was a well-loved and admired civilian employee at Luke Air Force Base.  She has the distinction of being the longest-serving Federal civil servant in the Air Force.  She retired after serving 70 years for the Department of Defense–60 of which were at Luke Air Force Base with the 56th Comptroller Squadron as Chief of Financial Analysis.

Dorothy’s retirement ceremony in November 2013 drew hundreds in attendance from the City of Glendale Mayor, Jerry Weiers, to the present Under Secretary of the Air Force, Eric Fanning.

“To put her longevity into perspective, Fanning said, “Rowe had served under 13 presidents, seen Luke AFB transition between four major commands and worked for 40 wing commanders. She also blazed a trail for women in the financial management career field.

“The energy, passion and spirit that Dorothy brought to her job over the past 70 years will live on in the hundreds of Airmen she has impacted,” Fanning said.

Shortly after her retirement, Dorothy Rowe passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2014.

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Acting SecAF visits Luke AFB

Posted on November 12, 2013 by Fighter Country

Mayor Jerry Weiers; retired Brig. Gen. Tom Browning, former 58th Fighter Wing commander from the early ‘90s; David Scholl, Fighter Country Partnership chairman

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.

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Support for Luke AFB remains critical

Posted on March 25, 2013 by Fighter Country

Peoria Mayor Bob Barrett

There are two reasons I believe Luke Air Force Base is at more risk now than it was during the base selection process for the F-35.

Sequestration and BRAC, which is Base Realignment and Closure.
The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that it will seek two rounds of base closures, one in 2015 followed by another in 2017. Apparently DoD wanted to do a BRAC last year but that was stymied by Congress, who just happened to be up for reelection.

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Enthusiastic Event for Luke’s Deployed Families

Posted on August 27, 2012 by Fighter Country

Deployed Families Event Nearly 100 family members whose loved ones are deployed had not one, but two wonderful nights out courtesy of Fighter Country Partnership.  The Luke AFB Chapel hosts monthly “Deployed Families Dinner” at the Chapel typically with assistance from various other units.

When approached by FCP about partnering with the Chapel and having the dinner at an off-base location was an absolutely thrilling opportunity that could not be passed over.  After a few planning meetings, the Chapel was fully engaged in the logistics and coordination to have family members out for a whole evening of fun and food.

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Lightning strikes twice: Airman receives second Air Force weather award of career

Posted on April 18, 2012 by Fighter Country

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti —There’s an old saying that lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place, but it did for one U.S. Air Force airman. Tech. Sgt. Gregory Spiker, joint meteorology and oceanography operations weather forecaster, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, was named the 2011 Air Force Weather Non-commissioned Officer of the Year—his second Air Force-wide weather award. His first one was the Air Force Battlefield Weather NCO of the Year for 2006. Spiker’s skill and enthusiasm for his job in the weather career were obvious to his home-station supervisor, U.S. Air Force Capt. Drew Moore, 56th…

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Luke community thankful for your support

Posted on December 28, 2011 by Fighter Country

Brig. Gen. JD Harris, Commander 56th Fighter Wing

At Luke Air Force Base, we’re proud to be part of the community in the West Valley. We recognize that the support of surrounding communities is vital to our success as we carry out our mission of training the world’s greatest F-16 pilots and maintainers.

We’ve had an outstanding year at Luke. This year, we graduated 372 pilots, 529 crew chiefs, and 68 intelligence specialists. We deployed 484 Airmen in support of U.S. operations overseas, while continuing to accomplish the mission at home.

We also earned a rating of “Excellent” on the Unit Compliance Inspection conducted by Air Education and Training Command. This is a major inspection conducted every two years which assesses our compliance with regulations. The results validated what I have seen over the past 14 months as the wing commander here and are a testament to the professionalism of our men and women at Luke.

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Mass F-16 launch to fill skies

Posted on December 15, 2010 by Fighter Country

12/10/2010 - LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – The skies around Luke Air Force Base will be busier than normal Wednesday during Cactus Starfighter, a large force exercise for the 310th Fighter Squadron and 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. During Cactus Starfighter, the combined efforts of Luke units will launch more than 30 F-16s at one time. The exercise will focus on mission planning and coordination in addition to aerial maneuvers. All student pilots in the F-16 Basic Course must participate in similar exercises at the end of their training, but this Cactus Starfighter is unique in the number of aircraft launching simultaneously and…

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56th FW inducts 65 new honorary commanders

Posted on November 16, 2010 by Fighter Country

by Capt. Gerardo Gonzalez 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 11/12/2010 – LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Sixty five new honorary commanders joined the 56th Fighter Wing after being inducted in a ceremony recently in Club Five Six, as part of a program designed to strengthen relationships between the base and local communities. The Luke AFB Honorary Commanders Program partners unit commanders and others in leadership positions with civilian business and community leaders from the Phoenix metropolitan area. During the two-year term, military commanders are encouraged to get to know their honoraries and invite them to their units for tours…

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Posted on July 29, 2010 by Fighter Country

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Arizona’s local and state government officials, as well as the Arizona congressional delegation, are delighted with today’s decision that the Air Force has selected Luke Air Force Base as the preferred location for the new F-35 Pilot Training Center. With today’s decision by the Air Force, Luke is poised to transition from its current F-16 training mission to become the Air Force’s F-35 “school house,” subject to completion of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process that is currently underway. “Today’s announcement is great news for our region and our state and represents a major milestone and the…

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