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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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Commander 12th AF & AF Southern visits Team Luke AFB

Posted on June 6, 2013 by Fighter Country

Lt. Gen Robin Rand at Luke AFBLt. 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.

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Former Luke wing commander tapped for top NATO post

Posted on March 22, 2013 by Fighter Country

Gen. Philip BreedloveGen. Philip M. Breedlove, 57, commander of U.S. Air Force personnel in Europe and Africa since July 2012, is President Barack Obama’s choice to head the NATO command. From June 2002 to June 2004, Breedlove was the wing commander at Luke AFB.

Breedlove has flown combat missions in Operation Joint Forge/Joint Guardian. He is a command pilot with 3,500 flying hours, primarily in the F-16.

If Breedlove is nominated and confirmed by the Senate, he would succeed Navy Adm. James Stavridis, who has been head of NATO since 2009. Breedlove would also be the first Air Force general to hold the top NATO position since 2000-2003.

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Holloman F-22 squadron staying put till 2014

Posted on January 11, 2013 by Fighter Country

F-22 Raptors Take-Off 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.

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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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Vet’s life great ride, full of adventure – Don Lubin

Posted on January 3, 2012 by Fighter Country

If one were to write a book about Dr. Don Lubin, it would have to be called Don Lubin’s Wonderful Adventure. His adventure began in New York in 1925 and has let him experience a plethora of activities from flying in the skies far above the earth in numerous types of aircraft to earning a college degree to having a successful 37-year career as an optometrist. Dr. Lubin’s flying experience began in the Army Air Corps as an 18-year-old trainee. He was flying a B-24 Liberator by age 20. His service from 1943 to 1946 includes training stops in Texas,…

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Raytheon’s new GPS contract with the U.S. Air Force may be over $1.77 Billion

Posted on March 5, 2010 by Fighter Country

Raytheon’s new contract with the U.S. Air Force to upgrade the U.S. Global Positioning System may be worth twice as much as originally thought due to demand for military and commercial use. The contract is currently valued at $886 million and includes a much-needed update for the U.S. air traffic control system by request of the FAA. The contract states that Raytheon will supervise a team of contractors to make expansions and improvements in accuracy to the GPS system nationwide. Although the market for GPS accessories and equipment stands at $20 billion today, it is expected to hit $300 billion…

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The U.S. Air Force has selected Raytheon to develop a new element of GPS

Posted on March 1, 2010 by Fighter Country

AURORA, Colo. | The U.S. Air Force has selected Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) for an initial contract of $886 million to develop a new element of the Global Positioning System to improve the accuracy of information from GPS satellites. The contract represents the first two development blocks of the advanced control segment (OCX), which will have a significant impact on GPS capabilities. The OCX will include anti-jam capabilities and improved security, accuracy and reliability and will be based on a modern service-oriented architecture to integrate government and industry open-system standards. “We are excited to partner with the Air Force to…

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Large Crowds in El Mirage Support New F-35 at Luke Air Force Base

Posted on February 25, 2010 by Fighter Country

Luke Forward to the F-35GLENDALE, Ariz. (Feb 25 2010) – West Valley residents are turning out in large numbers this week to show their support in bringing the new F-35 fighter jet to Luke Air Force Base.

Tuesday night’s meeting in El Mirage and last night’s meeting in Surprise each attracted big crowds of approximately 300 people. Luke supporters donning military hats, t-shirts, pins and stickers could be found everywhere at the meetings, which are being conducted by the Air Force to solicit input from citizens in preparation of the F-35 environmental study at the Glendale base.

Based on reports from other communities, such as New Mexico, Utah and Idaho, which are also under consideration to receive the Air Force’s joint strike fighter program, the Luke meetings are drawing record crowds.

“At last night’s meeting in Surprise, there was a line of people waiting to get inside the meeting room,” said Fighter Country Partnership’s Steve Yamamori, whose organization is working with 12 West Valley cities and Maricopa County to bring the F-35 to Luke. West Valley residents and others are showing up in force at these meetings to express their support for the Air Force to bring the F-35 to Luke. This strong support by local citizens is definitely going to send a clear message to decisions makers back in Washington, D.C. that Arizona strongly supports the F-35.”

Based on the criteria the Air Force will use to evaluate sites for the F-35 mission, Luke is well positioned to receive the F-35 and continue to serve as the Air Force’s “school house” for America’s fighter pilots and maintainers.
Local leaders know, however, that until a decision is made, nothing can be taken for granted, and they urge continued strong support from Arizonans statewide.

Luke has been training fighter pilots since 1941, and Arizona features the ideal climate, land, airspace and training rangers – including the Barry M. Goldwater Range in southern Arizona – that cannot be replicated anywhere in the country.

For more information on the public-scoping meetings, which run through Friday, or to register your support for the F-35 at Luke, visit

CONTACT: Steve Yamamori, Fighter Country Partnership, 623-882-2191

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Third F-35 Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter lands

Posted on February 17, 2010 by Fighter Country

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Feb. 17  — The jet, known as BF-3, took off near Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth plant at 9:51 a.m. CST and arrived at NAS Patuxent River three hours and 10 minutes later. BF-3 joins two other F-35Bs at the Navy test site, and will be used mainly to evaluate vehicle systems and expand the aircraft’s aerodynamic and structural-loads envelope. The airplane will also focus on weapons testing, and will carry and release most of the weapons the F-35B will use in combat. Two more F-35Bs will join the test operation in the near future….

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