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F-35 2014 End of Year Wrap-Up Video

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Fighter Country

2014 for the F-35 program was all about momentum, maturity and meeting milestones. The enterprise was expanded with maintenance and training depots stood up around the U.S. including our very own Luke Air Force Base.

Video courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

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Luke AFB to Receive Three Additional F-35 Squadrons

Posted on June 27, 2013 by Fighter Country

Edwards F-35A Conducts First External Weapons Test MissionGLENDALE, Ariz. – Officials from West Valley cities and community groups as well as state and federal leaders are thrilled with today’s announcement by the Department of Defense that Luke Air Force Base will receive three additional squadrons of the Air Force’s new F-35A Lightning II fighter jet.

With today’s announcement, Luke AFB will now have more F-35A’s assigned to its base in Glendale than any other installation in the Air Force. The announcement also paves the way for Luke to have a total of six squadrons totaling 144 F-35A jets when the base fully transitions to an F-35A training center over the next several years. The Air Force plans to phase out and eventually replace its aging fleet of F-16s with the new, more technology advanced F-35A.

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Luke Forward gets top Best of West award

Posted on November 2, 2012 by Fighter Country

F-35 showing off weapons bay under a deep blue sky Luke Forward received Westmarc’s Special 20th Anniversary Best of the West Award for championing one of the West Valley’s biggest accomplishments — Luke Air Force Base landing the F-35 training center.

The region’s biggest awards were given during a banquet Thursday at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel attended by about 500. Westmarc, a coalition of business, government, education and community-group leaders that lobbies on behalf of the West Valley, launched the awards program two decades ago to promote outstanding contributions to the West Valley.

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Confirm Support for the F-35 Mission at Luke AFB

Posted on February 11, 2012 by Fighter Country

F-35 Lightning II with weapons bay door open

Help Luke retain its seven-decade tradition of training the world’s greatest fighter pilots.  The next 6-months are critical for Luke’s future as the United States Air Force evaluates the base as one of the key training sites for the F-35 Lightning II, a next-generation fighter aircraft that will replace F-16.

Please help by clicking here to send an electronic postcard to the U.S. Air Force affirming that Luke AFB is the right location for the F-35 mission.

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Attend a Public Hearing & Voice Your Support for the F-35 Mission at Luke AFB

Posted on January 30, 2012 by Fighter Country

F-35A JSF Lined up at Edwards AFBPlease consider attending one of the four public hearings to voice your support for the F-35 mission coming to Luke AFB. All hearings include an open house session from 5 to 6 pm, followed by a presentation and formal public comment session from 6 to 8 pm. Make sure and review the DEIS report available here before you attend.

F-35A EIS Public Hearings Schedule:

5-6 pm Open House / Information Session
6-8 pm Presentation / Formal Comment Session

Litchfield Park Wigwam Resort, 300 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 5-8 p.m., Mon,, Feb. 13
El Mirage El Mirage Elementary School, Gymnasium 13500 N El Mirage Rd., El Mirage, AZ 85335 5-8 p.m., Tues., Feb. 14
Surprise Sundial Recreation Center, Auditorium, 14800 N 104rd Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351 5-8 p.m., Wed., Feb. 15
Gila Bend Gila Bend Unified School District, Cafeteria, 308 N. Martin Ave. 5-8 p.m., Thur., Feb. 16

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Steve Yamamori Love Luke AFB

Posted on April 8, 2010 by Fighter Country

Gov. Brewer & Steve Yamamori

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F-35 Public Scoping Meetings in Arizona

Posted on January 18, 2010 by Fighter Country

The Air Force recently announced that it will be holding five public meetings, referred to as public-scoping meetings, February 22-26 in five communities near Luke AFB and its operations.

Public-scoping meetings are just the beginning

The purpose of the public-scoping process is to actively involve citizens and government agencies in helping identify the environmental issues to be addressed in the environmental analysis of the F-35 at Luke. These meetings will provide you with an introduction to the F-35 and its capabilities and mission. Specific information on how the F-35 will be integrated at Luke as a training facility will also be covered.

Open-house format

The meetings will be held using an “open-house” type format where there will be several informational tables for you to visit. Air Force, as well as Luke AFB, representatives will be staffing these tables to answer questions you may have. These public-scoping meetings will have no formal presentations. But, there will be an opportunity to submit written comments to the Air Force regarding Luke and the F-35.

Public Scoping Meeting Schedule:

Gila Bend Gila Bend Unified School District, 308 N. Martin Ave. 6-9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22
El Mirage RC Roberts Memorial Building at Pueblo El Mirage RV Resort, 11201 N. El Mirage Road. 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23
Surprise Communiversity@Surprise, 15850 West Civic Center Plaza. 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24
Wickenburg Wickenburg High School Media Center, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Road. 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25
Litchfield Park Wigwam Resort, 300 Wigwam Blvd. 6-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26

Luke Forward campaign organizers are urging Luke supporters to attend one of the upcoming public scoping meetings, so you can learn as much as possible about the EIS process. Luke Forward has also provided an ability for people to fill out an EIS form on their website if they cannot make the meetings. A Fighter Country representative will deliver all forms to each EIS meeting.

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Luke Forward – The F-35 Warplane and Luke Air Force Base

Posted on November 27, 2009 by Fighter Country

Luke Forward F-35 Arizona

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