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  • Luke fighter pilot tops 1,000 F-35 flying hours

    Maj. Nicholas “JAKAL” Rallo, an instructor pilot with the 944th Fighter Wing, became the first Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning II pilot to attain 1,000 F-35 flying hours here, February 22, 2021.

  • Luke, Arizona ANG salute Phoenix

    Luke Air Force Base and the Arizona’s Air National Guard honored Arizona front line responders with a 15-aircraft flyover today, May 1, 2020.

  • Senate confirms Barrett to be Air Force secretary

    The 85 to 7 vote makes Barbara Barrett the third consecutive woman confirmed to lead the Air Force and its 685,000 total force Airmen. Barrett replaces Heather Wilson who resigned in May. Undersecretary Matthew Donovan served as acting secretary in the interim.

  • F-35 maintainer is on his way to becoming an F-35 pilot

    Staff Sgt. Andrew Martin, a Reserve Citizen Airman crew chief assigned to the 944th Fighter Wing’s Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, knew at the age of 5 he wanted to be a pilot. After his 22-year dream, he will attend Officer Training School to become an F-35 pilot.

  • President Trump visits Luke

    President Donald Trump visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 19, 2018, to discuss military weapons and technology capabilities and learn about the 56th Fighter Wing’s pilot training mission.

  • Republic of Korea Air Force F-35A pilot takes first flight

    After a year of preparation and instruction through the 944th Operations Group Detachment 2, Lockheed Martin and their active duty team members at the 56th Fighter Wing, Maj. Kiyun Jung, ROKAF F-35A pilot, flew his first solo mission.

  • ART Top Dogs win DCC competition

    Air Reserve Technicians from the 944th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, also representing the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit, took first place during the 4th Quarter 56th Maintenance Group Dedicated Crew Chief competition Dec. 5, 2017. The winners were announced during the 56th Maintenance Group

  • Ninjas get new commander

    During an early morning ceremony September 8, Lt. Col. Eric “Bodhi” Puels took command of the 944th Operations Group Detachment 2 from Lt. Col. Sean “Hooligan” Holahan here.