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How will Luke Air Force Base shape the Valley?

An F-35 Lightning II assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base takes off, July 29, 2015. Since 2010, the F-35 has flown more than 30,000 hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller)

Luke Air Force Base sits on thousands of acres in the West Valley. It brings more than $2 billion in economic impact to Arizona every year. And it’s a point of pride among the U.S. military as well as a respected fighter pilot training base for our allies around the world. It is what has… Read More →

The planes of Luke Air Force Base

At Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 10, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)

As you may head to Luke Air Force Base this weekend for its “75 Years of Airpower” airshow, you may know that the base only trains pilots for two of our country’s fighter jets, the F-16 and the F-35. Each plane was built in different generations, for a different time. F-16 Fighting Falcon Mission: The F-16… Read More →

Luke Air Force Base helps West Valley soar

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At any given time, a Glendale or Goodyear resident may be able to look out their window and see fighter jets fly over their yard. Now, the West Valley is opening that window to the world. “(Luke) is a window to the world,” says Joe LaRue, executive vice president of Sun Health. “Every year, hundreds… Read More →

Meet the general as Luke AFB turns 75

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, puts on hus helmet during his first F-35 sortie flight at Luke Air Force Base on March 18, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)

Brig. Gen. Scott L. Pleus looks like he could win a marathon or a UFC championship on a whim and on the same day. “There’s a reason fighter pilots all look the same,” Pleus says. “We are all about the same height. We are all about the same size. It’s because each of us are… Read More →

Timeline: Luke Air Force Base through its 75 years

Securing the F-35 mission for Luke Air Force Base is a high priority not only for the West Valley, but for the state of Arizona as well. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the next generation of U.S. Air Force aircraft.

Located west of Phoenix, Luke Air Force Base is celebrating its 75th anniversary and is home to the 56th Fighter Wing, the largest fighter wing in the world and the Air Force’s only active-duty F-16 training wing. As part of Air Education and Training Command, and home to 23 squadrons with both F-35A Lightning II… Read More →

ACC Awards honor Arizona’s top in-house attorneys

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Effective corporate counsel has never been more important than it is in Arizona’s evolving knowledge-based economy. Thursday night, before a sold-out crowd at The Camby/Autograph Collection Hotel (formerly the Ritz-Carlton), Az Business magazine recognized the important and vital role that in-house counsel plays in the success of a business with the Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards (ACC… Read More →

Valley Partnership announces 2016 board leadership

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by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

Valley Partnership named Molly Ryan Carson, Vice President of Ryan Companies US, Inc. as its 2016 Chairperson. The commercial real estate industry group also named new board members and committee chairs. “I am honored to be the incoming Valley Partnership Chair and help continue our mission to advocate for responsible development,” Ryan Carson said. “We… Read More →

Kirk McClure named to Luke AFB Honorary Commander program

Kirk McClure being named an honorary member of the Luke Air Force Base commander program with Lt. Col Matt Warner, Commander of the 310th Fighter Squadron.

Kirk McClure, Director of Business Development for McCarthy Building Companies, was recently named to the Luke Air Force Base Honorary Commander program. The Honorary Commander program at Luke Air Force Base allows members of the community to understand the importance of Luke, the Air Force and Department of Defense military mission. It represents a two-year commitment. Additionally,… Read More →

Air Force nurses complete inaugural trauma fellowship

Brigadier General Scott L. Pleus, Commander, 56th Fighter Wing Air Education and Training Command at Luke Air Force Base was keynote speaker at the graduation for the inaugural class of Scottsdale Healthcare’s U.S. Air Force Critical Care and Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship.

Three Air Force nurses became the first graduating class of the Scottsdale Healthcare-U.S. Air Force Critical Care & Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center on Aug. 7. The 12-month program includes five weeks of in-depth classroom education followed by hands-on learning with preceptors in the specialty care units and Level I… Read More →

Luke AFB Leases Land to APS for Solar Plant

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Luke Air Force Base and the state’s largest electric utility provider, Arizona Public Service, have partnered on a new solar power plant to be built on 100 acres of land located on the Base. Construction of the 10-megawatt facility – part of the APS AZ Sun Program – is expected to begin in the fourth… Read More →

Meet the leaders in Valley Partnership

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by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

Much of the Valley’s growth would not be possible without the partnerships and advocacy supported by nonprofit Valley Partnership. Chris Anaradian Development Services Director, Town of Queen Creek It’s Queen Creek’s time in the sun, boasts the town’s Development Services Director Chris Anaradian. Permit activity is “out of sight” and he cites his Valley Partnership… Read More →

Goodyear Mayor co-chairs Luke AFB West Valley Council

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The city of Goodyear remains front and center when it comes to being poised and prepared for the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II Fighter Jet pilot training program at Luke Air Force Base in early 2014. But right now, members of the Luke West Valley Council – the regional group promoting the success of… Read More →

Military RN program dedicated at Scottsdale Healthcare

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The U.S. Air Force Critical Care & Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship at Scottsdale Healthcare was dedicated Oct. 31 during a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Maj. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg, Assistant Air Force Surgeon General for Medical Force Development and Chief of the USAF Nurse Corps. Based in the Military Training Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn… Read More →

First F-35 Bound for Luke in Final Phase of Production

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The 100th Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the first aircraft destined for Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, has entered the last stage of final assembly. This conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft, known as AF-41, is scheduled to arrive at the base next year. During final assembly, the aircraft structure is completed, and electrical… Read More →