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Transgender soldiers say ban will backfire, but Pentagon defends policy

Transgender troops face an uncertain future awaiting a final court ruling on the Trump Administration's ban of transgender troops enlisting or being booted after they are diagnosed. ... Read more»

Luke F-35 funds could be tapped for Trump's border wall emergency

Arizona lawmakers have vowed to fight the loss of any funding at Luke AFB, where $40 million in construction projects could be tapped for border wall funding under President Trump’s national emergency declaration.... Read more»

Luke Air Force Base feels effects of national pilot shortage

Luke Air Force Base is feeling the effects of a national pilot shortage that is leaving the Air Force without enough pilots, maintenance crew and support staff to fully power U.S. military needs.... Read more»

F-35 flights resume after 11-day grounding at Luke AFB

The U.S. Air Force said on Monday it will resume local flying operations of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 jets at Luke Air Force base in Arizona after an 11-day suspension. ... Read more»

F-35s still grounded at Luke AFB over oxygen issues

About a quarter of the Air Force's F-35 fighter jets, or 55 planes, have stopped flying until further notice because of irregularities in pilots' oxygen supplies. Training flights at Arizona's Luke AFB were canceled Friday and scheduled to resume Monday, but the grounding was extended indefinitely.... Read more»

One dead, one hurt in Air Force training accident at White Sands

One person was killed and another hurt during a U.S. Air Force live-fire training accident involving F-16 fighter planes in New Mexico. The jets were based at Luke AFB in Arizona.... Read more»

Taiwan IDs F-16 pilot killed in Az crash

The pilot of an F-16 that crashed near Prescott has been identified by Taiwanese officials. Maj. Kao Ting-cheng of the Taiwan Air Force died on a training mission out of Luke Air Force Base, near Phoenix.... Read more»

Body found at F-16 crash site in Az, Taiwanese pilot presumed dead

An F-16 fighter jet based at Luke AFB in Glendale crashed Thursday morning near Bagdad, Ariz., west of Prescott. A body was later found at the crash site, and the student pilot from the Taiwanese air force was presumed to have been killed, U.S. Air Force officials said.... Read more»

Federal shutdown: Az military bases furlough at least 2,000

Arizona's military bases have furloughed at least 2,000 employees and curtailed services due to the partial shutdown of the federal government. However, officials say training and other essential operations will continue.... Read more»

#TucsonBoom

Weds. night bump was sonic boom from F-16

A large chunk of Tucson - stretching from Midtown across the mountains to Three Points and northwest to Marana - was rattled Wednesday evening by a loud, deep boom and shaking ground. Late Thursday afternoon, Air Force officials confirmed the noise was a sonic boom from a Luke AFB F-16.... Read more»2

McCain: Looming defense cuts would harm Az

In the wake of the Pentagon’s decision to base F-35 fighters at Luke AFB, McCain warned Thursday that potential defense cuts could cost thousands of jobs and $3 billion to Arizona's economy.... Read more»

Luke, not Tucson, gaining F-35 force

Three squadrons of F-35s will be housed at Luke Air Force Base instead of in Tucson.... Read more»