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Air Force Secretary Visits Luke AFB for More Insight on F-35 Ops

Luke Air Force Base, Arizona // March 14, 2016

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James met with Airmen to gain a better understanding of Luke Air Force Base’s mission with a focus on F-35 Lightning II operations, and its maintenance and training facilities March 9-10.

During her first visit to the base, James held an all call where she took time to thank Airmen and give her impressions of Luke AFB.

"Wow, what a great total force story we have going on here," James said. "We have active duty, the Reserve component, civilians, and fantastic contractor support working side by side with our international partners. That is the broadest of the broad total force story, and I'm impressed with it."

Most of James' day involved briefings about F-35 operations and touring F-35 facilities.

James spoke about how impressed she was with the leadership team with respect to F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35 training, as well as her tour of different parts of base and interacting with Airmen in their work centers.

"When it comes to the F-35 program, this is a program that has really taken off," James said. "Pilots and maintainers are being trained, sorties are being flown and challenges are being overcome. There is a ‘can-do’ spirit here."

Read the full article by 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs.