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F-16 pilot reaches flying hour milestone

Posted September 7, 2012 by Staff Sgt. DARLENE SELTMANN

Maj. Frank Bricel, 69th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, prepares to exit his aircraft Aug. 31 after crossing his 3,000 flying hour mark in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. Bricel has been flying for 18 years. On a scorching afternoon in the skies over Luke Air Force Base, one F-…

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Luke 1 departs, praises Thunderbolts

Posted September 7, 2012 by Brig. Gen. JD HARRIS

Brig. Gen. JD Harris, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and his wife, Heather, prepare to depart Luke Air Force Base after a two-year tour here. Harris has been selected to serve as vice commander of the 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan. We serve the Constitution of the United States; that is the oath…

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Salutes & Awards

308th FS graduates 18 in class 12-AGB

Posted September 7, 2012 by Lt. Col. CHRISTOPHER COLCORD

The U.S. Air Force’s newest Viper pilots will culminate nine months of demanding training today and receive their graduation certificates. Class 12-ABG from the 308th Fighter Squadron Emerald Knights will join the ranks of a select group of aviators fortunate enough to fly the F-16. They did not achieve this goal on their own; it…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted September 7, 2012 by

Staff Sgt. Andrea James 56th Operations Support Squadron 309th Fighter Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment NCO-in-charge Hometown: Henrico, N.C. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Staff Sgt. Shira James, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; daughter, Jaden, 5; and son, Jaxon, 1 Education: Pursuing a degree in criminal justice at Rio Salado College. Previous assignments: Robins Air Force…

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Health & Safety

Giving kids a boost

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Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Staff Sgt. Erin Watson, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, receives a new booster seat Aug. 30 after being briefed on its proper use and installation by Senior Airman Jessica Crotta, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, during the Booster Bash at Luke Air Force Base. A new law went into effect Aug….

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Health & Safety

Make immune system healthy, strong

Posted September 7, 2012 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

The body’s immune system has many jobs, including fighting against bacteria, parasites and fungi; it is also essential in keeping the body healthy from infection. The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues and organs that together prevent and defend against attacks to the body, according to Rachel Perkins-Garner, 56th Medical…

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ITT offers travel discounts

Posted September 7, 2012 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

Army Spc. Christian Lopez, 258th Engineer Company engineer, left, and Pvt. Andrew Romero, 258th EC engineer, check out brochures at the Information, Tickets and Travel office on Luke Air Force Base Aug. 29. ITT is located in Bldg. 1150 and offers deals on tickets, airfares and more to military personnel, family members and Defense Department…

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Health & Safety

SFS turns to traumatic stress expert for help

Posted September 7, 2012 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

Courtesy photo Susan Simons, Under the Shield president, speaks to personnel from the 56th Security Forces Squadron along with members of local law enforcement agencies Aug. 29 at the military working dog kennels on Luke Air Force Base. Simons works with the 56th SFS and local police Wednesdays teaching them how to be mentally prepared…

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People First

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Redesigned program eases transition to civilian life A redesigned program will help ease every Airman’s transition to civilian life and better apply their military experience, Air Force officials said. The program is the first major overhaul of the transition assistance program for military members in nearly 20 years. The effort began in response to a…

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New BTO to help Airmen make USAFE processes more efficient, effective

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Before becoming the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Welsh challenged the U.S. Air Forces in Europe to find more efficient and effective ways to use its resources. “Current fiscal realities require commanders to take a hard look at how to most efficiently support and execute our missions within growing budget constraints,” said Welsh…

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