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DEVANTE WILLIAMS
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New Sniper pod helps put pilots’ eyes on target

Posted February 27, 2015 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The 425th Fighter Squadron recently installed Sniper Pods onto their F-16 Fighting Falcons at Luke Air Force Base. Sniper pods provide improved long-range target detection/identification and continuous stabilized surveillance for all missions, including close-air support of ground forces. The F-16 Fighting Falcon, one of the world’s most iconic aircraft in the Air…

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Always improving …

Posted February 27, 2015 by

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Staff Sgt. Andrea Caldwell, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron avionics production supervisor, performs an acceptance inspection on an enhanced upgraded programmable display generator Feb. 12. The EUPDG allows the pilot to program up to twelve displays.

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Pay dates increase for civilians in 2015

Posted February 27, 2015 by af.mil with edits by Master Sgt. Russell Eberle

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Civilian employees will have 27 pay dates in 2015 compared to the usual 26, so some employees might need to adjust their Thrift Savings Plan contribution elections to receive the maximum agency matching contributions for 2015. The Internal Revenue Code imposes a limit each year on the amount that…

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Center ‘brings it’ with stellar programs

Posted February 27, 2015 by SHERYL BUSH

The Luke Air Force base youth and teen centers offer a wide range of educationally enhanced programs, instructional classes, and events providing a safe and fun environment supervised by caring and well-trained staff. The center is also affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club of America and the 4-H Club, which provide various youth programs…

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Senior Airman Devante Williams
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Luke’s best shine

Posted February 20, 2015 by Staff Sgts. TIMOTHY BOYER & LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Senior Airman Devante Williams Misty Hyman, Olympic Gold Medalist, receives a standing ovation during her speech Feb. 13 at the 56th fighter Wing Annual Awards Banquet at the Wigwam. Hyman talked about the obstacles she faced during her Olympic run and how she overcame them. The 56th Fighter Wing held its annual awards banquet to…

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Don’t get ‘Promotion Remorse’

Posted February 20, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. LEROY RIDGEL

The day I closed on my first house, my realtor and I did a final walk through to ensure there were no last-minute issues that needed addressing. Since I was a first-time home buyer, I didn’t know what to look for, so I finished my walk-through in 20 minutes. My realtor insisted on staying to…

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Keep military records in check

Posted February 20, 2015 by Staff Sgt. YOLANDA KAIN

A common issue we see at the 56th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section is that our military customers wait until the last minute to check their records. This can become an issue that can cause hardship on the member when it comes to promotion boards, permanent changes of station, retirement and separation. One scenario…

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EFMP wraps up significant year

Posted February 20, 2015 by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Courtesy photo Exceptional Family Member Program families get up close and personal with animals from the Wild Life World Zoo Dec. 20 during an EFMP Holiday Party at Luke Air Force Base. In today’s world, there are not many programs for people with special-needs family members to receive help without paying a lot of money….

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News Briefs February 20, 2015

Posted February 20, 2015 by

AF Band of Golden West The Air Force Band of the Golden West presents free concerts by “The Blue Yonders” folk rock band today through Monday. Not your typical military ensemble, the kilt-wearing seven-member group sings a mix of Irish, bluegrass, pop and Americana tunes. 7 p.m. today at Coolidge Performing Arts Center, 685 West…

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JAMES HENSLEY
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Thunderbolt named AETC crew chief of 2014

Posted February 20, 2015 by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Brandon Rhodes, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, stands in front of the F-16 static display in front of wing headquarters Feb. 12 at Luke Air Force Base. Rhodes works on the wing commander’s aircraft and ensures it is safe to fly. He has been named Air Force Crew Chief…

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