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Senior Airman 
MARCY COPELAND
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Air Force

Pilots take plunge for survival

Posted June 6, 2014 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Maj. Brendan Shannon, 309th Fighter Squadron director of operations, follows a parachute seam May 28 at Luke Air Force Base during annual Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training. If a parachute lands on top of the pilot during a water landing, following the parachute seam will guide the pilot from beneath the…

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Senior Airman 
DEVANTE WILLIAMS
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Veterans

WWII veteran shares story

Posted May 30, 2014 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Retired Chief Master Sgt. Harold Bergbower, 26th Cavalry Regiment air mechanic, is assisted by Debra Bergbower, his daughter, during a visit to Focus 56 as guest speaker May 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Bergbower spoke about his time in the Army Air Corps and Air Force, and his experience during World…

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Staff Sgt.
LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.
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607th Air Control Squadron trains eyes in sky

Posted May 30, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airmen 1st Class Alyssa Boone and Staff Sgt. Troy Wagner, 607th Air Control Squadron cyber transport system technicians, reconfigure a tactical air operations module on the equipment pad on Luke Air Force Base. Tactical air operations modules provide command and control battle management specialist the equipment to plan, direct, and control…

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Staff Sgt. 
LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.
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Airman serves God, country through music

Posted May 30, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airman 1st Class Austin Shrewsbury, 56th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory apprentice, examines blood samples at the 56th Medical Group May 1. Shrewsbury plays bass guitar, guitar and piano at the Sunday contemporary gospel service at the Luke Air Force Base chapel and leads worship services in his off time. Although…

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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 24 Airmen in class 14-4

Posted May 30, 2014 by

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 23 senior airmen and one staff sergeant May 8 from class 14-4. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Caleb Mischung, 161st Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduate: Trevor Williams, 944th Medical Squadron Commandant’s Award: Trevor Williams, 944th MDS Academic…

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Commentary

Leadership: Develop your style

Posted May 16, 2014 by Master Sgt. HOWARD SUGGS

We all may have heard the saying, “Lead from the front and not from a chair.” We are familiar with those supervisors who stand out on the front lines, leading the way, and sometimes we work to fit that specific mold. However, we must take the time to develop a leadership style that best suits…

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ACF path to total well being

Posted May 16, 2014 by Maj. COREY CHRISTOPHERSON

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Mind Your Health.” Mental Health America designated May as Mental Health Month 65 years ago to raise awareness about mental illnesses and the importance of mental wellness for all. Their goal this year is to communicate across America that mental wellness is central to…

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Writing skills key to good EPRs

Posted May 2, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Are you capturing what your Airmen are really doing for the Air Force when giving feedback and writing performance reports? Communicating well what Airmen do for the Air Force is the goal of military strategic writing. “Good communication has always been vital to the efficiency of our military mission,” said Master Sgt. Dustin Withrow, 56th…

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Airman 1st Class
JAMES HENSLEY
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Health & Safety

Stress: Everyday occurrence for T-bolts

Posted May 2, 2014 by Airman 1st Class JAMES HENSLEY

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Luke Air Force Base offers resources to Airmen and family members dealing with stress. With the unique challenges that the busy Air Force lifestyle presents to Airmen and family members, some can easily be overcome by stress. However, here at Luke Air Force Base there are resources available to help Airmen…

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Local

Thunderbolt reflects on disaster

Posted May 2, 2014 by Senior Airman Jason Colbert

Many people know what it’s like to live through a natural disaster. Growing up in California may allow someone to know what an earthquake is like while someone in the Midwest may be more familiar with tornados. But most of the natural disasters that have occurred in the United States in recent years pale in…

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