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“Daddy, you’re my hero!” Airman reflects on being a young parent

Posted May 16, 2014 by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Jacob Leal, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter apprentice, poses during training at Luke Air Force Base. Being a young parent can be challenging in the best of conditions. Having a child while still in high school can hardly be considered the best of circumstances. Add to the mix joining the…

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Luke hosts 56th FW quarterly awards luncheon

Posted May 16, 2014 by

The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Delos Prestia, 56th Operations Support Squadron NCO: Tech Sgt. Daniel Carter, 607th Air Control Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Brandon Christian, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Company grade officer: Capt. Ambrosia Tomaino, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. John Wilson,…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted May 16, 2014 by

Tech. Sgt. Bret Toliver 56th Dental Squadron Dental Laboratory NCO in charge Hometown: Glendale, Arizona Years in service: 14 Education: Community College of the Air Force in avionics systems technology and dental laboratory Previous assignments: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: My wife who accomplishes anything she puts her mind…

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News Briefs May 16, 2014

Posted May 16, 2014 by

Change of command Lt. Col. Kevin Cruikshank will relinquish command of the 425th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. John Forino at 8:42 a.m. May 30 in Hangar 840. 309th FS stand down Lt. Col. Stephane Wolfgeher will relinquish command of the 309th Fighter Squadron in a stand down ceremony at 5:03 p.m. May 30 in…

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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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MARCY COPELAND
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Wheelchair racing becomes Marine’s passion

Posted May 16, 2014 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Marine Cpl. Ivan Sears races around the track May 8 at Luke Air Force Base where he trained during the Paralympics Desert Challenge in Mesa. Sears is a fourth generation Marine, who, after being injured in 2010, became a silver and gold medal winner during the Wounded Warrior Games. For more photos…

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Mental wellness central to health, well-being

Posted May 9, 2014 by Maj. COREY CHRISTOPHERSON

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the 2014 theme is “Mind Your Health.” It was 65 years ago that Mental Health America designated May as Mental Health Month to raise awareness about mental illnesses and the importance of mental wellness for all. The goal this year is to communicate to all Americans that mental…

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LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.
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Aircraft metals technology makes sparks fly

Posted May 9, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Tech. Sgt. Matthew Lucas, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Fabrication Flight aircraft metals technology NCO in-charge, inspects landing gear components April 29 at Luke Air Force Base. Aircraft metals technology technicians inspect and service F-16 Fighting Falcon landing gear components every 72 months. The diameter of a human eyelash is .05 millimeters….

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PEDRO MOTA
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Command post nerve center of base

Posted May 9, 2014 by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA The 56th Fighter Wing command post Airmen meet for training April 28 at Luke Air Force Base. Training occurs monthly and usually includes career field regulations review, knowledge examination, scenario-based training, local procedure updates, new training requirements and general discussion. The brain sends signals through the spinal cord to influence the…

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