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Exchange holiday return policy gives peace of mind

Posted November 21, 2014 by Courtesy of AAFES

To make gift-giving easier, the Army & Air Force Exchange service is extending its return policy for items purchased from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24. The Luke Air Force Base Exchange’s standard policy allows returns from 15 to 90 days of purchase with a sales receipt. The holiday return/exchange policy extends these terms through Jan….

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Sky gets coined …

Posted November 21, 2014 by Airman 1st Class James Hensley

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, coins Sky “Raider” Schipper, 5, Nov. 14 at Luke Air Force Base. Schipper participated in the pilot for a day program. He joined the 309th Fighter Squadron for a meet-and-greet with the commander and other staff, was shown how pilots suit-up, got an up-close-and-personal look at an…

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Senior Airmen Grace Lee
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Thunderbolts celebrate wingman day

Posted November 14, 2014 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Senior Airmen Grace Lee Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, shoots a basket Nov. 7 in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Luke commanders went up against the Phoenix Banner Wheelchair Suns basketball team in celebration of wingman day. Luke’s Wingman Day offered Airmen a pause in the day-to-day mission to…

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AF needs Airmen to maintain identity

Posted November 14, 2014 by Master Sgt. SAMUEL SIMIEN

Some of us may remember playing the pool game “Marco-Polo.” Some of us may still use this game to entertain our children at the pool today. One player closes his or her eyes and repeatedly shouts out “Marco” while the other players tread water and respond “Polo.” All the while, they attempt to shift quickly…

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New evaluation system calls for accountability

Posted November 14, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. THOMAS LOHSANDT

It seems that everyone is overly concerned with the new evaluation system the Air Force is releasing. We should ask ourselves if it is really that scary to have an assessment which fits each of us in a more realistic way. This new system is going to hurt a lot of egos when they are…

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Devante Williams
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Luke conducts CBRNE exercise

Posted November 14, 2014 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Senior AirmanDevante Williams Members of the 56th Medical Group and Southwest Med Evac air ambulance team members prepare to air evacuate a simulated victim during the exercise Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise was conducted for first responders, base personnel and local agencies to practice real-world events. Luke Air Force Base conducted…

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News Briefs Nov, 14, 2014

Posted November 14, 2014 by

Kachina Gate closure The Kachina Gate will be closed to inbound traffic Dec. 8 through 19 for gas valve repair. Outbound traffic will not be affected. For more information, call 623-856-7051. Scholarships The Air Force Aid Society is offering scholarships to dependent children of active duty, Title 10 Reserve, Title 32 AGR, retired, retired Reserve…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted November 14, 2014 by

Staff Sgt. Dustin Rysavy-Hollis 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Aircrew Egress Systems Journeyman Home town: Apopka, Florida Years in service: Five Family: Father, Tim Hollis and mom, Roxann Rysavy Previous assignments: Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: My father is a huge inspiration; he works hard for what he gets Greatest feat: Performed a recovery…

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Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr.
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Enlistment highlights total force

Posted November 14, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. BARBARA PLANTE

Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr. The 944th Fighter Wing’s newest recruits stand next to a new F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter and raised their hands to enlist into the Air Force Reserve during a “Total Force” mass enlistment held during the October unit training assembly at Luke Air Force Base. The excitement was palatable…

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AFRC CC, CCC visit 944th …

Posted November 14, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr.

Lt. Gen. James Jackson, back right, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief Master Sgt. Cameron Kirksey, AFRC command chief, listen to the heartbeat of the Laerdal 3G Simulation Manikin while Tech. Sgt. Tymmothy Roy, 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Air Reserve Technician health services manager, demonstrates its capabilities Nov. 6 during a tour of the…

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