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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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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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ALS graduates 44 senior airmen

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The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 44 senior airmen Feb. 12 from class 15-2. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Melinda Charlton, 944th Force Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Christopher White, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; Kayleigh McGill, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron; and Curtus Cowles, 162nd Fighter Wing Commandant’s Award: Matthew McLaughlin, 56th Logistics…

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75-day leave carryover expires at fiscal 2015 end

Posted February 20, 2015 by Airman 1st Class CORY GOSSETT

Beginning Sept. 30, the 75-day carryover policy that allows members to carry more than 60 days of leave from the prior fiscal year will expire. Any leave balance more than 60 days at the end of fiscal 2015 will be automatically forfeited. Only members entitled to special leave accrual will be allowed to carry a…

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CDC

Posted February 20, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland’s, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, image is reflected by one of the safety mirrors as she picks up her son after his nap Feb. 12 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center. Copeland is a new mom and alternates between work and the CDC during the day. Staff…

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Save on tax prep fees at Luke tax center

Posted February 20, 2015 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Mariah Langeland, 56th Security Forces Squadron member and tax center volunteer, helps retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Norman Afdahl and his wife, Eileen Afdahl, file their taxes Feb. 10 in the tax center at Luke Air Force Base. The tax center has provided free tax filing services to service members…

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Start small, think BIG

Posted February 20, 2015 by Airman PEDRO MOTA

“A penny saved is a penny earned.” ~ Benjamin Franklin Luke Air Force Base, in conjunction with Fighter Country Foundation, is scheduled to host a financial exposition for members of the Luke community during Military Saves Week from Monday through Feb. 28. The week is designed to show service members how to plan for their…

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Flyovers: Sight, sound of freedom

Posted February 13, 2015 by Airman PEDRO MOTA

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer A four-ship formation of F-35 Lightning IIs perform the first-ever F-35 flyover Jan. 24 over University of Phoenix Stadium during the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Pro Bowl. They are breathtaking, flawless and can cause the viewer to have goosebumps. They look easy, but, according to those who perform them, flyovers…

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Find inspiration all around for daily grind

Posted February 13, 2015 by Lt. Col. JASON HOKAJ

SHAZAM! That is the war cry of the 56th Operations Support Squadron. It comes from the comic book character Captain Marvel, who was introduced back in 1939. SHAZAM is an acronym of six Greek and Roman gods and heroes, each defining a special ability that the superhero possesses. There is Solomon for wisdom, Hercules for…

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