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DEVANTE WILLIAMS
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Ruck march honors fallen

Posted April 17, 2015 by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS March of the Fallen participants hike a trail Saturday in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. The MOTF is a 4.5-mile rucksack march dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Airmen and local community members came together Saturday…

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LOUIS VEGA Jr.
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Arizona entrepreneurs learn benefits of hiring vets

Posted April 17, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Master Sgt. Stephen Hunter, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal program manager, helps Jack Weiner, Arizona Chapter Entrepreneurs Organization member and business owner, don a bomb suit March 27 during the Entrepreneurs Organization tour at Luke Air Force Base. Ten Arizona Chapter Entrepreneur Organization members held their annual retreat March…

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Staff Sgt. 
LAUSANNE KINDER
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Scottsdale SWAT train with Reserve medics

Posted April 17, 2015 by Staff Sgt. LAUSANNE KINDER

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Tactical Combat Casualty Care students provide treatment to simulated wounded patients during a field training exercise at the Luke Auxiliary Field. The class was taught by the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron to Luke reservists and members of the Scottsdale Fire Department and SWAT Team. The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron recently conducted Tactical…

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Staff Sgt. Staci Miller
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Luke flies 1,000th F-35 sortie

Posted April 10, 2015 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Maj. Joshua Arki, 61st FS pilot, flew Luke Air Force Base’s 1,000th training sortie March 31 in the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. The 56th Fighter Wing reached the F-35 1,000-sortie milestone the fastest in the Defense Department. Luke Air Force Base’s F-35 program reached a monumental milestone March 31…

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308th FS rich history, poignant ending

Posted April 10, 2015 by Lt. Col. CHRISTOPHER BACON

After 21 years of continuous service as an F-16 Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, the 308th Fighter Squadron, recently recognized the 2014 Top Fighter Squadron in the 56th Operations Group, will close its doors this summer. Given this sad fact, it is only appropriate that this week’s Thunderbolt commentary focus on this highly…

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Make time to mentor your Airmen

Posted April 10, 2015 by Staff Sgt. MATTHEW WERNER

The Air Force is comprised of Airmen with many skills and talents. The backbone to our continued success is our men and women who strive to be excellent on a daily basis. However, there are times when our focus is derailed by our own personal and professional guidelines. I was taught as a young Airman…

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AIM: New resource for Airmen

Posted April 10, 2015 by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Courtesy Photo Luke Airmen mingle during an Airmen in Mentoring session March 25 at Luke Air Force Base. AIM is a new program just getting started on base to help support new Airmen by providing mentors who have volunteered to help Airmen with on and off-duty struggles. Being a new Airman has its challenges, but…

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News Briefs April 10, 2015

Posted April 10, 2015 by

Luke Toastmasters Luke Toastmasters will meet at noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Club Five Six instead of the usual location. The meeting is open to those interested in developing speaking and meeting organizational skills. Lunch is available for $5 per member and $7 per nonmember. For more information, call Lynne Nutter at 602-740-6124 or…

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MARCY COPELAND
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Chief returns to where career began

Posted April 10, 2015 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Chief Master Sgt. Ben Carson, 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent, stands in front of an F-16 fighter jet March 31 at Luke Air Force Base. Carson began his career as an Airman in the 308th and was in formation on the day of its activation. He will now stand in formation as…

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Help comes in shape of uniform

Posted April 10, 2015 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs chief of community relations, and Tech. Sgt. Priscilla Noll, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron furnishing management office NCO in charge, provided first aid to an elderly woman who suffered a head injury during a head-on collision. Feb. 27 went as any other normal work…

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