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F-16 pilot reaches flying hour milestone

Posted September 7, 2012 by Staff Sgt. DARLENE SELTMANN

Maj. Frank Bricel, 69th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, prepares to exit his aircraft Aug. 31 after crossing his 3,000 flying hour mark in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. Bricel has been flying for 18 years. On a scorching afternoon in the skies over Luke Air Force Base, one F-…

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Facial hair tradition in military goes way back

Posted November 16, 2012 by Senior Airman LIAM MILBURN

There has always been a long-standing tradition of facial hair in the military. Over the centuries this tradition has evolved depending on the style and demand of the times. The Civil War saw some of the great military commanders sporting full beards that would put ZZ Top to shame. This trend most likely would have…

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Air Force News – February 15, 2013

Posted February 15, 2013 by

AF leaders: Sequestration, more budget cuts will be devastating Sequestration would leave the Air Force with untrained people, a lack of equipment and be “devastating” to the service, officials said Feb. 7. The warning echoes what Defense Department officials have stated for months about across-the-board defense cuts, in addition to an ongoing continuing resolution. “Now…

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One-on-one with Washington

Posted April 12, 2013 by

Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefs recently elected U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake April 4 on the mission at Luke Air Force Base. The senator was also escorted on a base tour. This was his first base visit since being elected in November.

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Air Force News – June 7, 2013

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Air Force appoints first female chief scientist The Air Force appointed the service’s first female chief scientist to lead the way in the technology and science fields. Dr. Mica Endsley assumed her new duties and responsibilities as the 34th chief scientist Monday in support of Air Force senior leaders and Airmen across the service. “Having served…

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CPTS changes command

Posted July 19, 2013 by

Tech. Sgt. Scottie McCord Col. Robert Webb, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Scott Smith, incoming 56th Comptroller Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony July 12 at Luke Air Force Base.

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From court to cockpit, vice wing commander brings A-Game

Posted August 30, 2013 by Capt. TRISTAN HINDERLITER

Col. Jeremy Sloane, who last month took over as the new vice wing commander at Luke Air Force Base, has always been a high achiever. As a basketball star at Federal Way High School, Wash., he set the all-time school record for points scored. Two players have since broken that record, and both went on…

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Air Force News – October 4, 2013

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Fire Emergency Services makes every dollar count Air Force firefighters are accustomed to confronting danger on the job, but recent Defense Department budget cuts have brought a different kind of heat. Faced with an aging vehicle fleet and the need to modernize equipment, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Fire Emergency Services Division took steps…

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Precise measurements mean mission success

Posted November 15, 2013 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Tim Henderson, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron precision maintenance equipment laboratory craftsman, looks through an alignment telescope Nov.1 in Bldg. 417 on Luke Air Force Base. Airmen in PMEL calibrate equipment such as torque wrenches, scales and aircraft reference fixtures. At Luke Air Force Base, precision is key to every mission…

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The future of Air Force Blue …

Posted January 17, 2014 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

Senior Airman Grace Lee Air Force Junior ROTC students from Gilbert High School walk toward the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit building Jan. 9 on Luke Air Force Base. The students toured the base to learn about what life is like in the active-duty Air Force as well as about the process of becoming a fighter…

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