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Ducks train in high desert

Posted December 21, 2012 by Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH

One Luke Air Force Base fighter squadron spent last week in a cold, unforgiving high desert environment doing training with remote piloted aircraft, F-22s and German Tornadoes. The 309th Fighter Squadron might not have actually been cold, but they did spend Dec. 7 through 14 flying and training in the 5,000′ elevation high desert of…

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Thunderbirds headline 2013 open house

Posted December 21, 2012 by 1st Lt. RYAN DECAMP

The U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, will join Luke Air Force Base March 16 and 17 for Luke’s biennial open house and air show. Performing alongside the Thunderbirds in the air show lineup thus far include an F-16 close air support demonstration and a Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier demonstration, among others. Previous…

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Leadership: Matter of ABCs

Posted December 21, 2012 by Master Sgt. LEE HARTWIG

Leadership, depending on who you ask, can have many definitions. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines leadership as: “1. the office or position of a leader; 2. capacity to lead; and 3. the act or an instance of leading.” Wikipedia defines leadership as “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal.” In a military environment, these…

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Pilots, maintainers come together

Posted December 14, 2012 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

Training the world’s greatest F-16 pilots is no small feat. That’s why it is up to the Airmen who oversee the maintenance and those who operate the F-16s to come together and communicate with one another to keep the mission at Luke Air Force Base going strong. To accomplish this, a team of two Airmen…

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Air Force News – December 14, 2012

Posted December 14, 2012 by

CSAF directs Air Force-wide inspection Commanders across the Air Force began conducting health and welfare inspections Dec. 5 to emphasize an environment of respect, trust and professionalism in the workplace. The health and welfare inspection is a tool routinely used by unit commanders, command chiefs and first sergeants. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark…

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Leaders avoid holding to bad decisions

Posted November 30, 2012 by Lt. Col. JAMES BLACKMAN

Don’t let YOU get in the way of YOU making the right decision, because … it’s not about YOU! What do I mean by this? Have you ever knowingly stuck with a bad decision because you made the decision? Or struggled over a decision worrying about what others will think of you? Everyone has decisions…

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Practice, plan makes perfect in active shooter exercise

Posted November 30, 2012 by Lt. Col. STEPHEN HICKEY and Maj. BRANDON ROTH

You’re waiting to talk with a TRICARE specialist on the third floor of the Medical Group building. Suddenly, you hear muffled shots ring out and screaming. What do you do? What will the base do? To answer this question, the 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an AETC-directed active-shooter exercise Wednesday and Thursday to test whether…

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Are you ‘that guy?’

Posted November 30, 2012 by Tech. Sgt. MARK ADAMS

Recently the Defense Department sponsored an ad campaign to show how binge drinking can make you look, well … pretty stupid. It’s titled, “That Guy,” where images of young people are taken in compromising positions (drawings on face, sleeping on toilets, etc.) to show people it isn’t cool to be “That Guy.” Go to www.thatguy.com…

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Air Force News – November 30, 2012

Posted November 30, 2012 by tomlear

F-35 begins integration phase of weapons testing The F-35 Lighting II, Joint Strike Fighter began the integration phase of weapons testing Oct. 26 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., when the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing aircraft successfully completed the first in-flight test with an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. It was the first…

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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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