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This week in history

Posted February 28, 2014 by

Feb. 26, 2009: Services Squadron redesignated Five years ago this week the 56th Services Squadron was redesignated the 56th Force Support Squadron. Part of the process was the inactivation of the 56th Mission Support Squadron. The new squadron included the functions, people and equipment of the inactivated unit. In 2007, the U.S. Air Force began…

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Airmen shave heads for pilot’s son battling cancer

Posted April 11, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Senior Airman David Owsianka Airmen from the 62nd Fighter Squadron recently shaved their heads to support a deceased officer’s son who is battling with cancer. Second Lt. Dave Mitchell, former 62nd FS pilot, lost his life during a training mission in 2008 at Luke Air Force Base. Five years later, his son Brayden was diagnosed…

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Airman serves God, country through music

Posted May 30, 2014 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airman 1st Class Austin Shrewsbury, 56th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory apprentice, examines blood samples at the 56th Medical Group May 1. Shrewsbury plays bass guitar, guitar and piano at the Sunday contemporary gospel service at the Luke Air Force Base chapel and leads worship services in his off time. Although…

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MMA ramps up combat training

Posted July 18, 2014 by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Team Ill Brasil brings a new style of martial arts to the base. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center now offers discipline specific martial arts training Monday through Friday at the Combat Training Center. A mixed martial arts group recently signed a one-year contract to team with Luke Air…

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Air Force expands drug testing to include abused prescription drugs

Posted April 13, 2012 by

WASHINGTON — The Air Force and other military services will expand their drug testing to include testing for commonly abused prescription drugs beginning May 1. On Jan. 31, the secretary of defense gave a 90-day advance notice of the drug testing expansion which aims to counter the nation’s…

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Academy cadets learn operational AF ropes

Posted June 22, 2012 by Photo and story by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee

Thirteen U.S. Air Force Academy cadets, most of who are going into their junior year, visited Luke Air Force Base June 4 through Thursday as part of the Operation Air Force program. The cadets are the first...

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Team puts aircrew safety first

Posted August 10, 2012 by by Senior Airman C.J. Hatch

Before every flight takes off, before every pilot steps in an aircraft and even before a student arrives at Luke Air Force Base, a team of professionals makes sure they will be as safe as possible.

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Fiscal 2012: Books finally closed

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Maj. JESSI ROZMAN

Editor’s note: This is first in a series of articles on finance. Air Force financial managers take pride in executing the ABCs — accounting, budget and cost. Accounting is the first, and arguably, the most important competency. Did you know the Air Force prepares annual financial statements just like civilian companies? These financial statements are…

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Special Victims’ Counsel eligibility expanded to include unprofessional relationships

Posted January 18, 2013 by

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The new Special Victims’ Counsel Program starting Air Force-wide Jan. 28 will be expanded to basic military trainees and technical training students who have been involved in unprofessional relationships of a physical and sexual nature. The SVC pilot program is designed to provide victims of sexual assault, support throughout…

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The greatest generation …

Posted March 15, 2013 by

This photo was taken within days of the mission, which was one of the most successful ever flown. The mission was flown by the 61st, 62nd and 63rd fighter squadrons. Two years prior they’d flown their first combat mission led by Lt. Col. Lucian Dade. Eegbeck Aerodrome was located just south of the Denmark border…

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