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Monsoons in the desert

Posted August 12, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland A monsoon approaches Luke Air Force Base Aug. 8, 2016. From June 15 until Sept. 30, strong storms affect Luke with heavy rain, lightning, thunder and dust storms. From June 15 until Sept. 30, strong storms, known as the North American Monsoon System, darkens the skies, peaking between…

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JUSTICE REPORT

Posted August 4, 2016 by Courtesy of the 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in June: 56th Operations Group Articles 15 • A senior airman received nonjudicial punishment for public intoxication by consumption of alcohol and making a false official statement. The individual received a reduction in rank to airman first class, suspended forfeiture of…

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STREET BEAT

Posted August 4, 2016 by Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Christopher Washburn

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 27 through July 31 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 41 moving and 11 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 29: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident near the satellite pharmacy. There were no injuries. June…

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Team Luke welcomes new commander

Posted August 4, 2016 by by Tech. Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. — Luke Air Force Base Airmen welcomed a new wing commander July 13 when Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard took command of the 56th Fighter Wing from outgoing commander Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus. Leonard, a command pilot with more than 2,900 flying hours, including 576 combat hours, comes to Luke from…

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Okinawa tour benefits Citizen Airmen

Posted July 30, 2016 by

Integrating seamlessly into the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, and providing some much needed manpower relief was key to the success of Operations Patriot Habu.

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Arizona reservists bring manpower to Okinawa

Posted July 30, 2016 by

Courtesy photograph SSgt. Tyran Lawson, 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron supply section, helps inventory individual protective equipment items June 28, 2016 during Operation Patriot Habu at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. By the second day of the tour, Citizen Airmen from the 944th LRS helped process more than 3,000 IPE items. They provided extra manpower to their…

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Postman sets up chapel service

Posted July 30, 2016 by

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Barbara Plante TSgt. Elliot Denny, 944th Fighter Wing, chaplain assistant sets up for a protestant chapel service on June 30, 2016 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. As a Citizen Airman who works as a postman in Tucson, Ariz., he came to the wing over three years ago from active duty…

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Firefighter switches to fighter pilot

Posted June 30, 2016 by by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Garrett Christensen, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Logistics NCO in charge, is crossing over to the Air Force officer corps where he hopes to become an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot. “Christensen is one of 12 Airmen selected for basic officer training school program,” said Steven Kinkade, 56th CES…

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Airfield rubber removal preserves aircraft safety

Posted June 30, 2016 by by Tech. Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — During a recent inspection of the flightline, the 56th Operations Support Squadron identified buildup of rubber deposits and completed a project to remove them, a step that keeps sorties in the air and aircraft landing safely. “When an aircraft touches down, it leaves traces of rubber on the surface,”…

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Equipment maintainers keep jets viable

Posted June 30, 2016 by Story and photos by Tech. Sgt. TIMOTHY BOYER

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. — Imagine driving your car down the freeway. You are halfway to the destination with only four hours left to drive when the check engine light comes on, a tire blows and the car begins to overheat. You pull over and look at your phone, which has no signal, and…

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