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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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STREET BEAT

Posted June 30, 2016 by Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Christopher Washburn

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 30 through June 26 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 28 moving violations and nine nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 31: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident adjacent to Lightning Gate on Litchfield Road. Security…

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MDG clinic renovates, reduces footprint

Posted June 2, 2016 by by Senior Airman CORY GOSSETT

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — The 56th Medical Group clinic is currently undergoing renovations to modify the building layout and reduce the energy footprint. Construction on the $35-million project began early February and will be completed November 2017. “A lot of the old infrastructure, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical are being…

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AF vocalist mom sings at son’s graduation

Posted June 2, 2016 by Story by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Master Sgt. Anne Baker, soprano vocalist with the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, sang the national anthem for her birth son’s pilot graduation May 20 at Luke Air Force Base. 1st Lt. John Lorbiecki was adopted shortly after birth by John and Patti Lorbiecki of Hubertus, Wisconsin. In 2007,…

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Senior Airman James Hensley
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Luke Airmen help save life

Posted June 2, 2016 by by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Airmen are trained to respond to emergency situations anytime and anywhere. On March 13, two Airmen put that training to use. Senior Airman Keith Schultz, 56th Maintenance Squadron commander’s support staff airman, and Senior Airman Elizabeth Roman, 56th Communication Squadron infrastructure technician, were driving home after volunteering at the Phoenix International Raceway when they noticed…

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STREET BEAT

Posted June 2, 2016 by 56th Security Forces Squadron

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 2 through 29 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 39 moving violations and 12 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 5: Security forces responded to reports of a minor vehicle collision near Bldg. 330. There was damage to property and a…

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Around Luke – Heavy metal …

Posted May 5, 2016 by Photo by Senior Airman James Hensley

Senior Airman James Hensley Marie Henning, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron material handler, moves a 55 gallon drum of hydraulic fluid at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th LRS storage section signs in and out 50 products daily to customers.

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70+ years of weekly news makes move to monthly

Posted April 28, 2016 by by DEBORAH LEUTHOLD

One of the staples at Luke Air Force Base is the weekly newspaper, the Thunderbolt. The base newspaper is nearly 72 years old and has had five names, but the common denominator has been keeping the base population up to date with events. Today we say goodbye to the weekly edition as the Thunderbolt transitions…

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