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Theisen returns home to command 944 MSG

Posted November 14, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. BARBARA PLANTE

During a change-of-command ceremony Nov. 2, Col. Paul Theisen took the reins from Col. Anne Gunter as the new commander of the 944th Mission Support Group.

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News Briefs November 7, 2014

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Native American Indian Heritage November is Native American Indian Heritage Month. The theme this year is “Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Forever.” Activities include a 5k fun run at 7 a.m. at the 944th Fighter Wing building and a luncheon at 11 a.m. Nov. 14 at Club Five Six. Clark Tenakhongva, an award-winning…

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Mentoring Laveen elementary students for the future

Posted November 7, 2014 by Airman 1st Class JAMES HENSLEY

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Luke Air Force Base Airmen talk to students Oct. 24 at Laveen Elementary school in Laveen. The Airmen talked about their careers in the Air Force and some goals the students should think about for their future. Everyone needs help from time to time, and children are no different. Airmen from…

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Kilroy was here

Posted November 7, 2014 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland “Kilroy was here” is drawn on the back of the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Kilroy was a famous icon of the war and served as a symbol to let troops know an area was safe and cleared by U.S. troops. He guided Soldiers through ravaged Europe and served…

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A different kind of vet MWDs in the fight

Posted November 7, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller

Mayo, a 10-year-old 56th SFS MWD German shepherd has been on eight deployments and 45 missions where he found multiple explosives, saving numerous lives and earning an Air Force Combat Action Medal. Mayo was diagnosed with lumbar disease and lupus a few months ago and will officially retire in February 2015. “Mr. Mayo is a…

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Luke ‘deploys’ youngest Airmen

Posted October 31, 2014 by Staff Sgt. STACI MILLER

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Gabriel Gutierrez, age 5, son of Staff Sgt. Arlene Gutierrez, 56th Security Forces Squadron, gives high fives as he goes through the welcome home line during Operation KIDS Saturday at Luke Air Forces Base. Veterans of Foreign Wars, United Service Organization and members of the community greeted the children when they returned…

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News Briefs October 31, 2014

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Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct a base-wide exercise Wednesday. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting individuals…

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New Luke unit to stand up in Oregon

Posted October 31, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. JASMINE REIF

Courtesy photo An F-15 Eagle flies over the 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field, Oregon Air National Guard. In an effort to meet Air Force demands for F-15C Eagle pilots, a new Luke Air Force Base detachment will stand up at the 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field, Oregon Air National Guard. The 56th Operations Group Detachment…

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Operation KIDS Deploy to Camp Thunderbolt

Posted October 31, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller

Anissa Burgard, 11, daughter of Master Sgt. Craig Burgard, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, has camouflage paint applied Saturday during Operation KIDS, a simulated deployed exercise for children to help them understand the things their parents do when preparing for a deployment and what it’s like to be in a deployed environment.   Cassius Withers Jr.,…

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Haunted Block House

Posted October 31, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota

Ghostly pins took the brunt of the costumed bowling Halloweeners.   Airman 1st Class Alexis Myrice, 56th Operations Group administrative specialist, manned the Mad Scientist booth.   A vehicle display was set up for children to climb through.   Logan Beasley participates in the haunted hallway, which included 11 other actors using their talents to…

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