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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted May 31, 2013 by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theadore Wilson

He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. ~ King Solomon New York Yankees greats Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera had a tense exchange of words a few weeks ago over a relatively minor issue. How the players handled the situation illustrates the truth of this wise saying. Rivera humbly apologized…

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News Briefs July 29, 2013

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AF ball – save the date The Air Force Ball is Sept. 14 at the Wigwam Resort and Spa in Litchfield Park in the Main Ballroom. The theme is Evolution of Airpower. Invitations will follow. Look for more details in upcoming issues of the Thunderbolt. Backpacks of Love The annual Backpacks of Love drive has…

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News Briefs August 30, 2013

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Undergrad flying training applications due in Nov. Eligible active duty officers interested in undergraduate flying training must apply by Nov. 29 to be considered by the UFT selection board, which convenes Jan. 14, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The board will review candidates for fiscal year 2014/2015 training requirements in the pilot, remotely piloted…

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This week in history

Posted October 25, 2013 by Rick Griset,

The 56th Range Management Office stood up at Luke Air Force Base as a wing staff agency 20 years ago this week.

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News Briefs January 17, 2013

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56th FW annual awards The 56th Fighter Wing 2013 Awards ceremony is Jan. 25 at the Renaissance Hotel at Westgate City Center. Social hour is 5 p.m. and the ceremony and dinner are 6 p.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12th Air Force commander. For more information, call Master Sgt. Tracy Buechler…

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Luke 1 highlights open house success, F-35 mission

Posted March 28, 2014 by Capt. TRISTAN HINDERLITER

Senior Airman Jason Colbert Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks at a commander’s call March 21. He discussed the recent open house and the new F-35 Lightning II mission. He also told Luke Airmen he was pleased with how the wing is meeting his expectations concerning mission, leadership and community. At a…

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Airmen get creative in arts, crafts, wood shops

Posted May 9, 2014 by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA

Airmen spend more time away from their families than many civilians. Service members work for long periods of time while under constant stress and pressure. Although they are trained warriors, a little rest and relaxation is necessary.

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News Briefs July 18, 2014

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Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Aug. 15. 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…

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Australian VIP visits Luke AFB

Posted September 5, 2014 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Chief Master Sgt. Raul Villarreal, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent, speaks with Air Commodore Catherine Roberts, Royal Australian Air Force director general joint strike fighter acquisition and sustainment, and Royal Australian Air Force Maj. Nathan Draper, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit participant maintenance liaison officer, about the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter Wednesday during her…

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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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