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Arizona entrepreneurs learn benefits of hiring vets

Posted April 17, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. LOUIS VEGA Jr.

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Master Sgt. Stephen Hunter, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal program manager, helps Jack Weiner, Arizona Chapter Entrepreneurs Organization member and business owner, don a bomb suit March 27 during the Entrepreneurs Organization tour at Luke Air Force Base. Ten Arizona Chapter Entrepreneur Organization members held their annual retreat March…

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Scottsdale SWAT train with Reserve medics

Posted April 17, 2015 by Staff Sgt. LAUSANNE KINDER

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Tactical Combat Casualty Care students provide treatment to simulated wounded patients during a field training exercise at the Luke Auxiliary Field. The class was taught by the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron to Luke reservists and members of the Scottsdale Fire Department and SWAT Team. The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron recently conducted Tactical…

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Wingman Day

Posted April 17, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz

Tech. Sgt. Katty Beuttenmuller, 56th Maintenance Group plans and scheduling NCO in charge, gives a travel mug to Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr., 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, promoting Comprehensive Airman Fitness at the run. Beuttenmuller, a resiliency training assistant, is one of many RTA’s helping Thunderbolts strengthen their mental, spiritual, social and physical well-being….

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Luke flies 1,000th F-35 sortie

Posted April 10, 2015 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Maj. Joshua Arki, 61st FS pilot, flew Luke Air Force Base’s 1,000th training sortie March 31 in the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. The 56th Fighter Wing reached the F-35 1,000-sortie milestone the fastest in the Defense Department. Luke Air Force Base’s F-35 program reached a monumental milestone March 31…

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News Briefs April 10, 2015

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Luke Toastmasters Luke Toastmasters will meet at noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Club Five Six instead of the usual location. The meeting is open to those interested in developing speaking and meeting organizational skills. Lunch is available for $5 per member and $7 per nonmember. For more information, call Lynne Nutter at 602-740-6124 or…

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Chief returns to where career began

Posted April 10, 2015 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Chief Master Sgt. Ben Carson, 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent, stands in front of an F-16 fighter jet March 31 at Luke Air Force Base. Carson began his career as an Airman in the 308th and was in formation on the day of its activation. He will now stand in formation as…

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ALS looks over OSS’s shoulder

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Paul Bays, 56th OSS terminal instrument procedures specialist, talks to students from the ALS about how TERPS come into play when guiding an aircraft to a safe landing.   Senior Airman Thomas Mabry, 56th OSS Air Traffic Control, demonstrates to ALS students how ATC guides planes at the radar approach control. The students listened in…

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News Briefs April 3, 2015

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Musical revue auditions The Luke Experience is holding auditions at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the base theater for a Broadway musical revue. Ages 14 and up are required to audition with a song, duet or group number that they would like to perform. The song does not yet need to be memorized. We…

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Pilot for a day

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Airman Pedro Mota Capt. Jondavid Hertzel, 21st Fighter Squadron flight commander, gives Daniel Acevedo, pilot for a day, a tour March 23 of the 21st FS hangar and F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. The pilot for a day program gives opportunities to children in the community with life-threatening illnesses to experience what…

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Luke’s last F-15 squadron

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Courtesy photo It was 20 years ago this week on March 31, 1995, the last Luke Air Force Base F-15 squadron inactivated. That squadron was the 550th Fighter Squadron. Ten days earlier, the last two McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagles, tail numbers 88-0679 and 87-0186, departed for Seymour-Johnson AFB, North Carolina. Aircraft 87-0186 was the…

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