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Don’t be an ‘Airman Z’

Posted April 7, 2017 by by Senior Airman JORDAN ASHLOCK

It started when he got his first rum and coke at a party in 9th grade. Airman Z had always been curious about alcohol, and his brother, a senior and one of the “cool guys” in high school, always talked about drinking whenever he hung out with the other cool kids in school. To Airman…

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PEOPLE FIRST

Posted April 7, 2017 by

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. TFS center…

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Tuskegee Airmen legacy thrives

Posted April 7, 2017 by by Airman 1st Class CALEB WORPEL

The fourth Thursday in March has become a significant date in Arizona as a day to celebrate the famed Tuskegee Airmen who helped shape the diverse culture of the United States Air Force. Luke Thunderbolts, members of the Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen and community members came together to take part in the Fourth…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted April 7, 2017 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler 56th Fighter Wing Chapel

Don’t forget … Recently I attended a Bris. A Bris is the circumcision and naming ceremony for an 8-day-old Jewish baby boy. The religious significance of this rite is profound. It was a beautiful and joyful celebration of covenant, faith, love, family and tradition. During the ceremony, one of the rabbis made a unique statement…

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STREET BEAT

Posted April 7, 2017 by Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Gabriel Solazzo, 56th SFS

The 56th SFS Squadron handled the following incidents occurring Feb. 27 through March 31 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets SFS issued citations for 110 moving and 35 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 9: SFS responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident. One vehicle was backed into the other. There were no injuries….

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Blazing way from past to today

Posted March 3, 2017 by by Master Sgt. MELISSA FULTON

Congress passed into law March as National Women’s History Month in 1987. However, the roots of the observance month date back as far as 1843. In Lowell, Massachusetts, a group of female textile workers, also referred to as the Lowell Mill Girls, refused to accept the substandard conditions in which they were forced to work….

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Heritage Flight training, certification takes team to Tucson

Posted March 3, 2017 by Story and photos by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

The heritage flight program has flown aircraft during open houses and airshows across the country. This is the second year in which the F-35 Lightning II participated in the heritage program. From Feb. 9 to Feb. 12 the F-35 flew in formations with several aircraft including the F-22 Raptor, A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16 Fighting Falcon, P-38…

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People First

Posted March 3, 2017 by

AF Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program updates released Air Force officials released details on the fiscal year 2017 Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program Feb. 23. This year’s program consists of 80 Air Force specialties and continues the practice of offering larger sums of money initially up front. The program is designed to improve readiness and capacity by…

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A bomb’s rite of passage through AMMO

Posted March 3, 2017 by

Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Denis Larsen, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron mobile equipment servicer, performs preventive maintenance on a weapons trailer Feb. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. Munitions equipment undergo routine inspections to maintain functional use and ensure safe transport. Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel Airman 1st Class Brandon Stoeber, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron…

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Construction of fourth F-35 squadron underway

Posted March 3, 2017 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

With the F-35 Lightning II training moving ahead, new construction has begun to house more F-35s. Construction for the fourth F-35 fighter squadron broke ground in December of 2016 near the 62nd Fighter Squadron and nondestructive inspection building. “The construction near the nondestructive inspection lab is for the hangar, squadron operations and an aircraft maintenance…

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