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Posted February 3, 2017 by

AF faces fighter pilot shortage The Air Force is in the midst of a pilot shortage. While most platforms are affected by the shortage, the fighter pilot community has been hit the hardest. In September 2015, the Air Force Chief of Staff directed a fighter enterprise redesign to focus on developing a strategy and implementation plan…

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Protect those pearly whites

Posted February 3, 2017 by by Senior Airman DAVID EVANS

Sports activities are a common hobby that many Airmen enjoy. Unfortunately, many sports carry some risk of injury. A commonly overlooked area prone to injury is the mouth, including the teeth and gums. Basketball, for instance, is fun until a stray pass hits a player in the face leaving one less tooth with which to…

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2017 TSP contribution limits announced

Posted February 3, 2017 by by Master Sgt. LISA KREJCI

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board and Internal Revenue Service have announced the annual contribution limits for the Thrift Savings Plan for 2017. They will remain unchanged from 2016 except for a traditional tax-exempt increase. Those limits are: • Traditional deferred\ROTH\Combination limit: $18,000 • Traditional deferred\ROTH\Combination catch-up limit: $6,000 • Traditional tax-exempt: $54,000 NOTE: The…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted February 3, 2017 by

Meaningful backward look I’ve taught three teens to drive. One constant truth, in that terrifying process, is that one cannot focus too long on the rearview mirror without getting into serious trouble, an accident or dying. On the other hand, one must take a glance in the rearview mirror from time to time, to avoid…

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MLK walk

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Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Fatimah Halim, designer and facilitator of the Rites of Passage Programs for Phoenix area youth, and Lt. Col. David Shoemaker, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, lead the way during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day walk Jan. 13 at Luke Air Force Base. MLK day is a day to remember…

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Water: Where does it come from?

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

There are more than 3,000 military personnel and dependents living on Luke Air Force Base who receive ground water pumped to the base water tower from a two-well system on base. Beginning this year, the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron will now receive supplemental water from Valley Utilities. The connection the 56th CES is constructing will…

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2016 in Photos — 12

Posted January 6, 2017 by

Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman Veron Sparks, 56th Force Support Squadron retirement and separations technician, poses for a photo Dec. 6 at Luke Air Force Base. Sparks used self-aid buddy care to help a woman who was a victim of a hit-and-run. Staff Sgt. Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander,…

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2016 in Photos — 11

Posted January 6, 2017 by

Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Tech. Sgt. Steven Dauck, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team leader, holds the Purple Heart Nov. 30 at Luke Air Force Base. Dauck received a Purple Heart for his actions during a route clearance patrol where an improvised explosive device hit him Oct. 28, 2011, in Afghanistan. Senior…

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2016 in Photos — 10

Posted January 6, 2017 by

Senior Airman Devante Williams Sparky the Fire Dog waves to base housing residents during the National Fire Prevention Week parade Oct. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. The parade consisted of members and vehicles from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Services and the Hall of Flame Fire Museum. Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman…

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2016 in Photos — 9

Posted January 6, 2017 by

Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman Koraye Williams, 56th Comptroller Squadron finance technician, and Senior Airman Vernon Sparks, 56th Force Support Squadron career development technician, clean kayaks Sept. 21 during the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic held in San Diego. Senior Airman James Hensley Maj. Nathan Heguy, 62nd Fighter Squadron fighter pilot, greets Casey O’neal,…

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