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First female F-35 pilot begins training

Posted May 15, 2015 by af.mil

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Christine Mau, the 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, puts on her helmet before taking her first flight in the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter May 5 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Mau, who previously flew F-15E Strike Eagles, made history as the first female F-35 pilot in the program….

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May 11-15: National Police Week Recognizes law enforcers who paid it all

Posted May 8, 2015 by 56th SFS

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls on as National Police Week. The memorial service began in 1982 at Senate Park in Washington D.C., with a gathering of about 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. There are more than 20,000 officer’s names…

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Engines rev with Glendale PD

Posted May 8, 2015 by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Lt. Brian France, Glendale Police Department special operations traffic unit, instructs a rider on proper maneuver safety April 24 at Luke Air Force Base. Glendale PD came to Luke to teach motorcycle safety and will potentially hold another class this fall. The Glendale Police Department visited Luke Air Force Base April 24…

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Know your re-employment rights

Posted March 27, 2015 by 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office

Did you know that you may be eligible to return to the civilian job you held prior to military service? The Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act protects civilian job rights and benefits for veterans and members of Reserve components. This law requires your previous employer to rehire you if four conditions are met:…

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Save on tax prep fees at Luke tax center

Posted February 20, 2015 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Mariah Langeland, 56th Security Forces Squadron member and tax center volunteer, helps retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Norman Afdahl and his wife, Eileen Afdahl, file their taxes Feb. 10 in the tax center at Luke Air Force Base. The tax center has provided free tax filing services to service members…

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National driver license compact connects dots of poor driving

Posted November 21, 2014 by Courtesy of the 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office

As military and Defense Department employees, we travel throughout the United States whether we’re changing stations, going on temporary duty or taking a vacation. In many cases, we are unaware of the impact of out-of-state driving violations and convictions on our Arizona or home state driver’s license. There are some facts for which we all…

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February is Black History Month

Posted February 28, 2014 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

CDC children learn about civil rights Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, reads to children Feb. 19 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center in recognition of Black History Month. Throughout February the CDC invited guest readers to read books highlighting civil rights.

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In the news…

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Clock ticks on authority for Guantanamo detention The fate of 164 suspected terrorists who have lived for years in legal limbo at Guantanamo Bay may hinge on a law that could expire if U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014. President Barack Obama has long promised to close the detention camp at a U.S. Navy…

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Attitude key to overcoming adversity

Posted September 13, 2013 by Master Sgt. JOSHUA POTTS

Senior Airman David Owsianka John Acosta, 56th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center sports director, speaks with referees about intramural basketball rules during halftime of a game Monday at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center gym. Imagine you’re a 36-year-old technical sergeant at the top of your game in aircraft maintenance. The year is…

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Know home-buying basics before becoming owner

Posted September 6, 2013 by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

There comes a time when one may want to look at purchasing instead of renting a home and if done smartly, the advantages of owning a home can be greater than renting. “Given a long enough time line, a good home can be an appreciating asset,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and…

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