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Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his…

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Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, 56th SFS MWD, pose for a photo in Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. Chrach was recently awarded the 12th Annual Animal Hero Award from the Arizona Friends of Animals Organization for his service to the community and deployment to…

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Civilian answers AF call, gets dream job

Courtesy Photo Senior Airman Kristina Inocencio, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron engineer technician, measures the distance from the tree to the building Jan. 15 during survey training at Luke Air Force Base. One of Inocencio’s career field tasks is to map out the entire base and update the maps. There are many reasons why people join…

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White Sands ‘Vipers’ – F-16 training thrives at Holloman

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Jerod Rick, 54th Fighter Group chief of standardization and evaluation, and 1st Lt. Taylor Roberts, 311th Fighter Squadron basic course student, prepare to taxi Nov. 13, 2014, in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Roberts became the first F-16 basic course student to get airborne in the…

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More to leading than meets eye

Posted  December 5, 2014

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we think about leadership? Is it the seniority of an individual or the the number of stripes on the sleeve? Or could it be their personal ability to transform another’s vision into reality? Leadership is much more than what meets the eye. A simple word such…

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New house on the block

Posted  December 5, 2014

Senior Airman Devante Williams The new 62nd Fighter Squadron is under construction at Luke Air Force Base. This will be the second fighter squadron to house F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter pilots. Luke AFB will eventually have six squadrons and 144 F-35A jets. Building construction is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of…

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My choice, my story, my pledge

Posted  December 5, 2014

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — As we prepare to kick-off this year’s Combined Federal Campaign, think about the local charities and the services they provide. Think of the families who use those services. My family was one of them. My father was diagnosed with cancer when I was in junior high school. As a…

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News Briefs December 5, 2014

Posted  December 5, 2014

Kachina Gate closure The Kachina Gate will be closed to inbound traffic Monday through Dec. 19 for gas valve repair. Outbound traffic will not be affected. For more information, call 623-856-7051. AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Club Five Six Barcelona Room….

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F-35 arrival ignites memories for retired fighter pilot

Posted  December 5, 2014

Courtesy photo Retired Col. Richard Toliver poses in front of an F-15 Strike Eagle while temporarily stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, in 1975. Toliver participated in the operational test and evaluation program at Luke Air Force Base from July 1974 to July 1975. F-15 pilot training began at Luke Air Force Base 40…

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Holidays change schedules around Luke

Posted  December 5, 2014

Holiday hours Commissary Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day Exchange Closed Christmas Day Luke holiday events Chapel 623-856-6211 Luke Air Force Base Community Chapel Thursday: Catholic Immaculate Conception Mass will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 11: Catholic Advent Penance service will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 20:…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  December 5, 2014

Time seems to fly this time of year. Thanksgiving is behind us, and the Christmas shopping season has begun. For Thanksgiving our family did some very ordinary things. We slept in a bit, watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV and consumed copious amounts of food. I’d like to tell you that our day…

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Chief serves beyond active-duty

Posted  December 5, 2014

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Retired Chief Master Sgt. John Burden stands with a 300-gallon centerline fuel tank Nov. 24 at 56th Component Maintenance Squadron on Luke Air Force Base. When he was a buck sergeant, Burden worked as a fuel systems apprentice in 1969 at Luke AFB. John Burden retired as a chief master sergeant more…

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Stay fit through season of celebrations

Posted  December 5, 2014

Tis the season for family get-togethers, office holiday parties and cookie drives. What do these events have in common? Food … lots of food. As people load their plates with cakes and pies, getting a good workout drops on the priority list. Why do people fall into this annual holiday trap? Aaron Anderson, 56th Medical…

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Air Force News – December 5, 2014

Posted  December 5, 2014

Texas San Antonio will soon be home to the largest outpatient ambulatory care center in the Defense Department: the new Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Italy Aviano Air Base’s Integral Men, a new spouse group tailored to husbands of active-duty service members, held their inaugural event Nov. 15. John Duarte,…

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