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Eglin crew chiefs advance with F-35

As the Air Force continues to develop their newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, the 33rd Fighter Wing ensures the airmen tasked with taking care of it receive the training they need to advance with it. Crew chiefs who have worked alongside the F-35 since its production, have transformed into a new breed of…

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Luke Airman survives three wars, plane crash

“I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy used to transport supplies, so I figured I might as well sink it. I…

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NASCAR honors Airmen at PIR

Forty-three race cars, 200 laps and only one driver to win it all. Fast cars and intense action are not all NASCAR is known for. It’s also known for recognizing throughout the NASCAR season those who serve in the military. The program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members of…

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Family advocacy, Glendale PD co-op earns honors

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Military University presented a certificate of honor Oct. 25 in Chicago to the Glendale Police Department and Luke Air Force Base Family Advocacy Center for joint efforts in providing support for victims of domestic abuse. The award, which was accepted by the Glendale police and…

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Hill AFB maintainers gain experience at Luke

Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, finished advanced training on maintenance procedures for the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The Hill Airmen are part of a continuous cycle of maintainers being sent to Luke from Hill in order to develop their skills in two phases of training, first under…

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EMS defeats CES

Posted  October 29, 2015

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron and the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron intramural football teams stepped on the field Oct. 19 to do battle at Luke Air Force Base. EMS defeated CES 27-14. The EMS team came into the game with a fast pace and were the first to score. EMS continued their dominance by scoring…

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Ladies push, shove to dominate in crud

Posted  October 29, 2015

The time-honored tradition of the annual ladies’ crud tournament occurred Oct. 16 at the Old Officer’s Club at Luke Air Force Base. Women from around Luke, mostly officers’ wives and female Airmen, met to clash against each other in teams fashioned from those with a Luke association, some dressed in costumes, donning playful call signs…

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IN BRIEF October 30, 2015

Posted  October 29, 2015

Thanksgiving Day dinner The Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility will host Thanksgiving Day lunch 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner 4 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 26 in Bldg. 545. A traditional menu will be served. There is no charge to meal card holders. Active-duty members, retirees and their dependents are welcome and pay…

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F-35A enters Edwards’ BAF for first time

Posted  November 25, 2015

An F-35A Lightning II entered the Benefield Anechoic Facility at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for the first time Sept. 14. The aircraft is undergoing Electromagnetic Environmental Effects testing, called E3 or “Triple E” by the team. “What that means is we’re testing the different electronic components on the jet and making sure they don’t…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … November 20, 2015

Posted  November 19, 2015

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” ~ Aesop As the father of three I love telling Aesop’s Fables to my children. One such story is the simple yarn entitled “The Dog and His Reflection.” The story goes that a dog with a bone in his mouth was crossing a bridge. When he looked into…

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