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Airmen share glimpse of future with students

Luke Air Force Base Airmen volunteered at Esperanza Elementary School career day to talk about their jobs in the Air Force.

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Police Week remembers fallen

Defenders from the 56th Security Forces Squadron participated in a nationwide event to remember police officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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U.S. Paralympics team trains on Luke turf

Luke Air Force Base Fitness Center opened its doors to more than 14 U.S. Paralympic competitors May 12 through 15 to prepare for the Desert Challenge Games that took place May 17 at Arizona State University in Tempe.

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F-35 pilot training underway

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Travis Byrom, Lockheed Martin instructor pilot, briefs students in the first F-35 Lightning II training course before the start of class May 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The students are Lt. Col. Sean Holahan, and Maj. Eric Puels, former F-16 Fighting Falcon instructors, Capt. Michael Hobson and Capt. Kyle Babbitt, former…

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Wild Weasels reunite

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The Wild Weasels gather for a group photo during their reunion May 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The Wild Weasels were formed during the early days of the Vietnam War. Their mission was to seek out and engage surface-to-air missile sites. Luke Air Force Base hosted the 81st Fighter Squadron Wild…


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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  April 24, 2015

Mercy and a Romanian MP Last year while deployed to a NATO base in Afghanistan, a Romanian military police officer stopped my chaplain assistant and me for passing a bus that had pulled off the road. He came to the window and said, “You can’t overtake bus. ID and vehicle papers, please.” Since I was…

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Fly Over: ‘R.I.P.D.’ and ‘Dark Souls II’

Posted  April 24, 2015

On Netflix ‘R.I.P.D.’ R.I.P.D. stars Ryan Reynolds (Det. Sgt. Nick Walker), Kevin Bacon (Det. Lt. Bobby Hayes), Jeff Bridges (Roycephus “Roy” Pulsipher), Stephanie Szostak (Julia) and Mary-Louise Parker (R.I.P.D. Chief Mildred Proctor). Set in Boston, this movie features Nick and Bobby, two detectives who discover shards of gold during a drug raid and choose to…

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A new ‘Wolf’ … Col. Jeremy Sloane

Posted  April 24, 2015

An Air Force Academy cadet’s dream came true after graduation and earning his wings in 1996. The next stop was Luke Air Force Base where he successfully completed his F-16 Fighting Falcon Initial Qualification Course in 1997.

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F-35 program ‘on right track,’ director says

Posted  April 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Despite numerous setbacks, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is on track to meet aircraft delivery deadlines, the program’s executive officer told a House Armed Services Committee panel April 14. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan updated members of the committee’s tactical air and land forces subcommittee on the F-35 program as part…

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Street Beat

Posted  April 24, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 13 through 19: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 15: Security forces responded to a warrant’s hit on a nonmilitary-affiliated civilian near the commissary parking lot for failure to appear on possession of marijuana by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s…

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Sports Shorts – April 24, 2014

Posted  April 24, 2015

CMS defeats SFS, advances to finals Savier Hernandez-Beltre, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron teammate, catches the ball April 13 during an intramural football game against the 56th Operations Support Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. CMS won 31-20, advancing them to the next round to play 56th Security Forces Squadron the same day. Story and photo…

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Airmen reach terminal velocity

Posted  April 17, 2015

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Parachute Team for their accomplishments during service. Terminal velocity is…

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Planning for your future equals success

Posted  April 17, 2015

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” ~ William Arthur Ward Success does not happen accidentally, it takes detailed planning and a vision of the future. I remember the day before I left for basic military training, I tried to imagine what my future…

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Tuition assistance — a great benefit

Posted  April 17, 2015

In my opinion, tuition assistance is one of the best benefits that we as active-duty military members have available. During my 17 years in the Air Force, I have seen this benefit increase from 75 percent of tuition being paid to 100 percent. Additionally, most of us experienced this benefit being eliminated for a short…

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Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Posted  April 17, 2015

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child recognizes the role children play in the Armed Forces community. Every day, military members are being deployed to…

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