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Lightning over Luke …

The F-35 Lightning II isn’t the only lightning striking over Luke Air Force Base. This strike, about five miles west of the Luke flightline, was captured on camera at 1:12 a.m. Aug. 12 at the jet engine test cell.

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Commandant challenges students to be best

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Master Sgt. Sheris Poisson, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School commandant, briefs students Aug. 12 about the active-shooter exercise Aug. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Poisson asked the Airmen about proper procedures in response to an active shooter to help prepare them for both the exercise and real world…

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Airman gives civilian second chance at life

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Staff Sgt. David Patton, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron support section floor chief, repairs a tool box Aug. 6 on Luke Air Force Base. Patton administered life-saving CPR to Robert Clark and received an award from Mayor Sharon Wolcott of Surprise and the Surprise Fire and Paramedic Departments. It was just another night…

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Engraving, framing gets crafty at Luke

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Kimberly Caley, 56th Force Support Squadron Arts and Crafts operations manager, designs a shadow box display Aug. 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The Arts and Crafts shop is available to take care of the needs of all squadrons pertaining to going away gifts, awards, custom framing, wood work and engravings. Throughout…

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This week in history

The WASPs helped America win World War II by freeing men to fly in combat. Now that women fill all roles in our military, it is hard to imagine that time when the nation only allowed men to fight. Because of that attitude, the WASP had a rocky start and an abrupt end.


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Airmen take flight … Free fall into adventure

Posted  August 30, 2013

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Yadira Chaidez, 56th MDOS aerospace medical technician, performs a tandem skydive with an instructor. Imagine boarding an aircraft and exiting midflight. The plane climbs and levels out at 13,000 feet for passengers to embark on a journey. Twelve Luke Airmen took to the skies Aug. 17 to participate in a…

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‘On the Road’

Posted  August 30, 2013

Few books have meant as much to me as “On the Road,” Jack Kerouac’s sensational novel about his friendships and adventures in late 1940s America. I was 19 when I read it the first time, and it deeply resonated with me as it has for so many other readers over the past half century since…

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‘Short Term 12’

Posted  August 30, 2013

Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Short Term 12” is a simple film – short, concise and gut-wrenchingly real. At roughly an hour and half long, you find yourself completely engrossed in the nocuous youth led by Grace (Brie Larson) and the rest of the 20-something staff members at a short-term foster-care facility – hence the title. Grace,…

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Go north to discover Bearizona

Posted  August 30, 2013

The American burro is just one of many animals found at the Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams. Bearizona features a wide variety of North American animals. Visitors can experience a scenic three-mile drive in their own vehicle and observe animals in a natural environment. A black bear cub shakes its fur after jumping into a…

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Duck pilots share stories with WWII vet

Posted  August 23, 2013

Courtesy photo 1st Lts. Brian Herring and Joshua Rosecrans, 309th Fighter Squadron student pilots, pose for a photo with Albert Winston, World War II pilot, Aug. 3 at his home in Peoria. The pilots visited and shared stories with Winston in celebration of his 90th birthday. It was a day to remember for Albert Winston,…

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What’s in a name? Power, pride, identity

Posted  August 23, 2013

Was Shakespeare mistaken when he wrote the above words for Juliet to speak? Studies have shown there is preference in a name. Attractive or popular names affect our attitudes and expectations about their owners. It may also lead to high self-esteem and high self-esteem yields achievement motivation. People can be partial to their alma mater,…

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Fitness Air Force way of life – live it!

Posted  August 23, 2013

Physical fitness has become a huge part of the Air Force way of life. The Air Force has taken it so seriously that four failed fitness assessments in a 24-month period will force the commander to recommend discharge or retention of an Airman. It has become increasingly difficult to retain an Airman who continues to…

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Bartenders get bystander intervention training

Posted  August 23, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Mibong Dewhurst, left, Club Five Six bartender, observes three role players acting out a sexual harassment scenario Aug. 14 at Club Five Six. The bartenders at Club Five Six received bystander intervention training in an effort to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen from the 56th…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 23, 2013

Senior Airman Jeanette Backhaus 56th Medical Support Squadron Medical Laboratory Journeyman Hometown: Las Vegas Years in service: Three Family: Husband, Dustin and daughter, Sasha Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: Jane Goodall Goals: Obtain a medical laboratory technician certification; become an officer Greatest feat: Scoring 92.3 on the physical training…

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Med group rewards physical fitness

Posted  August 23, 2013

Just as other groups on Luke Air Force Base have their own competitions, like the Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Month award, the 56th Medical Group has created a Commander’s Cup to help raise fitness awareness amongst its Airmen. The trophy and title of “Most Fit Corps,” is given to the team from the 56th…

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