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56th FW has new mission

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, left, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Charles Lilly, right, lithograph artist, present the new 56th Fighter Wing lithograph May 21 during the 56th FW change of mission ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. The change is historical for Luke as the wing’s mission statement last changed 25…

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A mother’s right …

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Marcy Copeland, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, closes a curtain to the nursing room May 13 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center on Luke Air Force Base. The CDC offers a nursing room for mothers who choose to breast-feed during work hours. Becoming a new…

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Snakes on trains, planes, automobiles? Not likely

Courtesy photo of the U.S. Geological Survey The DeSchauensee anaconda pictured here is listed as injurious wildlife under federal law. Did you know that the reticulated python, the green anaconda, the DeSchauensee anaconda and the Beni anaconda are the most recent reptiles to be listed as injurious wildlife under federal law? So what does this…

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Thunderbolts venture to El Salvador

Airman PEDRO MOTA Medical technicians from the 56th Medical Support Squadron gather personal gear May 22 outside the 56th Medical Group building at Luke Air Force Base as they prepare to leave on a 15-day humanitarian mission to El Salvador. A team of Luke Air Force Base Airmen departed May 22 on a training mission…

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“Look up, Show up, Follow-up:” Design for resilience

Courtesy photo TEAM Luke resilience training assistants and master resilience trainers pose for a photo at Luke Air Force Base. There are 146 RTAs at Luke and 12 MRTs. None of us is as smart as all of us. After all, TEAM means Together Everyone Achieves More. Very rarely does one person achieve a goal…


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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  May 9, 2014

Courtesy photo Stevie Wonder “Mama was my greatest teacher: a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness.” ~ Stevie Wonder Friendly reminder … Mother’s Day is in two days. What are the greatest lessons in life your mother taught you? What are those life-defining moments when you realize what mom was telling you all along was…

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Fly Over: ‘Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon’, and ‘Wheel of Time’ Series’

Posted  May 9, 2014

On Netflix: Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon As a child I remember being excited whenever my mom turned on the car radio, and I would fight with my brother about who would sing the next song. I grew up listening to rhythm and blues with a little soul, commonly known as R&B. While…

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Street Beat

Posted  May 9, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 29 through May 5: Tickets Security forces issued citations for six moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 1: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government-owned vehicle vs. a fixed object in the Bldg. 1100 parking lot. There…

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Fifth generation takes flight

Posted  May 9, 2014

Senior Airman Paul Swanson, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, marshals in an F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to Luke Air Force Base Tuesday after one of its first sorties.   Maj. John Wilson, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, climbs out of the F-35 after its second day of sorties.

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Sports Shorts – May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 2014

Isaiah Dorantes, 9, son of Tech. Sgt. Francisco Dorantes, 56th Medical Support Squadron biomedical equipment NCO in charge, hits a ball off a tee April 30 during the MLB pitch, hit and run event at Luke Air Force Base. Youth compete in MLB pitch, hit, run Story and photos by Airman First Class CORY GOSSETT, 56th Fighter…

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Combat dining-in: Airmen let hair down

Posted  May 2, 2014

FROM LEFT: Tom Harris, Arizona Diamondbacks executive vice president and 56th Fighter Wing honorary commander; Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th FW commander; Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th FW vice commander; Col. Robert Whitehouse, 944th Fighter Wing vice commander; and Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th FW command chief, greet attendees April 26 after making a grand…

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Australian air force makes home at Luke

Posted  May 2, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Maj. Nathan Draper, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit participant maintenance liaison officer, poses April 22 in front of the 61st AMU. Draper is the first Royal Australian air force officer to arrive at Luke Air Force Base. The buildup of F-35 operations at Luke Air Force Base has begun, and the Royal…

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Winning ways, culture lead to victory

Posted  May 2, 2014

After several years of being unable to put the right pieces together, the Boston Red Sox figured it out. They developed a system, a strategy and a culture that led them back to victory. A shared vision between owner, general manager and manager resulted in the execution of their strategy and a new winning culture….

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Respect: Give it, get it

Posted  May 2, 2014

In preparation for this article, the one thing that kept coming to mind was respect. We all hold a key position in the military where respect plays a huge part in our daily interaction. Unfortunately, I’m sure you have all encountered a lack thereof at some point in your career. Respect is a feeling or…

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BAH recertification happening now

Posted  May 2, 2014

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Senior Master Sgt. Robert Towler, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Armament Flight chief, helps his daughter, Rihanna, 5, learn to ride a bicycle April 29 behind his house at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen receiving with-dependent rate BAH are required to recertify by December. An Air Force-wide basic allowance for housing recertification…

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