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Luke ‘deploys’ youngest Airmen

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Gabriel Gutierrez, age 5, son of Staff Sgt. Arlene Gutierrez, 56th Security Forces Squadron, gives high fives as he goes through the welcome home line during Operation KIDS Saturday at Luke Air Forces Base. Veterans of Foreign Wars, United Service Organization and members of the community greeted the children when they returned…

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CES inspects base infrastructure

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Staff Sgt. Steven Stein, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical subject matter expert, points out a damaged water heater Oct. 24 to Senior Airman Sandham Challis, 56th CES structural subject matter expert, in Bldg. 700 during a building inspection at Luke Air Force Base. The heater is more than 20 years old…

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Airman changes lanes in life

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Kelton Rall Those who have had a hard life often say it is hard to overcome the past. “It’s almost like climbing out of a dark hole – one mistake and you fall deeper into the abyss,” said Airman 1st Class Kelton Rall, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron intrapersonal protective equipment…

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Present arms!

Daniel “Nanoo” Mayer, pilot for a day, salutes in front of an F-16 Fighting Falcon Oct. 24 at the 310th Fighter Squadron. The pilot for a day program focuses on children who have serious or chronic conditions and invites them to be a part of a flying squadron for a day. Mayer was diagnosed with…

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New Luke unit to stand up in Oregon

Courtesy photo An F-15 Eagle flies over the 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field, Oregon Air National Guard. In an effort to meet Air Force demands for F-15C Eagle pilots, a new Luke Air Force Base detachment will stand up at the 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field, Oregon Air National Guard. The 56th Operations Group Detachment…


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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  October 25, 2013

Airman 1st Class Victoria Edge 56th Maintenance Group Knowledge operations manager Hometown: DeLand, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Mikel, husband Inspirations: My grandfather and Dan Troxell, both very hard working, honest men Goals: Be the best person I can be and at what I do Famous last words: “There is always something for which…

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56th MDG Airmen honored at gala

Posted  October 25, 2013

Courtesy photos FROM LEFT: Marian Budnik, Col. Carol Andrews and Michelle Hoyt, 56th Medical Group nurses, were among the finalists last month at the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter 10th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards Gala. This year’s theme, Celebrate the Caring Spirit, paid tribute to nurses throughout Arizona who have delivered the highest…

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MXG recognizes best-of-best, quarterly award winners

Posted  October 25, 2013

The following individuals are best-of-the-best: Load crew Staff Sgt. Matthew Popp, Senior Airmen Ken Yoshimoto and Airman 1st Class Meiling Keiki, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Maintenance professional Airman: Senior Airman Dalton McNealy, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO: Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cooper, 56th AMXS Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Matthew Grissom, 56th EMS Maintenance support professional Airman:…

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From Airmen to restaurateurs

Posted  October 25, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Preston and Donovan Walden, Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill co-owners, stand in front of the restaurant Oct. 11 at the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale. The brothers are prior active-duty Airmen. They offer military personnel a 15 percent discount on food and beverages. It was an opportunity of a lifetime for Donovan…

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Costumes make this a true: Fun Run

Posted  October 25, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Thunderbolts participated in the Ghostly Ghoul 5k Fun Run Oct. 11 at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen were encouraged to don their Halloween best during the run. Prizes were given for both the fastest runners and the best costumes. The Turkey Trot 5k fun run is Nov. 22. Photos by Senior…

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Air Force News – October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

EPME course return policy explained The Air Force is giving three options to Airmen who were sent back to their home station while in the process of completing their respective Enlisted Professional Military Education course, as a result of the government shutdown. For the 900 affected Airmen who were attending Airman Leadership School or Noncommissioned Officer…

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People First – October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AF implements…

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This week in history

Posted  October 25, 2013

The 56th Range Management Office stood up at Luke Air Force Base as a wing staff agency 20 years ago this week.

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Preventing domestic violence up to all

Posted  October 25, 2013

In 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence observed the first “Day of Unity” to promote the connection of battered women with advocates across the country working toward ending violence against women and children. It was from this event that the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved in October 1987. This month we observe Domestic…

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Airmen serve to honor fallen

Posted  October 25, 2013

It’s silent except for the clicks resonating from the shoes of six honor guardsmen coming toward the funeral party. In unison they stop, come to attention and march forward to begin the honors for a fallen serviceman.

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