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Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, prepares Wednesday for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training sortie at Luke Air Force Base with Senior Airman Patrick Murphy, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first…

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Club Beyond: Where friends, fun, faith connect

Courtesy photo Charles and Joe compete to see who can attach the most clothespins to their faces Dec. 1, 2014, at Club Five Six. Club Beyond has more than 100 trained staff and hundreds of volunteers at over 40 locations worldwide. Teenagers face many difficult issues today such as online bullying, educational stress, sexual pressures,…

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AFAF campaign: Committed to caring

Courtesy photo Air Force senior leaders review Air Force Assistance Fund affiliate web sites in preparation for the 2015 AFAF drive at the Pentagon. Seated are Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III, and standing from the left are Air Force Vice Chief of…

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56th Fighter Group longest mission

Courtesy photo Maj. James Carter, 61st Fighter Squadron commander Seventy years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Group and many others in Eighth Air Force flew over Berlin. Previously, the Allies sporadically targeted Berlin, the capital of the Third Reich. On the ground, the Allies were about to cross the Rhine River. Crossing the Rhine…

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Qualification training

Staff Sgt. Rakim Redd, 607th Air Control Squadron instructor, instructs Senior Airman Rachel Mach, 607th ACS interface control technician, on how to set up a datalink March 10 during 607th ACS initial qualification training at Luke Air Force Base. The 607th ACS operates and maintains radar and communications to train highly-qualified weapons directors and surveillance…


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BHM committee holds essay contest

Posted  February 21, 2014

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Ella May Valdez and Melanie Ralston, students at Thompson Ranch Elementary School, receive certificates for winning the Luke Air Force Base Black History Month Committee essay contest. The certificates were presented Wednesday by Capt. Rasheed Wedlow, 56th Medical Group Resource Management Flight commander, Master Sgt. Shawanda Randolph, 56th MDG RMF chief, and…

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Teens learn signs of dating violence

Posted  February 21, 2014

February is the month in which relationships in general are celebrated. It’s also Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. The 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center has teamed up with the 56th Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy office to offer information for teens and parents on teen dating violence. They have put together events…

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Air Force News – February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

Azores Lajes Field was hit with a low pressure weather system Feb. 13, and strong winds caused damages to base facilities and military family housing. Gusts as high as 100 miles-per-hour were reported on Terceira, the mid-Atlantic Azorean Island where the 65th Air Base Wing is located. The 65th Operations Support Squadron weather flight recorded…

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People First – February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

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. SecAF has…

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This week in history

Posted  February 21, 2014

1944: Big Week – Operation Argument Seventy years ago this week, Lt. Gen. Carl Spaatz launched Big Week, or Operation Argument. Even with the Allied successes in 1943, the German Air Force was still a very lethal force. Allied air superiority was a local and transient condition. While the Allies had some long-range fighters, many…

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Youth discuss bullying

Posted  February 21, 2014

The Youth Center hosted the “Bullying is NOT Nice” event Feb. 7 during Funtastic Friday. It was an interactive group discussion with youth ages 6 to 12 on the subject of stopping bullying. Participants learned how to respond to bullying, how to ask for help and the importance of speaking up against bullying.

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Tooth decay common disease in children

Posted  February 21, 2014

At some point, most parents will experience having to say one of these common phrases to their children: “Don’t eat that; it’ll rot your teeth” or “You better eat that because it’s good for you.”

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Quitting smoking only way to go

Posted  February 21, 2014

Every morning started the same way. After coughing up phlegm from smoking the day prior, I’d brush my teeth, do my hair, put on my uniform and have a cigarette. And every time I did this, I’d ask myself why I did this and what was so wonderful about it. It wasn’t that it tasted…

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Marines train, become MCMAP instructors

Posted  February 21, 2014

Marines from across the country joined forces at Luke Air Force Base to complete a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructor course. The course began Feb. 3 and concluded Feb. 15 with 27 new MCMAP instructors.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 21, 2014

“Military Saves Week is Feb. 24 through March 1. Your financial fitness and personal readiness are critical aspects toward overall health and satisfaction. Learning good financial habits early in life strengthens the ability to capture opportunities in the future, such as financial freedom and security. Fewer than 50 percent of Americans say they have a…

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