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Emerald Knights go out with bang

Engulfing a 100-year old piano in flames would normally be frowned upon, but on this day Airmen encouraged pilots to set it ablaze.

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here.

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Hecker assumes command of 19th Air Force

Maj. Gen. James Hecker assumed command of 19th Air Force in a ceremony here June 23.Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command who presided over the ceremony, spoke to the importance of the 19th Air Force and the opportunity that awaits Hecker.

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CDC mission includes playtime

Placing a child in the arms and care of a stranger can be a terrifying experience for a first-time parent, but with the help of the staff at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center, the transition from mom to CDC becomes one of trust and appreciation.

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Finding perfect shape takes out-of-box look

Weight gain has been a constant struggle for me since I was 12 years old. If I could count how many times I yo-yo dieted and how many pounds I’ve lost over the years, it would probably be more than 100.


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People First – May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 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 relates…

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‘Children’s Museum of Phoenix’ Act like a kid

Posted  May 16, 2014

I’m not really one for the artsy crafty museums of the big cities, so when my wife told me she wanted to go to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, I was not excited. But there was a redeeming thought, “Since it’s a children’s museum, it can’t be too boring.”

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Exchange Patriot Family Pet Contest is cat’s meow

Posted  May 16, 2014

A bird in the hand may be worth two in the bush, but the latest Luke Air Force Base Exchange Patriot Family Pet Contest is focused on all manner of furry and feathered friends. The exchange will reward $250 in gift cards to four lucky pet owners. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday shoppers…

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This week in history

Posted  May 16, 2014

Courtesy photo An F-15 Eagle Talon sits on the Luke Air Force Base flightline in 1988. 550th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron and LANTIRN Two related events occurred at Luke Air Force Base 25 years ago this week. The 550th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron received its first McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft on May 15,…

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Luke hosts training for paralympians

Posted  May 16, 2014

The Desert Challenge Disabled Sports Games for 2014 took place May 10 at Red Mountain High School in Mesa. Disabled veterans and active-duty service members competed this weekend to qualify in their respective events.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  May 16, 2014

Leaving the military for civilian life can sometimes deal a financial blow to the unprepared. If you’ve contributed to the Thrift Savings Plan, cashing out early – before age 59 1/2 – won’t just rob you of the money you’ll need for retirement. You will also have to pay taxes on the withdrawals, and typically…

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Justice Report

Posted  May 16, 2014

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base for April: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • An airman received an Article 15 for damaging government property valued at more than $500. The member received forfeiture of $250 pay per month for two months, 14 days restriction and a reprimand….

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Street Beat

Posted  May 16, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 6 through 11: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 8: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the Bldg. 1113 parking lot. There were no injuries. Nonemergency responses May 7: Security…

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Fly Over: ‘American Horror Story – Season One’, and ‘Childish Gambino presents: Because the Internet’

Posted  May 16, 2014

On FX and Netflix: American Horror Story – Season One American Horror Story, created by Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, is considered an anthology series featured on the FX channel. The series features Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe and Zachary Quinto, just to name a few. As the series expands beyond the first season,…

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Are you ready for Arizona’s Summer Heat?

Posted  May 16, 2014

Heat killed 139 people in Arizona in 2013. The best way to reduce that number is to be prepared. A new report, “The Trend in Morbidity and Mortality from Exposure to Excessive Natural Heat in Arizona,” shows heat is linked to an average of 118 deaths every year since 2000. It also shows that men…

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