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2015 NFL Pro Bowl players practice at Luke

Senior Airman Grace Lee Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos cornerback, assigned to Team Carter, signs footballs for fans at Luke. NFL Pro Bowl players came to the Luke Air Force Base football field Jan. 21 to practice and sign autographs for service members and their families. Since 1938, the Pro Bowl has been an NFL tradition…

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Luke 1 takes last Viper ride

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, returns from his last flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 23 at Luke Air Force Base. Pleus’ last flight symbolizes Luke stepping forward with a new mission — training the world’s greatest F-35 fighter pilots. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander,…

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61st AMU assigns first F-35 dedicated crew chiefs

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Members of the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs prepare to recite the Mechanic’s Creed during the recognition ceremony Jan. 23 in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force Base. Seventeen dedicated crew chiefs were each assigned an F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. Even though being a crew chief may not…

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Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his…

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Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, 56th SFS MWD, pose for a photo in Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. Chrach was recently awarded the 12th Annual Animal Hero Award from the Arizona Friends of Animals Organization for his service to the community and deployment to…


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Become a VITA Volunteer

Posted  December 12, 2014

Courtesy photo Volunteers Are Needed for the Upcoming Tax Season. No prior tax experience required and FREE training is provided. Luke Air Force Base is looking for volunteers to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program during the 2015 tax season (late January to April 15). Volunteers will assist individuals and families in preparing tax…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  December 12, 2014

What’s your net worth? That’s a very American question, a very western question. It conveys the idea that one’s value is determined by the bottom line. We play a silly game in our culture that goes like this. We ask the question, “What would we be worth if we cashed it all out, sold the…

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Fly Over: ‘Republic Ramen + Noodles’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′

Posted  December 12, 2014

Dining out: ‘Republic Ramen + Noodles’ One of my past editors once told me a good writer worth his salt can write a story about a ham sandwich and people will want to read it. So my question is: how does one write a good story about a bowl of soup? There are several places…

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Cookies on the move

Posted  December 12, 2014

Lisa Sloane, left, wife of Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, instructs volunteers on how to package cookies during the cookie drive Dec. 4. The cookie drive is held in early December to bring a little hominess to Airmen living in the dorms since not everyone can go home for the holidays.  …

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Justice Report

Posted  December 12, 2014

The following is a list of Article 15s issued at Luke Air Force Base for October and November. 56th Maintenance Group • A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for wrongful use of a controlled substance. The member received a reduction to the rank of senior airman, forfeiture of $1,213 pay per month for two…

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Sports Shorts – December 12, 2014

Posted  December 12, 2014

Luke Winter Games brings out fight Senior Airman Devante Williams Jessica Keller, 56th Security Forces Military Working Dog handler, motivates her team during a tug-o-war Monday at Luke Air Force Base during the Luke Winter Games. The games featured units on base vying for the commander’s cup, which will be awarded Dec. 19 immediately following…

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LRS adds white R-11 refueling truck to fleet

Posted  December 5, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Senior Airman Jacob Hartman, 56th Logistic Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, checks out the newly painted R-11 refueling truck at the LRS vehicle yard. After receiving waiver approval from the Air Education and Training Command, the 56th LRS had the truck painted white to keep the fuel inside from overheating. The…

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Standards of conduct guided by integrity

Posted  December 5, 2014

When it comes to conducting business with the federal government, there is an implicit amount of trust that contracting professionals must preserve. Transactions relating to the expenditure of public funds require the highest degree of public trust and an impeccable standard of conduct. Contracting professionals are not the only ones who are involved in the…

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More to leading than meets eye

Posted  December 5, 2014

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we think about leadership? Is it the seniority of an individual or the the number of stripes on the sleeve? Or could it be their personal ability to transform another’s vision into reality? Leadership is much more than what meets the eye. A simple word such…

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New house on the block

Posted  December 5, 2014

Senior Airman Devante Williams The new 62nd Fighter Squadron is under construction at Luke Air Force Base. This will be the second fighter squadron to house F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter pilots. Luke AFB will eventually have six squadrons and 144 F-35A jets. Building construction is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of…

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