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Newly renovated Community Commons gets its ribbon cutting

Col. David Shoemaker, 56th Fighter Wing vide commander at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., was joined by Arizona Cardinals football players and cheerleaders to cut the ribbon for the Community Commons at building 700 Oct. 25, 2016, in celebration of its grand opening.

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Lightning I pilot meets Lightning II, shares stories

Retired Maj. Earl Conrad Jr., a World War II fighter pilot who flew the original P-38 Lightning, visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 3, 2016, to get a glimpse of the F-35 Lightning II, the namesake of the legendary fighter aircraft which dominated the skies over the Pacific during his time in service.

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Young thunderbolts learn about deployments

The 56th Force Support Squadron’s staff held its biannual mock deployment event at the Ability to Survive and Operate area Oct. 15 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Building Partnerships

Airmen from the 944th Civil Engineering Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., helped strengthen the relationship between the Department of Defense and a Navaho community in Gallup, N.M., recently.

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Luke honors those lost, captured in war

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony Sept. 16 in honor of prisoners of war and those missing in action preceded by a two-day vigil. The vigil began at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 with Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, 56th…

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Maintenance hiring flies over century mark

Posted  September 1, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The 944th Fighter Wing Detachment 1 recently surpassed the century mark, by having well over 100 members assigned to the unit, which is a landmark piece to their development. As part of the Air Force Reserve 944th FW at Luke Air Force Base, Det. 1 stood up as a…

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People First

Posted  September 1, 2016

Bioenvironmental engineers from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, recently partnered with the Georgia Department of Public Health to partake in the Defense Department initiative to combat the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. Kathleen Schmidt, the Georgia DPH vector surveillance coordinator, along with the Dobbins Air Reserve Base engineers, laid traps at the base’s firing…

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Triathletes cover Luke territory

Posted  September 1, 2016

The 56th Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation Center held the 2016 Luke Air Force Base Fall Triathlon a little early this year, but it had the desired effect. More than 60 athletes participated individually or on one of six teams. They came from across base, and included some family members, to put themselves through the…

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Health & Safety

Immunizations protect stages of life

Posted  September 1, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Immunization typically starts at birth, but the protection they provide lasts a lifetime. At 2-months old, infants begin receiving a series of six primary immunizations that protect against disease. These diseases can spread in a variety of ways. Flu and other diseases spread through the air or on surfaces….

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Posted  September 1, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 1 through 28 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 25 moving violations and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 3: Security forces identified a nonaffiliated civilian attempting to enter the installation with an odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle….

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