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Airmen reach terminal velocity

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Parachute Team for their accomplishments during service. Terminal velocity is…

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Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child recognizes the role children play in the Armed Forces community. Every day, military members are being deployed to…

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Ruck march honors fallen

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS March of the Fallen participants hike a trail Saturday in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. The MOTF is a 4.5-mile rucksack march dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Airmen and local community members came together Saturday…

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Arizona entrepreneurs learn benefits of hiring vets

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Master Sgt. Stephen Hunter, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal program manager, helps Jack Weiner, Arizona Chapter Entrepreneurs Organization member and business owner, don a bomb suit March 27 during the Entrepreneurs Organization tour at Luke Air Force Base. Ten Arizona Chapter Entrepreneur Organization members held their annual retreat March…

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Scottsdale SWAT train with Reserve medics

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Tactical Combat Casualty Care students provide treatment to simulated wounded patients during a field training exercise at the Luke Auxiliary Field. The class was taught by the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron to Luke reservists and members of the Scottsdale Fire Department and SWAT Team. The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron recently conducted Tactical…


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Open house to reunite Tuskegee Airmen, P-51

Posted  March 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Tuskegee Airmen from the 332nd Fighter Group pose beneath a P-51 Mustang at Ramitelli, Italy. Original members of the Tuskegee Airmen and the P-51 will be at the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show March 15 and 16 at Luke Air Force Base. FROM LEFT: Lts. Dempsey Morgran, Carroll Woods…

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‘Lightning in the Desert’ Tips, info help guests make most of open house experience

Posted  March 7, 2014

More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the “Lightning in the Desert” Air Show and Open House March 15 and 16. The event is open to the public and admission is free. It is two days of nonstop entertainment, but a few tips can help make the experience more pleasurable for guests. Traffic in…

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Drawdowns make communication vital

Posted  March 7, 2014

In 1991, I departed Saudi Arabia post Operation Desert Storm. At the time I couldn’t imagine the day I would return to King Abdul Aziz Airport in Dhahran, also known as the “Kingdom,” but 23 years later I have returned. From the control tower here, I could look out over the massive equipment yards all…

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Find answer, don’t pass buck

Posted  March 7, 2014

What do you do when your subordinate asks you a challenging question? The question could be about anything such as career progression advice, educational advancement, family emergencies or Air Force instruction clarification. How do you respond to your subordinate? Do you quickly pass the buck and refer him to the group superintendent, first sergeant, or…

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EFMP helps special needs military families

Posted  March 7, 2014

Life in the military can be stressful for active-duty personnel and their families. With change-of-duty stations and times of separation, this can be especially challenging for service members with dependents who have special needs. To make the move from one base to another smooth, the Exceptional Family Member Program is available to assist military families…

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News Briefs March 7, 2014

Posted  March 7, 2014

FOD walk A mandatory foreign object debris walk is at 7 a.m. March 17. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Larry Isaac, 56th Fighter Wing FOD Prevention NCO in charge, at 623-856-6767. Hangar party A pre-airshow hangar party for service members, their families and honorary commanders is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Hangar 999. Events…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  March 7, 2014

Staff Sgt. John Squire 56th Medical Operations Squadron Mental health technician Hometown: Augusta, Ga. Years in service: 10 Education: Two Community College of the Air Force degrees; tactical aircraft maintenance and mental health services Previous assignments: Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and Kunsan Air Base, South Korea Inspirations: My mother completed 20 years in the…

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Chaplain’s passion to serve helps Airmen, families

Posted  March 7, 2014

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Brandon Kenyon, 56th Fighter Wing chaplain assistant and Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns, 56th FW deputy chaplain, pose Tuesday in front of the Luke Community Chapel. Chaplain Barns leads the base chapel worship services and is actively involved in the chapel ministries programs. The Luke Air Force Base community chapel sits on…

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Base prepares for inspection

Posted  March 7, 2014

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer A service member logs off his computer Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. Logging off your computer at the end of the day and leaving it powered on allows the 56th Communications Squadron Airmen to make updates that are vital to ensuring a healthy network and ultimately a passing score during…

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Renaissance festival holds something for everyone

Posted  March 7, 2014

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Adam “Crack” Winrich blows on his fire whip during the Adam Crack whip show at the Arizona Renaissance Festival in Apache Junction. Winrich holds nine Guinness world records to include the longest whip ever cracked (216 feet long) and the most two-handed whip cracks in a minute (420). Hear ye, hear ye!…

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