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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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Planning, scheduling core of MXG mission

Posted  February 28, 2014

It usually goes unnoticed when the heart is operating as intended, but let it skip a beat, and even the strongest will take note. Almost the same can be said for plans and scheduling. Overlooked by some, it is the heart of the 56th Maintenance Group.

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Air Force News – February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

California Travis Air Force Base firefighters responded with Vacaville firefighters in battling a blazing trailer and grass fire Feb. 18. Greece There was a two-week flying and training deployment designed to increase interoperability with the U.S. Air Force and the Hellenic air force Feb. 2 to 14. The mission provided the U.S. and Hellenic air…

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People First – February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

Taking care of Airmen key to AF success Getting top performing Airmen promoted sooner, changing the enlisted performance report system, streamlining the enlisted and officer professional education programs and developing a roadmap for the Air Force for the next three decades were some of the topics discussed Feb. 20 by the Air Force’s top officer during…

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This week in history

Posted  February 28, 2014

Feb. 26, 2009: Services Squadron redesignated Five years ago this week the 56th Services Squadron was redesignated the 56th Force Support Squadron. Part of the process was the inactivation of the 56th Mission Support Squadron. The new squadron included the functions, people and equipment of the inactivated unit. In 2007, the U.S. Air Force began…

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Thunderbolt picks up dream, heads to Tops in Blue

Posted  February 28, 2014

Airman 1st Class Jeremiah Barnes, 56th Communications Squadron network operations, is the latest Thunderbolt to be selected to perform in Tops in Blue, the Air Force’s premiere expeditionary entertainment unit.

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New chiefs recognized in ceremony

Posted  February 28, 2014

Five Airmen were recognized Feb. 21 for making the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force during the chief’s recognition ceremony at Club Five Six.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 28, 2014

If you are a federal employee covered by the Federal Employees’ Retirement System or the Civil Service Retirement System, you may make regular or catch-up thrift savings plan contributions immediately upon employment. If you are covered by FERS, you may also receive matching agency contributions. All eligible employees are automatically enrolled in TSP at a…

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Spouses ‘dine-in’ Hollywood fashion

Posted  February 28, 2014

Costumes, laughter and bright decorations set the tone for an entertaining night at the first spouses dining-in Feb. 22 at Club Five Six.

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Tips to ‘take to heart’

Posted  February 28, 2014

February is American Heart Month with the mission to increase awareness about heart health. Everyday things people can do to increase daily heart-healthy activity: Park further away when visiting the commissary and walk For those sitting at desks, standing for periods of time can increase blood flow, burn calories and assist with energy balance Take…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  February 28, 2014

Courtesy photo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I say to you, ‘I love you. I would rather die than hate you.’ And I’m foolish enough to believe that through the power of this love somewhere, men of the most recalcitrant bent will be transformed.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. What does it take to…

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