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Luke F-35s visit Columbus AFB

Airman 1st Class Daniel Lile A T-6 Texan II roars overhead as the pilots of two Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning IIs prepare to exit their aircraft July 23 at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The pilots are Capt. Nicholas Rallo, left, 62nd Fighter Squadron, and Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander….

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Candid money talk improves relationship

There are many reasons why people divorce but at the top of the list are lack of communication and finances. That’s why it’s important to combine these two topics to make for a successful long-lasting relationship. “I believe communication is very important in a relationship overall and communication about money is at the top of…

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Neubauer retires from AF at Luke

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, Air Force Safety Center commander, presents Sandy, his wife, with the ceremonial flag. A former Luke Air Force Base commander retired July 24 in a ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base with family and friends in attendance. Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, Air Force chief of safety, retired…

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Home security part of Airman readiness

A home invasion, burglary or robbery can be a terrifying experience. Unfortunately, along with the possible loss or damage to possessions, it can remove the sense of security and make the victim feel vulnerable within his own home. According to the Federal Bureau Of Investigations, in 2013, there were an estimated 8,632,512 property crime offenses…

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Crossing over: Enlisted to officer

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Shaun Chaplain, 56th Comptroller Squadron flight commander, surveys his surroundings at an unnamed deployed location when he was still an enlisted member. From a technical sergeant in cyber operations, he became a second lieutenant three months ago after completing Officer Training School. Luke Air Force Base is his first assignment as…


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Advancing CAF through storytellers

Posted  May 9, 2014

Comprehensive Airmen Fitness is a key talking point in most speeches you hear from Air Force leadership. This concept has been introduced in formal training and many of our younger Airmen are very familiar with it. The purpose of this article is to introduce CAF and discuss how storytellers can help advance CAF at Luke…

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Do you really know your people?

Posted  May 9, 2014

What makes a leader? You can ask anyone this question, and every time you’ll get a different answer. When I think of the great leaders I’ve had the honor and privilege to work with, I think of all the similar traits and qualities they shared. The most important is their ability to effectively communicate with…

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Teens learn to say ‘No’ to booze

Posted  May 9, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. Sonja Raciti, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program manager, gives Josh Anane, 14, son of Master Sgt. Fred Anane, 56th Maintenance Group wing plans, scheduling and documentation superintendent, guidance on which cone to walk to April 25 at the 56th Force…

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News Briefs May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 2014

Spouse hiring info The Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service will facilitate a web-based training entitled Federal Employment and Military Spouse Preference. This webinar will give an overview of spouse hiring authorities and the federal application process. Military spouses are encouraged to attend as well as those who provide direct employment services to spouses. To access…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 9, 2014

Senior Airman Torrey Wilcox 56th Communications Squadron Airfield Systems Technician Hometown: Dallas Years in service: Three Family: Sisters, Carmen and Christa, and brother, Tyron Education: Associate in science at Cedar Valley College, associate in electronics systems technology at Community College of the Air Force, pursuing a bachelor’s in management information systems from Park University Inspirations:…

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Werewolves get new commander

Posted  May 9, 2014

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Col. Gregory Jones, 944th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Korey Amundson May 2 as he assumes command of the 69th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Col. Gerald Brown relinquished command during the change-of-command ceremony. The 69th Fighter Squadron welcomed a new commander to Luke Air Force Base during a…

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Command post nerve center of base

Posted  May 9, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA The 56th Fighter Wing command post Airmen meet for training April 28 at Luke Air Force Base. Training occurs monthly and usually includes career field regulations review, knowledge examination, scenario-based training, local procedure updates, new training requirements and general discussion. The brain sends signals through the spinal cord to influence the…

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Aircraft metals technology makes sparks fly

Posted  May 9, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Tech. Sgt. Matthew Lucas, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Fabrication Flight aircraft metals technology NCO in-charge, inspects landing gear components April 29 at Luke Air Force Base. Aircraft metals technology technicians inspect and service F-16 Fighting Falcon landing gear components every 72 months. The diameter of a human eyelash is .05 millimeters….

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Mental wellness central to health, well-being

Posted  May 9, 2014

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the 2014 theme is “Mind Your Health.” It was 65 years ago that Mental Health America designated May as Mental Health Month to raise awareness about mental illnesses and the importance of mental wellness for all. The goal this year is to communicate to all Americans that mental…

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Air Force News – May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 2014

Sam Lee Cadet 1st Class Stefan Morell tests the distributed propulsion engine in the aeronautics laboratory. The engine won first place in the Defense Advanced Research Project’s innovation competition for the service academies. Academy beats Army, Navy as most innovative U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – An Air Force Academy team bested the two other…

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