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PEDRO MOTA Air Force

MMA ramps up combat training

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Team Ill Brasil brings a new style of martial arts to the base. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center now offers discipline specific martial arts training Monday through Friday at the Combat Training Center. A mixed martial arts group recently signed a one-year contract to team with Luke Air…

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LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Air Force

Reserve recruiter has heart of bull

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Master Sgt. Stanley Iakopo, Air Force Reserve Command recruiter with the 944th Fighter Wing, puts Joe Vigil, pro fighter and assistant trainer, in a hold while training at Peraza Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts gym in Glendale. Raised in a household of women, mainly by his grandmother in American Samoa, Master…

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CORY GOSSETT Air Force

Air Force sets Thunderbolt on path to passion

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Joshua Pant, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron operations management apprentice, performs a deadlift during the powerlift competition at the Luke Air Force Base Combat Fitness Center. Judges watch each competitor to ensure good form as well as ensure the safety of competitors. A down on his luck Austin, Texas, native had bills…

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GRACE LEE Local

Luke welcomes new MXG commander

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Col. Ricky Ainsworth took command of the 56th Maintenance Group Wednesday at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Maintenance Group changed leaders Wednesday as Col. Victor Mora relinquished command of the 56th MXG to Col. Ricky Ainsworth during a change of command ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base. Ainsworth previously served…

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Combat Arms Keeps Airmen Ready To Fight

Every Airman takes an oath to protect and serve the citizens of the U.S. To achieve this, they not only need to know their job, but also be ready to fight when called upon.


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Shaking a tail feather …

Posted  May 10, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Members of the Filipino American association of Arizona show children how to perform “Gangnam Style” during the Funtastic Friday May 3 at the Luke Air Force Base youth center. The association was the special guest for the event held to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

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Police Week recognizes law enforcers

Posted  May 10, 2013

National Police Week, Monday through May 17, is a celebration and remembrance of law enforcement officials and agencies throughout our great nation. Every year police departments and law enforcement agencies come together to honor and remember those who have served our communities and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The week is a simple “thank…

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CONS: Who we are, what we do

Posted  May 10, 2013

When people ask me what my job is in the Air Force, I tell them contracting. The typical response is, “You’re a contractor?” Then, I have to explain that I am not a contractor but actually an active-duty Air Force officer who has been given the authority to spend taxpayer dollars in order to keep…

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Motivation: Starts with a goal

Posted  May 10, 2013

Last week when I visited family in California, my father mentioned to a family friend that I was in the Air Force. After exchanging pleasantries, he asked me how long I had been in the military, and I said, “Nine and a half years.” He fired back to me with a question that I hadn’t…

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News Briefs: May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 2013

756th AMXS COC Lt. Col. James Upchurch will relinquish command of the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to Lt. Col. Dominick Martin in a change-of-command ceremony at 8 a.m. May 23 in Hangar 913. LOSC luncheon The Luke Officers Spouses Club will host a Murder Mystery Luau at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. For…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  May 10, 2013

Staff Sgt. Zachary Milne Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Tactical aircraft maintenance specialist instructor Hometown: Rochester, N.Y. Years in service: Seven years Education: Community College of the Air Force aviation maintenance and instructor of technical military science Previous assignments: Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea Inspirations: My family supports me…

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AETC, 56th Fighter Wing announce awards

Posted  May 10, 2013

The following individual is a 2013 Air Education and Training Command award winner: Honor Guard: Senior Airman Kyle Wisecarver, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 56th Fighter Wing The following indivduals are 2013 first quarter award winners: Airman: Senior Airman Samantha Sarmiento, 56th Operations Support Squadron NCO: Tech. Sgt. Aaron Kain, 56th Force Support Squadron Senior NCO:…

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310th FS Top Hats remember lost warrior

Posted  May 10, 2013

Staff Sgt.C.J. HATCH Members of the 310th Fighter Squadron raise their glasses in a toast to Lt. Col. Frank ”Bruiser” Bryant in front of the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center April 26. Bryant was killed two years ago when an Afghan opened fire in a meeting at the Northern Kabul International Airport killing…

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When it comes to weather, don’t sweat it – be smart

Posted  May 10, 2013

It’s not called “The Valley of the Sun” for no reason. With a very mild winter, summers are hot in Arizona and can take a person by surprise. There are three types of heat conditions people need to be aware of so steps can be taken to avoid them. If not prepared to work or…

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BASH program keeps pilots, aircraft safe

Posted  May 10, 2013

In 2003 a Luke Air Force Base pilot was making an approach toward Gila Bend when a turkey vulture was sucked into the aircraft engine. The pilot ejected and survived, but unfortunately, the aircraft was lost. Incidents like this one prompted the creation of a program to keep pilots safe and save the Air Force…

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