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Fitness center gets Xtreme makeover

Courtesy graphic Above is an architectural rendering of the changes to the outside of the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Renovations also include a remodel of most of the interior. The project will take place over the next year and a half. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center will undergo state-of-the-art…

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History gets paint job

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY James Bridges and Hayden Yager, civilian contractors, prepare the F-104C Starfighter static display for painting Aug. 12 in the Luke Air Force Base Airpark. The static displays in the airpark will be repainted and have maintenance work completed by the end of the year. The F-104C Starfighter was used to train German…

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944th Airmen live life as military couple

Tech. Sgt.BARBARA PLANTE Staff Sgt. Adam Jenkins and Senior Airman Cassandra Jenkins, 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron, are a dual-military couple and work together as maintainers in the refueling vehicle maintenance shop. Staff Sgt. Adam Jenkins and Senior Airman Cassandra Jenkins are a dual-military couple fresh from active-duty and now serving in the Air Force Reserve….

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Walt Disney inspires squadron

Courtesy photo While stationed at Luke Field, Sgt. Seymour Pine had the unique privilege of accepting the 62nd Fighter Squadron emblem of a boxing bulldog from the artist who drew it — Walt Disney. Everyone had a role to play during World War II at home and abroad. For Sgt. Seymour Pine it was serving…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Health & Safety

Luke host 4th annual bodybuilding competition

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Abraham Purdy, 56th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control apprentice, and Jonathan Maytes, civilian, pose for the judges Aug. 15 during the Luke Air Force Base bodybuilding competition. When people think about bodybuilding, they might think about superstars like Arnold Schwarzenegger whose body is an inspiration for aspiring bodybuilders around the world….


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Police week shines light on ‘cops’

Posted  May 9, 2014

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Airmen of the 56th Security Forces Squadron salute the flag as the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard perform retreat May 16, 2013, during the S.S. Mayaguez Memorial Retreat Ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. It will be performed again this year at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Every year police departments…

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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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