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Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, prepares Wednesday for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training sortie at Luke Air Force Base with Senior Airman Patrick Murphy, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first…

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Club Beyond: Where friends, fun, faith connect

Courtesy photo Charles and Joe compete to see who can attach the most clothespins to their faces Dec. 1, 2014, at Club Five Six. Club Beyond has more than 100 trained staff and hundreds of volunteers at over 40 locations worldwide. Teenagers face many difficult issues today such as online bullying, educational stress, sexual pressures,…

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AFAF campaign: Committed to caring

Courtesy photo Air Force senior leaders review Air Force Assistance Fund affiliate web sites in preparation for the 2015 AFAF drive at the Pentagon. Seated are Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III, and standing from the left are Air Force Vice Chief of…

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56th Fighter Group longest mission

Courtesy photo Maj. James Carter, 61st Fighter Squadron commander Seventy years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Group and many others in Eighth Air Force flew over Berlin. Previously, the Allies sporadically targeted Berlin, the capital of the Third Reich. On the ground, the Allies were about to cross the Rhine River. Crossing the Rhine…

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Qualification training

Staff Sgt. Rakim Redd, 607th Air Control Squadron instructor, instructs Senior Airman Rachel Mach, 607th ACS interface control technician, on how to set up a datalink March 10 during 607th ACS initial qualification training at Luke Air Force Base. The 607th ACS operates and maintains radar and communications to train highly-qualified weapons directors and surveillance…


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This week in history

Posted  December 6, 2013

1978: Gen. George Brown dies Gen. George Brown, former 56th Fighter Interceptor Wing commander, succumbed to prostate cancer 35 years ago this week. Son of a career Army officer, young George became an Eagle Scout, played football, rode horses and played polo. After high school, he attended the University of Missouri for one year after…

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Air Force News – December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

Welsh: Airmen should use common sense in missions Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody told Airmen Nov. 27 at the 28th Bomb Wing, S.D., they need to use common sense as they go about their duties. “No one knows your jobs better…

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‘Thor’ brings heat in Exchange, Marvel’s latest military-only free comic book

Posted  December 6, 2013

Arriving now after the release of “Thor: The Dark World,” the Asgardian Thunder God will star in the new, military-exclusive, free comic book from Marvel Custom Solutions and the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. The 32-page comic features Thor defending New York City from the fearsome Frost Giant, Ymir, in a new adventure by…

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Commissary, place for holiday savings

Posted  December 6, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. — The holidays are right around the corner, and special in-store promotions make the commissary the place to go to save on holiday groceries, according to an official at the Defense Commissary Agency. “We’ve got some great promotions lined up for the holiday season,” said Randy Chandler, DeCA sales director. “Customers will…

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People First – December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services.  Commissary CEO shares sequestration consequences Offering a glimpse at what commissary and military exchange services could become in light…

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Don’t settle for being effective; be great

Posted  December 6, 2013

“I’m stuck in a rut.” “I have no life.” “I’m burned out, exhausted.” “I’m bored. I’m just putting in my time.” “Most of my satisfactions come off the job.” “I can’t change things.” These are the voices of people at work and at home. The pain is personal, and it’s deep. You may relate with…

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CES tests cadets leadership skills

Posted  December 6, 2013

Cadets attempt to lift a log during the exercise obstacle course. Obstacles put cadets in various situations to test decision making and Airman leadership skills.   Blindfolded cadets navigated concrete barriers with the help of their wingmen.   Arizona State University ROTC Cadets attempt to drag a humvee Nov. 22 during the 56th Civil Engineer…

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Exam keeps eye on enamel

Posted  December 6, 2013

Airmen are informed they have a dental appointment once a year. Some show up to this appointment not knowing what to expect. Well, it’s time to shed some light on Airmen’s annual dental appointments. Before poking around mouths, there are a few things the dental squadron needs to know. This is where the medical history…

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Luke tax center seeks volunteers for 2014 tax season

Posted  December 6, 2013

The Luke Air Force Base tax center opens its doors to file returns for the entire Luke community beginning Jan. 27, 2014. Last tax season, the tax center assisted more than 1,500 clients file federal and state returns, saving the Luke community more than $316,000. To offer this great service again, the tax center requires…

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Fly Over: ‘Call of Duty – Ghosts’, and ‘Oldboy’

Posted  December 6, 2013

In stores: ‘Call of Duty – Ghosts’ While “Call of Duty” often gets scolded for its rinse-and-repeat gameplay, I’ve always defended the series and given previous games a thumbs-up for enhancing the gameplay. Whether it’s the storytelling of “Modern Warfare” or the effort to change the COD formula with “Black Ops,” the popular series always…

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