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Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his…

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Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, 56th SFS MWD, pose for a photo in Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. Chrach was recently awarded the 12th Annual Animal Hero Award from the Arizona Friends of Animals Organization for his service to the community and deployment to…

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Civilian answers AF call, gets dream job

Courtesy Photo Senior Airman Kristina Inocencio, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron engineer technician, measures the distance from the tree to the building Jan. 15 during survey training at Luke Air Force Base. One of Inocencio’s career field tasks is to map out the entire base and update the maps. There are many reasons why people join…

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White Sands ‘Vipers’ – F-16 training thrives at Holloman

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Jerod Rick, 54th Fighter Group chief of standardization and evaluation, and 1st Lt. Taylor Roberts, 311th Fighter Squadron basic course student, prepare to taxi Nov. 13, 2014, in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Roberts became the first F-16 basic course student to get airborne in the…

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Exchange holiday return policy gives peace of mind

Posted  November 21, 2014

To make gift-giving easier, the Army & Air Force Exchange service is extending its return policy for items purchased from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24. The Luke Air Force Base Exchange’s standard policy allows returns from 15 to 90 days of purchase with a sales receipt. The holiday return/exchange policy extends these terms through Jan….

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Sky gets coined …

Posted  November 21, 2014

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, coins Sky “Raider” Schipper, 5, Nov. 14 at Luke Air Force Base. Schipper participated in the pilot for a day program. He joined the 309th Fighter Squadron for a meet-and-greet with the commander and other staff, was shown how pilots suit-up, got an up-close-and-personal look at an…

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Air Force News – November 21, 2014

Posted  November 21, 2014

Alaska Pope Francis has appointed Chaplain (Maj.) Chad Zielinski, the 354th Fighter Wing deputy wing chaplain, as the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska. Zielinski is scheduled to be ordained Dec. 15 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. Japan Personnel from the Japan Self Defense Force teamed with the 33rd Rescue Squadron…

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People First – November 21, 2014

Posted  November 21, 2014

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.  DOD, AF nuclear force reviews consistent with force improvement efforts The secretary of defense recently announced the results of…

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Chaplain’s thoughts

Posted  November 21, 2014

President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation on Oct. 23, 1863, which established Thanksgiving Day as a national observance. The proclamation highlighted the prosperity and expansion of the country even while it was engaged in civil strife. It acknowledged that no foreign country had used the civil war as an opportunity to “provoke their aggressions.” Lincoln’s…

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CAF: Physical domain helps get Tbolts through holidays

Posted  November 21, 2014

The holidays are usually associated with parties, family gatherings, buying gifts, over indulgences in our favorite foods and stress. One way to enjoy the holidays and improve personal resilience is by strengthening the physical domain of Comprehensive Airman Fitness.

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310th AMU keeps fight in sky

Posted  November 21, 2014

They arrive to their work centers ready for whatever the day has for them and often find themselves on long shifts during all hours of the day. They always come prepared to do whatever it takes on the ground to make sure jets remain ready for the sky. They are the Airmen of the 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit.

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Fly Over: ‘Big Hero 6′ and ‘Interstellar’

Posted  November 21, 2014

In theaters: ‘Big Hero 6′ It was bound to happen: when the entertainment juggernaut Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel, it was only a matter of time before a mash-up movie was produced. “Big Hero 6,” produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, is very loosely based on a late-1990s Marvel comic book miniseries. Part of the…

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56th MDG celebrates 40th

Posted  November 21, 2014

The 56th Medical Group celebrated the 40th birthday of its building Nov. 14 at Luke Air Force Base. The MDG provides physical and mental health care for military and retirees in the surrounding area. While the event was for the building, it centered on the accomplishments of the Airmen.

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944th FW dietitian competes, walks talk

Posted  November 21, 2014

Living healthier by eating right and working out regularly is ideally most peoples’ blueprint for looking good and feeling confident.

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