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Luke Airman survives three wars, plane crash

“I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy used to transport supplies, so I figured I might as well sink it. I…

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NASCAR honors Airmen at PIR

Forty-three race cars, 200 laps and only one driver to win it all. Fast cars and intense action are not all NASCAR is known for. It’s also known for recognizing throughout the NASCAR season those who serve in the military. The program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members of…

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Family advocacy, Glendale PD co-op earns honors

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Military University presented a certificate of honor Oct. 25 in Chicago to the Glendale Police Department and Luke Air Force Base Family Advocacy Center for joint efforts in providing support for victims of domestic abuse. The award, which was accepted by the Glendale police and…

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Hill AFB maintainers gain experience at Luke

Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, finished advanced training on maintenance procedures for the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The Hill Airmen are part of a continuous cycle of maintainers being sent to Luke from Hill in order to develop their skills in two phases of training, first under…

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F-35: Italians first mission highlights partnerships

Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking the first F-35 flights under control of an Italian pilot. Today marks another significant step forward for the F-35 program as today’s missions showcased the full partnership aspect of F-35 operations here. One Italian…

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T-bolts kick up dust for CFC …

Posted  November 6, 2015

Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman Eric Burrell, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron electrician, kicks the ball during the Combined Federal Campaign kickball tournament Oct. 30 against the 56th Security Forces Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. The kickball tournament was to raise awareness for the CFC, which supports eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and…

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Around Luke: Luke heritage …

Posted  November 6, 2015

Airman 1st Class Gossett A static SPAD XIII airplane is on display in the at Luke Air Force Base air park. The SPAD XIII was a French-built airplane built for U.S. Air Service Pursuit Squadrons in World War I and was also the aircraft used by Phoenix native Lt. Frank Luke to down 18 enemy…

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Soft spoken for 61 years

Posted  November 6, 2015

Retired Master Sgt. Duane Kellner is a soft spoken man with not much to say, but his career as an Air Force crew chief speaks for itself. In 1954, in the agricultural area of Muskego, Wisconsin, Kellner spent his teenage years not exactly living up to his potential. Deciding he had messed around enough and…

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Exchange extends refund policy; makes for happy returns

Posted  November 6, 2015

To give military shoppers peace of mind this holiday season, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is extending its return policy for items purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24. The Exchange’s standard policy allows returns anywhere from 15 to 90 days of purchase with a sales receipt. The holiday return/exchange policy extends these…

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STREET BEAT November 6, 2015

Posted  November 6, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 26 through Nov. 1 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving violations and two nonmoving violations. Nonemergency responses Oct. 28: Security forces responded to a report of an individual looking over the base perimeter fence at Litchfield Road adjacent…

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