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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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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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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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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. Vanessa Dickerson 56th Contracting Squadron Contract specialist Hometown: Slaton, Texas Years in service: Seven Family: Husband, Steven Education: Have completed a Community College of the Air Force degree in intelligence studies; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Maryland University College Previous assignments: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Kunsan Air Base,…

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Events

Running for Airmen

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. C.J. Hatch Members of Luke Air Force Base begin the Viking Challenge April 5 at the Bryant Fitness Center track. The 3rd Annual Viking Challenge is a 10-hour 10-person running relay event hosted by the Logistics Officers Association to raise money for the LOA Airman’s Education Scholarship fund.

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FWSAs announce quarterly awards

Posted  April 12, 2013

The following individuals are first quarterly award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Grace Lee, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs NCO: Staff Sgt. Magen Baker, 56th Comptroller Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Matthew Pulsipher, 56th CPTS Company grade officer: 2nd Lt. Candice Dillitte, 56th FWPA Civilian (Category I): Beverly Dennie, 56th FW Staff Judge Advocate Civilian…

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Air Force News – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Sexual assault awareness ‘begins at top’ To combat and put an end to sexual assault in the military, the Defense Department has designed programs to boost victim medical care, increase assault reporting and hold offenders accountable for their crimes, the director of the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said April 5. Responding to questions…

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Waste water treatment plant one of Luke’s dirtiest jobs

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. C. J. Hatch Waste water flows out of a treatment pond at the Luke Air Force Base waste water treatment facility. One of the dirtiest jobs at Luke Air Force Base isn’t even on the base itself. The off-base waste water treatment plant is operated by a team of three civilians and five…

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One-on-one with Washington

Posted  April 12, 2013

Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefs recently elected U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake April 4 on the mission at Luke Air Force Base. The senator was also escorted on a base tour. This was his first base visit since being elected in November.

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Health & Safety

Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  April 12, 2013

Sid Mirghani 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Public Health Flight commander How do you stay fit? I exercise at least five times a week, incorporating strength as well as endurance training. I also limit junk food and don’t use tobacco products. What drives you to keep working out? It’s my stress relief and keeps me healthy….

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People First – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 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. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Anonymous crime…

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Local

‘Prime BEEF’ puts members to test

Posted  April 12, 2013

For the second time 56th Civil Engineer Squadron members had a day to play in the mud while preparing for deployment.

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Luke Air Force Base Integrated Delivery System

Posted  April 12, 2013

Support and resilience inventory is a self-assessment resilience tool that can be used by Airmen, family members and base leaders to gauge resilience levels. The SRI helps members and leaders identify actions needed to strengthen resilience. These actions are seen as a summary report once you’ve completed the 10 minute survey. Survey results are confidential….

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