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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  November 15, 2013

1918: The war to end all wars Courtesy photo The Armistice, the peace treaty that ended The Great War, was signed in a railroad car outside Versailles, France, at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918. The armistice to end World War I went into effect 95 years ago this week at the 11th hour of the…

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Air Force News – November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

President Obama, VA secretary pledge support for Veterans President Barack Obama commemorated Veterans Day Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery, calling the holiday a reminder of the nation’s “sacred obligation” to those who have “fought for our freedom and stood sentry for our security” throughout America’s history. The United States must never forget those who…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  November 15, 2013

Military Leave and Earning Statements LES are available on the DFAS myPay website https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx. Airmen are highly encouraged to review their LES every month to ensure pay and entitlements are correct. Civilian pay period This civilian pay period will close Saturday with a scheduled pay date of Nov. 22. Employees and timekeepers are highly encouraged…

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Carnival of Illusion: An intimate evening with vaudeville

Posted  November 15, 2013

Say the words “magic show” and they conjure up images of children’s parties, rabbits residing in top hats and Vegas performers in sequined outfits.

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Family, priority in native culture

Posted  November 15, 2013

In the military, a last name is a hard thing to get away from. We are trained to refer to people by their rank and last name. In many instances, a last name can offer a glimpse into the heritage of a person, whether it is a common German, Irish or other name. One Airman’s…

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Two thumbs up for red box movie rental kiosk at Luke Exchange

Posted  November 15, 2013

Military families can turn the lights down, the volume up, grab a bag of popcorn and prepare for movie night as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Red Box roll out a new way to rent the hottest movies and video games on military installations. The new offering provides military shoppers with an…

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Street Beat – November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 3 through Nov. 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 18 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 7: Security forces responded to a report of a minor traffic accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a privately owned vehicle located at Bldg. 586. One individual was pulling…

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T-bolts compete in ‘friendly’ games

Posted  November 15, 2013

Thunderbolts gathered Nov. 8 at venues across Luke Air Force Base to enjoy a day of fun, teamwork and camaraderie during the annual sports day and base picnic.

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  November 15, 2013

John Killinger, a congressman in the mid 1800s, tells about the manager of a minor league baseball team who was so disgusted with his center fielder’s performance that he ordered him to the dugout and assumed the position himself. The first ball that came into center field took a bad hop and hit the manager…

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Know car-buying basics before hitting lot

Posted  November 15, 2013

There sits the car of your dreams. You feel the desire to buy it and maybe you can, but the question is, “Is this purchase going to be a financially smart decision?”

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