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Luke 1 holds first commander’s call

Courtesy Photo Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, begins his first commander’s call at Luke Air Force Base Monday. Pleus took command of the fighter wing June 20. Brig. Gen Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, held his first commander’s call Monday at the Luke Air Force Base theater. The day was divided…

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No one flies until flight med gives OK

James Hensley Airman 1st Class Shawn Martinez, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight medicine technician, checks over the ambulance Aug. 19 with Staff Sgt. Jovanny Reyes, 56th AMDS medical technician, at Luke Air Force Base. Martinez ensures the vehicle is prepped and ready for emergency response on the flightline by checking the lights, ensuring the equipment…

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Motivated Airman dedicated to AF

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Roman, 56th Communications Squadron cyber transport systems technician, shows off her Muhammad Ali T-shirt, which to her represents an expression of determination and how a person with determination can overcome any obstacle. The absence of a father can be detrimental to a child, but in the military,…

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Luke F-35 mission scores 100th sortie

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland An F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter makes an approach to land Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. The fighter jet was concluding the 100th F-35 sortie flown at Luke. Luke Air Force Base launched its 100th F-35A Lightning II sortie at approximately noon on Tuesday. “Flying the 100th F-35A sortie…

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Sponsoring Airmen makes big difference for them

A permanent change of station can be overwhelming for the Airman coming from technical training school or for the family who feels as though they have moved a thousand times, but having a sponsor can make all the difference when arriving at a new station.


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When it comes to weather, don’t sweat it – be smart

Posted  May 10, 2013

It’s not called “The Valley of the Sun” for no reason. With a very mild winter, summers are hot in Arizona and can take a person by surprise. There are three types of heat conditions people need to be aware of so steps can be taken to avoid them. If not prepared to work or…

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BASH program keeps pilots, aircraft safe

Posted  May 10, 2013

In 2003 a Luke Air Force Base pilot was making an approach toward Gila Bend when a turkey vulture was sucked into the aircraft engine. The pilot ejected and survived, but unfortunately, the aircraft was lost. Incidents like this one prompted the creation of a program to keep pilots safe and save the Air Force…

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Tips reduce stress when moving out of dorm

Posted  May 10, 2013

Moving out of the dorm can be exciting for Airmen. It can give a sense of independence, but with newfound independence comes responsibility. “Like almost anything important in life, planning is key and can reduce stress when it’s time to move off base,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center…

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Swing batter-batter …

Posted  May 10, 2013

Denise Willhite Trentyn Brock, 4, son of Staff Sgt. Nicholas Brock, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory journeyman, takes his turn swinging at a piñata that he and his Falcon classmates at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center decorated earlier in the week as an art project.

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Air Force News – May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 2013

Officials approve security user guides for mobile devices Pentagon officials recently approved the security technical implementation guides for BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, as well as Samsung’s Android Knox, for use on Defense Department networks. “This is a significant step toward establishing a multivendor environment that supports a…

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People First – May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 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. MyPers website…

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Academic help just a click away

Posted  May 10, 2013

The pressure is on for students (and their parents) as the final weeks of school and everything that comes with them, including standardized tests, end-of-term papers and final exams. Decrease your family’s stress levels and improve your children’s grades with personalized tutoring service that is free to children in military families. All Kindergarten-12 students in…

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A Night in the Life

Posted  May 10, 2013

Crew chiefs — unsung heroes of the flightline   A pair of 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airmen perform a preflight check April 18 here at Luke Air Force Base. The preflight checklist includes checking wing flaps, lights and radio.   Capt. Joe Walker, 309th FS assistant chief of weapons, prepares an F-16 for flight while…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  May 10, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 26 through May 2: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 25 moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 29: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident on the Maj. Troy Gilbert Memorial Bridge. A patient was transported to West Valley…

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Fly Over: The Great Gatsby’, and ‘Iron Man 3′

Posted  May 10, 2013

In theaters: ‘The Great Gatsby’ Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” won’t go down as the definitive version of the classic of American letters, which is the fourth film to date, but it was certainly a lot of fun. Initially I was a bit confused why Fitzgerald’s drama would require 3-D;…

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