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Commons provides ‘crib’ for Airmen

Courtesy graphic The Community Commons concept design. Renovation has begun and will be completed in May 2016. The Luke Air Force Base Community Center, Bldg. 700, where the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Wellness Center resides, is being renovated and will include a name change to Community Commons. “The building is getting a total overhaul from…

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Roberson takes command of AETC

Johnny Saldivar Lt. Gen Darryl Roberson, Air Education and Training Command commander, speaks during the AETC change of command ceremony Tuesday at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Roberson is a command pilot who has more than 5,000 flight hours including 865 combat hours. Roberson will oversee the operation of 10 major installations in five states….

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Salutes and Awards

FWSA announce awards The following individuals are quarterly awards winners: 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies Airman: Senior Airman Leanne Mathews NCO: Staff Sgt. Natalie Nelson Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Deanna Commack Company grade officer: Capt. Elizabeth McCourt Field grade officer: Maj. David Barnes Civilian (Category I): Yvonne Godwin Civilian (Category II): Sharon Kozak Civilian (Category…

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A historian with his own history

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Richard Griset, 56th Fighter Wing historian, shows an old pilot uniform that is part of a preservation collection on Luke Air Force Base. Richard Griset seems like a very quiet and reserved man and appears to be just another face at Luke Air Force Base. That is until people meet him. Serving…

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Need help? Trust your ‘Shirt’

When young Airmen need help or are looking for guidance, a good place to start is with a senior NCO. Making it into the top 3 percent in the U.S. Air Force is a major accomplishment.


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Northrop’s BACN completes 5,000 combat missions

Posted  November 27, 2013

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force, has completed 5,000 combat missions connecting war fighters in the air and on the ground. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, video, imagery and other battlespace information from numerous sources. Using a suite of computers…

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New method of testing parachutes developed

Posted  November 27, 2013

Engineers and technicians from NAWCWD China Lake, Calif., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., recently conducted the first demonstration of a new method of performing load tests on large parachutes.

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Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System completes carrier tests

Posted  November 27, 2013

The Navy concluded another round of carrier testing Nov. 19 to further demonstrate and evaluate the X-47B unmanned air system integration within the aircraft carrier environment.

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Veterans’ homelessness drops 24 percent since 2010

Posted  November 27, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Nov. 21 that a new national report shows a 24 percent reduction in homelessness among Veterans since 2010. The report also showed an 8 percent reduction between January 2012 and January 2013. The decline keeps the Obama administration on track to…

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VA offers dental insurance program

Posted  November 27, 2013

The VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program, to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15, VA officials announced recenlty. More than 8 million Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care can choose to purchase one of…

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Wounded warriors gain confidence during Pentagon volleyball contest

Posted  November 27, 2013

An Air Force wounded warrior goes for the stuff against the Marine Corps wounded warriors at the 3rd Annual Joint Sitting Volleyball Tournament, Nov. 21,2013, at the Pentagon. The Marine Corps beat Air Force in the best of three games and took home the 1st-place trophy. Gung-ho spirits were the norm as wounded-warrior athletes from…

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Upcoming Events – December 2013

Posted  November 27, 2013

Dec. 1-3 – Workshop: Expansive Skies, An Astronomy Weekend, Abiquiu, N.M. http://ghostranch.org/expansive-skies-an-astronomy-weekend/ Dec. 1-6 – 10th Latin American Symposium on Nuclear Physics and Applications, Montevideo, Uruguay www.fing.edu.uy/if/lasnpa/index.php Dec. 1-6 – Seventh TRR33 Winter School, Passo del Tonale, Italy http://darkuniverse.uni-hd.de/view/Main/WinterSchool13 Dec. 2-3 – WISH Science Workshop: Exploring Into Darkness, Tokyo, Japan www.wishmission.org/sciws2013/Welcome.html Dec. 2-4 – International…

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425th reaches flying hour milestone

Posted  November 22, 2013

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Members of the 425th Fighter Squadron pose for a group photo Nov. 13 on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base. The 425th FS celebrated reaching a milestone of 50,000 flying hours. The 425th Fighter Squadron celebrated reaching a milestone of 50,000 flying hours at Luke Air Force Base Nov. 13….

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Small business: Why is it important?

Posted  November 22, 2013

Luke Air Force Base is a strong advocate for small businesses. Small businesses are the building blocks that make our country great. Small businesses are not only important to the Air Force, they are important to our nation. Statistics show small businesses are the job creators and innovators, contributing significantly to our nation’s gross national…

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Use ‘street smarts’ to avoid trouble

Posted  November 22, 2013

I believe there are two kinds of smart – “street smart” and “book smart.” We need both to navigate successfully through life. It seems as if people tend to have more of one than the other. A lucky few have a good amount of both. If I had to choose between two, I’d choose to…

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