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Lightning over Luke …

The F-35 Lightning II isn’t the only lightning striking over Luke Air Force Base. This strike, about five miles west of the Luke flightline, was captured on camera at 1:12 a.m. Aug. 12 at the jet engine test cell.

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JAMES HENSLEY Local

Commandant challenges students to be best

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Master Sgt. Sheris Poisson, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School commandant, briefs students Aug. 12 about the active-shooter exercise Aug. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Poisson asked the Airmen about proper procedures in response to an active shooter to help prepare them for both the exercise and real world…

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Airman gives civilian second chance at life

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Staff Sgt. David Patton, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron support section floor chief, repairs a tool box Aug. 6 on Luke Air Force Base. Patton administered life-saving CPR to Robert Clark and received an award from Mayor Sharon Wolcott of Surprise and the Surprise Fire and Paramedic Departments. It was just another night…

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Engraving, framing gets crafty at Luke

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Kimberly Caley, 56th Force Support Squadron Arts and Crafts operations manager, designs a shadow box display Aug. 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The Arts and Crafts shop is available to take care of the needs of all squadrons pertaining to going away gifts, awards, custom framing, wood work and engravings. Throughout…

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This week in history

The WASPs helped America win World War II by freeing men to fly in combat. Now that women fill all roles in our military, it is hard to imagine that time when the nation only allowed men to fight. Because of that attitude, the WASP had a rocky start and an abrupt end.


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Air Force

Air Force News – February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

Air Force officials aim to eliminate sexual assault Following a nine-month investigation into sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, the Air Force has implemented a comprehensive program aimed at eliminating sexual assault; senior Air Force leaders told Congress recently. Air Force Chief Of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III and Air Force Gen. Edward Rice…

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Commentary

Fly Over: ‘Movie 43’, ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’

Posted  February 1, 2013

In theaters: ‘Movie 43′ I’ve always been a little wary of movies with a big ensemble cast, and recently I’ve begun to hold the same feelings toward anthology films (thanks in part to the horrible V/H/S). “Movie 43,” however, looked to be a pretty decent comedy at the least, with all these famous actors getting…

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Sports Shorts – February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

Thunderbolts power pounds All photos by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Timothy Noel, 56th Fighter Wing Safety, begins to lift 350 pounds Jan. 25 in the deadlift portion of the power lifting competition at the Luke Air Force Base Warrior Fitness Training Center. Noel completed the deadlift segment lifting a total of 700 pounds over…

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Open house around corner

Posted  January 25, 2013

Master Sgt. Cindy Dorfner Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with minor league participants of the Kansas City Royals Winter Camp Jan. 16. Staton talked with some of the team’s best prospects at the Royals’ clubhouse in Surprise and answered a variety of questions for about an hour. The 56th…

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Be inspiring: observations about leadership

Posted  January 25, 2013

Many could say that the best leaders they’ve encountered were inspiring individuals. From religious icons to heads of state and military leaders, they all seem to have one common trait — they inspire others. I have always been a history buff, specifically the history of the middle ages. As such, I belong to a very…

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Health & Safety

Depression has many signs

Posted  January 25, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch The symptoms of depression include not sleeping enough or too much, losing interest in activities one typically enjoys, experiencing significant feelings of guilt, lack of energy, loss of concentration, changes in appetite, unexplainable weight loss or gain, loss of sex drive and thoughts of suicide. Most people have experienced sadness in…

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News Briefs – January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

Savings on homes Balfour Beatty Communities (Luke family housing) is currently offering three-bedroom renovated homes for $1,100 per month with a one-year lease for E-1 through E-5 active-duty military members only. With an allotted base allowance for housing of $1,287 for those ranks and $1,461 for E-5, members can save money through the basic allowance…

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Salutes & Awards

56th MXG announces awards

Posted  January 25, 2013

2012 Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award The following individuals are Gen. Leo Marquez Award winners and will compete at the Air Education and Training Command level: Aircraft technician Airman: Airman 1st Class Henry Eichorn, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Supervisor: Staff Sgt. Derek Kreiner, 310th AMU Supervisor manager: Master Sgt. David Justice, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  January 25, 2013

Senior Airman Chynna Smith 310th Fighter Squadron Squadron Aviation Resource Management Hometown: Vancouver, Wash. Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Todd and Cindy; and sisters, Cassandra, Sage and Jeni Inspirations: My parents; they’ve shown me nothing is impossible Goals: To complete school and become an officer Greatest feat: Passing my career development course the first…

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Health & Safety

Not too late to stop flu

Posted  January 25, 2013

Every year, especially during winter, people get sick from the flu, but there are ways to lower one’s chances of getting sick and speed the healing process. “The seasonal flu is from a strain or strains of the influenza virus that causes a contagious respiratory illness infecting the nose, throat and lungs,” said Rachel Perkins-Garner,…

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