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CORY GOSSETT Salutes & Awards

MRA graduates 11,000 strong

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron mission-ready Airmen perform a preflight check July 21 on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. The MRA program teaches Airmen F-16 launching, recovering, and pre and post-flight inspections preparing them to maintain aircraft at their duty stations. Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron graduated…

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Life, Liberty, pursuit of happiness brings Kenyan student to America

Senior Airman Jenna Sarvinski Senior Airman Robert Cheruiyot, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, greets Gen. Julius Waweru Karangi, chief of the defense forces, Kenya. Karangi and Cheruiyot met in a chance encounter at flightline medicine, following Karangi’s medical evaluation in preparation for his familiarization flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force…

Photos by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Salutes & Awards

From Spikes to Ducks to graduates

Photos by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer FROM LEFT: 1st Lts. Adam Fuhrmann, Mike Vasilou, Wesley Womble, Cody May, Aaron Frey, Ryan Loyd, Bryce Turner, Pete Fritz, Alex Tovani and Sean Rush graduate today from the 309th Fighter Squadron Class 14-ABC. America’s newest fighter pilots are ready to join the most lethal combat air force the…

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GRACE LEE Salutes & Awards

Luke salutes new OG commander

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, passes the 56th Operations Group guidon to Lt. Col. William Bailey, incoming commander, July 25 at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Operations Group changed leaders July 25 as Col. John Hanna relinquished command to Lt. Col. William Bailey during a change of command…

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Luke welcomes new MSG commander

The 56th Mission Support Group got a new leader July 24 as Col. Nathan Mooney relinquished command to Col. James Kossler during a change of command ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base.


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News Briefs November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 2013

Airmen Cookie Drive Volunteers are needed to sort and package cookies donated for the Airmen cookie drive 7 to 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at Club Five Six. For more information or to sign up, email lukecookies@yahoo.com. Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Dec. 18 which will include military and local,…

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Health & Safety

Thanksgiving safety tips for adults, children, pets

Posted  November 22, 2013

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Bobby Adair, retired Air Force veteran, looks at turkey fryers Nov. 15 at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. Turkey fryers can be dangerous if not placed in the correct area and used as directed. It is recommended to place turkey fryers at least six feet away from a structure or under…

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Putting up walls …

Posted  November 22, 2013

Workers raise an exterior wall of new construction Nov. 14 that will support the F-35 mission at Luke Air Force Base. The training site for the new F-35 Lightning II is scheduled to be completed by June 2014. The $54 million academic training center will be used to train both pilots and maintainers and will…

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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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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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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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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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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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Veterans

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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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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