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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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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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Exchange spreads holiday cheer with industry-leading return policy

Posted  November 16, 2012

Nearly 20 percent of Americans will return at least one holiday gift item this holiday season, according to Lavi Industries, a provider of public guidance. To take the stress and confusion out of the return process, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has extended the terms of its hassle-free return policy for the holidays….

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Volunteers raise funds while helping Airmen wrap perfect present

Posted  November 16, 2012

Community groups can raise funds while spreading holiday cheer as the Luke Air Force Base Exchange is soliciting partners for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s annual community gift wrap program. “In order to make the holidays a little easier, the exchange partners with local groups to ensure gifts can be wrapped before they…

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Sports Shorts – November 16, 2012

Posted  November 16, 2012

Athletic activities around base

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Book takes Airman on journey to quit smoking

Posted  November 9, 2012

Every year there are people who begin smoking despite the fact that it is a leading cause of cancer and premature death in the U.S. and many countries in the world. For this reason the American Cancer Society is marking its 37th Great American Smokeout Thursday by encouraging smokers to use the date to make…

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Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer

Posted  November 9, 2012

It finally dipped below 90 degrees recently and many of us know what that means — fall is upon us in the Valley, and the holidays and even cooler temperatures are just around the corner. The next few months will bring parties, family visits, vacations, food, and bowl games. But not everyone has a full…

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What does ‘Old Glory’ mean?

Posted  November 9, 2012

In any society, its heritage or legacy is fashioned and passed on by each generation. The Air Force is no different. The Air Force is a society and each new generation of Airmen has the duty and responsibility of carrying on the heritage. As leaders, you must celebrate our rich history and ensure the newest…

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Moving ‘pieces’ big job for LRS

Posted  November 9, 2012

Whether it’s moving people, household goods or military equipment, Airmen from the Luke Air Force Base Traffic Management Office handle it all.

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In Brief – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

LOSC luncheon The Luke Officers Spouses Club will have the annual Bunco luncheon at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Club Five Six. Wear a favorite football team jersey and eat tailgating style. Officers’ spouses are invited. For more information, go to LukeOSCReservations@gmail.com. Enlisted call Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK – November 9, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

 Senior Airman Grant Shoemaker 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Crew chief Hometown: Seattle Years in service: Four Family: Father, John; mother, Heidi; and brother, Kurt Previous assignments: Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Inspirations: To be the best I can be Goals: Be successful, rich, travel the world and complete a crazy bucket list with a friend,…

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Salutes & Awards

Airman receives medal

Posted  November 9, 2012

  Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, presents Staff Sgt. Benjamin Lemus, 56th Medical Group optometry technician, with an Achievement Medal Nov. 2 at Luke Air Force Base. During the 2012 Men’s Health Expo, Lemus’ observations and early surgical intervention recommended for a patient helped save the patient’s vision. This was Rothstein’s first…

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