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Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, prepares Wednesday for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training sortie at Luke Air Force Base with Senior Airman Patrick Murphy, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first…

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Club Beyond: Where friends, fun, faith connect

Courtesy photo Charles and Joe compete to see who can attach the most clothespins to their faces Dec. 1, 2014, at Club Five Six. Club Beyond has more than 100 trained staff and hundreds of volunteers at over 40 locations worldwide. Teenagers face many difficult issues today such as online bullying, educational stress, sexual pressures,…

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AFAF campaign: Committed to caring

Courtesy photo Air Force senior leaders review Air Force Assistance Fund affiliate web sites in preparation for the 2015 AFAF drive at the Pentagon. Seated are Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III, and standing from the left are Air Force Vice Chief of…

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56th Fighter Group longest mission

Courtesy photo Maj. James Carter, 61st Fighter Squadron commander Seventy years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Group and many others in Eighth Air Force flew over Berlin. Previously, the Allies sporadically targeted Berlin, the capital of the Third Reich. On the ground, the Allies were about to cross the Rhine River. Crossing the Rhine…

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Qualification training

Staff Sgt. Rakim Redd, 607th Air Control Squadron instructor, instructs Senior Airman Rachel Mach, 607th ACS interface control technician, on how to set up a datalink March 10 during 607th ACS initial qualification training at Luke Air Force Base. The 607th ACS operates and maintains radar and communications to train highly-qualified weapons directors and surveillance…


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People First – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 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. Hagel emphasizes…

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AF club membership comes with perks

Posted  May 31, 2013

Luke Air Force Base’s Club Five Six invites all service members, civilians and foreign military to sign up for Air Force Club membership. Becoming a club member brings with it membership benefits, including “club” and “card” benefits. “You won’t find a place to hold an event that costs less,” said Charles Aubrey, 56th Force Support…

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Justice Report – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

The following is a list of Article 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in April: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • A master sergeant received an Article 15 for assault and indecent language. The member received forfeitures of $2,000 with $1,000 of the forfeitures suspended and a reprimand. • A senior…

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Desert Challenge competitors train at Luke

Posted  May 31, 2013

Fourteen U.S. Paralympic competitors trained at the Luke Air Force Base Fitness Center May 13 through 17 to prepare for the Desert Challenge that took place May 18 in Mesa.

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APAH luncheon gets warriors fired up to dance …

Posted  May 31, 2013

Peiholani Tuiaki Jr. of the Luke Samoan Group performs a Samoan fire dance during the Asian Pacific American Heritage luncheon May 23 at the Navy Operations Support Center on Luke Air Force Base. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and recognizes the culture, traditions and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the…

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Fly Over: ‘The Hangover III’, and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

Posted  May 31, 2013

In theaters: ‘The Hangover III’ The Wolfpack is back, and unfortunately they have nothing new to offer. Granted, I didn’t think the first movie “The Hangover” was really that great – though I’m told it was. The sequel was worse. The third and final film “The Hangover III” falls right in the middle. The boys…

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Gunslinger shootout …

Posted  May 31, 2013

  Vern Brink, Phoenix Police Department downtown operations unit sergeant, reloads during the moving target portion of the police week shootout May 14 at the Luke Air Force Base Combat Arms Training and Maintenance firing range. His team tied for sixth out of 13 teams.   Staff Sgt. Brady Craddock, 56th Security Forces Squadron combat…

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In Brief – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

56th FSS change-of-command Lt. Col. Timothy Farr will relinquish command of the 56th Force Support Squadron to Lt. Col. Todd Ladd in a change-of-command ceremony at 8 a.m. June 10 at Club Five Six. Home-buying seminar The Luke Housing Management Office and Airman and Family Readiness Center is sponsoring a home-buying seminar for military members,…

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Street Beat – May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 17 through 24: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 37 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 20: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the Lighting Gate. There were no injuries. May 22: Security forces responded to a report…

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Base practices response to bomb attacks

Posted  May 31, 2013

Luke Air Force Base Airmen and civilians conducted a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High-Yield Explosives exercise May 22.

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