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Luke cuts ribbon on F-35 Academic Training Center

Luke Air Force Base celebrated the opening of its F-35 Lightning II Academic Training Center Oct. 9.

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U.S., Singapore partnership standout

The 425th Fighter Squadron is an operational squadron comprised of elite U.S. Air Force and Republic of Singapore air force personnel. December of 2013 marked the 20-year anniversary of this partnership in excellence based right here at Luke Air Force Base.

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Airmen get new ‘Community Commons’

Airmen will now have another place to go to relax and better themselves both physically and mentally with renovations being made to the Health and Wellness Center on base.

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56th RMO: Tip of spear on BMGR, aux field

Every day Air Force pilots use the Barry M. Goldwater Range and Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field to train the world’s greatest F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter pilots, A-10 Warthog pilots and combat aircrew.

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Cardinal’s Fitzgerald coaches mini ‘Bolts

Larry Fitzgerald, eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, scored his first touchdown of the year Sunday and followed it up with a second touchdown Monday at Luke Air Force Base.


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Thunderbolts run for Sandy Hook

Posted  January 18, 2013

Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Luke Air Force Base members begin a 5k run Dec. 21, 2012, at the 944th Fighter Wing headquarters building. The run raised money for the Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown Victims Relief Fund. The event and others on base raised $2,553. More than 150 Thunderbolts…

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Dissent, better part of loyalty

Posted  January 18, 2013

How many of us have heard a new commander say, “I expect your loyalty, and I hope to earn your respect?” I believe that the meaning of this saying is often misinterpreted by its audience. The second half of that statement is easy enough to understand, but what do military commanders mean when they demand…

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Lead from the front

Posted  January 18, 2013

I recently graduated from the NCO Academy at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. During the seven-week course we were given helpful tools meant to guide us on the path to becoming unit managers and senior NCOs. The course focused on topics from the profession of arms and team building concepts, to resource stewardship and negotiating….

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Steer away from drinking, driving

Posted  January 18, 2013

Every year people die because of others who drive under the influence of alcohol, but the most tragic fact is that they all could have been prevented. However, despite a clear zero-tolerance drinking and driving policy, there are still Airmen who make poor choices, said Senior Airman Christopher Vonhatten, 56th Security Forces Squadron police services….

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News Briefs January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

National prayer breakfast There will be a panel of players from the Arizona Diamondbacks, to include Paul Goldschmidt, and San Francisco Giants speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Jan. 31 at Club Five Six. An autograph session will follow. Tickets are $5 each and can be obtained through the unit first…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  January 18, 2013

Staff Sgt. Michael McCormick Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment instructor Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo. Years in service: Eight Family: Daughters, Madisyn and Faith; and son, Logan Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health at Columbia Southern University Previous assignments: Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Inspirations: My parents — very…

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Family child care center opens doors

Posted  January 18, 2013

Oftentimes, Luke Air Force Base members contribute to two missions. One is the job but the other can be just as important — the one at home. The 56th Force Support Squadron Family Child Care office knows the importance of home life, especially for those with children. That’s why the FCC provides countless resources to…

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Law school education programs looking for hopefuls

Posted  January 18, 2013

Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program are being accepted until March 1, and interested officers are encouraged to compete. The number of FLEP and ELP applicants selected in any academic year is determined based on the needs of the Air Force. “Our Air Force missions are constantly changing, and commanders…

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Special Victims’ Counsel eligibility expanded to include unprofessional relationships

Posted  January 18, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The new Special Victims’ Counsel Program starting Air Force-wide Jan. 28 will be expanded to basic military trainees and technical training students who have been involved in unprofessional relationships of a physical and sexual nature. The SVC pilot program is designed to provide victims of sexual assault, support throughout…

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Air Force News – January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

State of the AF is ‘strong’ WASHINGTON — The Air Force’s top leaders said Monday the service has accomplished much while dealing with many challenges in the last year. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III briefed members of the media on the state of…

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