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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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Swing batter-batter …

Posted  May 10, 2013

Denise Willhite Trentyn Brock, 4, son of Staff Sgt. Nicholas Brock, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory journeyman, takes his turn swinging at a piñata that he and his Falcon classmates at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center decorated earlier in the week as an art project.

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Air Force News – May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 2013

Officials approve security user guides for mobile devices Pentagon officials recently approved the security technical implementation guides for BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, as well as Samsung’s Android Knox, for use on Defense Department networks. “This is a significant step toward establishing a multivendor environment that supports a…

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People First – May 10, 2013

Posted  May 10, 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. MyPers website…

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Academic help just a click away

Posted  May 10, 2013

The pressure is on for students (and their parents) as the final weeks of school and everything that comes with them, including standardized tests, end-of-term papers and final exams. Decrease your family’s stress levels and improve your children’s grades with personalized tutoring service that is free to children in military families. All Kindergarten-12 students in…

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A Night in the Life

Posted  May 10, 2013

Crew chiefs — unsung heroes of the flightline   A pair of 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airmen perform a preflight check April 18 here at Luke Air Force Base. The preflight checklist includes checking wing flaps, lights and radio.   Capt. Joe Walker, 309th FS assistant chief of weapons, prepares an F-16 for flight while…

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STREET BEAT

Posted  May 10, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 26 through May 2: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 25 moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 29: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident on the Maj. Troy Gilbert Memorial Bridge. A patient was transported to West Valley…

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Fly Over: The Great Gatsby’, and ‘Iron Man 3′

Posted  May 10, 2013

In theaters: ‘The Great Gatsby’ Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” won’t go down as the definitive version of the classic of American letters, which is the fourth film to date, but it was certainly a lot of fun. Initially I was a bit confused why Fitzgerald’s drama would require 3-D;…

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Half Marathon

Posted  May 10, 2013

May is fitness month for the Air Force. Every year Airmen are challenged to participate in different athletic endeavors.

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Report helps military deal with sexual assault problem

Posted  May 10, 2013

WASHINGTON — Sexual assault is a long-term problem for the military, and it will take time for military efforts to combat it, the director of the Defense Department’s sexual assault prevention and response office said. “We are not satisfied with where we are at today,” said Army Maj. Gen. Gary Patton in an interview before the…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  May 10, 2013

“Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, ‘shake well before using.’ That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.” ~ Vance Havner Have you ever felt abused or abandoned by others? What about from God Himself? Sometimes God has a…

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