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PEDRO MOTA Air Force

MMA ramps up combat training

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Team Ill Brasil brings a new style of martial arts to the base. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center now offers discipline specific martial arts training Monday through Friday at the Combat Training Center. A mixed martial arts group recently signed a one-year contract to team with Luke Air…

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Reserve recruiter has heart of bull

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Master Sgt. Stanley Iakopo, Air Force Reserve Command recruiter with the 944th Fighter Wing, puts Joe Vigil, pro fighter and assistant trainer, in a hold while training at Peraza Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts gym in Glendale. Raised in a household of women, mainly by his grandmother in American Samoa, Master…

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CORY GOSSETT Air Force

Air Force sets Thunderbolt on path to passion

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Joshua Pant, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron operations management apprentice, performs a deadlift during the powerlift competition at the Luke Air Force Base Combat Fitness Center. Judges watch each competitor to ensure good form as well as ensure the safety of competitors. A down on his luck Austin, Texas, native had bills…

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Luke welcomes new MXG commander

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Col. Ricky Ainsworth took command of the 56th Maintenance Group Wednesday at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Maintenance Group changed leaders Wednesday as Col. Victor Mora relinquished command of the 56th MXG to Col. Ricky Ainsworth during a change of command ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base. Ainsworth previously served…

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Combat Arms Keeps Airmen Ready To Fight

Every Airman takes an oath to protect and serve the citizens of the U.S. To achieve this, they not only need to know their job, but also be ready to fight when called upon.


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AMDS squeaks by EMS/ARM 2-1 in wallyball contest

Posted  August 31, 2012

Kenrick Edmund, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Armament Flight, sets up his teammate during the first game of the wallyball championship Aug. 21 at the Bryant Fitness Center on Luke Air Force Base. EMS defeated the 56th Medical Group 25-24.  Joshua White, 56th AMDS, attempts to block a hit by Charles Smith, 56th EMS.   Emil…

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Sports Shorts – August 31, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

Fall triathlon The fall triathlon featuring a 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5k run is 7 a.m. Sept. 22 at Silver Wings Pool. The cost is $20 per military person and $45 for others. Register by Sept. 14, and receive a free T-shirt. For more information, call (623) 856-9334. Combat PT bowling Combat PT…

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Yard of the Month, August 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

The Garrard family, Khloe, 1; Justus, 3; and Heather (not pictured is Tech. Sgt. Adam Garrard, 56th Fighter Wing Foreign Object Debris prevention NCO-in-charge), pose for a photo after receiving the “Yard of the Month” award from the Balfour Beatty Communities inspection program Aug. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The Yard of the Month…

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There’s no ‘Abby’ in basement

Posted  August 31, 2012

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations doesn’t have a highly trained forensic expert in the basement like Abby in the hit TV series “NCIS,” but they do have something in common — uncovering the facts.

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New command chief touts face-to-face leadership

Posted  August 31, 2012

Enlisted men and women at Luke Air Force Base have a new ambassador. Chief Master Sgt. Dave Staton, the 56th Fighter Wing’s new command chief, arrived July 31 with clear expectations of Luke Airmen. “I expect everybody at every level to be a leader,” he said. “I have some pretty big expectations for NCOs and…

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Leaders must empower those who follow

Posted  August 31, 2012

As military officers, we exist as part of a chain-of-command. As part of that chain we are both responsible to those above us in the chain, to meet their expectations and follow their directions, while at the same time empowering the people below us to make their own decisions and allowing them to grow in…

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Base services provided for Luke Airmen

Posted  August 31, 2012

Charles Jennings, retired master sergeant, cuts wood for a gate he is building using a chop saw at the Luke Air Force Base Wood Hobby Shop. Jennings has saved money and enjoyed a hobby while building several household items. For Airmen who are at Luke Air Force Base for the first time or are not…

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Effective leadership requires both iron hand, velvet glove

Posted  August 31, 2012

Gen. George Patton said, “A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances.” In short, as varied the situations we find ourselves in as leaders, so too are the potential approaches we take to leadership. When I was entrusted to serve as the 56th Medical Group’s first sergeant, my first emotions were fear…

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In Brief – August 31, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Month events Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. This year’s theme is “Diversity United, Building America’s Future Today.” The committee is featuring the following events: Sept. 7 at 7 a.m. golf tournament at Falcon Dunes Golf Course Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. opening ceremony breakfast at Club Five Six Sept….

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Briefings, checklist fill hours prior to deployment

Posted  August 24, 2012

The time comes when every Airman is placed in a tempo-band. For Airmen who become tasked for a deployment, the Installation Deployment Readiness Center provides briefings and a checklist, which contains requirements the Airman must fulfill in order to deploy. “We ensure Airmen complete all predeployment requirements prior to departure so they can focus on…

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