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Luke ‘deploys’ youngest Airmen

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Gabriel Gutierrez, age 5, son of Staff Sgt. Arlene Gutierrez, 56th Security Forces Squadron, gives high fives as he goes through the welcome home line during Operation KIDS Saturday at Luke Air Forces Base. Veterans of Foreign Wars, United Service Organization and members of the community greeted the children when they returned…

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CES inspects base infrastructure

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Staff Sgt. Steven Stein, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical subject matter expert, points out a damaged water heater Oct. 24 to Senior Airman Sandham Challis, 56th CES structural subject matter expert, in Bldg. 700 during a building inspection at Luke Air Force Base. The heater is more than 20 years old…

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Airman changes lanes in life

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Kelton Rall Those who have had a hard life often say it is hard to overcome the past. “It’s almost like climbing out of a dark hole – one mistake and you fall deeper into the abyss,” said Airman 1st Class Kelton Rall, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron intrapersonal protective equipment…

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Present arms!

Daniel “Nanoo” Mayer, pilot for a day, salutes in front of an F-16 Fighting Falcon Oct. 24 at the 310th Fighter Squadron. The pilot for a day program focuses on children who have serious or chronic conditions and invites them to be a part of a flying squadron for a day. Mayer was diagnosed with…

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New Luke unit to stand up in Oregon

Courtesy photo An F-15 Eagle flies over the 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field, Oregon Air National Guard. In an effort to meet Air Force demands for F-15C Eagle pilots, a new Luke Air Force Base detachment will stand up at the 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field, Oregon Air National Guard. The 56th Operations Group Detachment…


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Sports Shorts – January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

Photo by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Airmen swing away during men’s varsity softball tryouts Photo by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Joe Rivera, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, takes a swing during the batting practice portion of tryouts. Photo by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Alex Hernandez, civilian, catches the ball during a fielding drill…

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Mobile Field Exchanges go where needed

Posted  January 24, 2013

DALLAS — For the first time in four years, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service does not currently have a Mobile Field Exchange deployed in the United States. But while things may be peaceful now, they are continually standing at the ready for the next emergency or training exercise. MFEs are specially configured semitrailers…

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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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