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Lightning over Luke …

The F-35 Lightning II isn’t the only lightning striking over Luke Air Force Base. This strike, about five miles west of the Luke flightline, was captured on camera at 1:12 a.m. Aug. 12 at the jet engine test cell.

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Commandant challenges students to be best

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Master Sgt. Sheris Poisson, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School commandant, briefs students Aug. 12 about the active-shooter exercise Aug. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Poisson asked the Airmen about proper procedures in response to an active shooter to help prepare them for both the exercise and real world…

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Airman gives civilian second chance at life

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Staff Sgt. David Patton, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron support section floor chief, repairs a tool box Aug. 6 on Luke Air Force Base. Patton administered life-saving CPR to Robert Clark and received an award from Mayor Sharon Wolcott of Surprise and the Surprise Fire and Paramedic Departments. It was just another night…

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Engraving, framing gets crafty at Luke

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Kimberly Caley, 56th Force Support Squadron Arts and Crafts operations manager, designs a shadow box display Aug. 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The Arts and Crafts shop is available to take care of the needs of all squadrons pertaining to going away gifts, awards, custom framing, wood work and engravings. Throughout…

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This week in history

The WASPs helped America win World War II by freeing men to fly in combat. Now that women fill all roles in our military, it is hard to imagine that time when the nation only allowed men to fight. Because of that attitude, the WASP had a rocky start and an abrupt end.


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Chaplain thoughts – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

“Hence we must be versatile, our tactics must be susceptible to change, and our commanding officers must have ingenuity and imagination.” ~ Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold Happy 65th Birthday U.S. Air Force! (Sept. 18, 1947). The words from General Arnold to a fledgling Air Force still ring so true today. Yes, our commanders must have…

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People First – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

Maintenance training on track to support F-35A As the Air Force begins its Operational Utility Evaluation of the F-35A Lightning II, maintenance training to support the joint strike fighter is also preparing for key program milestones. Though the first “pipeline” students — basic military training graduates — don’t begin training until January 2014, the two…

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Warriors, civilians face off

Posted  September 21, 2012

Janelle Delacruz, 56th Maintenance Group quality assurance inspector, finishes a 400-meter lap carrying a 20-pound medicine ball as team member, Edmund Spivak, far right, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal, begins his leg of the “hurry up and wait” challenge during the Warrior PT Challenge Sept. 7 at the Bryant Fitness Center track.  …

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Fly Over: ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘The Master’

Posted  September 21, 2012

On DVD: ‘The Woman in Black’ by Jayson Burns Despite being a big fan of horror movies, I don’t immediately jump to see every single one that hits the theaters. However, when I saw that ghostly face materialize right beside Daniel Radcliff at the end of the trailer for “The Woman in Black,” I knew…

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TRICARE benefit remains unchanged under new contractor

Posted  September 21, 2012

Following the recent announcement that UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans will replace TriWest Healthcare Alliance as the TRICARE West Region health care contractor, beneficiaries and health care providers have been asking how this change will affect them. One thing doesn’t change: the TRICARE benefit. TRICARE remains committed to providing the best possible health care for the 9.7…

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In Brief – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

Commander’s calls Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will hold commander’s calls at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Bryant Fitness Center gym. Active shooter exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct a base-wide active-shooter exercise Thursday. Community residents and visitors to the base should expect disruptions, gate closures, or…

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Sports Shorts – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

Pool closure The Silver Wings Pool has closed for the season. Ghostly Ghoul run The Ghostly Ghoul 5k fun run is 7 a.m. Oct. 26 in the auxiliary parking lot across from the 944th Fighter Wing headquarters on Super Sabre Street. NFL punt, pass, kick The NFL punt, pass and kick competition is at 6 p.m….

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Team Luke welcomes new commander

Posted  September 14, 2012

Rothstein to focus on mission, leadership and community

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CFC: small donations turn into big $$

Posted  September 14, 2012

Every year one event comes around for seven weeks that helps federal employees donate to charities. The program is the Combined Federal Campaign and is scheduled to kickoff Monday and run through Nov. 9. During the campaign, representatives from each squadron, called key workers, will contact people in their unit to talk about how to…

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Disciplined Airmen lead to disciplined life

Posted  September 14, 2012

As I prepared to prepare (procrastination!) for this commentary, I remember beginning the all important first step — brainstorming! I bounced from topic to topic, everything from the recent F-35 excitement to the roles supervisors have in today’s Air Force to what was on sale at the base exchange. I finally decided on a very…

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