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Senior Airman Devante Williams Air Force

56th FW has new mission

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, left, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Charles Lilly, right, lithograph artist, present the new 56th Fighter Wing lithograph May 21 during the 56th FW change of mission ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. The change is historical for Luke as the wing’s mission statement last changed 25…

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A mother’s right …

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Marcy Copeland, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, closes a curtain to the nursing room May 13 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center on Luke Air Force Base. The CDC offers a nursing room for mothers who choose to breast-feed during work hours. Becoming a new…

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Snakes on trains, planes, automobiles? Not likely

Courtesy photo of the U.S. Geological Survey The DeSchauensee anaconda pictured here is listed as injurious wildlife under federal law. Did you know that the reticulated python, the green anaconda, the DeSchauensee anaconda and the Beni anaconda are the most recent reptiles to be listed as injurious wildlife under federal law? So what does this…

Airman PEDRO MOTA Air Force

Thunderbolts venture to El Salvador

Airman PEDRO MOTA Medical technicians from the 56th Medical Support Squadron gather personal gear May 22 outside the 56th Medical Group building at Luke Air Force Base as they prepare to leave on a 15-day humanitarian mission to El Salvador. A team of Luke Air Force Base Airmen departed May 22 on a training mission…

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“Look up, Show up, Follow-up:” Design for resilience

Courtesy photo TEAM Luke resilience training assistants and master resilience trainers pose for a photo at Luke Air Force Base. There are 146 RTAs at Luke and 12 MRTs. None of us is as smart as all of us. After all, TEAM means Together Everyone Achieves More. Very rarely does one person achieve a goal…


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Sports Shorts – February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

Children perform stretches after a series of exercises Monday during the Kids Boot Camp Challenge at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. The Boot Camp Challenge is a series of activities conducted over a six-to-eight-week period that encourage physical activity through a variety of enjoyable and competitive exercises. Kids get boot camp challenge Story…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 14, 2014

We expect the Air Force to direct a 100-percent recertification of basic allowance for housing beginning in March 2014. Every active-duty member receiving basic allowance for housing will be required to recertify his entitlement with the 56th Comptroller Squadron customer service. The recertification must be accomplished in person and Airmen will be required to present…

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Thunderbolts assist Heroes of Silent Angels

Posted  February 14, 2014

When most people think of medieval times, knights, and squires, it doesn’t usually also bring modern medical disorders to mind. But the members of the Society for Creative Anachronisms are striving to do just that.

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Street Beat

Posted  February 14, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 3 through 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles located in the parking lot of Cactus Cleaners. A Maricopa…

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Fly Over: ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’, and ‘50 First Dates’

Posted  February 14, 2014

On Netflix: ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ I’m always looking for new documentaries to watch, especially food and health-related ones. I ran into a documentary named “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” The title itself caught my attention so I decided to watch it. Juicing – many of us may have heard it’s beneficial for detoxifying…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  February 14, 2014

Courtesy photo Booker T. Washington “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” ~ Booker T. Washington How much do you really know about the people around you? Do you know of their past?…

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Get doc’s opinion on how to treat low back pain

Posted  February 14, 2014

Low back pain is number one in the top ten diagnoses seen by providers at the 56th Medical Group. There are two classifications of back pain: Acute back pain, which lasts up to 12 weeks in duration, or chronic back pain, which lasts more than 12 weeks. Approximately 98 percent of acute low back pain…

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EOD clears range

Posted  February 14, 2014

After a long day of dropping bombs and firing missiles at targets, hard work and caution are needed to clean up the Barry M. Goldwater Range.

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Spiritual resiliency: ‘Smiley Face’ factor masks wounds

Posted  February 14, 2014

There is within all of us a yearning for purpose in life. This yearning drives us to seek success, influence and power, to solve problems, create or better our world. It motivates the athlete to push himself to the limit. It inspires the firefighter to have the courage to rush into a burning building. It…

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Important to respond to SORs

Posted  February 14, 2014

February: Security awareness month The Air Force Central Adjudication Facility is the designated authority to make personnel security determinations that can result in an unfavorable administrative action. A Statement of Reasons is a collection of unfavorable information discovered during a security clearance investigation. The CAF initiates an SOR when a member’s reliability or trustworthiness is…

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