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Luke Airman survives three wars, plane crash

“I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy used to transport supplies, so I figured I might as well sink it. I…

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NASCAR honors Airmen at PIR

Forty-three race cars, 200 laps and only one driver to win it all. Fast cars and intense action are not all NASCAR is known for. It’s also known for recognizing throughout the NASCAR season those who serve in the military. The program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members of…

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Family advocacy, Glendale PD co-op earns honors

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Military University presented a certificate of honor Oct. 25 in Chicago to the Glendale Police Department and Luke Air Force Base Family Advocacy Center for joint efforts in providing support for victims of domestic abuse. The award, which was accepted by the Glendale police and…

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Hill AFB maintainers gain experience at Luke

Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, finished advanced training on maintenance procedures for the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The Hill Airmen are part of a continuous cycle of maintainers being sent to Luke from Hill in order to develop their skills in two phases of training, first under…

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F-35: Italians first mission highlights partnerships

Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking the first F-35 flights under control of an Italian pilot. Today marks another significant step forward for the F-35 program as today’s missions showcased the full partnership aspect of F-35 operations here. One Italian…

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PEOPLE FIRST November 20, 2015

Posted  November 19, 2015

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. Art therapy…

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Health & Safety

Around Luke: Complete blood count …

Posted  November 19, 2015

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Angelica Lyons, 56th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory technician, analyzes a blood sample Nov. 9 at Luke Air Force Base. Lyons counts red and white blood cells and platelets. On an average day, medical laboratory technicians will examine 60 specimens.

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10 characteristics describe servant leader

Posted  November 19, 2015

Servant leader is a phrase that was first used by Robert K. Greenleaf in 1970 in an essay he wrote titled “The Servant as Leader.” In this essay, he described the concept as, “The servant leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious…

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STREET BEAT November 20. 2015

Posted  November 19, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 9 through 15 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 9: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident at the parking garage of Bldg. 1541. There were no injuries. Nov. 10:…

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Retiree Appreciation Day: Giving back to vets

Posted  November 19, 2015

The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center hosted the Retiree Appreciation Day Nov. 7. It was a day to give retirees a chance to come together and see what direction the Air Force is going. “It was a full house with a number of activities and resources available for the retirees,” said Capt. Chuck…

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