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Airmen reach terminal velocity

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Parachute Team for their accomplishments during service. Terminal velocity is…

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Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child recognizes the role children play in the Armed Forces community. Every day, military members are being deployed to…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Local

Ruck march honors fallen

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS March of the Fallen participants hike a trail Saturday in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. The MOTF is a 4.5-mile rucksack march dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Airmen and local community members came together Saturday…

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Arizona entrepreneurs learn benefits of hiring vets

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Master Sgt. Stephen Hunter, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal program manager, helps Jack Weiner, Arizona Chapter Entrepreneurs Organization member and business owner, don a bomb suit March 27 during the Entrepreneurs Organization tour at Luke Air Force Base. Ten Arizona Chapter Entrepreneur Organization members held their annual retreat March…

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Scottsdale SWAT train with Reserve medics

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Tactical Combat Casualty Care students provide treatment to simulated wounded patients during a field training exercise at the Luke Auxiliary Field. The class was taught by the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron to Luke reservists and members of the Scottsdale Fire Department and SWAT Team. The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron recently conducted Tactical…


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People First – February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

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. SSgt promotion…

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Air Force News – February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

Pennysylvania A former Army Air Force aerial gunner based out of Hethel, England, received a Prisoner of War Medal nearly seven decades after his internment in a Swiss prison during World War II. He is one of the 11 surviving Airmen who were interned at Camp Wauwilermoos. Honduras Reservists from the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint…

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This week in history

Posted  February 14, 2014

Feb. 10, 1994: First U.S. Air Force female fighter pilot graduates Courtesy photo 1st Lt. Jeannie Flynn, the first U.S. Air Force female fighter pilot, prepares for flight at Luke Air Force Base. Twenty years ago this week at Luke Air Force Base, 1st Lt. Jeannie Flynn became the U.S. Air Force’s first female fighter…

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Fire Station 361 facilities get facelift

Posted  February 14, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Contractors work on the new shower facilities Feb. 7 at Luke Air Force Base Fire Station 361. The fire station is adding more sinks, urinals, showers and lockers to accommodate an increase in manning. Luke Air Force Base Fire Station 361’s bathroom will get a much needed renovation throughout the next…

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Salutes & Awards

Posted  February 14, 2014

ALS graduates 49 from class 1402 The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 46 senior airmen and three staff sergeants Feb. 6 from class 14-2. The students are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Benjamin McCloud, 607th Air Control Squadron Distinguished graduates: Staff Sgt. Jesse Stanton, 56th…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 14, 2014

Staff Sgt. Keli Manglona 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Combat armament support team leader Hometown: Tinian, Guam Years in service: Six years Family: My wife, Kaila Leota Manglona; daughter, Anella Terisa, 1; and son, Manasseh Iosefa Leota Manglona, 2 months Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship, minoring in nutrition at Estrella Mountain Community College Previous…

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News Briefs February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

Finance office hours The finance office will close at 1 p.m. Feb. 21. Normal office hours will resume at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 24. For more information, call 623-856-6035. African American Heritage luncheon The African American Heritage luncheon is 11 a.m. Feb. 28 in Club Five Six. The guest speaker is Cloves Campbell Jr., Arizona Informant…

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Lightning Leadership: developing Airmen to lead

Posted  February 14, 2014

Staff Sgt.DARLENE SELTMANN Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, leads a discussion during Lightning Leadership Feb. 7 at the Navy Operational Support Center at Luke Air Force Base. Lightning Leadership is a course designed to enhance and develop leaders through guided discussions. Airmen from across base gathered to learn about leadership…

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Be willing to work hard, improve self

Posted  February 14, 2014

With the New Year under way everyone has begun their so-called New Year’s resolution. It’s the same story every year. People set a goal and take their first steps to achieve it as soon as the clock strikes midnight and the calendar switches over. You see these people in the gym working hard. You talk…

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Luke has long history of good partnerships

Posted  February 14, 2014

In today’s world, partnerships are more important than ever. They exist at all levels, from strategic to personal, and take on many different faces. The hope of all partnerships is a common goal in which all who are involved benefit through respective strengths that aid in overcoming weaknesses. There are usually many challenges that must…

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