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Luke hops into Springfest

Thousands of vibrantly colored eggs covered the ground April 12 at Fowler Park as Luke Air Force Base families participated in Easter activities during the annual Spring Fest event.

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Airman leaves AF to pursue college B-ball career

Courtesy Photo Senior Airman Patrick Paul, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, shoots a jump shot during a game against the 56th Security Forces Squadron at the Bryant Fitness Center. Paul is finishing out his Air Force commitment and plans to pursue a spot on the Morris College Hornets basketball team in South Carolina. Some Airmen have…

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Airmen shave heads for pilot’s son battling cancer

Senior Airman David Owsianka Airmen from the 62nd Fighter Squadron recently shaved their heads to support a deceased officer’s son who is battling with cancer. Second Lt. Dave Mitchell, former 62nd FS pilot, lost his life during a training mission in 2008 at Luke Air Force Base. Five years later, his son Brayden was diagnosed…

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Instructor pilot selected as Olmsted scholar

Courtesy photo Capt. Daniel Wynn, 56th Operations Support Squadron operations flight commander, prepares to refuel in an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a combat mission over Afghanistan in August 2011. For many U.S. military members, living in a foreign country is common place. In fact, many Americans join the military for that opportunity, but few can…

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AF reservist finds new mission in Ethiopia

Courtesy photo Capt. Amy West, an individual mobilization augmentee assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office, poses with her husband and son July 27, 2013, in front of the Blue Nile waterfall in Ethiopia. West works as a civilian for the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia as a community liaison office coordinator. Capt. Amy…


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Beware the Thunderbolt

Posted  May 18, 2012

An F-16 sits idly on the flightline after a storm forced the pilot to divert to the Gila Bend Auxiliary Field May 9. The Gila Bend facility is roughly an hour drive southwest of Luke Air Force Base and provides another place for pilots to land if they’re not able to make it back to…

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Program helps those leaving military

Posted  May 18, 2012

Leaving the military and entering the civilian world can be a hard transition for many people to make. The Transition Assistance Program is one way the military helps those leaving the service. The Defense Department’s TAP program was designed to smooth the transition of military personnel and family members leaving active duty. The program has…

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Air Force News May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

Washington D.C. A husband who championed the progression of disability policy and the exceptional family member program received the 2012 Military Spouse of the Year Award here May 11. Jeremy Hilton, spouse of Air Force Lt. Col. Renae Hilton, an Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent on Joint Base Andrews, Md., received the award…

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People First May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

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. Some reservists…

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Legal day helps children understand Law

Posted  May 18, 2012

A thief robbed the Martinville jewelry store and thousands of dollars of merchandise disappeared thanks to a masked man. Police apprehended a man with the jewelry at the Martinville Hotel. (A jury of children will...

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Portion control and healthy ways to manage it

Posted  May 18, 2012

With the rate of obesity rising and portion sizes growing, what is a person to do? In today’s society portion sizes are not what they once were. When McDonald’s first opened in 1955 they only had a 7-ounce soft drink, according to Aaron Anderson, Aerospace Medicine Squadron Health and Wellness Center dietitian. Today, McDonald’s serves…

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Chaplain thoughts May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God. ~ Charles L. Allen  I am an optimist — sort of comes with the territory as a chaplain. My job is to give people hope, but not false hope. False hope is “me” promising someone that…

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Providing a helping hand

Posted  May 18, 2012

Roughly 20 Airmen volunteered to help Cartwright Elementary School successfully host the Yee Haw Fun Run, which coordinator Lorain Marquez, 5th grade teacher, hopes will become an annual event.

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Street Beat May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 4 through 10: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and one nonmoving violations.   Traffic Related Incidents:  May 9: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 1540. There were no injuries.   Emergency Responses: May 7: Security…

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Fly Over: Blu Burger Grille is burger royalty

Posted  May 18, 2012

Blu Burger Grille is burger royalty! While it looks more like a trendy Manhattan martini bar than a burger joint its offerings are definitely tailored toward burger blue bloods. The restaurant is located in Peoria in the Park West shopping center at the corner of 99th Ave. and Northern, directly across from…

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