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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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Yard of the Month, August 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

The Garrard family, Khloe, 1; Justus, 3; and Heather (not pictured is Tech. Sgt. Adam Garrard, 56th Fighter Wing Foreign Object Debris prevention NCO-in-charge), pose for a photo after receiving the “Yard of the Month” award from the Balfour Beatty Communities inspection program Aug. 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The Yard of the Month…

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There’s no ‘Abby’ in basement

Posted  August 31, 2012

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations doesn’t have a highly trained forensic expert in the basement like Abby in the hit TV series “NCIS,” but they do have something in common — uncovering the facts.

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New command chief touts face-to-face leadership

Posted  August 31, 2012

Enlisted men and women at Luke Air Force Base have a new ambassador. Chief Master Sgt. Dave Staton, the 56th Fighter Wing’s new command chief, arrived July 31 with clear expectations of Luke Airmen. “I expect everybody at every level to be a leader,” he said. “I have some pretty big expectations for NCOs and…

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Leaders must empower those who follow

Posted  August 31, 2012

As military officers, we exist as part of a chain-of-command. As part of that chain we are both responsible to those above us in the chain, to meet their expectations and follow their directions, while at the same time empowering the people below us to make their own decisions and allowing them to grow in…

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Base services provided for Luke Airmen

Posted  August 31, 2012

Charles Jennings, retired master sergeant, cuts wood for a gate he is building using a chop saw at the Luke Air Force Base Wood Hobby Shop. Jennings has saved money and enjoyed a hobby while building several household items. For Airmen who are at Luke Air Force Base for the first time or are not…

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Effective leadership requires both iron hand, velvet glove

Posted  August 31, 2012

Gen. George Patton said, “A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances.” In short, as varied the situations we find ourselves in as leaders, so too are the potential approaches we take to leadership. When I was entrusted to serve as the 56th Medical Group’s first sergeant, my first emotions were fear…

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In Brief – August 31, 2012

Posted  August 31, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Month events Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. This year’s theme is “Diversity United, Building America’s Future Today.” The committee is featuring the following events: Sept. 7 at 7 a.m. golf tournament at Falcon Dunes Golf Course Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. opening ceremony breakfast at Club Five Six Sept….

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Briefings, checklist fill hours prior to deployment

Posted  August 24, 2012

The time comes when every Airman is placed in a tempo-band. For Airmen who become tasked for a deployment, the Installation Deployment Readiness Center provides briefings and a checklist, which contains requirements the Airman must fulfill in order to deploy. “We ensure Airmen complete all predeployment requirements prior to departure so they can focus on…

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Deployed NCO gains experience, confidence

Posted  August 24, 2012

The days were long and hot in southern Louisiana. There was a lot of information packed into those three months, and I still didn’t know what to expect when I arrived in Afghanistan.....

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Make life after death choices now

Posted  August 24, 2012

The concept of life after death can vary from person to person. As the Luke Air Force Base mortuary officer, this concept has a new meaning for me. One of my principle responsibilities is to take care of the people who will care for you and your loved ones if you were to die while…

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