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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…

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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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12th Air Force commander visits Team Luke

Posted  May 31, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, holds an officers’ call at Luke Air Force Base May 17. Rand discussed his priorities that include mission, Airmen, family and the U.S. Air Force core values. He emphasized the importance of being a wingman and leaders being invested…

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Deploying on dime demands readiness

Posted  May 31, 2013

Our nation’s readiness has never been tested like it will be in the remainder of the fiscal year. Our Air Force has squadrons standing down and our readiness, despite global tensions being on the rise, will suffer in the coming months. Luke Air Force Base Airmen need to be ready to deploy in support of…

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Setting goal, staying course reap reward

Posted  May 31, 2013

I have always enjoyed running. In elementary school, I won countless field-day blue ribbons for fastest runner. In high school I ran track and cross country. Cross country quickly became my favorite. I was extremely excited when the U.S. Air Force did away with the bike test and started the 1.5 mile run to measure…

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Spikes graduate 7 to combat air force

Posted  May 31, 2013

Today America’s newest fighter pilots joined the most lethal combat air force on the planet. Seven officers from class 13-ABC successfully completed the F-16 Fighting Falcon basic course and will celebrate this momentous accomplishment with family, friends, academic instructors and instructor pilots from the 62nd Fighter Squadron. Their training at Luke Air Force Base began…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  May 31, 2013

Senior Airman Justin Irvin 56th Medical Support Squadron Medical Logistics technician Hometown: McDonough, Ga. Years in service: Two Family: Father, Jon; mother, Carrie; and sisters, Katie and Hannah Education: Rio Salado Community College Inspirations: Family, first and foremost Goals: Obtain a degree in engineering and have an Air Force career Greatest feat: Skydiving out of…

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Luke announces master sergeant selects

Posted  May 31, 2013

The following technical sergeants have been selected for promotion to master sergeant: 56th Fighter Wing Scott Batson, Bruce Thompson and Elliott Velez 56th Maintenance Group Phillip Banton and Aaron Lerding 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron Janice Galloway, Heriberto Gonzalez 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Robert Amric, Joseph Dole, Christopher Roscoe and Eric Stromski 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron…

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Cactus Squadron keeps close ties to base

Posted  May 31, 2013

The 310th Fighter Squadron hosted 25 members of the famed Cactus Squadron for a commander’s call May 13 at Luke Air Force Base. Retired Lt. Gen. Peter Vogler, former chief of staff of the German air force and current Cactus Squadron commander, visited and toured Luke and dedicated the new Cactus Starfighter Conference Room in…

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Thunderbolt named 2012 AETC Honor Guard Member

Posted  May 31, 2013

Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th FW command chief, present Senior Airman Kyle Wisecarver, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, with the 2012 Air Education and Training Command Honor Guard Member award May 21 at Luke Air Force Base. During…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  May 31, 2013

He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. ~ King Solomon New York Yankees greats Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera had a tense exchange of words a few weeks ago over a relatively minor issue. How the players handled the situation illustrates the truth of this wise saying. Rivera humbly apologized…

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S.S. Mayaguez lost remembered, honored at Luke

Posted  May 31, 2013

Photos by Airman 1st Class James Hensley Members of the Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard lower the American flag during the S.S. Mayaguez Memorial Retreat Ceremony May 16 at flag park. The ceremony was held to honor the security forces members who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The 56th Security…

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