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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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MARCY COPELAND Local

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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Dogged determination wins training day

Posted  August 17, 2012

While police have long relied on dogs to sniff out drugs, the military’s embrace of dogs trained to detect bombs is saving lives on the frontline. K-9 officers from all across the region got a chance to see those furry heroes in action at a series of training events last month in Payson, Ariz.....

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Sports injuries hurt more than just today

Posted  August 17, 2012

If a professional athlete dislocates a joint or tears a ligament, it makes the news. But anyone who plays sports can be injured. While all Airmen should be in good physical condition, family members may not be as ready for summer activities. Whether or not a person is conditioned, injuries can happen. “Staying active lowers…

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Fly Over: “The Campaign”, “Space Marine”

Posted  August 17, 2012

Through the eyes of a foreign friend of mine Will Ferrell embodies the American male – unseemly, dull-witted, loud and ignorant, but with a ton of misguided confidence whose moral compass wanes in the presence of power, greed and faux beauty...

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News Briefs – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

Natural disaster exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an emergency management exercise Thursday within the perimeter of the base. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. Expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Those on base may see explosions, smoke,…

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Luke dominates the diamond

Posted  August 17, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base softball team has taken to the field in six tournaments this season and has dominated the play by placing in three of them. Teams receive points based on tournament placing. “We try our best to have fun, represent ourselves and represent the name on our chest (Luke AFB) the best…

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Sports Shorts – August 17, 2012

Posted  August 17, 2012

Fall triathlon The fall triathlon featuring a 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5k run is 7 a.m. Sept. 22 at Silver Wings Pool. The cost is $20 per military person and $45 for others. Register by Sept. 14 and receive a free T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the…

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Civil Air Patrol helps Luke grow

Posted  August 10, 2012

Unbeknownst to many, there is a small squadron at Luke Air Force Base with the sole purpose of helping the base in unconventional ways.

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62nd AMU makes way for F-35

Posted  August 10, 2012

The 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit moved to building 495 July 14 to provide space for the F-35 project. Chief Master Sgt. Jeffery Ewing, 62nd AMU superintendant, said that it was an important move. “As the F-35 jets transition here to Luke, we needed to get out of that building so we can start to build…

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Rebuttal could be Airman’s friend

Posted  August 10, 2012

In today’s Air Force we are smaller in numbers and expected to do great work in support of the warfighting mission. Commanders and supervisors deal with personnel issue’s on a daily basis and expect everyone to have the integrity to do what is right to ensure the mission succeeds. Why then do commanders and supervisors…

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Leadership necessary for Airman morale in 21st century

Posted  August 10, 2012

It is our duty as NCOs to ensure that we maintain high morale in ourselves and our Airmen.

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