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Commons provides ‘crib’ for Airmen

Courtesy graphic The Community Commons concept design. Renovation has begun and will be completed in May 2016. The Luke Air Force Base Community Center, Bldg. 700, where the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Wellness Center resides, is being renovated and will include a name change to Community Commons. “The building is getting a total overhaul from…

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Roberson takes command of AETC

Johnny Saldivar Lt. Gen Darryl Roberson, Air Education and Training Command commander, speaks during the AETC change of command ceremony Tuesday at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Roberson is a command pilot who has more than 5,000 flight hours including 865 combat hours. Roberson will oversee the operation of 10 major installations in five states….

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Salutes and Awards

FWSA announce awards The following individuals are quarterly awards winners: 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies Airman: Senior Airman Leanne Mathews NCO: Staff Sgt. Natalie Nelson Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Deanna Commack Company grade officer: Capt. Elizabeth McCourt Field grade officer: Maj. David Barnes Civilian (Category I): Yvonne Godwin Civilian (Category II): Sharon Kozak Civilian (Category…

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A historian with his own history

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Richard Griset, 56th Fighter Wing historian, shows an old pilot uniform that is part of a preservation collection on Luke Air Force Base. Richard Griset seems like a very quiet and reserved man and appears to be just another face at Luke Air Force Base. That is until people meet him. Serving…

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Student pilot survives lymphoma, continues dream

Posted  June 14, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Capt. Dakota Olsen, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilot, performs a preflight check during his training at Luke Air Force Base. What if your childhood dream job became a reality? Now imagine that dream coming to a screeching halt with the possibility of not just losing the dream, but your life as well….

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Courage! Do you have it?

Posted  June 14, 2013

What comes to mind when you think of the word courage? Most of us in the military automatically think about contingency operations and the actions of our brave men and women downrange. Those outside the military might say the same thing or they may speak of courage displayed by the actions of our brave police…

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Changing times add extra stress

Posted  June 14, 2013

We can all agree that 2013 has been a challenging year. Budget uncertainty, looming sequestration and potential furloughs have forced change to normal operations. Interrupting the way we do business requires us to operate in an environment of uncertainty. This uncertainty only compounds normal stress brought on by change. These changes affect our lives, increasing…

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308th signs on to clean up

Posted  June 14, 2013

Airman 1st ClassGRACE LEE Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, middle back row, Adopt-A-Street representatives and 308th Fighter Squadron pilots pose June 7 at the northwest corner of Glendale Avenue and Dysart Road. The Adopt-A-Street program invites the community, civic organizations, private businesses and individuals to help keep up the overall appearance of local streets. The Glendale…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  June 14, 2013

Senior Airman Joshua Parker 308th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Weapons load crew member Hometown: Davison, Mich. Years in service: One Inspirations: My uncle served in the Navy and inspires me to make it up the enlisted ranks Goals: Obtain a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, live overseas Self-description: Just trying to do my part, serving my…

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Luke looks back at F-35 mission

Posted  June 14, 2013

Samuel King Jr. The pilot and crew chief salute each other as the F-16 Fighting Falcon taxies toward the runway for another sortie Sept. 6, 2012, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. With an average of 106 takeoffs per day and an inventory of 138 F-16 Fighting Falcons, it would have been easy to not…

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MSG evaluates services amid tight budget

Posted  June 14, 2013

In light of ongoing budgetary constraints, the 56th Mission Support Group and 56th Force Support Squadron are adopting a business case analysis approach to look at base activities here. “We’re using this approach to evaluate all our nonappropriated fund activities,” said Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th MSG commander, referring to funds that pay for morale events…

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FSS gets new boss

Posted  June 14, 2013

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Todd Ladd, incoming 56th Force Support Squadron commander, during a change-of-command ceremony June 10 at Club Five Six on Luke Air Force Base. The 56th FSS supports the Luke community by providing manpower and personnel, airman…

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This week in history: June 14

Posted  June 14, 2013

By June 12, 1943, the 56th Fighter Group had lost a couple of pilots in combat. On that date, the 62nd Fighter Squadron conducted a fighter sweep with two flights between Blankenburge, Belgium, and Calais, France. Flying at 20,000 feet near Ypres, Belgium, they saw two flights of four FochWolf-190s each at 15,000 feet. Maj….

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Cost Conscious Culture C3

Posted  June 14, 2013

Money doesn’t grow on trees! This is an age-old adage that everyone has probably heard from their parents at least once in their lifetime. This axiom still holds true today as the Defense Department is under sequestration and the U.S. Air Force experiences a cash flow issue during fiscal 2013. Specifically, Air Education and Training…

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