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Luke ‘deploys’ youngest Airmen

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Gabriel Gutierrez, age 5, son of Staff Sgt. Arlene Gutierrez, 56th Security Forces Squadron, gives high fives as he goes through the welcome home line during Operation KIDS Saturday at Luke Air Forces Base. Veterans of Foreign Wars, United Service Organization and members of the community greeted the children when they returned…

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CES inspects base infrastructure

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Staff Sgt. Steven Stein, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical subject matter expert, points out a damaged water heater Oct. 24 to Senior Airman Sandham Challis, 56th CES structural subject matter expert, in Bldg. 700 during a building inspection at Luke Air Force Base. The heater is more than 20 years old…

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Airman changes lanes in life

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Kelton Rall Those who have had a hard life often say it is hard to overcome the past. “It’s almost like climbing out of a dark hole – one mistake and you fall deeper into the abyss,” said Airman 1st Class Kelton Rall, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron intrapersonal protective equipment…

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Present arms!

Daniel “Nanoo” Mayer, pilot for a day, salutes in front of an F-16 Fighting Falcon Oct. 24 at the 310th Fighter Squadron. The pilot for a day program focuses on children who have serious or chronic conditions and invites them to be a part of a flying squadron for a day. Mayer was diagnosed with…

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New Luke unit to stand up in Oregon

Courtesy photo An F-15 Eagle flies over the 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field, Oregon Air National Guard. In an effort to meet Air Force demands for F-15C Eagle pilots, a new Luke Air Force Base detachment will stand up at the 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field, Oregon Air National Guard. The 56th Operations Group Detachment…


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Health & Safety

Emergency mass notification system saves lives

Posted  October 5, 2012

What do you do when you’re on base and severe weather is fast approaching or a gunman has started randomly shooting people on base? The installation command post will warn and provide instructions simultaneously to all government computers, telephones, building public address systems, the outside ‘giant voice’ public address system and social media. Each base…

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Air Force News – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

First F-35 training commander: ‘This jet is our future’ Five months of flying the Air Force’s newest fighter jet has left one Airman convinced of the aircraft’s substantial combat capability. Lt. Col. Lee Kloos is the commander of the 58th Fighter Squadron, the Defense Department’s first F-35 Lightning II training squadron, located at Eglin Air…

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People First – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

Wolfenbarger: AFMC 5-Center reorganization on track After some 18 months of planning and careful transition, Air Force Materiel Command officials are ready to declare initial operational capability of AFMC’s 5-Center reorganization Oct. 1. In early July, the command began activating its new centers and consolidating others as it transitioned from operating with 12 centers to…

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Chaplain thoughts – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

“Riches don’t make a man rich; they only make him busier.” ~ Christopher Columbus A basic definition of contentment is being satisfied with what you already have. I believe this is something most people need to learn a little bit more. Now don’t get me wrong, wanting to better ourselves financially or professionally is OK…

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607th ACS bulilds home, future for family

Posted  October 5, 2012

Sounds of hammering and sawing filled the air as members of the 607th Air Control Squadron spent the day working with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family in need.

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Street Beat – October 5, 2012

Posted  October 5, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 21 through 27: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 24: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in base housing. There were no injuries. Emergency responses Sept. 21: Security forces responded to a report of…

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Men, cars need tune-ups

Posted  October 5, 2012

The body is very similar to a car. It needs proper maintenance and an occasional tune up. The problem is most men take better care of their vehicles than they do their bodies, according to Michelle Hoyt, 56th Medical Group health manager and registered nurse. “They only go to the doctor when something is broken,”…

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Fly Over: ‘Dredd’, ‘End of Watch’

Posted  October 5, 2012

In theaters: ‘Dredd’ by Jayson Burns In 1995, an adaptation of the British comic “2000 AD” was released, titled “Judge Dredd.” It was cheesy and ripe for ridicule, but some people (like me) see it kind of like a guilty pleasure. Still, it didn’t do well commercially or critically and fans of “2000 AD” as…

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October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted  October 5, 2012

Domestic violence is a pervasive problem in virtually all countries, cultures, classes and income groups, and the Air Force is not excluded. It is a type of abuse that involves injuring usually a spouse or partner, but it can also be a parent, child or other family member. It is the willful intimidation, physical assault,…

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Time for dos, don’ts reminder of political season

Posted  October 5, 2012

Military members and Defense Department employees are encouraged to vote and participate in the political process. At the same time, the appearance of military influence of the political process must be avoided. Thus, participation in political activities by military members and DOD employees is limited by law in order to ensure that a real or…

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