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Airmen reach terminal velocity

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Parachute Team for their accomplishments during service. Terminal velocity is…

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Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child recognizes the role children play in the Armed Forces community. Every day, military members are being deployed to…

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Ruck march honors fallen

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS March of the Fallen participants hike a trail Saturday in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. The MOTF is a 4.5-mile rucksack march dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Airmen and local community members came together Saturday…

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Arizona entrepreneurs learn benefits of hiring vets

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Master Sgt. Stephen Hunter, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal program manager, helps Jack Weiner, Arizona Chapter Entrepreneurs Organization member and business owner, don a bomb suit March 27 during the Entrepreneurs Organization tour at Luke Air Force Base. Ten Arizona Chapter Entrepreneur Organization members held their annual retreat March…

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Scottsdale SWAT train with Reserve medics

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Tactical Combat Casualty Care students provide treatment to simulated wounded patients during a field training exercise at the Luke Auxiliary Field. The class was taught by the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron to Luke reservists and members of the Scottsdale Fire Department and SWAT Team. The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron recently conducted Tactical…


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Air Force

Air Force News – March 8, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

Grace Peterson — Air Force’s first female chief master sergeant FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Grace Peterson became the first female chief master sergeant in 1960. She was not only the first female chief master sergeant, she was part of the original group of senior NCOs to be selected for the rank of E-9. At…

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Events

People First – March 1, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Nominations open…

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Local

Public Affairs: We’ll make you famous!

Posted  March 8, 2013

Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force Chief of Staff, said every Airman has a story. The Airmen in public affairs would like to help tell those stories.

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 8, 2013

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” ~ Galileo Galilei God not only gives us certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (Declaration of Independence), but He also blesses…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat – March 8, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations Feb. 22 through 28. Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 22: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in the parking lot of Bldg. 634. There were no injuries. Feb. 27: Security forces responded to a…

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Fly Over: ‘Dark Skies’, ‘Super 8’

Posted  March 8, 2013

In theaters: In theaters…. ‘Dark Skies’ Not your common alien invasion story Moviegoers might be pleasantly surprised with producer Jason Blum’s (“Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious”) latest offering, “Dark Skies.” It’s “Paranormal Activity” meets “X-Files” with a hint of M. Night Shyamalan. The story opens with Lacy and Daniel Barrett (Keri Russell, “August Rush” and Josh…

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Salutes & Awards

MXG celebrates ‘best’

Posted  March 8, 2013

Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, speaks to the crowd during the banquet. Hanna stressed the importance of operations and maintenance working as a team to complete the mission. The following individuals received 2012 Maintenance professional awards Maintenance officer 1st Lt. Charles Glover, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Direct sortie support Senior NCO: Master Sgt….

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Local

Tophats reach out

Posted  March 8, 2013

1st Lt. Jeff Whitford, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilot, levels a piece of drywall to fit the frame of a house Feb. 23 in Glendale. Whitford volunteered his time along with several other pilots and their spouses to work on a Habitat for Humanity home.   2nd Lt. John Patten, 310th Fighter Squadron student pilot,…

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Sports Shorts – March 8, 2013

Posted  March 8, 2013

607th coasts to finals, defeats 62nd FS 3-1 Photos by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka   Ryan Vanbuskirk, 62nd Fighter Squadron, takes a shot to the goal after moving past Reginald Rouse, 607th ACS, during the semi-final game. Vanbuskirk’s shot was blocked by the 607th ACS’s goalie, Alexander Balock.   Daniel Wynn, 62nd Fighter Squadron,…

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New AETC command chief makes first base visit

Posted  March 1, 2013

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Senior Airman Shawn Dyer, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Maintenance Flight crew chief, briefs Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, Air Education and Training Command chief, Feb. 22 when the chief visited Luke Air Force Base. On his first base visit as Air Education and Training Command’s newest enlisted leader, Chief Master Sgt….

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