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Luke 1 holds first commander’s call

Courtesy Photo Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, begins his first commander’s call at Luke Air Force Base Monday. Pleus took command of the fighter wing June 20. Brig. Gen Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, held his first commander’s call Monday at the Luke Air Force Base theater. The day was divided…

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No one flies until flight med gives OK

James Hensley Airman 1st Class Shawn Martinez, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight medicine technician, checks over the ambulance Aug. 19 with Staff Sgt. Jovanny Reyes, 56th AMDS medical technician, at Luke Air Force Base. Martinez ensures the vehicle is prepped and ready for emergency response on the flightline by checking the lights, ensuring the equipment…

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Motivated Airman dedicated to AF

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Roman, 56th Communications Squadron cyber transport systems technician, shows off her Muhammad Ali T-shirt, which to her represents an expression of determination and how a person with determination can overcome any obstacle. The absence of a father can be detrimental to a child, but in the military,…

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Luke F-35 mission scores 100th sortie

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland An F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter makes an approach to land Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. The fighter jet was concluding the 100th F-35 sortie flown at Luke. Luke Air Force Base launched its 100th F-35A Lightning II sortie at approximately noon on Tuesday. “Flying the 100th F-35A sortie…

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Sponsoring Airmen makes big difference for them

A permanent change of station can be overwhelming for the Airman coming from technical training school or for the family who feels as though they have moved a thousand times, but having a sponsor can make all the difference when arriving at a new station.


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Fly Over: Magic Mike: In Florida, male strippers earn their keep

Posted  July 13, 2012

When Channing Tatum was 19, he worked for a while as an exotic dancer in Tampa, Fla., going by the moniker “Chan Crawford,” and wow, does this dude have some moves.

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Biosphere 2: Where science lives

Posted  July 13, 2012

Biosphere 2 offers one of Time Life’s 50 must-see “Wonders of the World,” and a great weekend destination right in our own backyard.

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TRICARE travel tips: keeping members covered

Posted  July 13, 2012

When you’re leaving on vacation or changing duty stations, TRICARE is your medical coverage. These five small steps can help you avoid unexpected issues during your travels – even if you change TRICARE regions.   Keep DEERS updated No matter which TRICARE program you use, your Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System record is the key…

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Command post

Posted  July 13, 2012

Senior Airman Tyler Rawlings runs a quick-reaction checklist as Senior Airman Austin Kelley broadcasts the termination of an in-flight emergency over the 56th Fighter Wing commander’s net at the command post.

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Fitness center offers Thunderbolts ways to exert

Posted  July 13, 2012

Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron personal trainer, instructs Julie Kenkel on proper technique during her workout routine July 3 at the Combat PT Center.

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Sports Shorts – July 13, 2012

Posted  July 13, 2012

Scuba diving classes Two-day scuba diving classes will be held Saturday and Sunday, and Sept. 1 and 2 at Silver Wings Pool. The cost is $99 and includes all instruction materials and equipment. For more information or to sign up, call (623) 856-7120.   Youth dance class A youth dance class teaching hip-hop, stepping and…

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OG leadership changes hands

Posted  July 6, 2012

Col. Douglas Miller relinquished command of the 56th Operations Group to Col. John Hanna during a ceremony held June 29 at Luke Air Force Base. Hanna joins Team Luke after serving as the director of the...

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Focus on Appearance – July 6, 2012

Posted  July 6, 2012

Hairstyles:  Women may not have military high-and-tight or flat-top haircuts. The minimum length is one inch and hair will not exceed three inches in bulk. Men’s hair must have a tapered appearance on the sides and back. With and without headgear, hair will not exceed one and a quarter-inch in bulk, regardless of length, and…

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Team, leadership successfully draw down preventive health at Joint Base Balad

Posted  July 6, 2012

Preventive health members from Luke Air Force Base, Lackland AFB, Texas, and Kirtland AFB, N.M., were lucky enough to have the opportunity to deploy during the closure of vaunted Joint Base Balad during the June through November 2011 rotation. For some, it was their first deployment; for others, it was another in a long line…

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756th AMXS COC

Posted  July 6, 2012

Col. Deborah Liddick, 56th Maintenance Group commander, and Lt. Col. James Upchurch, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, salute June 28 as Upchurch assumes command of the 756th AMXS during a change-of-command ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.

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