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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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NOSC drops anchor at Luke

Posted  January 25, 2013

In March of 2012, the Navy Operational Support Center relocated to Luke Air Force Base. The U.S. Navy packed up ship in Phoenix not to move closer to a large body of water but to drop anchor back in the deserts of Arizona.

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Fly Over: ‘Broken City’, ‘Mistborn: The Final Empire’

Posted  January 25, 2013

In theaters: ‘Broken City’ Personally, I occasionally have a hard time following plots that involve politics or business, mostly due to all of the little technical details that get thrown around. Because of that, I can get disinterested fairly quickly while watching these movies. Fortunately for Broken City, despite some of these same issues, its…

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Sports Shorts – January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

Photo by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Airmen swing away during men’s varsity softball tryouts Photo by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Joe Rivera, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, takes a swing during the batting practice portion of tryouts. Photo by Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Alex Hernandez, civilian, catches the ball during a fielding drill…

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Mobile Field Exchanges go where needed

Posted  January 24, 2013

DALLAS — For the first time in four years, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service does not currently have a Mobile Field Exchange deployed in the United States. But while things may be peaceful now, they are continually standing at the ready for the next emergency or training exercise. MFEs are specially configured semitrailers…

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Thunderbolts run for Sandy Hook

Posted  January 18, 2013

Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Airman 1st Class David Owsianka Luke Air Force Base members begin a 5k run Dec. 21, 2012, at the 944th Fighter Wing headquarters building. The run raised money for the Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown Victims Relief Fund. The event and others on base raised $2,553. More than 150 Thunderbolts…

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Dissent, better part of loyalty

Posted  January 18, 2013

How many of us have heard a new commander say, “I expect your loyalty, and I hope to earn your respect?” I believe that the meaning of this saying is often misinterpreted by its audience. The second half of that statement is easy enough to understand, but what do military commanders mean when they demand…

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Lead from the front

Posted  January 18, 2013

I recently graduated from the NCO Academy at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. During the seven-week course we were given helpful tools meant to guide us on the path to becoming unit managers and senior NCOs. The course focused on topics from the profession of arms and team building concepts, to resource stewardship and negotiating….

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Steer away from drinking, driving

Posted  January 18, 2013

Every year people die because of others who drive under the influence of alcohol, but the most tragic fact is that they all could have been prevented. However, despite a clear zero-tolerance drinking and driving policy, there are still Airmen who make poor choices, said Senior Airman Christopher Vonhatten, 56th Security Forces Squadron police services….

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News Briefs January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

National prayer breakfast There will be a panel of players from the Arizona Diamondbacks, to include Paul Goldschmidt, and San Francisco Giants speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Jan. 31 at Club Five Six. An autograph session will follow. Tickets are $5 each and can be obtained through the unit first…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  January 18, 2013

Staff Sgt. Michael McCormick Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment instructor Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo. Years in service: Eight Family: Daughters, Madisyn and Faith; and son, Logan Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health at Columbia Southern University Previous assignments: Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Inspirations: My parents — very…

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