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Senior Airman Devante Williams Air Force

56th FW has new mission

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, left, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Charles Lilly, right, lithograph artist, present the new 56th Fighter Wing lithograph May 21 during the 56th FW change of mission ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. The change is historical for Luke as the wing’s mission statement last changed 25…

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A mother’s right …

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Marcy Copeland, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, closes a curtain to the nursing room May 13 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center on Luke Air Force Base. The CDC offers a nursing room for mothers who choose to breast-feed during work hours. Becoming a new…

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Snakes on trains, planes, automobiles? Not likely

Courtesy photo of the U.S. Geological Survey The DeSchauensee anaconda pictured here is listed as injurious wildlife under federal law. Did you know that the reticulated python, the green anaconda, the DeSchauensee anaconda and the Beni anaconda are the most recent reptiles to be listed as injurious wildlife under federal law? So what does this…

Airman PEDRO MOTA Air Force

Thunderbolts venture to El Salvador

Airman PEDRO MOTA Medical technicians from the 56th Medical Support Squadron gather personal gear May 22 outside the 56th Medical Group building at Luke Air Force Base as they prepare to leave on a 15-day humanitarian mission to El Salvador. A team of Luke Air Force Base Airmen departed May 22 on a training mission…

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“Look up, Show up, Follow-up:” Design for resilience

Courtesy photo TEAM Luke resilience training assistants and master resilience trainers pose for a photo at Luke Air Force Base. There are 146 RTAs at Luke and 12 MRTs. None of us is as smart as all of us. After all, TEAM means Together Everyone Achieves More. Very rarely does one person achieve a goal…


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Seminar provides information on U.S. citizenship

Posted  June 6, 2014

Senior Airman Jason Colbert Airman Frank Mannington, 56th Contracting Squadron contracting specialist, feared leaving his home at night when he lived in Harare, Zimbabwe, prior to his family moving to America in 2002. To be born an American citizen and the many privileges offered in this country can easily be taken for granted. If a…

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Repeal of DADT – what it means to me

Posted  June 6, 2014

June is LGBT History Month and is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. I’ve been in the Air Force for five years and have been openly gay in the military since the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in 2011. I came in the military without the thought of this…

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Arizona Lemon Law: Squeeze most out of car

Posted  June 6, 2014

The Arizona Lemon Law protects the legal rights of motor vehicle purchasers who buy defective cars in Arizona. It mainly pertains to the purchase of new cars, but there are some provisions for used cars as well. Before going out and purchasing that car you’ve been eyeing for the past few months, familiarize yourself with…

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MSgt selects announced

Posted  June 6, 2014

The E-7 promotion list was released May 22. The following technical sergeants were selected for promotion to master sergeant at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Fighter Wing Andrew Henzel and Larry Littrell 56th Comptroller Squadron Adria Baker and Jeannine Wilson 56th Operations Support Squadron Marc Garcia and Timothy Lacey 56th Maintenance Group Cleveland Coley, Donald…

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MDSS Airman expresses self through spoken-word poetry

Posted  June 6, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airman 1st Class Christopher Malone, 56th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory apprentice, swabs a patient’s arm with alcohol as he prepares to draw her blood May 7 at the 56th Medical Group laboratory. Malone writes and performs spoken-word poetry, a modern form of poetry that is spoken using theatrical expression. “Roses…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 6, 2014

Staff Sgt. Jack Price 56th Fighter Wing Command post controller Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana Years in service: Nine Previous assignments: Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and Hurlburt Field AFB, Florida Inspirations: My Father inspires me to think about the meaning of life and why we do what we do Greatest feat: As an aerial gunner…

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News Briefs June 6, 2014

Posted  June 6, 2014

AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Club Five Six Barcelona Room. For more information, go to www.afsa1260.com or call Master Sgt. Michael Hohn at 623-856-3218. Partial road closures Road construction will partially close 141st Avenue between Marauder and Eagle streets through June…

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Spikes, Ducks get ‘Lightning’ thought

Posted  June 6, 2014

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Staff Sgt. Tomekia Lamb, 62nd Fighter Squadron aviation resource management, checks pilot flight and training records May 28 at Luke Air Force Base. The 62nd FS will become the second F-35 training squadron at Luke. The Wild Ducks relinquished command, the Spikes are to become Wild Ducks, then the Spikes are coming…

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Integrity first: Having courage to speak up

Posted  June 6, 2014

As a kid my dad always asked me questions he already knew the answers to, testing my integrity throughout my childhood. As a strict military father, he taught me at an early age that a man’s word is everything, and as I grew older, it developed into having integrity in every aspect of life. The…

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Are you up for the challenge?

Posted  June 6, 2014

We in the Air Force are facing challenging times as both individuals and organizations. We are in the middle of several force shaping efforts to trim nearly 25,000 Airmen from our ranks. I want to look at the trials facing many squadrons, groups and wings across the Air Force. Initially, these organizations were tasked with…

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