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Thunderbolts celebrate wingman day

Senior Airmen Grace Lee Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, shoots a basket Nov. 7 in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Luke commanders went up against the Phoenix Banner Wheelchair Suns basketball team in celebration of wingman day. Luke’s Wingman Day offered Airmen a pause in the day-to-day mission to…

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Luke conducts CBRNE exercise

Senior AirmanDevante Williams Members of the 56th Medical Group and Southwest Med Evac air ambulance team members prepare to air evacuate a simulated victim during the exercise Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise was conducted for first responders, base personnel and local agencies to practice real-world events. Luke Air Force Base conducted…

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Enlistment highlights total force

Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr. The 944th Fighter Wing’s newest recruits stand next to a new F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter and raised their hands to enlist into the Air Force Reserve during a “Total Force” mass enlistment held during the October unit training assembly at Luke Air Force Base. The excitement was palatable…

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Bottom line up front: You are needed

Courtesy Photo The 56th Force Support Squadron Parents Advisory Board is made up of, from left, Erin Salvador, 21st Fighter Squadron, vice president; Master Sgt. Denise Johnson, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, secretary; and Wil O’Meara, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron, president. Not pictured is Senior Airman Angela Saralequi, 56th MDOS, volunteer coordinator. Are you caught up…

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Luke Airman, Family Readiness Center hosts fall job fair

Businesses from across the region gathered to participate in a job fair hosted by the 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center. The event was open to active-duty service members, dependents and retirees Nov. 5 in Club Five Six.


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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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