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Lightning over Luke …

The F-35 Lightning II isn’t the only lightning striking over Luke Air Force Base. This strike, about five miles west of the Luke flightline, was captured on camera at 1:12 a.m. Aug. 12 at the jet engine test cell.

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Commandant challenges students to be best

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Master Sgt. Sheris Poisson, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School commandant, briefs students Aug. 12 about the active-shooter exercise Aug. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Poisson asked the Airmen about proper procedures in response to an active shooter to help prepare them for both the exercise and real world…

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Airman gives civilian second chance at life

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Staff Sgt. David Patton, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron support section floor chief, repairs a tool box Aug. 6 on Luke Air Force Base. Patton administered life-saving CPR to Robert Clark and received an award from Mayor Sharon Wolcott of Surprise and the Surprise Fire and Paramedic Departments. It was just another night…

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Engraving, framing gets crafty at Luke

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Kimberly Caley, 56th Force Support Squadron Arts and Crafts operations manager, designs a shadow box display Aug. 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The Arts and Crafts shop is available to take care of the needs of all squadrons pertaining to going away gifts, awards, custom framing, wood work and engravings. Throughout…

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This week in history

The WASPs helped America win World War II by freeing men to fly in combat. Now that women fill all roles in our military, it is hard to imagine that time when the nation only allowed men to fight. Because of that attitude, the WASP had a rocky start and an abrupt end.


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Chaplain thoughts May 24, 2012

Posted  May 24, 2012

“They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.”  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow This weekend and specifically this coming Monday, we commemorate and celebrate Memorial Day. A time for us as a nation to pause and reflect upon the greatest sacrifice that so many have given…

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Fly Over: ‘Harold and Kumar’ Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Posted  May 24, 2012

Watching a film is like reading a book in that viewing a motion picture accomplishes one of two goals — the film entertains or stimulates the viewer intellectually. Occasionally, a movie accomplishes both. “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” does not. However, anyone familiar with…

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Fly Over: ‘Everything Must Go’

Posted  May 24, 2012

What’s the success rate for marriage when one person gets sober and the other doesn’t? Almost zero, we’re told by Frank Garcia (Michael Pena), the 12-step sponsor for relapsed alcoholic Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell), who discovers for himself the wages of alcoholism and the toll it can take on relationships when he comes home one…

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Educating the sky’s eyes

Posted  May 24, 2012

Senior Airman Leslie Eccles, 56th Operations Support Squadron, briefs pilots on where possible threats will be located during their mission at Luke Air Force Base May 1. The OSS’s intelligence section is responsible for ensuring all personnel are aware of potential threats to the mission, whether they’re on the ground or in the air.

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Det. 12 drives tomorrow’s crew chiefs today

Posted  May 18, 2012

Ross Magedoff grew up watching the Navy’s Blue Angels and Air Force’s Thunderbirds perform at air shows thinking, ‘It’s amazing what they do; that’s something I may want to do one day.’ Little did he know, the now Airman first class’s career would take him to the exact jet the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s Aerial…

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It’s your career…take care of it

Posted  May 18, 2012

There once was a time where you could safely assume that if you did a decent job and stayed out of trouble you could carry your career out until 20 years or more and retire. If you had a few bumps in the road or slowly progressed through the ranks, no worries, your retirement was…

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Know how to manage your money

Posted  May 18, 2012

I was listening to the radio the other day and heard a staggering statistic: 78 percent of all NFL players are in some sort of financial distress three years after leaving the NFL. While divorce was cited as the most common cause, “basic financial irresponsibility” played a large factor. While I don’t know what the…

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Top Hats graduate 15 combat pilots in ceremony today

Posted  May 18, 2012

The mission of the 56th Fighter Wing is to, “Train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission ready warfighters.” Fifteen graduates of the F-16 Initial Qualification Course, Class 11-EBG, will cross the stage today and enter the Combat Air...

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Thunderbolt of the Week May 18, 2012

Posted  May 18, 2012

Staff Sergeant Roger Tremblay 56th Training Squadron/OLB NCOIC of Weapons and Tactics Hometown: Lugoff, South Carolina Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Savanna; Daughters, Ansley and Emery Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle…

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E-7 promotions

Posted  May 18, 2012

The following individuals were selected for promotion to Master Sgt.: 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Edward Bates Jr., John Costa, James Craig, Terrance Hathaway, Lon Henderson, Raymond Hetrick, Travis Hochsprung, Kevin Kilbride, Damian Lay, Bryan Longellow, Christopher McGhee, Leon Montgomery, Steve Radnor, Justin Romo, Brian Schweitzer, Gerald White, David Winter   56th Fighter Wing Charles Beers,…

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