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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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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 1, 2013

<h3Staff Sgt. Haley Mestey 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Aerospace Medical Craftsman Hometown: Decatur, Ill. Years in service: Six Family: Husband, Jose; and son, Adrian Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Florida Previous assignments: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Inspirations: 2nd Lt. Kelly Sampson (previously Staff Sgt. Sampson) showed me…

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AF, AETC name annual winners

Posted  February 1, 2013

Air Force The following individuals or units are 2012 Air Force award winners: Aircraft maintenance effectiveness 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Air Education and Training Command The following individuals or units are 2012 AETC award winners: Maintenance Daedalian 56th Fighter Wing Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Aircraft maintenance Civilian manager: Paul Shows, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Munitions/missile…

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Health & Safety

Lower risk for heart disease

Posted  February 1, 2013

One out of every four women dies from heart disease in the U.S., according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. It’s the top killer of U.S. women and men. Heart disease begins with damage to the lining inside the heart’s arteries. Certain factors contribute to this damage, including smoking, high cholesterol, high blood…

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Fore …

Posted  February 1, 2013

Staff Sgt. C.J. Hatch Kevin Hurley, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, tees off during the February African American Heritage Month golf tournament. The tournament was a four-person scramble with a shotgun start. The money raised from the tournament went to support AAHM activities throughout the month.

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Teens don’t always recognize dating violence

Posted  February 1, 2013

Though the consequences of dating violence are serious and the need for safety and support may be clear to adults, it is often difficult for young people to recognize and respond to abuse within their intimate relationships. Recognizing that the person you love, who professes to love you, is controlling, abusive or violent may be…

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Justice Report

Posted  February 1, 2013

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions for December 2012: 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial An airman was found guilty of two specifications of Article 92, failure to obey a lawful order, wrongful use and possession of spice. The member received a sentence of confinement for 19 days, reduction to E-1 and forfeiture…

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People First – February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AF to…

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Street Beat – February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 18 through 24: Tickets Security forces issued citations for nine moving and nine nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 18: Security forces responded to a major vehicle accident at Super Saber Street and 143rd Avenue. An individual had minor injuries but declined medical treatment. Jan. 24:…

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Most healthy people can avoid flu

Posted  February 1, 2013

Nine out of 10 healthy people who get a flu shot don’t get the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It takes two weeks for a flu shot’s immunity to build completely, so now is the time to get vaccinated. TRICARE will cover flu shots or flu mists at no cost…

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Honoring Luke’s best

Posted  February 1, 2013

Photos by Senior Airman Sandra Welch The 56th Fighter Wing 2012 Annual Awards were presented Saturday. Annual award recipients gather for a group photo with Luke leadership and the guest speaker. FROM LEFT: Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, 56th Fighter Wing command chief; Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th FW commander; Susan Andrews, category I civilian;…

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