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2015 NFL Pro Bowl players practice at Luke

Senior Airman Grace Lee Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos cornerback, assigned to Team Carter, signs footballs for fans at Luke. NFL Pro Bowl players came to the Luke Air Force Base football field Jan. 21 to practice and sign autographs for service members and their families. Since 1938, the Pro Bowl has been an NFL tradition…

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Luke 1 takes last Viper ride

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, returns from his last flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 23 at Luke Air Force Base. Pleus’ last flight symbolizes Luke stepping forward with a new mission — training the world’s greatest F-35 fighter pilots. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander,…

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61st AMU assigns first F-35 dedicated crew chiefs

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Members of the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs prepare to recite the Mechanic’s Creed during the recognition ceremony Jan. 23 in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force Base. Seventeen dedicated crew chiefs were each assigned an F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. Even though being a crew chief may not…

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Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his…

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Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, 56th SFS MWD, pose for a photo in Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. Chrach was recently awarded the 12th Annual Animal Hero Award from the Arizona Friends of Animals Organization for his service to the community and deployment to…


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Freedom Fest Celebration

Posted  July 11, 2014

Photos by Senior Airman Devante Williams The sky was bright with fireworks July 4 over Luke Air Force Base at the annual Freedom Fest, which drew more than 2,000 spectators. The show, set to music, was the finale of the base’s Independence Day celebration at Fowler Park.   Attendees enjoy a line dance July 4…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  July 11, 2014

Who wants to be a millionaire? Time is the precious asset for building a roadmap toward this goal. If you start saving for retirement at age 25, you only have to save about $4,830 annually to reach $1 million by age 65, assuming an annual return of 7 percent. That equates to $365 a month,…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  July 11, 2014

Courtesy photo William Hersey Davis “Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone; character is what angels say about you before the throne of God.” ~ William Hersey Davis How do you wish to be remembered? I hate to break this to you, but we are all going to “buy the farm” one…

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This week in history

Posted  July 11, 2014

Courtesy photo Capt. Fred Christensen July 7, 1944: Six in one day Seventy years ago this week, Capt. Fred Christensen, 62nd Fighter Squadron, was the first American fighter pilot to shoot down six Luftwaffe aircraft in one day. In fact, it took him under two minutes. Christensen was already a triple ace with 15.5 kills…

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People First – July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

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. Unique developmental opportunities…

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Air Force News – July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

South Carolina Tech. Sgt. Joseph Charleston, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron fire station captain, and Senior Airman Boyd Korb, 20th CES firefighter, at Shaw Air Force Base received a Defense Department level award for heroism based on the lifesaving rescue of a downed civilian firefighter in Sumter, S.C. Italy Airmen and Soldiers integrated combat search and…

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Luke observes LGBT Pride Month

Posted  July 11, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Attendees of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month luncheon watch a video June 24 at Club Five Six which showed gay active-duty personnel speaking about their experiences, as well Eric Fanning, undersecretary of the Air Force, giving a speech. Civilians and Airmen of all ranks attended the event to…

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Salutes and Awards

Posted  July 11, 2014

ALS graduates 32 senior airmen The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 32 senior airmen June 26 from Class 14-5. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Jaimie Fleming, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Distinguished graduates: Richard Sparkman and Wesley Wagner, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Commandant’s Award: Orlando Calzadillas, 161st Security Forces Squadron Academic…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  July 11, 2014

Staff Sgt. Joshua White 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Occupational health NCO-in-charge Hometown: Waldorf, Maryland Years in service: 10 Family: Wife, Angela Education: Pursuing a public health bachelor’s degree at Wayland Baptist University Previous assignments: Andersen Air Base, Guam; Kadena AB, Japan, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri Inspirations: My dad for being a good role model,…

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News Briefs July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Aug. 15. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting…

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