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Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, prepares Wednesday for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training sortie at Luke Air Force Base with Senior Airman Patrick Murphy, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first…

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Club Beyond: Where friends, fun, faith connect

Courtesy photo Charles and Joe compete to see who can attach the most clothespins to their faces Dec. 1, 2014, at Club Five Six. Club Beyond has more than 100 trained staff and hundreds of volunteers at over 40 locations worldwide. Teenagers face many difficult issues today such as online bullying, educational stress, sexual pressures,…

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AFAF campaign: Committed to caring

Courtesy photo Air Force senior leaders review Air Force Assistance Fund affiliate web sites in preparation for the 2015 AFAF drive at the Pentagon. Seated are Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III, and standing from the left are Air Force Vice Chief of…

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56th Fighter Group longest mission

Courtesy photo Maj. James Carter, 61st Fighter Squadron commander Seventy years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Group and many others in Eighth Air Force flew over Berlin. Previously, the Allies sporadically targeted Berlin, the capital of the Third Reich. On the ground, the Allies were about to cross the Rhine River. Crossing the Rhine…

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Qualification training

Staff Sgt. Rakim Redd, 607th Air Control Squadron instructor, instructs Senior Airman Rachel Mach, 607th ACS interface control technician, on how to set up a datalink March 10 during 607th ACS initial qualification training at Luke Air Force Base. The 607th ACS operates and maintains radar and communications to train highly-qualified weapons directors and surveillance…


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Street Beat – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 31 through Sept. 6: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug 31: Security forces responded to a report of an off-base vehicle accident near Falcon Dunes Golf Course. Security forces provided traffic control for the helicopter landing…

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SFS defeats CES, wins championship 61-45

Posted  September 14, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron took home the title as they defeated the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron in the intramural basketball championship Aug. 16 at the Bryant Fitness Center. In the double elimination tournament format, CES needed to win only one game to take home the trophy, while SFS needed to go back-to-back for the…

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Chaplain thoughts – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

“Today, we gather to be reassured that God hears the lamenting and bitter weeping of Mother America because so many of her children are no more. Let us now seek that assurance in prayer for the healing of our grief stricken hearts, for the souls and sacred memory of those who have been lost.” ~…

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Sports Shorts – September 14, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

New pool hours The Silver Wings Pool offers open swim and lap swim 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The pool closes for the season Sept. 21. For more information, call (623) 856-9334. Ghostly Ghoul run The Ghostly Ghoul 5k fun run is…

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F-16 pilot reaches flying hour milestone

Posted  September 7, 2012

Maj. Frank Bricel, 69th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, prepares to exit his aircraft Aug. 31 after crossing his 3,000 flying hour mark in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. Bricel has been flying for 18 years. On a scorching afternoon in the skies over Luke Air Force Base, one F-…

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Luke 1 departs, praises Thunderbolts

Posted  September 7, 2012

Brig. Gen. JD Harris, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and his wife, Heather, prepare to depart Luke Air Force Base after a two-year tour here. Harris has been selected to serve as vice commander of the 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan. We serve the Constitution of the United States; that is the oath…

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Salutes & Awards

308th FS graduates 18 in class 12-AGB

Posted  September 7, 2012

The U.S. Air Force’s newest Viper pilots will culminate nine months of demanding training today and receive their graduation certificates. Class 12-ABG from the 308th Fighter Squadron Emerald Knights will join the ranks of a select group of aviators fortunate enough to fly the F-16. They did not achieve this goal on their own; it…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  September 7, 2012

Staff Sgt. Andrea James 56th Operations Support Squadron 309th Fighter Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment NCO-in-charge Hometown: Henrico, N.C. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Staff Sgt. Shira James, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; daughter, Jaden, 5; and son, Jaxon, 1 Education: Pursuing a degree in criminal justice at Rio Salado College. Previous assignments: Robins Air Force…

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Health & Safety

Giving kids a boost

Posted  September 7, 2012

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Staff Sgt. Erin Watson, 56th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, receives a new booster seat Aug. 30 after being briefed on its proper use and installation by Senior Airman Jessica Crotta, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, during the Booster Bash at Luke Air Force Base. A new law went into effect Aug….

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Make immune system healthy, strong

Posted  September 7, 2012

The body’s immune system has many jobs, including fighting against bacteria, parasites and fungi; it is also essential in keeping the body healthy from infection. The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues and organs that together prevent and defend against attacks to the body, according to Rachel Perkins-Garner, 56th Medical…

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