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Airmen reach terminal velocity

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Parachute Team for their accomplishments during service. Terminal velocity is…

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Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child recognizes the role children play in the Armed Forces community. Every day, military members are being deployed to…

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Ruck march honors fallen

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS March of the Fallen participants hike a trail Saturday in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. The MOTF is a 4.5-mile rucksack march dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Airmen and local community members came together Saturday…

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Arizona entrepreneurs learn benefits of hiring vets

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Master Sgt. Stephen Hunter, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal program manager, helps Jack Weiner, Arizona Chapter Entrepreneurs Organization member and business owner, don a bomb suit March 27 during the Entrepreneurs Organization tour at Luke Air Force Base. Ten Arizona Chapter Entrepreneur Organization members held their annual retreat March…

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Scottsdale SWAT train with Reserve medics

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Tactical Combat Casualty Care students provide treatment to simulated wounded patients during a field training exercise at the Luke Auxiliary Field. The class was taught by the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron to Luke reservists and members of the Scottsdale Fire Department and SWAT Team. The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron recently conducted Tactical…


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Nurse Transition Program ticket to new career

Posted  October 12, 2012

There are many paths Airmen take to become nurses whether being prior enlisted or commissioning immdiately after college. Whatever the case, the Nurse Transition Program is here to prepare them for their future endeavors. “The NTP helps provides a solid foundation for brand new Air Force nurses,” said Col. Carol Andrews, 56th Medical Group chief…

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Are you a great teammate?

Posted  October 12, 2012

Accountability is the cornerstone of any organization. Accountability equals trust and each member of an organization or team must be able to trust that their teammate is accountable and will always execute the mission at the same high standard. The standard is excellence and as Airmen we should accept nothing less, but we often do….

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‘Missing Man’ symbol of loss

Posted  October 12, 2012

The missing man formation is one of the most profound demonstrations of honor and respect a flying unit can bestow. The very makeup and maneuvering of this formation demonstrates the concept of a cohesive team and how each member of that team counts. When a member of that team is lost, the others not only…

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Calling all thrifty shoppers

Posted  October 12, 2012

At Luke Air Force Base there is a place where military personnel can buy items at a bargain price while at the same time helping the base and a variety of charities the proceeds go to.

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In Brief – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

Contemporary Gospel Service celebration The Luke Air Force Base chapel will offer two services at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Luke Community chapel in honor of the Contemporary Gospel Service celebrating 37 years of history. Dr. Alfred Craig from the Arizona USA World Ministries and Rev. Gregory Chambliss from Solid Rock Baptist Church…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

Airman 1st Class Jan-Michael Wood 62nd Fighter Squadron Squadron Aviation Resource Manager Hometown: McLouth, Kan. Years in service: One Education: Associate degree in liberal arts Inspirations: This is my first time away from home, and the 62nd FS men and women have made me feel at home Goals: Complete a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering,…

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‘I am Air Force Energy’ campaign kicks off

Posted  October 12, 2012

October is Energy Action Month, and it provides an opportunity to promote energy and water conservation awareness to Airmen as part of a national campaign led by the Department of Energy. This year’s theme, “I am Air Force Energy,” puts the Airman at the center of the campaign. The goal is to inspire the Total…

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Continuing ed …

Posted  October 12, 2012

FROM LEFT: Staff Sgt. Jessica Williams, 309th Fighter Squadron, Senior Airman Eric Laughbaum, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Senior Airman Dedra Roach, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Andrew Combs, 56th Communications Squadron, Senior Airman Michael Palmer, 56th Medical Operations Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Mark Adams, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, Staff Sgt. Carlos Cruz, 56th CMS, Tech….

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Chaplain thoughts – October 12, 2012

Posted  October 12, 2012

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” ~ Lao Tsu         We often think in order to make a difference we must do something big. Yet I would contend it is often the small, random acts of kindness that can make a real difference in the lives of others. It may…

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Fiscal 2012: Books finally closed

Posted  October 12, 2012

Editor’s note: This is first in a series of articles on finance. Air Force financial managers take pride in executing the ABCs — accounting, budget and cost. Accounting is the first, and arguably, the most important competency. Did you know the Air Force prepares annual financial statements just like civilian companies? These financial statements are…

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