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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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Chaplain thoughts – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

“Hence we must be versatile, our tactics must be susceptible to change, and our commanding officers must have ingenuity and imagination.” ~ Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold Happy 65th Birthday U.S. Air Force! (Sept. 18, 1947). The words from General Arnold to a fledgling Air Force still ring so true today. Yes, our commanders must have…

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People First – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

Maintenance training on track to support F-35A As the Air Force begins its Operational Utility Evaluation of the F-35A Lightning II, maintenance training to support the joint strike fighter is also preparing for key program milestones. Though the first “pipeline” students — basic military training graduates — don’t begin training until January 2014, the two…

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Warriors, civilians face off

Posted  September 21, 2012

Janelle Delacruz, 56th Maintenance Group quality assurance inspector, finishes a 400-meter lap carrying a 20-pound medicine ball as team member, Edmund Spivak, far right, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal, begins his leg of the “hurry up and wait” challenge during the Warrior PT Challenge Sept. 7 at the Bryant Fitness Center track.  …

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Fly Over: ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘The Master’

Posted  September 21, 2012

On DVD: ‘The Woman in Black’ by Jayson Burns Despite being a big fan of horror movies, I don’t immediately jump to see every single one that hits the theaters. However, when I saw that ghostly face materialize right beside Daniel Radcliff at the end of the trailer for “The Woman in Black,” I knew…

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TRICARE benefit remains unchanged under new contractor

Posted  September 21, 2012

Following the recent announcement that UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans will replace TriWest Healthcare Alliance as the TRICARE West Region health care contractor, beneficiaries and health care providers have been asking how this change will affect them. One thing doesn’t change: the TRICARE benefit. TRICARE remains committed to providing the best possible health care for the 9.7…

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In Brief – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

Commander’s calls Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will hold commander’s calls at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Bryant Fitness Center gym. Active shooter exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct a base-wide active-shooter exercise Thursday. Community residents and visitors to the base should expect disruptions, gate closures, or…

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Sports Shorts – September 21, 2012

Posted  September 21, 2012

Pool closure The Silver Wings Pool has closed for the season. Ghostly Ghoul run The Ghostly Ghoul 5k fun run is 7 a.m. Oct. 26 in the auxiliary parking lot across from the 944th Fighter Wing headquarters on Super Sabre Street. NFL punt, pass, kick The NFL punt, pass and kick competition is at 6 p.m….

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Team Luke welcomes new commander

Posted  September 14, 2012

Rothstein to focus on mission, leadership and community

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CFC: small donations turn into big $$

Posted  September 14, 2012

Every year one event comes around for seven weeks that helps federal employees donate to charities. The program is the Combined Federal Campaign and is scheduled to kickoff Monday and run through Nov. 9. During the campaign, representatives from each squadron, called key workers, will contact people in their unit to talk about how to…

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Disciplined Airmen lead to disciplined life

Posted  September 14, 2012

As I prepared to prepare (procrastination!) for this commentary, I remember beginning the all important first step — brainstorming! I bounced from topic to topic, everything from the recent F-35 excitement to the roles supervisors have in today’s Air Force to what was on sale at the base exchange. I finally decided on a very…

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