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Young thunderbolts learn about deployments

The 56th Force Support Squadron’s staff held its biannual mock deployment event at the Ability to Survive and Operate area Oct. 15 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Building Partnerships

Airmen from the 944th Civil Engineering Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., helped strengthen the relationship between the Department of Defense and a Navaho community in Gallup, N.M., recently.

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Luke honors those lost, captured in war

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony Sept. 16 in honor of prisoners of war and those missing in action preceded by a two-day vigil. The vigil began at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 with Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, 56th…

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T-bolt nominated for AF leadership award

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Air Force announced Maj. Matthew Hoyt, 54th Fighter Group F-16 chief instructor pilot and 54th Operations Support Squadron chief of weapons and tactics, was nominated for the Lance P. Sijan Air Force Leadership Award. Hoyt was responsible for leading 192 pilots and 72 instructors as chief instructor accounting…

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Luke achieves 10,000 F-35 flight hours

Maj. Nathan Heguy, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II pilot, successfully completed a routine training sortie Sept. 12 to hit officially the 10,000 total combined flight hours in the F-35 for all pilots at Luke Air Force Base. The milestone marks yet another progression in the development of the tactics and utility of the F-35,…

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Luke AFB Exchange offers new, old programs

Posted  September 11, 2015

‘Disney at the Exchange’ Saturday A cast of Disney, Marvel and “Star Wars” brands is joining forces with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service to bring a special, dedicated section to the Luke Exchange.    The standalone section, called “Disney at the Exchange,” showcases merchandise from Disney Consumer Products, including characters from Disney Junior,…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … September 11, 2015

Posted  September 11, 2015

Air Force life, indeed life in general, and religion have this in common — they are influenced and sustained by the use of symbols. Consider the symbols that mark our lives as Airmen. Our duty badges identify what we do, our unit seals identify which squadron we work in, and we have RMOs in our…

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STREET BEAT September 11, 2015

Posted  September 11, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 31 through Sept. 6 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 17 moving violations. Emergency responses Sept. 3: Security forces responded to a report of a medical emergency at the base exchange involving a retiree, whose head was injured upon falling…

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Around Luke – Rango …

Posted  September 11, 2015

Senior Airman James Hensley Staff Sgt. Justin Gonzalez, 56th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, and Rango, 56th SFS MWD, stand in the kennel training yard at Luke Air Force Base. Gonzalez and Rango work on obedience training, drug detection, deterrence, patrol, subduing suspects and search pit.

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Fall flag football season opens

Posted  September 11, 2015

The 2015 fall flag football season has begun at Luke Air Force Base with 13 teams competing to show who has what it takes to win. “I feel pretty good about this season,” said Benjamin Williams, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron head coach. “There was a good showing of people, and we have a very talented…

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