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Eglin crew chiefs advance with F-35

As the Air Force continues to develop their newest fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, the 33rd Fighter Wing ensures the airmen tasked with taking care of it receive the training they need to advance with it. Crew chiefs who have worked alongside the F-35 since its production, have transformed into a new breed of…

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Luke Airman survives three wars, plane crash

“I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy used to transport supplies, so I figured I might as well sink it. I…

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NASCAR honors Airmen at PIR

Forty-three race cars, 200 laps and only one driver to win it all. Fast cars and intense action are not all NASCAR is known for. It’s also known for recognizing throughout the NASCAR season those who serve in the military. The program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members of…

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Family advocacy, Glendale PD co-op earns honors

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Military University presented a certificate of honor Oct. 25 in Chicago to the Glendale Police Department and Luke Air Force Base Family Advocacy Center for joint efforts in providing support for victims of domestic abuse. The award, which was accepted by the Glendale police and…

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Hill AFB maintainers gain experience at Luke

Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, finished advanced training on maintenance procedures for the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The Hill Airmen are part of a continuous cycle of maintainers being sent to Luke from Hill in order to develop their skills in two phases of training, first under…

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Health & Safety

November: Warrior Care Month

Posted  November 19, 2015

This year’s theme for Warrior Care Month is “Show of Strength.” On Nov. 5, 2008, then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates established November as Warrior Care Month. He said Warrior Care Month is a, “Defense Department-wide effort aimed at increasing awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill, and injured service members, their families,…

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Norway joins Luke …

Posted  November 19, 2015

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Maj. Gen. Morten Klever, Norwegian F-35 Program director, poses Nov. 10 in front of one of the first two Norwegian F-35 Lighting IIs to arrive at Luke Air Force Base. This marks the second international partner to have F-35s arrive for training at Luke.

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Luke Exchange keeps ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving

Posted  November 19, 2015

With a quarter of its work force comprised of military family members, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a true example of family serving family. As such, the focus on Thanksgiving will be on family. “As a part of the military community, the Exchange understands that time with family, for both customers and…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … November 20, 2015

Posted  November 19, 2015

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” ~ Aesop As the father of three I love telling Aesop’s Fables to my children. One such story is the simple yarn entitled “The Dog and His Reflection.” The story goes that a dog with a bone in his mouth was crossing a bridge. When he looked into…

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Air Force

PEOPLE FIRST November 20, 2015

Posted  November 19, 2015

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. Art therapy…

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