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Emerald Knights go out with bang

Engulfing a 100-year old piano in flames would normally be frowned upon, but on this day Airmen encouraged pilots to set it ablaze.

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here.

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Hecker assumes command of 19th Air Force

Maj. Gen. James Hecker assumed command of 19th Air Force in a ceremony here June 23.Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command who presided over the ceremony, spoke to the importance of the 19th Air Force and the opportunity that awaits Hecker.

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CDC mission includes playtime

Placing a child in the arms and care of a stranger can be a terrifying experience for a first-time parent, but with the help of the staff at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center, the transition from mom to CDC becomes one of trust and appreciation.

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Finding perfect shape takes out-of-box look

Weight gain has been a constant struggle for me since I was 12 years old. If I could count how many times I yo-yo dieted and how many pounds I’ve lost over the years, it would probably be more than 100.


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This week in history

Posted  June 19, 2015

1965: B-52 goes on first combat mission Courtesy photo The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress dropped bombs for the first time in combat on June 18, 50 years ago. Originally designed in 1945, the B-52 was to be an intercontinental high-altitude, straight-wing bomber. With six engines, its propellers would allow it to cruise at 300 mph at…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  June 19, 2015

“Resiliency” is the present day focus of our military service. Leaders at all levels want their followers to be resilient. Why? Because, resilient people bounce back from the adversities of life more quickly. In our Air Force “resiliency” is embodied in the Comprehensive Airman Fitness program. CAF has four domains, four key aspects, that when…

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TOP DOGS gas-up F-35s on the fly

Posted  June 19, 2015

F-35 Lightning IIs from the 61st Fighter Squadron train air-to-air refueling operations with the 161st Air Refueling Wing June 5 while flying over Lake Havasu. While fighter pilots practice air refueling in simulators, hands-on experience is vital in showing pilots variables a simulator can’t fully replicate, like wind and weather.   Real-world factors can complicate…

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Luke’s main gate

Posted  June 19, 2015

In 1941, the land lease was approved and construction began on Luke Air Force Base, which consisted of two phases during the World War II era with three runways, a parking apron and a drainage system for the flying field.

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Fly Over: ‘Battlefield Hardline’ and ‘The L Word’

Posted  June 19, 2015

‘Battlefield Hardline’ In “Battlefield Hardline” you take on the role of Detective Nick Mendoza in the story mode. Unlike the previous “Battlefield” games which featured military warfare, in this “Battlefield” the play style resembles a cops and robbers storyline. In story mode, Mendoza faces off against the world of drugs and corruption in his police…

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Spiritual pillar strengthened at VBS

Posted  June 19, 2015

A slew of volunteers, including eight active-duty members, helped make the Luke Air Force Base Chapel’s Vacation Bible School program a success June 1 through 5.

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Street Beat

Posted  June 19, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 8 through 14: Tickets Security forces issued citations for two moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Emergency responses June 8: Security forces and firefighters responded to a report of a child, age 3, locked inside a vehicle near Bldg. 942. The child was accidentally locked…

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Sports Shorts – June 19, 2014

Posted  June 19, 2015

LRS defeats 310th in scorcher Tyler Watkins, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, gets a hit during an intramural playoff softball game against the 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit team June 9 at Luke Air Force Base. LRS defeated the 310th 18-2 and moves on to the next round. Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th…

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2nd F-35 squadron stands up

Posted  June 12, 2015

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Lt. Col. Gregory Frana assumes command of the 62nd Fighter Squadron June 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The 62nd FS is scheduled to begin accepting F-35 Lightning II jets in July and will be joined by partner nations Norway and Italy. Lt. Col. Gregory Frana assumed command of the 62nd Fighter…

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Two-Airman family can be adventure

Posted  June 12, 2015

“You’re both in the military? When do you plan to get out?” When I meet someone new, these are common questions I hear. As someone who has been in the military for 13 years and married to a fellow Airman for 12 of those 13 years of service, my marriage has been a big part…

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