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RMO, stakeholders keep eye on sky

Samuel Price The road used to get onto the Barry M. Goldwater Range lies beneath the running water July 9, 2014, that resulted from monsoon rains. With data from the additional recently installed weather stations, personnel will know what the measurable rain is before going to the area, ensuring their safety. Following are measurements during…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Air Force

New Sniper pod helps put pilots’ eyes on target

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The 425th Fighter Squadron recently installed Sniper Pods onto their F-16 Fighting Falcons at Luke Air Force Base. Sniper pods provide improved long-range target detection/identification and continuous stabilized surveillance for all missions, including close-air support of ground forces. The F-16 Fighting Falcon, one of the world’s most iconic aircraft in the Air…

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Luke’s best shine

Senior Airman Devante Williams Misty Hyman, Olympic Gold Medalist, receives a standing ovation during her speech Feb. 13 at the 56th fighter Wing Annual Awards Banquet at the Wigwam. Hyman talked about the obstacles she faced during her Olympic run and how she overcame them. The 56th Fighter Wing held its annual awards banquet to…

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EFMP wraps up significant year

Courtesy photo Exceptional Family Member Program families get up close and personal with animals from the Wild Life World Zoo Dec. 20 during an EFMP Holiday Party at Luke Air Force Base. In today’s world, there are not many programs for people with special-needs family members to receive help without paying a lot of money….

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JAMES HENSLEY Local

Thunderbolt named AETC crew chief of 2014

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Brandon Rhodes, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, stands in front of the F-16 static display in front of wing headquarters Feb. 12 at Luke Air Force Base. Rhodes works on the wing commander’s aircraft and ensures it is safe to fly. He has been named Air Force Crew Chief…


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Air Force

People First – February 20, 2015

Posted  February 20, 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, click on the link in each title. Carter takes office as 25th Defense secretary…

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SFS welcomes new leader

Posted  February 20, 2015

Senior Airman Scott Emmick, 56th SFS Military Working Dog handler, and Chrach, MWD, stand by during the ceremony.   Col. James Kossler, 56th Mission Support Group commander, passes the guide-on to Maj. Scott Haselden during the 56th Security Forces Squadron assumption of command ceremony Feb. 12 at Luke Air Force Base.

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Carter addresses DOD workforce

Posted  February 20, 2015

To all Defense Department personnel: I am honored to become your secretary of defense. I am proud to lead men and women who devote their lives to the highest calling — the defense of our nation. And I am grateful to follow in the footsteps of Secretary Hagel, one of our nation’s most honorable and…

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Salutes & Awards

Luke’s best shine Pt. 2

Posted  February 20, 2015

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Master Sgt. Francis Willis, 607th Air Control Squadron flight chief, Emcee’s for the annual awards ceremony Feb. 13, 2015 at the Wigwam Spa and Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona.   — Nominees — Airman Senior Airman Tyler Carson, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Senior Airman Joel Epstein, 54th Maintenance Squadron Airman…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  February 20, 2015

“I, state your name …” With these words we begin the oath of office. During our Air Force careers we periodically stop and take this oath; at re-enlistments and officer promotions we take a vow, we make a promise. Notice with me that every Airman begins this oath with their name. One’s name is a…

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Fly Over: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ and ‘Chopped′

Posted  February 20, 2015

In stores: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ I was sitting at my desk trying to decide whether I should review a restaurant or a movie for this week’s Thunderbolt when my wife texted me and suggested we rent a DVD. That’s when inspiration struck me: “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a movie about competing restaurants in France, was recently…

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Veterans

USS Arizona’s oldest crewman passes at 100

Posted  February 20, 2015

Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joe Langdell, one of 334 survivors of the USS Arizona that was attacked by the Japanese Dec. 7, 1941, in Pearl Harbor passed away Feb. 8 at the age of 100 in Yuba City, California.

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  February 20, 2015

The 56th Security Forces squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 9 through 15: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 12: Security forces responded to a report of a gate runner at North Gate involving a nonmilitary affiliated civilian. Security forces initiated a traffic stop, detained…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – February 20, 2014

Posted  February 20, 2015

John Crauder, 56th Operations Support Squadron teammate, runs a play set-up for the team during a scrimmage basketball game against Army, Air Force Exchange Services team Feb. 11 at Luke Air Force Base. Crauder finished the game with 14 points. OSS beats AAFES in scrimmage game Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing…

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Air Force

Flyovers: Sight, sound of freedom

Posted  February 13, 2015

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer A four-ship formation of F-35 Lightning IIs perform the first-ever F-35 flyover Jan. 24 over University of Phoenix Stadium during the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Pro Bowl. They are breathtaking, flawless and can cause the viewer to have goosebumps. They look easy, but, according to those who perform them, flyovers…

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