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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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Health & Safety

Saving lives at home …

Posted  April 10, 2015

Senior Airman Grace Lee Staff Sgt. Steven Stein, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron requirements and optimization electrical subject matter expert, donates blood for the United Blood Services drive March 26 at Luke Air Force Base. Donors like Stein are needed year-round to provide blood for life-saving treatment of patients suffering from serious injuries, in need of…

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Air Force News – April 10, 2015

Posted  April 10, 2015

Alaska Rapid Raptor program training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson exercised capabilities to quickly deploy a package of combat-ready F-22 Raptors and C-17 Globemaster IIIs loaded with supporting personnel and equipment to any forward operating base in the world. Arctic Region Two pairs of B-52 Stratofortresses completed simultaneous, round-trip sorties from their U.S. bases of Minot…

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People First – April 10, 2015

Posted  April 10, 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 the title. SNCOs review records to ensure completion on file…

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Spring fest hit with young, old

Posted  April 10, 2015

With the smell freshly cut grass gives off, plenty of sunshine, exciting treasure hunts, smiles, laughter and a big fluffy bunny — Easter had arrived yet again.

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Thunderbolts assist boys of summer

Posted  April 10, 2015

The Los Angeles Dodgers requested Airmen from Luke Air Force Base to work the outfield during their spring training for 13 days starting March 6 at the Camelback Ranch Stadium in Glendale.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  April 10, 2015

Courtesy photo “Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” ~ Billy Graham This is true on so many levels. From our day-to-day activities and interactions with others, to our deepest and most abiding relationships with those we love the most, we have a need for forgiveness and…

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Street Beat

Posted  April 10, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 30 through April 5: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving violations and one nonmoving violation. Nonemergency responses March 31: Security forces responded to a report of a nonmilitary-affiliated civilian driving drunk at South Gate. Security forces witnessed the individual drive erratically into the…

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Fly Over: Sala Thai and ‘Home′

Posted  April 10, 2015

Sala Thai Where does one go in the West Valley when the craving for exotic Asian food strikes, but Chinese super buffets won’t cut it anymore? Since my wife and I moved to Phoenix two years ago, I noticed more and more people are turning to Thai restaurants to get their Asian food fix and…

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ALS looks over OSS’s shoulder

Posted  April 10, 2015

Paul Bays, 56th OSS terminal instrument procedures specialist, talks to students from the ALS about how TERPS come into play when guiding an aircraft to a safe landing.   Senior Airman Thomas Mabry, 56th OSS Air Traffic Control, demonstrates to ALS students how ATC guides planes at the radar approach control. The students listened in…

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This week in history

Posted  April 10, 2015

Too little, too late: The Messerschmitt Me-262 jet fighter Courtesy photo Seventy years ago this week, the German Messerschmitt Me-262 Schwalbe, or Swallow in English, had great success against allied bombers. On April 10, 1945, near Berlin, Germany, approximately 60 Me-262s attacked American bomber formations and shot down 10 bombers. That was the biggest loss of…

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