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Construction enterprise ongoing

AirmanPEDRO MOTA Some of the base upgrades and new facilities have a direct connection to the arrival of the F-35 Lightening ll joint strike fighter and Luke’s transition to training F-35 pilots. X marks the spot of one of two 10,012-foot runways currently undergoing renovations. Two-hundred-and-twenty feet of asphalt are being scraped up, tossed in…

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Know social media dangers

Today, millions of people use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share memories and keep in touch with family and friends. Unfortunately, using these media also gathers the attention of unwanted eyes. Predators now have the capability of knowing a person’s location and personal information, which can often lead to identity theft,…

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Ducks conquer Ragnar Del Sol

Courtesy photo Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks cross the finish line Feb. 28 in Mesa. The more than 200-mile-long Ragnar race is held every year starting in Wickenburg and runs through the night until the race is completed. Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks participated in a more than 200-mile…

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Punishment costly for drinking, driving, using drugs

It’s unfortunate when it happens — an Airman making the choice to drink and drive or use drugs that are illegal in the Air Force. When hearing the story of those who drank and drove or used drugs, the thought that may come to mind is, “That will never be me.” But, when peer pressure…

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944th reservist receives F-35 firefighter training

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Members from local fire departments watch and listen Feb. 26 during a PowerPoint presentation at the Luke Air Force Base fire station conference room. Local fire departments gathered Feb. 26 to receive training on F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter crisis procedures in case of an emergency here and in the…


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Luke’s best shine

Posted  February 20, 2015

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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Don’t get ‘Promotion Remorse’

Posted  February 20, 2015

The day I closed on my first house, my realtor and I did a final walk through to ensure there were no last-minute issues that needed addressing. Since I was a first-time home buyer, I didn’t know what to look for, so I finished my walk-through in 20 minutes. My realtor insisted on staying to…

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Keep military records in check

Posted  February 20, 2015

A common issue we see at the 56th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section is that our military customers wait until the last minute to check their records. This can become an issue that can cause hardship on the member when it comes to promotion boards, permanent changes of station, retirement and separation. One scenario…

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EFMP wraps up significant year

Posted  February 20, 2015

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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News Briefs February 20, 2015

Posted  February 20, 2015

AF Band of Golden West The Air Force Band of the Golden West presents free concerts by “The Blue Yonders” folk rock band today through Monday. Not your typical military ensemble, the kilt-wearing seven-member group sings a mix of Irish, bluegrass, pop and Americana tunes. 7 p.m. today at Coolidge Performing Arts Center, 685 West…

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Thunderbolt named AETC crew chief of 2014

Posted  February 20, 2015

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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ALS graduates 44 senior airmen

Posted  February 20, 2015

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 44 senior airmen Feb. 12 from class 15-2. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Melinda Charlton, 944th Force Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Christopher White, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; Kayleigh McGill, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron; and Curtus Cowles, 162nd Fighter Wing Commandant’s Award: Matthew McLaughlin, 56th Logistics…

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75-day leave carryover expires at fiscal 2015 end

Posted  February 20, 2015

Beginning Sept. 30, the 75-day carryover policy that allows members to carry more than 60 days of leave from the prior fiscal year will expire. Any leave balance more than 60 days at the end of fiscal 2015 will be automatically forfeited. Only members entitled to special leave accrual will be allowed to carry a…

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CDC

Posted  February 20, 2015

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland’s, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, image is reflected by one of the safety mirrors as she picks up her son after his nap Feb. 12 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center. Copeland is a new mom and alternates between work and the CDC during the day. Staff…

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Save on tax prep fees at Luke tax center

Posted  February 20, 2015

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Mariah Langeland, 56th Security Forces Squadron member and tax center volunteer, helps retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Norman Afdahl and his wife, Eileen Afdahl, file their taxes Feb. 10 in the tax center at Luke Air Force Base. The tax center has provided free tax filing services to service members…

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