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Chiefs announced

Senior master sergeants selected for promotion to chief master sergeant at Luke Air Force Base posed in front of the static F-16 Fighting Falcon in front of the wing headquarters building. They are, from left, Kelbey Norton, 56th Medical Support Squadron; Ben Carson, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; Lawrence Witt, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Blake Holm,…

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T-bolt fights fire with ‘girl power’

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Senior Airman Ashley Eisenbarth, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services operator and driver, poses Nov. 12 outside of Luke’s Fire Station 1. Eisenbarth is the only female firefighter stationed at Luke. Her supervisor describes her as a sparkplug that is willing to go the extra mile and always gets the…

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Base celebrates Native American heritage

Grace Lee Clark Tenakhongva, Hopi Tribe guest speaker, sings a traditional song from his tribe Nov. 14 in celebration of Native American Indian Heritage Month during a luncheon in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. The purpose of the luncheon was to reach out to the local community and also to educate Luke…

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310th AMU keeps fight in sky

They arrive to their work centers ready for whatever the day has for them and often find themselves on long shifts during all hours of the day. They always come prepared to do whatever it takes on the ground to make sure jets remain ready for the sky. They are the Airmen of the 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit.


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Dollars and Sense

Posted  November 14, 2014

If you contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Program, a major change will occur in January 2015. Current Roth TSP contributions are identified in terms of dollars and this contribution method will stop at the end of January 2015. This change will require members contributing to Roth TSP to re-accomplish their elections. If you wish…

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TDY policies change, affect reimbursements

Posted  November 14, 2014

Recently, the Air Force began implementing two temporary duty policy changes that will impact travel reimbursements for Airmen. The first change, which took effect Oct. 1, made changes to the joint travel regulations, reimbursable and incidental expense policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per diem expenses and took effect Nov. 1….

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Fly Over: ‘In Country’ and ‘Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles’

Posted  November 14, 2014

On Netflix: ‘In Country’ SD: We’re going into the movie vault to 1989 to take a look at a motion picture that flew under the radar at the time, but I recommend getting it from Netflix. “In Country” stars Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd. It is directed by legendary and award winning director, Norman Jewison,…

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Theisen returns home to command 944 MSG

Posted  November 14, 2014

During a change-of-command ceremony Nov. 2, Col. Paul Theisen took the reins from Col. Anne Gunter as the new commander of the 944th Mission Support Group.

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Sports Shorts – November 14, 2014

Posted  November 14, 2014

Eat our dust: T-Bolts compete in Ragnar Capt. CHRISTOPHER BEHRENS, 56th Operations Support Squadron Mad Mallards finish as a team in 17 hours and 33 min, placing 4th out of 430 teams Three teams from the 56th Operations Group made a big showing at this year’s Ragnar Trail Relay Race. Out of 430 teams, the 309th Fighter…

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‘He was a warrior’

Posted  November 7, 2014

Those were the last words spoken by Russell Nichols before he left the podium Oct. 17 at his son’s memorial service. Those words, and the passion with which they were spoken, have been with me since that service. As I reflect on the meaning of the words, it really makes me think about why we…

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Taking care of yourself

Posted  November 7, 2014

I was trained early as an airman first class to manage my career and take care of myself professionally. It wasn’t until this past year during our Enlisted Retention Board review that I absorbed the big picture of what I was taught. The first thing I was taught was from the now Chief Master Sgt….

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Female AF pilot takes road less traveled

Posted  November 7, 2014

Cliff Patrick Lt. Col. Michael May, 308th Fighter Squadron commander’s special assistant and F-16 instructor pilot; son, Gunner, 6; Lt. Col. Melissa May, 56th Fighter Wing F-16 instructor pilot and Community Initiatives Team current operations specialist; and daughter, Gianna, 4, pose for the camera Feb. 21 on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base. While…

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News Briefs November 7, 2014

Posted  November 7, 2014

Native American Indian Heritage November is Native American Indian Heritage Month. The theme this year is “Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Forever.” Activities include a 5k fun run at 7 a.m. at the 944th Fighter Wing building and a luncheon at 11 a.m. Nov. 14 at Club Five Six. Clark Tenakhongva, an award-winning…

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Veteran’s life one of service to country, MLB

Posted  November 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Top Gun — In 1971, Ensch was assigned to Navy Fighter Squadron 161, NAS Miramar, California. He continued deployments to Southeast Asia on the USS Midway. He was credited with two confirmed MiG-17 shoot-downs and nearly 300 combat missions. In 1965, the Voting Rights Act was passed, popular music was dominated by the…

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