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2015 NFL Pro Bowl players practice at Luke

Senior Airman Grace Lee Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos cornerback, assigned to Team Carter, signs footballs for fans at Luke. NFL Pro Bowl players came to the Luke Air Force Base football field Jan. 21 to practice and sign autographs for service members and their families. Since 1938, the Pro Bowl has been an NFL tradition…

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Luke 1 takes last Viper ride

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, returns from his last flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 23 at Luke Air Force Base. Pleus’ last flight symbolizes Luke stepping forward with a new mission — training the world’s greatest F-35 fighter pilots. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander,…

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61st AMU assigns first F-35 dedicated crew chiefs

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Members of the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs prepare to recite the Mechanic’s Creed during the recognition ceremony Jan. 23 in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force Base. Seventeen dedicated crew chiefs were each assigned an F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. Even though being a crew chief may not…

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Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his…

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Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, 56th SFS MWD, pose for a photo in Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. Chrach was recently awarded the 12th Annual Animal Hero Award from the Arizona Friends of Animals Organization for his service to the community and deployment to…


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Aggressors on base

Posted  January 16, 2015

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer The 64th Aggressor Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, came to Luke Air Force Base last week for eight days of dissimilar air combat training to aid students from the 308th and 309th fighter squadrons with flight training and academics. Their expertise and specialized skills in replicating enemy aircraft tactics provided…

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Luke announces Pro Bowl, Super Bowl involvement

Posted  January 16, 2015

In celebration of the NFL’s Pro Bowl and Super Bowl events, Luke Air Force Base has teamed up with several organizations to plan the following events, highlighting the Air Force leading up to the Super Bowl Feb. 1. Jan. 21 NFL PLAY 60: Held at Luke Elementary School, NFL PLAY 60 is the NFL’s campaign…

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Are we mentoring our members to success?

Posted  January 16, 2015

The Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force approved the new Airman Comprehensive Assessment to be effective July 1, 2014. The ACA is not a change to the performance feedback program but a progression in the way we execute an overlooked opportunity to tell our subordinates what we expect…

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Airmen: Ambassadors of Air Force core values

Posted  January 16, 2015

Airmen are tasked and trained to keep up with myriad tasks that sometimes venture outside the scope of their assigned jobs. One of these tasks that often goes unnoticed or rarely spoken about is the job of an ambassador. Every time you are in uniform and travel off base, whether to go home for the…

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Technology takes off

Posted  January 16, 2015

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Maj. William Wisehart, 56th Training Squadron chief instructor, teaches a class to F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots-in-training Jan. 7 at Luke Air Force Base. Luke is responsible for more than 80 percent of F-16 pilot training. What comes to mind when you think of the future? The 56th Training Squadron imagines a world…

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News Briefs January 16, 2015

Posted  January 16, 2015

NFL Pro Bowl practice at Luke Jan. 22 The NFL’s all-star game, the Pro Bowl, will host a practice at Luke Air Force Base’s football field near the South Gate Jan. 22. Team Carter, led by Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter is scheduled to practice from 10 to 11 a.m. The second practice…

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THUNDERBOLTS OF THE WEEK

Posted  January 16, 2015

Airman 1st Class Clifford Leduc Surette 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Fuel system apprentice Hometown: Rensselaer, New York Years in service: One Education: Pursuing Cisco networking certification Inspirations: To Become a good supervisor and to get my Seven Level Goals: To get my Community College Air Force degree, be promoted Greatest feat: Completing firefighter school in…

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944th pilot aims high, logs 4,000 flying hours

Posted  January 16, 2015

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Col. Gregory Jones, left, 944th Operations Group commander, is congratulated by Col. Kurt Gallegos, 944th Fighter Wing commander, after completing 4,000 hours of flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. Jones and Gallegos are two of just 42 pilots in the Air Force who have reached this…

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Sparks fly …

Posted  January 16, 2015

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman David Andrews, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron metals technician, uses a grinder to clean titanium tubes Jan. 13 at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen at the metals shop handle machining and welding for various parts of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and some for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter.

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‘View from Top’ program gives bird’s eye view

Posted  January 16, 2015

Airmen and NCOs got to experience what it’s like to be a chief master sergeant Jan. 6 when they shadowed a chief here during the View from the Top program. View from the Top is a new monthly program at Luke Air Force Base that provides an opportunity for Airmen to gain insight about senior…

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