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Young thunderbolts learn about deployments

The 56th Force Support Squadron’s staff held its biannual mock deployment event at the Ability to Survive and Operate area Oct. 15 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Building Partnerships

Airmen from the 944th Civil Engineering Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., helped strengthen the relationship between the Department of Defense and a Navaho community in Gallup, N.M., recently.

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Luke honors those lost, captured in war

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony Sept. 16 in honor of prisoners of war and those missing in action preceded by a two-day vigil. The vigil began at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 with Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, 56th…

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T-bolt nominated for AF leadership award

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Air Force announced Maj. Matthew Hoyt, 54th Fighter Group F-16 chief instructor pilot and 54th Operations Support Squadron chief of weapons and tactics, was nominated for the Lance P. Sijan Air Force Leadership Award. Hoyt was responsible for leading 192 pilots and 72 instructors as chief instructor accounting…

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Luke achieves 10,000 F-35 flight hours

Maj. Nathan Heguy, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II pilot, successfully completed a routine training sortie Sept. 12 to hit officially the 10,000 total combined flight hours in the F-35 for all pilots at Luke Air Force Base. The milestone marks yet another progression in the development of the tactics and utility of the F-35,…

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Health & Safety

Punching out for the day …

Posted  April 7, 2016

Senior Airman Devante Williams Senior Airman Adrian Cook, 56th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, spars with a trainer March 12 during a training session at Sentosa Martial Arts in Avondale. Cook trained more than three hours with different instructors in order to receive a black belt in Muay Thai, a form of martial arts.

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Pedro Mota

So Close Yet So Far

Posted  April 7, 2016

The 56th Medical Group flag football team played against the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron team March 28, 2016 at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. This game was considered a failsafe for the 56th EMS team, but for the 56th MDG, losing this game meant losing the entire championship. “Out of eleven teams it came down…

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Tora, Tora, Tora

Posted  April 7, 2016

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota An A6M Zero aircraft, part of the Tora Tora Tora demonstration team, flies overhead April 2, 2016 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Luke’s 75 years of Airpower 2016 air show included static displays and aerial demonstrations for the public to enjoy.

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5k color run

Posted  April 7, 2016

Photos by Airman Pedro Mota The Thrive for 5k fun run program teamed with the Luke Air Force Bryant Fitness center staff to host a color run March 19 at Luke. The program began with participants learning how to run a 5k in 10 weeks. Chris Palmer finishes the 5k color run March 19 with…

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PEOPLE FIRST April 8, 2016

Posted  April 7, 2016

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, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Wartime innovation saves…

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