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Fitness center gets Xtreme makeover

Courtesy graphic Above is an architectural rendering of the changes to the outside of the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Renovations also include a remodel of most of the interior. The project will take place over the next year and a half. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center will undergo state-of-the-art…

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History gets paint job

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY James Bridges and Hayden Yager, civilian contractors, prepare the F-104C Starfighter static display for painting Aug. 12 in the Luke Air Force Base Airpark. The static displays in the airpark will be repainted and have maintenance work completed by the end of the year. The F-104C Starfighter was used to train German…

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944th Airmen live life as military couple

Tech. Sgt.BARBARA PLANTE Staff Sgt. Adam Jenkins and Senior Airman Cassandra Jenkins, 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron, are a dual-military couple and work together as maintainers in the refueling vehicle maintenance shop. Staff Sgt. Adam Jenkins and Senior Airman Cassandra Jenkins are a dual-military couple fresh from active-duty and now serving in the Air Force Reserve….

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Walt Disney inspires squadron

Courtesy photo While stationed at Luke Field, Sgt. Seymour Pine had the unique privilege of accepting the 62nd Fighter Squadron emblem of a boxing bulldog from the artist who drew it — Walt Disney. Everyone had a role to play during World War II at home and abroad. For Sgt. Seymour Pine it was serving…

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Luke host 4th annual bodybuilding competition

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Abraham Purdy, 56th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control apprentice, and Jonathan Maytes, civilian, pose for the judges Aug. 15 during the Luke Air Force Base bodybuilding competition. When people think about bodybuilding, they might think about superstars like Arnold Schwarzenegger whose body is an inspiration for aspiring bodybuilders around the world….


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Raise a hand to volunteer

Posted  February 6, 2015

When you hear the word volunteer, you usually associate it with fundraisers, Red Cross organizations, community projects or base functions. We do not usually think about the work itself. From the time I entered the Air Force I remember being told never to raise your hand to volunteer until you knew if it was something…

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Invest in leadership development

Posted  February 6, 2015

A few months ago during a breakfast with the squadron commander and a group of Airmen, an airman first class asked the commander, “What are some traits of a good leader?” I was amazed that a young Airman was thinking about leadership at 7 a.m. on a Friday. It was not only that she was…

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I do solemnly …

Posted  February 6, 2015

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Gen. Mark Welsh, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, shakes hands with future Airmen Jan. 31 after swearing in more than 100 delayed-entry program members at the Super Bowl Fan Fest in Scottsdale. The enlistment ceremony was broadcast on ESPN.

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F-35 nears completion of all-weather testing

Posted  February 6, 2015

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — For the past four months, an F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter has endured extreme weather temperatures to certify the fleet to deploy to any corner of the world. An F-35B from the F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force in Maryland has undergone rigorous climatic testing at the 96th…

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News Briefs February 6, 2015

Posted  February 6, 2015

Assumption of command Maj. Scott Haselden will assume command of the 56th Security Forces Squadron at 10 a.m. Thursday at the 56th SFS military working dog kennel. LOSC luncheon The Luke Officers Spouses Club is featuring a “Dancing With the Stars” lunch, dance lesson and social at 11 a.m. Feb. 17 at Club Five Six….

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‘First Faces’ shines light on Thunderbolt

Posted  February 6, 2015

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Airman 1st Class Arta Rexhepi, 56th Medical Group public health technician, poses for a photo at her desk Jan. 29 at Luke Air Force Base. Rexhepi was nominated for the First Faces award, a program that looks for Airmen from diverse backgrounds who do exceptional work to accomplish the mission. A Luke…

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Max Impact rocks ESPN

Posted  February 6, 2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Air Force’s premier rock band, Max Impact, was presented with a short-notice, high-visibility opportunity Jan. 27 while preforming at the Scottsdale Fan Fest, home to Entertainment Sports and Programming Network’s live broadcast for Super Bowl XLIX in Scottsdale. Max Impact received an invitation to audition for a televised spot with an…

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Thunder from down under …

Posted  February 6, 2015

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer An Australian F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter prepares to launch Jan. 28 at Luke Air Force Base. Australia now has two F-35s stationed at Luke and is the first partner nation to arrive at Luke for the F-35 training program. The jets all have a kangaroo in a circle insignia.

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Super Bowl shows red, white, blue colors

Posted  February 6, 2015

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a six-ship formation flyover Feb. 1 during opening ceremonies for Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium. See page 7 for additional photos. Fans show their appreciation for members of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds team during Super Bowl XLIX. Members of the Joint Armed Forces Color…

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Air Force News – February 6, 2015

Posted  February 6, 2015

Hawaii Starting Sunday, the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine became mandatory for active-duty Airmen who are either permanently stationed or who will be temporarily assigned for more than 30 days to Japan or the Republic of Korea. Georgia As the intricacies of 3-D printing became more widespread, its capabilities have gained traction in the 402nd Commodities Maintenance…

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