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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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Korean War vet swaps stories with Luke pilots

Posted  June 27, 2014

Grace Lee Capt. Brian Dudley, 62nd Fighter Squadron A-flight commander and instructor pilot, chats with retired U.S. Navy officer, Anthony Canzonetta, Korean War test pilot, June 13 at the 62nd FS’s heritage room prior to leaving for the flightline for a tour. During their time together, Dudley and Anthony talked about topics ranging from flying,…

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Ammo builds warheads for mission

Posted  June 27, 2014

Pedro Mota Senior Airman Valerie Pessefal, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line crew member, tows a missile trailer at Luke Air Force Base. The missiles are being towed from the precision guided munitions section to the flightline. Speak softly and carry a big stick … or a rocket launcher. Luke Airmen expended 11,491 bombs, 611,156…

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Air Force News – June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

New Jersey Base leaders, families and service members gathered June 13 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to welcome the spring 2014 graduates of the Community College of the Air Force. A special presentation was made to Senior Airman Kevin Duran, 421st Combat Training Squadron, the 350,000th student to graduate. Senegal U.S. and African partners concluded a…

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People First – June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

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. Women’s meeting…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  June 27, 2014

Courtesy photo Harrry Truman “The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want.” ~ Harry Truman I would like to draw down this quote from the context of the Cold War, to us as individuals and the moral and spiritual battles we face daily. What about the seeds of bitterness, the seeds of…

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This Week in History

Posted  June 27, 2014

1954: Operation WOUNDED WARRIOR Different than today’s Wounded Warrior Project, 60years ago this week, the U.S. Air Force began execution of Operation WOUNDED WARRIOR. The French were still trying to keep control of their Southeast Asian colony Vietnam. The Vietnamese independence fighters were a mix of nationalists and communists collectively known as the Viet Minh….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  June 27, 2014

Do you have a great idea that could have a lasting effect on how the Air Force conducts business and spends every dollar? Nobody is more aware how much time, effort and money is wasted than the Airmen who do the job every day. The Airmen Powered by Innovation program could be the right venue…

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Thunderbolts go country

Posted  June 27, 2014

Laura Walsh performs for Luke Airmen in Hangar 999. Walsh, a local musician, has performed at events across the state.   A large crowd of Luke Airmen gathered for the Salute to the Troops event, which was staged alongside the latest addition to Luke, the F-35 Lightning II.   Jerrod Niemann gets the crowd to…

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Fly Over: ‘3 Days to Kill’ and ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’

Posted  June 27, 2014

On DVD: ‘3 Days to Kill’ Kevin Costner seems to be enjoying a resurgence in mainstream film roles lately. Following great supporting roles in last year’s “Man of Steel” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” earlier this year, Costner returns to being the leading man in “3 Days to Kill.” This action-comedy is written by Luc…

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How’s your jet engine running?

Posted  June 27, 2014

With a dry weight of 3,218 pounds, a length of 191.15 inches, a diameter of 44.60 inches and a max fuel flow of 49,964 pounds per hour, the F-16 Fighting Falcon F100-220 engine is a marvel to see when firing during take-off but jaw-dropping when viewed by itself awaiting maintenance.

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