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Emerald Knights go out with bang

Engulfing a 100-year old piano in flames would normally be frowned upon, but on this day Airmen encouraged pilots to set it ablaze.

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here.

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Hecker assumes command of 19th Air Force

Maj. Gen. James Hecker assumed command of 19th Air Force in a ceremony here June 23.Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command who presided over the ceremony, spoke to the importance of the 19th Air Force and the opportunity that awaits Hecker.

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CDC mission includes playtime

Placing a child in the arms and care of a stranger can be a terrifying experience for a first-time parent, but with the help of the staff at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center, the transition from mom to CDC becomes one of trust and appreciation.

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Finding perfect shape takes out-of-box look

Weight gain has been a constant struggle for me since I was 12 years old. If I could count how many times I yo-yo dieted and how many pounds I’ve lost over the years, it would probably be more than 100.


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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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Salutes & Awards

ALS graduates 31 senior airmen

Posted  November 7, 2014

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 31 senior airmen Oct. 23 from class 14-7. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Andrea Romo, 162nd Force Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Frederick Anglin, 56th Comptroller Squadron; and Aaron Norfleet, 56th Communications Squadron Commandant’s Award: Aaron Norfleet, 56th CS Academic Achievement Award: Frederick Anglin, 56th…

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Mentoring Laveen elementary students for the future

Posted  November 7, 2014

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Luke Air Force Base Airmen talk to students Oct. 24 at Laveen Elementary school in Laveen. The Airmen talked about their careers in the Air Force and some goals the students should think about for their future. Everyone needs help from time to time, and children are no different. Airmen from…

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Kilroy was here

Posted  November 7, 2014

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland “Kilroy was here” is drawn on the back of the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Kilroy was a famous icon of the war and served as a symbol to let troops know an area was safe and cleared by U.S. troops. He guided Soldiers through ravaged Europe and served…

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