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56th FW has new mission

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, left, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Charles Lilly, right, lithograph artist, present the new 56th Fighter Wing lithograph May 21 during the 56th FW change of mission ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. The change is historical for Luke as the wing’s mission statement last changed 25…

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A mother’s right …

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Marcy Copeland, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, closes a curtain to the nursing room May 13 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center on Luke Air Force Base. The CDC offers a nursing room for mothers who choose to breast-feed during work hours. Becoming a new…

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Snakes on trains, planes, automobiles? Not likely

Courtesy photo of the U.S. Geological Survey The DeSchauensee anaconda pictured here is listed as injurious wildlife under federal law. Did you know that the reticulated python, the green anaconda, the DeSchauensee anaconda and the Beni anaconda are the most recent reptiles to be listed as injurious wildlife under federal law? So what does this…

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Thunderbolts venture to El Salvador

Airman PEDRO MOTA Medical technicians from the 56th Medical Support Squadron gather personal gear May 22 outside the 56th Medical Group building at Luke Air Force Base as they prepare to leave on a 15-day humanitarian mission to El Salvador. A team of Luke Air Force Base Airmen departed May 22 on a training mission…

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“Look up, Show up, Follow-up:” Design for resilience

Courtesy photo TEAM Luke resilience training assistants and master resilience trainers pose for a photo at Luke Air Force Base. There are 146 RTAs at Luke and 12 MRTs. None of us is as smart as all of us. After all, TEAM means Together Everyone Achieves More. Very rarely does one person achieve a goal…


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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week March 30, 2012

Posted  March 31, 2012

Hometown: Vandalia, Ill. Years in service: Two Family: Father, Brad; step-mother, Alyssa; mother, Monica; brothers, Joshua and Tristan; and sisters, Makaela and Isabella Education: Community College of the Air Force in information systems technology Inspirations: People who are willing to work…

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Health & Safety

ASTS receives life-like training tool

Posted  March 31, 2012

The newest member of the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron allows operators to create “real-life” situations for medical training. Laerdal SimMan 3G, a new mannequin, is a life-like patient able to produce audible breathing and bowel sounds, and heartbeats. He can sweat, cry and bleed. Even…

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Moral courage takes action despite consequences

Posted  March 31, 2012

Physical courage is a quality rightfully associated with military members. Tales of battlefield heroics from Greek mythology through present day are replete with names synonymous with great physical courage. Hearing names such as Hercules, Perseus, Levitow, and Sijan summon powerful images of…

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Out-of-town visitors

Posted  March 31, 2012

Maj. Justin Robinson, 69th Fighter Squadron pilot, explains the control panel of an F-16 to Ambassador Sichan Siv during a recent visit to Luke Air Force Base as part of a San Antonio civic leader tour. The group joined the 433rd Airlift Wing from Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The group of 23 arrived on…

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Four pilots selected for test pilot school

Posted  March 31, 2012

Four pilots and two alternates were recently selected from Luke Air Force Base to attend the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and the U.S. Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River, Md., after a nearly nine-month selection process. “This was my first application,” said Major…

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James Ray

Posted  March 31, 2012

A civilian who works in the 56th Force Support Squadron at Luke Air Force Base has been an FBI agent, a flight attendant, a detective and a suicidal prisoner. He’s even been a hit man. Twice. His name is James Ferris, and he has played each of those parts as an actor. You won’t find his…

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SFS squeaks by 56th MDOS 57-53

Posted  April 13, 2012

 

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Health & Safety

Safety first for Green Knights

Posted  April 13, 2012

As an avid rider for more than 30 years, it never surprises me to see the “other” drivers not paying attention to the task at hand. It is important for us as two- and four-wheel vehicle operators to be aware of, not only what we’re doing, but what others are as well. We live in…

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Sports Shorts – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

Soccer game The Phoenix Monsoon, a semipro team, is coming to Luke Air Force Base to play against the Luke Falcons at 7 p.m. Thursday at the soccer field on the base track. For more information, call Benjamin Lemus at (623) 856-7965. Pitch, hit and run A MLB pitch, hit and run competition is at…

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Gimme’ some O

Posted  April 13, 2012

Staff Sgt. Angela Gonzalez, 56th Operations Support Sqadron continuation training instructor, demonstrates how to connect an oxygen hose to a pilot’s G-suit at Luke Air Force Base. Continuation training instructors also teach water survival, proper ejection techniques and help pilots identify hazardous or venomous animals on the ground.

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