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Goldfein hosts first town hall with CMSAF

The Air Force’s top officer and enlisted leader hosted a town hall forum in the Boyd Auditorium at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., July 20, 2016.

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Goldfein swears in as 21st CSAF

Gen. David L. Goldfein was sworn in as the Air Force’s 21st chief of staff by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James during a ceremony at the Pentagon July 1, 2016. As the Air Force’s most senior uniformed leader, Goldfein is responsible for ensuring the 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian airmen under his command…

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Firefighter switches to fighter pilot

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Garrett Christensen, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Logistics NCO in charge, is crossing over to the Air Force officer corps where he hopes to become an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot. “Christensen is one of 12 Airmen selected for basic officer training school program,” said Steven Kinkade, 56th CES…

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USFWS selects BMGR for award

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Barry M. Goldwater Range has been selected as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2015 Military Conservation Partner Award recipient. The award, presented in a ceremony June 9, is a national award presented annually to a military installation whose efforts represent significant conservation accomplishments achieved in partnership with…

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AZ Reserve unit dominates at Hawgsmoke

DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Pilots from the 47th FS with the Air Force Reserve Command demonstrated their experience and expertise on the ground and in the air by winning the Hawgsmoke 2016 competition. Thirteen teams competed in biennial A-10C Thunderbolt II competition June 1 through 3. This year’s event concentrated on two…

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Justice Report July 2016

Posted  June 30, 2016

The following is a list of administrative actions and Articles 15 issued in May at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Operation Support Squadron Administrative discharges • An airman basic was discharged for drug abuse. 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • A technical sergeant received nonjudicial punishment for providing alcohol to minors. The individual received a…

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Posted  June 30, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 30 through June 26 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 28 moving violations and nine nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 31: Security forces responded to a report of a major vehicle accident adjacent to Lightning Gate on Litchfield Road. Security…

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Wheels up: Hill shop improves F-35 tire change process

Posted  June 30, 2016

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — For years, the wheel shop at Hill Air Force Base has disassembled, inspected, repaired, built, and delivered reliable tires and wheels for F-16 Fighting Falcons. That reliability and 24-hour turnaround service will remain intact as the base’s operational mission transitions to the F-35A Lightning II. Three active-duty Airmen and…

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Sports Shorts July 2016

Posted  June 30, 2016

Commander’s Cup Points are earned toward winning the Commander’s Cup for completion of extramural sports seasons or tournaments as follows: Sports season, 50; tournament completion, 25; first place, 100; second place, 80; third place, 60; and fourth place, 40. For more information on the Commander’s Cup, call the fitness center at 623-856-6241. Dodgeball tournament The…

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No limits: Airman pushes past near death experience

Posted  June 30, 2016

BETHESDA, Md. — Staff Sgt. Sebastiana Lopez Arellano was riding a motorcycle when an animal scurried onto the road, causing her to swerve and hit a curb. As she high-sided over her bike, the momentum catapulted her body into a tree. The impact severed her right leg. “I thought I was going to die,” the…

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