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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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Remembering victims, rescuers of Holocaust

Posted  May 8, 2015

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Chaplain (1st Lt.) John Skelton, 56th Fighter Wing Chapel, and volunteers built the hiding place exhibit based on a description of the house in Amsterdam writer Anne Frank and her family lived in during the German occupation of the Netherlands. Remembering the good and the bad throughout history can help shape the…

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May 11-15: National Police Week Recognizes law enforcers who paid it all

Posted  May 8, 2015

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls on as National Police Week. The memorial service began in 1982 at Senate Park in Washington D.C., with a gathering of about 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. There are more than 20,000 officer’s names…

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Engines rev with Glendale PD

Posted  May 8, 2015

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Lt. Brian France, Glendale Police Department special operations traffic unit, instructs a rider on proper maneuver safety April 24 at Luke Air Force Base. Glendale PD came to Luke to teach motorcycle safety and will potentially hold another class this fall. The Glendale Police Department visited Luke Air Force Base April 24…

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What motorcyclists and passenger vehicle drivers should know

Posted  May 8, 2015

Helmets: Even if you drive in a state that does not require the use of a helmet, it is recommended to wear one. NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,699 motorcyclists in 2012. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 781 lives could have been saved. Licensing issues: 24 percent of motorcycle…

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Air Force News – May 8, 2015

Posted  May 8, 2015

Florida The 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station conducted a successful launch on April 27. During the mission, Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral AFS supported the SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat 1 communications satellite. Nepal The Air Force sent a second C-17 Globemaster III in…

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People First – May 8, 2015

Posted  May 8, 2015

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, click on the link in the title. Retired military working dog relieves Airmens’ stress When…

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Then & Now

Posted  May 8, 2015

Editor’s note: “Then and Now” is a new feature presenting historic and current photos as well as a story that explores the history surrounding the photo and the differences between then and now. Student pilots Courtesy photo Student pilot at Luke Field, circa 1949 Then: Pilot training spanned 32 weeks and consisted of three phases,…

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Career Technical Training Track: What’s in it for you

Posted  May 8, 2015

Beginning a new career as a civilian employee when leaving the military can be filled with exciting opportunities to grow both professionally and personally. In order to succeed, one must be ready to take time to manage all aspects of a new career. As part of the enhanced Transition GPS (goals, plans, success) program, service…

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Fitness challenge honors EOD warriors

Posted  May 8, 2015

Saturday was National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Day. In recognition of this, the 56th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center and the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight sponsored the second annual Warrior Fitness Challenge at Luke Air Force Base.

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This week in history

Posted  May 8, 2015

Courtesy photo May 8, 1949, Victory in Europe Day May 8, 1945: Victory in Europe Day On this day 70 years ago, Europe and America celebrated Victory in Europe Day, ending years of fighting, death and destruction. Depending upon the historian, World War II started in Europe in 1936 with the Spanish Civil War, or…

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