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Chiefs announced

Senior master sergeants selected for promotion to chief master sergeant at Luke Air Force Base posed in front of the static F-16 Fighting Falcon in front of the wing headquarters building. They are, from left, Kelbey Norton, 56th Medical Support Squadron; Ben Carson, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; Lawrence Witt, 56th Operations Support Squadron; Blake Holm,…

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T-bolt fights fire with ‘girl power’

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Senior Airman Ashley Eisenbarth, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services operator and driver, poses Nov. 12 outside of Luke’s Fire Station 1. Eisenbarth is the only female firefighter stationed at Luke. Her supervisor describes her as a sparkplug that is willing to go the extra mile and always gets the…

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Base celebrates Native American heritage

Grace Lee Clark Tenakhongva, Hopi Tribe guest speaker, sings a traditional song from his tribe Nov. 14 in celebration of Native American Indian Heritage Month during a luncheon in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. The purpose of the luncheon was to reach out to the local community and also to educate Luke…

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310th AMU keeps fight in sky

They arrive to their work centers ready for whatever the day has for them and often find themselves on long shifts during all hours of the day. They always come prepared to do whatever it takes on the ground to make sure jets remain ready for the sky. They are the Airmen of the 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit.


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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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A different kind of vet MWDs in the fight

Posted  November 7, 2014

Mayo, a 10-year-old 56th SFS MWD German shepherd has been on eight deployments and 45 missions where he found multiple explosives, saving numerous lives and earning an Air Force Combat Action Medal. Mayo was diagnosed with lumbar disease and lupus a few months ago and will officially retire in February 2015. “Mr. Mayo is a…

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Air Force News – November 7, 2014

Posted  November 7, 2014

F-35 engine fix coming Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the head of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program office, said by the end of December he expects to have decided on a permanent solution for a design issue that caused an F-35A engine to fail in June at Eglin Air Force Base,…

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Retired chief bleeds blue

Posted  November 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Ret. Chief Master Sgt. Geno Piccoli Fighting for something you believe in means it is very important to your life. Retired Chief Master Sgt. Geno Piccoli, 56th Force Support Squadron administrative assistant, and Luke Volunteer Program manager, has served more than 40 years in the U.S. Air Force. His love and devotion for…

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Fly Over: ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Fury’

Posted  November 7, 2014

On DVD: ‘Apocalypse Now’ The movie opens with a beautiful scenic view of a Vietnamese jungle. A guitar is heard softly playing “The End” by The Doors. Helicopters buzz past the jungle which then ignites in huge clouds of fire. This is the beginning of the critically acclaimed movie “Apocalypse Now,” directed by Francis Ford…

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Injured EOD Airman returns to fuller life

Posted  November 7, 2014

Retired Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon, an explosive ordnance disposal technician from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, was critically injured Oct. 24, 2007, while serving to protect convoy routes in Iraq.

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Unknown ‘Soldier’ returns home

Posted  November 7, 2014

The Vietnam War was one of the longest wars for the United States, not only for those involved, but for the families of those fighting. Making sure everyone returned home from war was a priority and for one Unknown Soldier that was just the case.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  November 7, 2014

I just received a phone call with a recorded message telling me that my son’s school was in a “soft” lockdown, the police were on hand, the students were in their classes and there was no need to come to school.” That is not my idea of a great phone call. Despite my very logical…

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