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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.

Senior Airman Devante Williams Local

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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People First – June 12, 2015

Posted  June 12, 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. AF seeks scholarship fellowship applicants Active-duty Airmen interested…

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This week in history

Posted  June 12, 2015

Fifty-five years ago Luke Air Force Base Airmen began using one of the iconic buildings on base, Bldg. 1150, more commonly known as the Blockhouse. It is one of the remnants of the Cold War.

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Emerald Knights squadron stands down

Posted  June 12, 2015

The 308th Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit officially stands down this month at Luke Air Force Base after 73 years of service. The base has trained “Emerald Knights” F-16 pilots and maintainers since 1993.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  June 12, 2015

The power of the penny It has been said, “Money can’t buy happiness.” While that may be true on an individual level, I believe that in community it can provide a measure of happiness. In Africa many children have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. I dare say there is not much happiness in the…

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Fly Over: ‘The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt’ and ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

Posted  June 12, 2015

At the Luke Library: ‘The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt’ I was bored with a number of games I had and wanted to try a new one. I kept hearing about “The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt” and how it put other role-playing games to shame. I can say at the very least, it’s a fun game…

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Luncheon highlights Asian Pacific cultures

Posted  June 12, 2015

Kristina Capistrano poses on stage as part of the APAH luncheon fashion show. Capistrano is wearing a traditional Hawaiian grass skirt called Tahiti.   Victoria Valead sings in Chinese for guests May 28 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base.   Filipino-American Youth Association (Legacy) dancers perform for the audience. The luncheon educated…

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Street Beat

Posted  June 12, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents at Luke Air Force Base June 2 through 7: Tickets: Security forces issued citations for seven moving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident involving a government and privately owned vehicles at Bldg. 635 parking lot. Security…

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Sports Shorts – June 12, 2014

Posted  June 12, 2015

First seed Falcons take on doubleheader Airman 1st Class Savier Hernandez-Beltre, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, runs towards home plate during an exhibition matchup against the Surprise Sun Devils at Surprise Sports Complex baseball field, Ariz., May 31, 2015. Falcons defeated the Sun Devils 8-3 and the Diablos 12-6. Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter…

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Top Dogs drive F-35 program forward

Posted  June 5, 2015

Courtesy Photo Lt. Col. Matt Vedder, right, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, gives a step brief to pilots at the 61st FS at Luke Air Force Base. Step briefs cover the most-up-to-date information including wind, weather, airspace and airfield conditions. The 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base is laying the groundwork for future…

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Find best solution for your organization

Posted  June 5, 2015

Technology can play a tremendous role in the development and effectiveness of any organization. With the seemingly endless supply of technological solutions commercially available nowadays, how can we best leverage existing and new technologies to enhance our organizations? And how can we avoid the potential pitfalls of relying too heavily on technology? These are questions…

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