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Fitness center gets Xtreme makeover

Courtesy graphic Above is an architectural rendering of the changes to the outside of the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Renovations also include a remodel of most of the interior. The project will take place over the next year and a half. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center will undergo state-of-the-art…

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History gets paint job

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY James Bridges and Hayden Yager, civilian contractors, prepare the F-104C Starfighter static display for painting Aug. 12 in the Luke Air Force Base Airpark. The static displays in the airpark will be repainted and have maintenance work completed by the end of the year. The F-104C Starfighter was used to train German…

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944th Airmen live life as military couple

Tech. Sgt.BARBARA PLANTE Staff Sgt. Adam Jenkins and Senior Airman Cassandra Jenkins, 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron, are a dual-military couple and work together as maintainers in the refueling vehicle maintenance shop. Staff Sgt. Adam Jenkins and Senior Airman Cassandra Jenkins are a dual-military couple fresh from active-duty and now serving in the Air Force Reserve….

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Walt Disney inspires squadron

Courtesy photo While stationed at Luke Field, Sgt. Seymour Pine had the unique privilege of accepting the 62nd Fighter Squadron emblem of a boxing bulldog from the artist who drew it — Walt Disney. Everyone had a role to play during World War II at home and abroad. For Sgt. Seymour Pine it was serving…

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Luke host 4th annual bodybuilding competition

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Abraham Purdy, 56th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control apprentice, and Jonathan Maytes, civilian, pose for the judges Aug. 15 during the Luke Air Force Base bodybuilding competition. When people think about bodybuilding, they might think about superstars like Arnold Schwarzenegger whose body is an inspiration for aspiring bodybuilders around the world….


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NFL Pro Bowl players practice at Luke

Posted  January 30, 2015

Senior Airman Grace Lee Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos cornerback, assigned to Team Carter, signs footballs for fans at Luke.   Staff Sgt. Staci Miller J.J. Watt, Houston Texans defensive end, assigned to Pro Bowl Team Carter, autographs footballs and pennants during the Pro Bowl practice Jan. 22 held at Luke Air Force Base. The Pro…

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Fly Over: ‘Get On Up’ and ‘American Horror Story: Coven′

Posted  January 30, 2015

On DVD: ‘Get On Up’ Several months ago, I rushed to the theater to watch “Get On Up” the latest music biopic on the big screen. My expectations were high as I found a seat in the theater packed with fans waiting to see the Mick Jagger-produced movie. “Get On Up” tells the story of…

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Events

Luke takes field, above and below

Posted  January 30, 2015

Courtesy photo Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander, Chief Master Sgt. Shane Clark, 162nd Fighter Wing Air National Guard, and Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire, adjutant general for Arizona, pose with Referee John Parry Sunday on the field of the University of Phoenix Stadium before…

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Street Beat

Posted  January 30, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 19 through 25: Tickets Security forces issued citations for six moving violations and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan 22: Security forces responded to a report of a weapon identified during a random vehicle inspection at North Gate outbound lane. The nonmilitary driver self-identified as…

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Losing body fat different than dropping weight

Posted  January 30, 2015

Aaron Anderson, 56th Medical Group dietitian, enters data into the Body Composition Tracking System for the BOD POD at the Health and Wellness Center Jan. 23. The BOD POD measures body composition which is different than weight and body mass index measurements. BMI measurements do not account for muscle mass. The BOD POD measures the…

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Sports Shorts – January 30, 2014

Posted  January 30, 2015

Winter flag football Wing flag football season begins March 2. Squadrons interested in participating must submit a letter of intent to Jemia Fournier-Allen at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center by Feb. 13. Schedules will be distributed at the coaches meeting at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at the fitness center. Games will be…

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Salutes & Awards

Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Posted  January 23, 2015

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his…

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Financial responsibility — vital to readiness

Posted  January 23, 2015

In the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, there is a line in the movie where the soldiers are told to make sure they sign up for life insurance to ensure their next-of-kin gets $10,000 upon the soldier’s death. While none of us are about to make a combat jump in 1944 to fight the Nazis, Airmen…

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Adapt, overcome, succeed

Posted  January 23, 2015

Change is inevitable, especially in today’s Air Force. If you’ve been serving for more than a few years, it’s likely you’ve experienced everything from new physical fitness requirements to the implementation of force management programs. Enlisted performance reports and feedback forms have been altered and changes to the promotion system are rapidly approaching. We expect…

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Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

Posted  January 23, 2015

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, 56th SFS MWD, pose for a photo in Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. Chrach was recently awarded the 12th Annual Animal Hero Award from the Arizona Friends of Animals Organization for his service to the community and deployment to…

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