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2015 NFL Pro Bowl players practice at Luke

Senior Airman Grace Lee Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos cornerback, assigned to Team Carter, signs footballs for fans at Luke. NFL Pro Bowl players came to the Luke Air Force Base football field Jan. 21 to practice and sign autographs for service members and their families. Since 1938, the Pro Bowl has been an NFL tradition…

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Luke 1 takes last Viper ride

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, returns from his last flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 23 at Luke Air Force Base. Pleus’ last flight symbolizes Luke stepping forward with a new mission — training the world’s greatest F-35 fighter pilots. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander,…

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61st AMU assigns first F-35 dedicated crew chiefs

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Members of the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs prepare to recite the Mechanic’s Creed during the recognition ceremony Jan. 23 in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force Base. Seventeen dedicated crew chiefs were each assigned an F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. Even though being a crew chief may not…

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

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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Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

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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Splish splash, Silver Wings pool is back!

Posted  June 20, 2014

As the temperature rises and every day is marked by triple digit degrees, summer has declared its unofficial arrival and pools across Arizona are opening their doors to provide relief from the extreme heat.

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Justice Report

Posted  June 20, 2014

The following is a list of administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base for May: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 A senior airman received an Article 15 for drunken driving. The member received forfeiture of $500 pay per month for two months and a reprimand. A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for wrongful…

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Street Beat

Posted  June 20, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents June 9 through 15: Tickets Security forces issued citations for two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 11: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident at South Gate. There were no injuries. Insurance information was exchanged. June 13: Security forces responded to a…

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Sports Shorts – June 20, 2014

Posted  June 20, 2014

FSS dominates first V-ball match of season Bridget Penton, 56th Force Support Squadron, returns a volley during a match with 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron June 9 at Luke Air Force Base. FSS won two out of three games to win the first match of the volleyball season. Story and photo by Airman 1st Class JAMES HENSLEY, 56th Fighter…

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309 FS stands down, piano goes up in flames

Posted  June 13, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA 1st Lt. Tucker Browne, 309th Fighter Squadron pilot, plays Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on the burning piano. Engulfing a 100-year-old piano in flames would normally be frowned upon, but on this day Airmen encouraged pilots to set it ablaze. The 309th Fighter Squadron invited Airmen from the 56th Operations Group to a…

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New Arms Race: STEM education ensures future force

Posted  June 13, 2014

Selecting a degree or training program is a major decision with far reaching impact. Reasons for pursuing certain degrees vary, from improving one’s current skill set to achieving long term goals. One’s decisions may be influenced by class availability or the goal of “checking a box.” However, as educational technology and funding has increased, Airmen…

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Standards: Foundation for enlisted

Posted  June 13, 2014

“Standards of Conduct, Character and Military Bearing” is a title familiar to us all as one of the enlisted performance report blocks. However, the term “standards” is much broader than that and includes all the rules and regulations that govern our daily lives as professional Airmen. Whether it is an Air Force Instruction, technical order,…

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Biggest loser really biggest winner

Posted  June 13, 2014

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, won this year’s Biggest Loser Contest by dropping 15 percent of her starting body weight. The 56th Force Support Squadron recently held a “biggest loser” contest on Luke Air Force Base. Airmen and civilians from across base measured and weighed in weekly…

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News Briefs June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

Free hangar concert Country-music artists Jerrod Niemann, The Swon Brothers and Laura Walsh will perform at “A Salute to the Troops,” concert 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in Hangar 999. Admission is free and the event is open to all ID card holders and their families. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Shuttle…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 13, 2014

Staff Sgt. Andrea Sanchez 62nd Fighter Squadron Squadron aviation resource manager NCO in charge Hometown: Cameron, Arizona Years in service: Eight Family: Mother, brother and sister Previous assignments: Aviano Air Base, Italy; Kunsan AB, South Korea; Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: I wouldn’t be who or where I am without my family Goals:…

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