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Lightning over Luke …

The F-35 Lightning II isn’t the only lightning striking over Luke Air Force Base. This strike, about five miles west of the Luke flightline, was captured on camera at 1:12 a.m. Aug. 12 at the jet engine test cell.

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Commandant challenges students to be best

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Master Sgt. Sheris Poisson, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School commandant, briefs students Aug. 12 about the active-shooter exercise Aug. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Poisson asked the Airmen about proper procedures in response to an active shooter to help prepare them for both the exercise and real world…

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Airman gives civilian second chance at life

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Staff Sgt. David Patton, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron support section floor chief, repairs a tool box Aug. 6 on Luke Air Force Base. Patton administered life-saving CPR to Robert Clark and received an award from Mayor Sharon Wolcott of Surprise and the Surprise Fire and Paramedic Departments. It was just another night…

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Engraving, framing gets crafty at Luke

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Kimberly Caley, 56th Force Support Squadron Arts and Crafts operations manager, designs a shadow box display Aug. 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The Arts and Crafts shop is available to take care of the needs of all squadrons pertaining to going away gifts, awards, custom framing, wood work and engravings. Throughout…

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This week in history

The WASPs helped America win World War II by freeing men to fly in combat. Now that women fill all roles in our military, it is hard to imagine that time when the nation only allowed men to fight. Because of that attitude, the WASP had a rocky start and an abrupt end.


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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 7, 2014

When considering separation programs that offer voluntary separation pay, Airmen should also consider the impact federal and state tax deductions has on the calculation. These tax deductions will reduce the actual amount you receive and could also have significant tax implications when filing 2014 taxes. The fiscal 2014 VSP program entitles enlisted retention board-eligible Airmen…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 7, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 25 through Feb. 2: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and 12 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 30: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident and a possible hit-and-run in the parking lot of Bldg. 545. The driver backed…

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Sports Shorts – February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

Alex Back, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery crew member, successfully dodges a defender. OG skims past EMS 8-6 in flag football Story and photos by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT,  56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Operations Group Wizards squared off against the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s flag football team Jan. 28 in a heated…

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Stocking the shelves with Lightning

Posted  January 31, 2014

Staff Sgt. Adam Lauersdorf, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron inbound receiving technician, unwraps main gear tires Jan. 22 for the F-35A Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base. LRS received 52,000 items in preparation for the arrival of the fighter jet, the first of which is slated to land at Luke soon.

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Contracting supports local economy, flying mission

Posted  January 31, 2014

From maintaining the airfield and maintenance equipment to custodial services and hangar upkeep, personnel in the 56th Contracting Squadron at Luke Air Force Base not only handle all the contracts for the base but their work also helps stimulate the local economy. “Most of the contracts we handle are for the base’s construction, demolitions and…

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New year, new beginning, new you

Posted  January 31, 2014

Life is full of new beginnings, a new car, new job, a promotion, a permanent change of station and, of course, every Jan. 1 brings a familiar new beginning — the New Year. With each new year comes new opportunities and new resolutions for improvement. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include losing…

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Are you a complete Airman?

Posted  January 31, 2014

There are many types of Airmen in today’s Air Force, but what type of Airman are you? Are you the type that comes in, does your job and goes home? Or, the one that does good work but isn’t interested in going above and beyond the minimum requirements? Or, are you a complete Airman? What…

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Thunderbolt Lanes to close Feb. 7

Posted  January 31, 2014

Courtesy Photo Bowling options near Luke AFB* AMF Peoria Lanes 8475 W. Olive Ave. in Peoria 623-486-1496 Brunswick Desert Sky Lanes 7241 W. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix 623-846-2090 Brunswick Tri-City Bowl 1425 N. Central Ave. in Avondale 623-932-3388 Glenfair Lanes 6110 N. 59th Ave. in Glendale 623-937-9225 Uptown Alley 13525 N. Litchfield Rd. in…

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News Briefs January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

Professional development op Participants of the Luke Air Force Base Library Reading Rewards program can receive a free copy of USA Today 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library. Select two articles with unfamiliar words and meet in a group or one-on-one with an instructor at…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  January 31, 2014

Staff Sgt. Seth MacDougall 310th Fighter Squadron Squadron aviation resource management assistant NCO in charge Hometown: Duluth, Minn. Years in service: 12 Family: Wife, Jessica; and son, Warren Education: Pursuing a human resource management degree in at Columbia Southern University Previous assignments: Recruiter in Milwaukee, Wis., and Iron Mountain, Minn.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.;…

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