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Young thunderbolts learn about deployments

The 56th Force Support Squadron’s staff held its biannual mock deployment event at the Ability to Survive and Operate area Oct. 15 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Building Partnerships

Airmen from the 944th Civil Engineering Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., helped strengthen the relationship between the Department of Defense and a Navaho community in Gallup, N.M., recently.

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Luke honors those lost, captured in war

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony Sept. 16 in honor of prisoners of war and those missing in action preceded by a two-day vigil. The vigil began at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 with Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, 56th…

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T-bolt nominated for AF leadership award

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Air Force announced Maj. Matthew Hoyt, 54th Fighter Group F-16 chief instructor pilot and 54th Operations Support Squadron chief of weapons and tactics, was nominated for the Lance P. Sijan Air Force Leadership Award. Hoyt was responsible for leading 192 pilots and 72 instructors as chief instructor accounting…

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Luke achieves 10,000 F-35 flight hours

Maj. Nathan Heguy, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II pilot, successfully completed a routine training sortie Sept. 12 to hit officially the 10,000 total combined flight hours in the F-35 for all pilots at Luke Air Force Base. The milestone marks yet another progression in the development of the tactics and utility of the F-35,…

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AAFES makes game-winning touchdown

Posted  October 22, 2015

The 56th Component Maintenance Squadron team and the Army and Air Force Exchange Services team stepped onto the field Oct. 8 for an intramural football match at Luke Air Force Base. AAFES defeated CMS 40-34. CMS came into the game undefeated and was on a mission to keep the streak alive. The match began with…

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Volunteer groups raise funds by wrapping perfect gift

Posted  October 22, 2015

Community groups can raise funds for their worthy causes while spreading holiday cheer. The Luke Air Force Base Exchange is actively soliciting partners for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s annual community gift wrap program. “To make the holidays a little easier, we partner with local groups to ensure gifts purchased at the Exchange…

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Cybersecurity, OPSEC vital to mission success

Posted  October 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Every day, Air Force organizations and personnel are reminded of the importance of operations security and cybersecurity, and how integrating them into day-to-day operations helps protect proprietary and sensitive information from disclosure, espionage and exploitation. Virtually every mission across the range of military operations depends on cybersecurity and every Airman is tasked to…

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Getting their flamenco on …

Posted  October 22, 2015

Senior Airman Devante Williams Members of the audience danced with Linda Machado as they performed the flamenco during the Hispanic Heritage Month luncheon Oct. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. The luncheon brought Airmen together to enjoy Hispanic food and entertainment. The luncheon was held to share the Hispanic culture and highlight the contributions Hispanics…

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Humility in leadership — people chief asset

Posted  October 22, 2015

The definition of humility is “the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people.” This is not a trait we commonly attribute to our leaders. In fact, when we think of a leadership role we often imagine one who is telling others what to do and how to do it with…

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