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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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JAMES HENSLEY Local

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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BARBARA PLANTE Air Force

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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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Health & Safety

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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Are we mentoring our members to success?

Posted  January 16, 2015

The Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force approved the new Airman Comprehensive Assessment to be effective July 1, 2014. The ACA is not a change to the performance feedback program but a progression in the way we execute an overlooked opportunity to tell our subordinates what we expect…

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Airmen: Ambassadors of Air Force core values

Posted  January 16, 2015

Airmen are tasked and trained to keep up with myriad tasks that sometimes venture outside the scope of their assigned jobs. One of these tasks that often goes unnoticed or rarely spoken about is the job of an ambassador. Every time you are in uniform and travel off base, whether to go home for the…

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Technology takes off

Posted  January 16, 2015

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Maj. William Wisehart, 56th Training Squadron chief instructor, teaches a class to F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots-in-training Jan. 7 at Luke Air Force Base. Luke is responsible for more than 80 percent of F-16 pilot training. What comes to mind when you think of the future? The 56th Training Squadron imagines a world…

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News Briefs January 16, 2015

Posted  January 16, 2015

NFL Pro Bowl practice at Luke Jan. 22 The NFL’s all-star game, the Pro Bowl, will host a practice at Luke Air Force Base’s football field near the South Gate Jan. 22. Team Carter, led by Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter is scheduled to practice from 10 to 11 a.m. The second practice…

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLTS OF THE WEEK

Posted  January 16, 2015

Airman 1st Class Clifford Leduc Surette 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Fuel system apprentice Hometown: Rensselaer, New York Years in service: One Education: Pursuing Cisco networking certification Inspirations: To Become a good supervisor and to get my Seven Level Goals: To get my Community College Air Force degree, be promoted Greatest feat: Completing firefighter school in…

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944th pilot aims high, logs 4,000 flying hours

Posted  January 16, 2015

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Col. Gregory Jones, left, 944th Operations Group commander, is congratulated by Col. Kurt Gallegos, 944th Fighter Wing commander, after completing 4,000 hours of flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. Jones and Gallegos are two of just 42 pilots in the Air Force who have reached this…

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Sparks fly …

Posted  January 16, 2015

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman David Andrews, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron metals technician, uses a grinder to clean titanium tubes Jan. 13 at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen at the metals shop handle machining and welding for various parts of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and some for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter.

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‘View from Top’ program gives bird’s eye view

Posted  January 16, 2015

Airmen and NCOs got to experience what it’s like to be a chief master sergeant Jan. 6 when they shadowed a chief here during the View from the Top program. View from the Top is a new monthly program at Luke Air Force Base that provides an opportunity for Airmen to gain insight about senior…

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AFAS steps up with education programs

Posted  January 16, 2015

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS An Airman checks his student loan balance Jan. 7 at Luke Air Force Base. The Air Force Aid Society has programs to assist in funding education so that Airmen can avoid college debt. Education can be a key to succeeding in life, especially for military members looking to make the Air Force…

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Always charged …

Posted  January 16, 2015

Airman Pedro Mota Airmen 1st Class William Dimery and Javon Simms, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron aircraft electrical environmental systems technicians, conduct a midcell voltage check procedure Jan. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The F-16 Fighting Falcon battery voltage is condemned if the voltage between pins has a one-volt difference.

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