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Construction enterprise ongoing

AirmanPEDRO MOTA Some of the base upgrades and new facilities have a direct connection to the arrival of the F-35 Lightening ll joint strike fighter and Luke’s transition to training F-35 pilots. X marks the spot of one of two 10,012-foot runways currently undergoing renovations. Two-hundred-and-twenty feet of asphalt are being scraped up, tossed in…

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Know social media dangers

Today, millions of people use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share memories and keep in touch with family and friends. Unfortunately, using these media also gathers the attention of unwanted eyes. Predators now have the capability of knowing a person’s location and personal information, which can often lead to identity theft,…

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Ducks conquer Ragnar Del Sol

Courtesy photo Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks cross the finish line Feb. 28 in Mesa. The more than 200-mile-long Ragnar race is held every year starting in Wickenburg and runs through the night until the race is completed. Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks participated in a more than 200-mile…

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Punishment costly for drinking, driving, using drugs

It’s unfortunate when it happens — an Airman making the choice to drink and drive or use drugs that are illegal in the Air Force. When hearing the story of those who drank and drove or used drugs, the thought that may come to mind is, “That will never be me.” But, when peer pressure…

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944th reservist receives F-35 firefighter training

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Members from local fire departments watch and listen Feb. 26 during a PowerPoint presentation at the Luke Air Force Base fire station conference room. Local fire departments gathered Feb. 26 to receive training on F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter crisis procedures in case of an emergency here and in the…


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This Week in History

Posted  July 18, 2014

July 20, 1969: Apollo XI On a hot July evening, my dad hauled our 12-inch portable black and white TV out onto the patio, where he grilled dinner. From that vantage point, my family watched the first manned landing on the moon and the first steps on the moon. Apollo XI launched Monday, 45 years…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  July 18, 2014

Many entry-level jobs are characterized by significantly low wages and unpredictable schedules. If you find yourself in this type of scenario, savings, second jobs, affordable loans and child care are all but impossible to arrange. Inescapable poverty changes the way we think about money and time, as short-term concerns glare so blindly that it’s almost…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  July 18, 2014

Courtesy photo John Wooden “There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience.” ~ John Wooden How do you sleep at night? Are you so troubled with life and its situations that you find it hard to sleep? One of the best pieces of advice I can relay to you is the quote above….

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Combat Arms Keeps Airmen Ready To Fight

Posted  July 18, 2014

Every Airman takes an oath to protect and serve the citizens of the U.S. To achieve this, they not only need to know their job, but also be ready to fight when called upon.

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Street Beat

Posted  July 18, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents July 8 through 14: Tickets Security forces issued citations for three moving violations. Traffic-related incidents July 13: An active-duty member was arrested for extreme DUI and hit and run on Litchfield and Greenway roads. Surprise police notified SFS the individual’s blood alcohol level was unknown and…

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Fly Over: ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ and ‘Return of the Living Dead’

Posted  July 18, 2014

On DVD: ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ It’s not every day you find a movie that is just as good as the book it’s made. With “Memoirs of a Geisha,” fans of the original novel and first-time viewers will not be disappointed. Having watched the movie first, I was surprised how much the original “Memoirs of…

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Go north to discover Bearizona

Posted  July 18, 2014

White Bison roam in an open meadow. Bearizona’s mission is to promote conservation through memorable and educational encounters with North American wildlife in their natural habitat.   Address: Bearizona, 1500 E. Route 66 Williams, Ariz. 86046   The American burro is just one of many animals found at the Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams. Visitors…

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Justice Report

Posted  July 18, 2014

The following is a list of Articles 15 and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base for June: 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 A staff sergeant received an Article 15 for the use of marijuana. The member received a reduction to the rank to senior airman, suspended forfeiture of $1,213 pay per month for…

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Sports Shorts – July 18, 2014

Posted  July 18, 2014

Basketball camp teaches more than game Story and photo by Airman 1st Class CORY GOSSETT, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Kids hustle to catch a rebound during a rebound training exercise July 10 at the Tom Kuyper Summer Basketball Camp at the Luke Air Force Base Youth Center. Children participated in the annual Tom Kuyper Summer Basketball Camp…

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Bronze Star goes to Luke Airman for actions in Afghanistan

Posted  July 11, 2014

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Master Sgt. Nathan La Rue, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions conventional maintenance NCO in charge, poses with his daughter, Hailey Brianne La Rue, 4, after pinning his Bronze Star Medal on her for “safe keeping.” La Rue’s actions during his Afghanistan deployment earned him the medal which was presented June 18…

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