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Goldfein swears in as 21st CSAF

Gen. David L. Goldfein was sworn in as the Air Force’s 21st chief of staff by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James during a ceremony at the Pentagon July 1, 2016. As the Air Force’s most senior uniformed leader, Goldfein is responsible for ensuring the 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian airmen under his command…

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Firefighter switches to fighter pilot

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Garrett Christensen, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Logistics NCO in charge, is crossing over to the Air Force officer corps where he hopes to become an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot. “Christensen is one of 12 Airmen selected for basic officer training school program,” said Steven Kinkade, 56th CES…

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USFWS selects BMGR for award

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Barry M. Goldwater Range has been selected as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2015 Military Conservation Partner Award recipient. The award, presented in a ceremony June 9, is a national award presented annually to a military installation whose efforts represent significant conservation accomplishments achieved in partnership with…

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AZ Reserve unit dominates at Hawgsmoke

DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Pilots from the 47th FS with the Air Force Reserve Command demonstrated their experience and expertise on the ground and in the air by winning the Hawgsmoke 2016 competition. Thirteen teams competed in biennial A-10C Thunderbolt II competition June 1 through 3. This year’s event concentrated on two…

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Equipment maintainers keep jets viable

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. — Imagine driving your car down the freeway. You are halfway to the destination with only four hours left to drive when the check engine light comes on, a tire blows and the car begins to overheat. You pull over and look at your phone, which has no signal, and…

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Pride, professionalism, passion key to moral development

Posted  February 11, 2016

“There has never been a generation of servicemen and women so praised and appreciated as today’s warfighters.” — Senior Master Sgt.  Javier Gonzalez We are asked to internalize the Air Force core values from the onset of our careers and as we progress throughout the ranks. Despite what life puts in your path, we are…

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Habitual beauty of Arizona sunrises …

Posted  February 11, 2016

Staff Sgt. Grace Lee The silhouette of the Fighter Country water tower at Luke Air Force Base provides another dramatic photo taken at sunrise Jan. 28 from the Public Affairs building parking lot. The tower holds 500,000 gallons of water and was repainted last year.

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AAFES deputy director works to better Luke Airmen’s lives

Posted  February 11, 2016

Mike Immler, Army & Air Force Exchange Service deputy director, is making it his mission to ensure the Exchange is doing all it can to serve Airmen at Luke Air Force Base. To better understand how the Exchange can best meet the needs of the community, Immler met with Col. James Kossler, 56th Mission Support…

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Divorce difficult chapter in life

Posted  February 11, 2016

Divorce, though a difficult chapter in many people’s lives, happens. Divorce comes with both financial and emotional burdens for everyone involved. In order to file for divorce in Arizona, one of the parties must reside in Arizona for 90 days. In Maricopa County the court currently applies a $338 filing fee for a petition for…

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F-35 egress trainer arrives at Luke

Posted  February 11, 2016

Over the past two months, major components of the new F-35 Lightning II egress trainer, an advanced replica of the F-35 cockpit designed to simulate the mechanical layout of the ejection and emergency evacuation system, have arrived at Luke Air Force Base. Upon completion of the build, the third of its kind in the nation,…

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