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Commons provides ‘crib’ for Airmen

Courtesy graphic The Community Commons concept design. Renovation has begun and will be completed in May 2016. The Luke Air Force Base Community Center, Bldg. 700, where the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Wellness Center resides, is being renovated and will include a name change to Community Commons. “The building is getting a total overhaul from…

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Roberson takes command of AETC

Johnny Saldivar Lt. Gen Darryl Roberson, Air Education and Training Command commander, speaks during the AETC change of command ceremony Tuesday at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Roberson is a command pilot who has more than 5,000 flight hours including 865 combat hours. Roberson will oversee the operation of 10 major installations in five states….

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Salutes and Awards

FWSA announce awards The following individuals are quarterly awards winners: 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies Airman: Senior Airman Leanne Mathews NCO: Staff Sgt. Natalie Nelson Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Deanna Commack Company grade officer: Capt. Elizabeth McCourt Field grade officer: Maj. David Barnes Civilian (Category I): Yvonne Godwin Civilian (Category II): Sharon Kozak Civilian (Category…

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A historian with his own history

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Richard Griset, 56th Fighter Wing historian, shows an old pilot uniform that is part of a preservation collection on Luke Air Force Base. Richard Griset seems like a very quiet and reserved man and appears to be just another face at Luke Air Force Base. That is until people meet him. Serving…

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Need help? Trust your ‘Shirt’

When young Airmen need help or are looking for guidance, a good place to start is with a senior NCO. Making it into the top 3 percent in the U.S. Air Force is a major accomplishment.


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Injured EOD Airman returns to fuller life

Posted  November 7, 2014

Retired Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon, an explosive ordnance disposal technician from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, was critically injured Oct. 24, 2007, while serving to protect convoy routes in Iraq.

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Unknown ‘Soldier’ returns home

Posted  November 7, 2014

The Vietnam War was one of the longest wars for the United States, not only for those involved, but for the families of those fighting. Making sure everyone returned home from war was a priority and for one Unknown Soldier that was just the case.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  November 7, 2014

I just received a phone call with a recorded message telling me that my son’s school was in a “soft” lockdown, the police were on hand, the students were in their classes and there was no need to come to school.” That is not my idea of a great phone call. Despite my very logical…

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EOD Airman always ready for dangerous missions

Posted  November 7, 2014

In the 1950s there was a popular show called “Danger is my Business,” which featured people who had jobs that involved a lot of risk and danger.

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Street Beat

Posted  November 7, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 27 through Nov. 3: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving violations and five nonmoving violations. Traffic-related responses Security forces responded to two minor accidents and one major accident. Nonemergency responses Oct. 30: Security forces was informed of a possible assault in base housing….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  November 7, 2014

Have you ever wanted to invest money into a retirement account that was guaranteed to never lose value? During a 2014 State of the Union address by President Obama, the U.S. Treasury will have authority via executive order to create a MyRA program. MyRA will be a Roth account (contribution after-tax) with initial investments as…

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Sports Shorts – November 7, 2014

Posted  November 7, 2014

Thunderbolts raise $s with burpees   Staff Sgt. Mike Harkavi, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Disposal technician, performs a burpee Oct. 31 during a CFC funraiser challenge at the Luke Air Force Base Combat PT Center. Harkavi finished the challenge with 110 burpees. Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs A Combined Federal Campaign fundraiser…

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Luke ‘deploys’ youngest Airmen

Posted  October 31, 2014

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Gabriel Gutierrez, age 5, son of Staff Sgt. Arlene Gutierrez, 56th Security Forces Squadron, gives high fives as he goes through the welcome home line during Operation KIDS Saturday at Luke Air Forces Base. Veterans of Foreign Wars, United Service Organization and members of the community greeted the children when they returned…

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Warrior ethos puts will to test

Posted  October 31, 2014

It is important for us as warriors to put our physical fitness test in proper perspective. Airmen need to be physically able to do their job, and currently the Air Force measures their fitness with a simple test. This article is not to debate if the current test actually gives an accurate indication of fitness…

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You, too, can empower innovation

Posted  October 31, 2014

Innovation is the lifeblood of progress. Without it we wouldn’t have the automobile, airplane or computer. We may have never made it to an industrial revolution. At every level of our species, from the individual level to the societal level, compelling change is how we grow, and it is innovators that drive this. In the…

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