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2015 NFL Pro Bowl players practice at Luke

Senior Airman Grace Lee Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos cornerback, assigned to Team Carter, signs footballs for fans at Luke. NFL Pro Bowl players came to the Luke Air Force Base football field Jan. 21 to practice and sign autographs for service members and their families. Since 1938, the Pro Bowl has been an NFL tradition…

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Luke 1 takes last Viper ride

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, returns from his last flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 23 at Luke Air Force Base. Pleus’ last flight symbolizes Luke stepping forward with a new mission — training the world’s greatest F-35 fighter pilots. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander,…

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61st AMU assigns first F-35 dedicated crew chiefs

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Members of the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs prepare to recite the Mechanic’s Creed during the recognition ceremony Jan. 23 in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force Base. Seventeen dedicated crew chiefs were each assigned an F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. Even though being a crew chief may not…

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Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his…

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Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, 56th SFS MWD, pose for a photo in Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. Chrach was recently awarded the 12th Annual Animal Hero Award from the Arizona Friends of Animals Organization for his service to the community and deployment to…


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Sports Shorts – May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

Luke opens courts to AF women’s volleyball team Story and photos by Senior Airman MARCY COPELAND, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Amber Coley, 4th Medical Group and member of the Air Force Women’s Volleyball Team, practices in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center May 15. After selective tryouts, women of different ranks came together May…

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Wheelchair racing becomes Marine’s passion

Posted  May 16, 2014

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Marine Cpl. Ivan Sears races around the track May 8 at Luke Air Force Base where he trained during the Paralympics Desert Challenge in Mesa. Sears is a fourth generation Marine, who, after being injured in 2010, became a silver and gold medal winner during the Wounded Warrior Games. For more photos…

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ACF path to total well being

Posted  May 16, 2014

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Mind Your Health.” Mental Health America designated May as Mental Health Month 65 years ago to raise awareness about mental illnesses and the importance of mental wellness for all. Their goal this year is to communicate across America that mental wellness is central to…

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Leadership: Develop your style

Posted  May 16, 2014

We all may have heard the saying, “Lead from the front and not from a chair.” We are familiar with those supervisors who stand out on the front lines, leading the way, and sometimes we work to fit that specific mold. However, we must take the time to develop a leadership style that best suits…

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News Briefs May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Kevin Cruikshank will relinquish command of the 425th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. John Forino at 8:42 a.m. May 30 in Hangar 840. 309th FS stand down Lt. Col. Stephane Wolfgeher will relinquish command of the 309th Fighter Squadron in a stand down ceremony at 5:03 p.m. May 30 in…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 16, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Bret Toliver 56th Dental Squadron Dental Laboratory NCO in charge Hometown: Glendale, Arizona Years in service: 14 Education: Community College of the Air Force in avionics systems technology and dental laboratory Previous assignments: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: My wife who accomplishes anything she puts her mind…

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Luke hosts 56th FW quarterly awards luncheon

Posted  May 16, 2014

The following individuals are 56th Fighter Wing quarterly award winners: Airman: Airman 1st Class Delos Prestia, 56th Operations Support Squadron NCO: Tech Sgt. Daniel Carter, 607th Air Control Squadron Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Brandon Christian, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Company grade officer: Capt. Ambrosia Tomaino, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Field grade officer: Maj. John Wilson,…

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“Daddy, you’re my hero!” Airman reflects on being a young parent

Posted  May 16, 2014

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Jacob Leal, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter apprentice, poses during training at Luke Air Force Base. Being a young parent can be challenging in the best of conditions. Having a child while still in high school can hardly be considered the best of circumstances. Add to the mix joining the…

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ITT: One stop shop for travel, recreation

Posted  May 16, 2014

Courtesy Photo Alyssa Gorby, 56th Force Support Squadron recreation aide, talks with a customer May 2 at the ITT satellite facility located in the Luke Air Force Base Exchange. ITT offers discounted tickets on travel destinations, sporting events and lodging. Looking for a discount on a vacation getaway or tickets to the latest show? Information,…

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Air Force News – May 16, 2014

Posted  May 16, 2014

Alaska Dirt Boyz from the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron clean up Eielson Air Force Base throughout the year to keep the base operational. The Dirt Boyz work regardless of season, temperature or weather conditions. France The people of Avord dedicated a memorial May 8 honoring the crew of a U.S. B-17 Flying Fortress shot down…

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