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Fallen hero awarded DFC 46 years later

The air was thick with emotion. She had been waiting for this moment since the love of her life passed away more than 46 years earlier. Andi Dice was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross Jan. 27 at Luke Air Force Base on behalf of her husband, Maj. Carl Dice, for his extraordinary heroism and aerial…

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Load crews face off in test of best

This year’s annual Luke Air Force Base weapons load competition took place on Jan. 28, 2016. The competition featured three teams of F-16 Fighting Falcon load crew Airmen from the 309th, 310th, and 425th Aircraft Maintenance Units, and two teams from the 311th and 314th AMUs out of Holloman Air Force Base. Additionally, a team…

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Luke pilot flies 500th hour in F-35

Lt. Col. Matthew Hayden, 56th Fighter Wing chief of safety and pilot attached to the 61st Fighter Squadron, made history Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base as the first Air Force pilot to achieve 500 flight hours in an F-35 Lightning II. Hayden achieved this milestone flying his 270th sortie, a routine training mission, which…

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Every scarf tells a story

Within a dusty room, a simple conversation took place among four officers stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, which would not only change their lives, but the lives of oppressed women struggling to survive in a Taliban-ravaged province. In 2011, Capt. Joseph Stenger III, 62nd Fighter Squadron F-35 instructor pilot, deployed to Afghanistan as a…

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HVAC keeps it cool

Training the world’s greatest 607th Air Control Squadron battle managers wouldn’t be possible without the cool temperatures provided by the air conditioning units. These units are maintained and installed by the heating ventilation and air conditioning Airmen, enabling the training in the 607th ACS to happen. The conex boxes used by the 607th Airmen are…

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Exchange partners with Block to offer discount tax prep fee

Posted  January 29, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service expects more than 150 million tax returns to be filed this tax season, with more than 70 percent of taxpayers receiving refunds. To take the guesswork out of filing for military members and their families, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is teaming with H&R Block to provide tax preparation…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  January 29, 2016

Flat rate per diem explained What is it? The flat rate per diem rule changes for long-term temporary duty went into effect Nov. 1, 2014, and apply when government lodging and/or meals are not available at the TDY installation. Who is affected? Anyone assigned to a TDY of 31 days or longer is subject to…

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PEOPLE FIRST January 29, 2016

Posted  January 29, 2016

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Official urges…

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Bay orderlies on rotation to assist

Posted  January 29, 2016

FROM LEFT: Airmen 1st Class William Levert and Benjamin Ping, 56th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controllers; and Airman 1st Class Tyler Hoffmeyer, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintainer, gather equipment and supplies for a day’s work from the bay orderly supply closet at Luke Air Force Base. Bay orderlies are Airmen who are…

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STREET BEAT – January 29, 2016

Posted  January 29, 2016

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 19 through 24 at Luke Air force Base Tickets Security forces issued citations for 25 moving and seven nonmoving violations. Emergency responses Jan. 19: Security forces military working dogs and handlers assisted Surprise police with a bomb threat situation. There were no findings. Surprise police…

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