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RMO, stakeholders keep eye on sky

Samuel Price The road used to get onto the Barry M. Goldwater Range lies beneath the running water July 9, 2014, that resulted from monsoon rains. With data from the additional recently installed weather stations, personnel will know what the measurable rain is before going to the area, ensuring their safety. Following are measurements during…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Air Force

New Sniper pod helps put pilots’ eyes on target

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The 425th Fighter Squadron recently installed Sniper Pods onto their F-16 Fighting Falcons at Luke Air Force Base. Sniper pods provide improved long-range target detection/identification and continuous stabilized surveillance for all missions, including close-air support of ground forces. The F-16 Fighting Falcon, one of the world’s most iconic aircraft in the Air…

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Luke’s best shine

Senior Airman Devante Williams Misty Hyman, Olympic Gold Medalist, receives a standing ovation during her speech Feb. 13 at the 56th fighter Wing Annual Awards Banquet at the Wigwam. Hyman talked about the obstacles she faced during her Olympic run and how she overcame them. The 56th Fighter Wing held its annual awards banquet to…

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EFMP wraps up significant year

Courtesy photo Exceptional Family Member Program families get up close and personal with animals from the Wild Life World Zoo Dec. 20 during an EFMP Holiday Party at Luke Air Force Base. In today’s world, there are not many programs for people with special-needs family members to receive help without paying a lot of money….

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JAMES HENSLEY Local

Thunderbolt named AETC crew chief of 2014

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Brandon Rhodes, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, stands in front of the F-16 static display in front of wing headquarters Feb. 12 at Luke Air Force Base. Rhodes works on the wing commander’s aircraft and ensures it is safe to fly. He has been named Air Force Crew Chief…


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F-35 nears completion of all-weather testing

Posted  February 6, 2015

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — For the past four months, an F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter has endured extreme weather temperatures to certify the fleet to deploy to any corner of the world. An F-35B from the F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force in Maryland has undergone rigorous climatic testing at the 96th…

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News Briefs February 6, 2015

Posted  February 6, 2015

Assumption of command Maj. Scott Haselden will assume command of the 56th Security Forces Squadron at 10 a.m. Thursday at the 56th SFS military working dog kennel. LOSC luncheon The Luke Officers Spouses Club is featuring a “Dancing With the Stars” lunch, dance lesson and social at 11 a.m. Feb. 17 at Club Five Six….

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‘First Faces’ shines light on Thunderbolt

Posted  February 6, 2015

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Airman 1st Class Arta Rexhepi, 56th Medical Group public health technician, poses for a photo at her desk Jan. 29 at Luke Air Force Base. Rexhepi was nominated for the First Faces award, a program that looks for Airmen from diverse backgrounds who do exceptional work to accomplish the mission. A Luke…

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Max Impact rocks ESPN

Posted  February 6, 2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Air Force’s premier rock band, Max Impact, was presented with a short-notice, high-visibility opportunity Jan. 27 while preforming at the Scottsdale Fan Fest, home to Entertainment Sports and Programming Network’s live broadcast for Super Bowl XLIX in Scottsdale. Max Impact received an invitation to audition for a televised spot with an…

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Thunder from down under …

Posted  February 6, 2015

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer An Australian F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter prepares to launch Jan. 28 at Luke Air Force Base. Australia now has two F-35s stationed at Luke and is the first partner nation to arrive at Luke for the F-35 training program. The jets all have a kangaroo in a circle insignia.

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Super Bowl shows red, white, blue colors

Posted  February 6, 2015

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a six-ship formation flyover Feb. 1 during opening ceremonies for Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium. See page 7 for additional photos. Fans show their appreciation for members of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds team during Super Bowl XLIX. Members of the Joint Armed Forces Color…

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Air Force News – February 6, 2015

Posted  February 6, 2015

Hawaii Starting Sunday, the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine became mandatory for active-duty Airmen who are either permanently stationed or who will be temporarily assigned for more than 30 days to Japan or the Republic of Korea. Georgia As the intricacies of 3-D printing became more widespread, its capabilities have gained traction in the 402nd Commodities Maintenance…

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People First – February 6, 2015

Posted  February 6, 2015

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 in the title. May 31 closeout date for total…

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Salutes & Awards

AF pilot recognized for heroism in combat, awarded DFC with Valor

Posted  February 6, 2015

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — For one Airman, what seemed to be a standard patrol mission from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2008, concluded with him receiving a Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Jan. 29. The actions of Maj. Jeremiah Parvin and his wingman, Capt. Aaron Cavasos, 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force…

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Right question staves off mediocrity

Posted  February 6, 2015

Have you ever walked around Luke Air Force Base and noticed a piece of trash on the street? You see an individual pass by it. As you get closer to the piece of trash, you contemplate picking it up. Do you notice the Airmen who are happy with the status quo? Unfortunately, some supervisors promote…

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