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Fabrication flight handles intricate things

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Fabrication Flight handles precise structural repair and inspection for aircraft and support equipment. “For all the F-16s and F-35s at Luke, we provide the back shop fabrication, inspection and repair for both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on and off the flightline,” said Senior Master Sgt. Brian Leonard, 56th EMS low…

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F-35 egress trainer arrives at Luke

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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3-time Super Bowl champ, AF pilot reflects on America’s game

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Super Bowl 50 was just a few days ago, and it’s hard not to wonder how one of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s best all-time players fits into that history. Chad Hennings won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys during the 1990s, and his first appearance was within…

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Airman abroad achieves Army commendation

Every ribbon on an Airman’s ribbon rack tells a story. All have the basic training ribbon, most earn a ribbon for length of service but it’s the medals that tell a unique story. Senior Airman Carlton Mickles, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems journeyman, was awarded an Army achievement medal for his efforts in supporting…

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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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STREET BEAT February 5, 2016

Posted  February 4, 2016

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Jan. 25 through 31 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving violations and 13 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Jan. 29: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the parking lot of Bldg. 931. Security forces…

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Chaplain’s thoughts … February 5, 2016

Posted  February 4, 2016

Last Friday, I had the privilege of being a part of the memorial service for someone who was lost in a tragic accident. It was during that service I was reminded of the need to not only live well, but to do my best in all that I choose to do. The quote went like…

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Every scarf tells a story

Posted  February 4, 2016

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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Delight valentine with flowers from Exchange Service

Posted  February 4, 2016

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day on Luke Air Force Base, where shoppers can pick up fresh flowers, including roses, beginning Feb. 11 at the Luke Exchange. A wide variety of arrangements will be available, ranging from single roses to dozen-rose bouquets. “The Exchange loves to make any gift-giving occasion simple and easy…

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Load crew competition

Posted  February 4, 2016

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Senior Airman Theresa Nowak, 314th AMU load crew member from Holloman AFB, New Mexico, secures a weapon to the underside of her team’s F-16 during the competition. Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan Airman 1st Class Nadiya Frick, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew member, secures a weapon during the competition….

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