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Construction enterprise ongoing

AirmanPEDRO MOTA Some of the base upgrades and new facilities have a direct connection to the arrival of the F-35 Lightening ll joint strike fighter and Luke’s transition to training F-35 pilots. X marks the spot of one of two 10,012-foot runways currently undergoing renovations. Two-hundred-and-twenty feet of asphalt are being scraped up, tossed in…

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Know social media dangers

Today, millions of people use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share memories and keep in touch with family and friends. Unfortunately, using these media also gathers the attention of unwanted eyes. Predators now have the capability of knowing a person’s location and personal information, which can often lead to identity theft,…

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Ducks conquer Ragnar Del Sol

Courtesy photo Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks cross the finish line Feb. 28 in Mesa. The more than 200-mile-long Ragnar race is held every year starting in Wickenburg and runs through the night until the race is completed. Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks participated in a more than 200-mile…

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Punishment costly for drinking, driving, using drugs

It’s unfortunate when it happens — an Airman making the choice to drink and drive or use drugs that are illegal in the Air Force. When hearing the story of those who drank and drove or used drugs, the thought that may come to mind is, “That will never be me.” But, when peer pressure…

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944th reservist receives F-35 firefighter training

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Members from local fire departments watch and listen Feb. 26 during a PowerPoint presentation at the Luke Air Force Base fire station conference room. Local fire departments gathered Feb. 26 to receive training on F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter crisis procedures in case of an emergency here and in the…


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Sports Shorts – June 20, 2014

Posted  June 20, 2014

FSS dominates first V-ball match of season Bridget Penton, 56th Force Support Squadron, returns a volley during a match with 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron June 9 at Luke Air Force Base. FSS won two out of three games to win the first match of the volleyball season. Story and photo by Airman 1st Class JAMES HENSLEY, 56th Fighter…

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309 FS stands down, piano goes up in flames

Posted  June 13, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA 1st Lt. Tucker Browne, 309th Fighter Squadron pilot, plays Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on the burning piano. Engulfing a 100-year-old piano in flames would normally be frowned upon, but on this day Airmen encouraged pilots to set it ablaze. The 309th Fighter Squadron invited Airmen from the 56th Operations Group to a…

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New Arms Race: STEM education ensures future force

Posted  June 13, 2014

Selecting a degree or training program is a major decision with far reaching impact. Reasons for pursuing certain degrees vary, from improving one’s current skill set to achieving long term goals. One’s decisions may be influenced by class availability or the goal of “checking a box.” However, as educational technology and funding has increased, Airmen…

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Standards: Foundation for enlisted

Posted  June 13, 2014

“Standards of Conduct, Character and Military Bearing” is a title familiar to us all as one of the enlisted performance report blocks. However, the term “standards” is much broader than that and includes all the rules and regulations that govern our daily lives as professional Airmen. Whether it is an Air Force Instruction, technical order,…

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Biggest loser really biggest winner

Posted  June 13, 2014

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, won this year’s Biggest Loser Contest by dropping 15 percent of her starting body weight. The 56th Force Support Squadron recently held a “biggest loser” contest on Luke Air Force Base. Airmen and civilians from across base measured and weighed in weekly…

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News Briefs June 13, 2014

Posted  June 13, 2014

Free hangar concert Country-music artists Jerrod Niemann, The Swon Brothers and Laura Walsh will perform at “A Salute to the Troops,” concert 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in Hangar 999. Admission is free and the event is open to all ID card holders and their families. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Shuttle…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  June 13, 2014

Staff Sgt. Andrea Sanchez 62nd Fighter Squadron Squadron aviation resource manager NCO in charge Hometown: Cameron, Arizona Years in service: Eight Family: Mother, brother and sister Previous assignments: Aviano Air Base, Italy; Kunsan AB, South Korea; Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom Inspirations: I wouldn’t be who or where I am without my family Goals:…

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LRS Airman finds passion in honor guard

Posted  June 13, 2014

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Master Sgt. Keith Cooper, 56th Force Support Squadron Honor Guard NCO in charge, shows new guardsmen how to properly flare their hands June 4 during a firing party at Luke Air Force Base. The honor guard’s primary mission is to provide military honors at funerals for veterans and retirees. Few Airmen are…

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Air Force Reserve announces major selects

Posted  June 13, 2014

The following captains were selected for promotion to major: 944th Fighter Wing Tobby Evans 69th Fighter Squadron Allyson Olson 944th Mission Support Group Sheila Kane 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Douglas Maxwell 924th Fighter Group Jessica Pisano 924th Maintenance Squadron Enrique Navarro

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LAFB water gets report card

Posted  June 13, 2014

The 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineer Flight released the Luke Air Force Base 2013 Annual Consumer Confidence Report on drinking water quality May 20. The Environmental Protection Agency requires this report be available to the consuming public. The CCR describes the presence of contaminants that may be in the drinking water and any health…

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