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56th FW has new mission

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, left, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Charles Lilly, right, lithograph artist, present the new 56th Fighter Wing lithograph May 21 during the 56th FW change of mission ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. The change is historical for Luke as the wing’s mission statement last changed 25…

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A mother’s right …

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Marcy Copeland, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, closes a curtain to the nursing room May 13 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center on Luke Air Force Base. The CDC offers a nursing room for mothers who choose to breast-feed during work hours. Becoming a new…

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Snakes on trains, planes, automobiles? Not likely

Courtesy photo of the U.S. Geological Survey The DeSchauensee anaconda pictured here is listed as injurious wildlife under federal law. Did you know that the reticulated python, the green anaconda, the DeSchauensee anaconda and the Beni anaconda are the most recent reptiles to be listed as injurious wildlife under federal law? So what does this…

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Thunderbolts venture to El Salvador

Airman PEDRO MOTA Medical technicians from the 56th Medical Support Squadron gather personal gear May 22 outside the 56th Medical Group building at Luke Air Force Base as they prepare to leave on a 15-day humanitarian mission to El Salvador. A team of Luke Air Force Base Airmen departed May 22 on a training mission…

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“Look up, Show up, Follow-up:” Design for resilience

Courtesy photo TEAM Luke resilience training assistants and master resilience trainers pose for a photo at Luke Air Force Base. There are 146 RTAs at Luke and 12 MRTs. None of us is as smart as all of us. After all, TEAM means Together Everyone Achieves More. Very rarely does one person achieve a goal…


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How to know everything, yet know nothing

Posted  September 5, 2014

You have probably heard the adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” What does this really mean? I’ve personally heard it referenced when discussing promotions, but I’ve also heard it when talking about getting things done. These are really interrelated. If you can work your boss’s boss’s priority, you can become your…

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Airmen help pilots survive in wilderness

Posted  September 5, 2014

Senior Airmen Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Chris Long, 56th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment journeyman, conducts a built-in test for the URT-44 personnel locator beacon, which is part of the survival kit that ejects along with the pilot. The test ensures the beacon is in proper working order. There are many measures taken…

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News Briefs

Posted  September 5, 2014

AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Club Five Six Barcelona Room. For more information, go to www.afsa1260.com or call Master Sgt. Michael Hohn at 623-856-3812. GOV service station closure The Base Service Station (government-owned vehicle gas station) will close at midnight Sept….

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  September 5, 2014

Senior Airman Dewayne Law 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Aircrew egress systems journeyman Hometown: Ft. Stewart, Georgia Years in service: Five Family: One daughter Previous assignments: Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and Osan AB, South Korea Inspirations: God, mom and daughter Goals: Get a degree in digital cinematography Greatest feat: Being a…

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Close call in AOR didn’t discourage Airman

Posted  September 5, 2014

Courtesy photo Senior Airman Alten Hayes poses for a photo during his deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. A rocket landed 60 feet away from his position but did not activate. This Indiana native wanted to be part of something bigger in life. His high school graduation date was coming up and he had to make a…

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Luke Exchange shoppers have their say

Posted  September 5, 2014

To constantly improve the level of service provided throughout its facilities, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service relies on an ongoing customer satisfaction index for localized, real time snapshots of how successful the organization is at meeting the community’s needs. The survey, which addresses customer service, pricing, sales associate availability, merchandise assortment and other…

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Breakfast with the boss …

Posted  September 5, 2014

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with Airmen Aug. 26 at the Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility at Luke Air Force Base. Pleus and Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th FW vice commander, joined Airmen for breakfast to discuss sick call, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program, the commander’s priorities for Luke…

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T-Bolts dare cardboard to be a boat

Posted  September 5, 2014

FROM LEFT: Airmen from the 56th Dental Squadron, 56th Medical Support Squadron and the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron participated in the build-a-boat competition Aug. 29 at the Silver Wings Pool at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th DS completed the race in 22.7 seconds, winning the Speed Racer Award, while the 56th CMS sank in…

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Australian VIP visits Luke AFB

Posted  September 5, 2014

Chief Master Sgt. Raul Villarreal, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent, speaks with Air Commodore Catherine Roberts, Royal Australian Air Force director general joint strike fighter acquisition and sustainment, and Royal Australian Air Force Maj. Nathan Draper, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit participant maintenance liaison officer, about the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter Wednesday during her…

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Air Force News – September 5, 2014

Posted  September 5, 2014

Oklahoma Two Altus Airmen have set a goal of running in the Air Force Marathon at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to raise $4,000 for the Air Force Enlisted Village, a nonprofit organization that benefits widows and mothers of Air Force members. Dominican Republic In 2010, illegal drugs were being flown into the Dominican…

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