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2015 NFL Pro Bowl players practice at Luke

Senior Airman Grace Lee Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos cornerback, assigned to Team Carter, signs footballs for fans at Luke. NFL Pro Bowl players came to the Luke Air Force Base football field Jan. 21 to practice and sign autographs for service members and their families. Since 1938, the Pro Bowl has been an NFL tradition…

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Luke 1 takes last Viper ride

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, returns from his last flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 23 at Luke Air Force Base. Pleus’ last flight symbolizes Luke stepping forward with a new mission — training the world’s greatest F-35 fighter pilots. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander,…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Salutes & Awards

61st AMU assigns first F-35 dedicated crew chiefs

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Members of the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs prepare to recite the Mechanic’s Creed during the recognition ceremony Jan. 23 in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force Base. Seventeen dedicated crew chiefs were each assigned an F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. Even though being a crew chief may not…

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Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his…

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Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, 56th SFS MWD, pose for a photo in Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. Chrach was recently awarded the 12th Annual Animal Hero Award from the Arizona Friends of Animals Organization for his service to the community and deployment to…


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Fly Over: ‘Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon’, and ‘Wheel of Time’ Series’

Posted  May 9, 2014

On Netflix: Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon As a child I remember being excited whenever my mom turned on the car radio, and I would fight with my brother about who would sing the next song. I grew up listening to rhythm and blues with a little soul, commonly known as R&B. While…

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Street Beat

Posted  May 9, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 29 through May 5: Tickets Security forces issued citations for six moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 1: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government-owned vehicle vs. a fixed object in the Bldg. 1100 parking lot. There…

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Fifth generation takes flight

Posted  May 9, 2014

Senior Airman Paul Swanson, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, marshals in an F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to Luke Air Force Base Tuesday after one of its first sorties.   Maj. John Wilson, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, climbs out of the F-35 after its second day of sorties.

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Sports Shorts – May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 2014

Isaiah Dorantes, 9, son of Tech. Sgt. Francisco Dorantes, 56th Medical Support Squadron biomedical equipment NCO in charge, hits a ball off a tee April 30 during the MLB pitch, hit and run event at Luke Air Force Base. Youth compete in MLB pitch, hit, run Story and photos by Airman First Class CORY GOSSETT, 56th Fighter…

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Combat dining-in: Airmen let hair down

Posted  May 2, 2014

FROM LEFT: Tom Harris, Arizona Diamondbacks executive vice president and 56th Fighter Wing honorary commander; Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th FW commander; Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th FW vice commander; Col. Robert Whitehouse, 944th Fighter Wing vice commander; and Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th FW command chief, greet attendees April 26 after making a grand…

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Australian air force makes home at Luke

Posted  May 2, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Maj. Nathan Draper, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit participant maintenance liaison officer, poses April 22 in front of the 61st AMU. Draper is the first Royal Australian air force officer to arrive at Luke Air Force Base. The buildup of F-35 operations at Luke Air Force Base has begun, and the Royal…

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Winning ways, culture lead to victory

Posted  May 2, 2014

After several years of being unable to put the right pieces together, the Boston Red Sox figured it out. They developed a system, a strategy and a culture that led them back to victory. A shared vision between owner, general manager and manager resulted in the execution of their strategy and a new winning culture….

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Respect: Give it, get it

Posted  May 2, 2014

In preparation for this article, the one thing that kept coming to mind was respect. We all hold a key position in the military where respect plays a huge part in our daily interaction. Unfortunately, I’m sure you have all encountered a lack thereof at some point in your career. Respect is a feeling or…

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BAH recertification happening now

Posted  May 2, 2014

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Senior Master Sgt. Robert Towler, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Armament Flight chief, helps his daughter, Rihanna, 5, learn to ride a bicycle April 29 behind his house at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen receiving with-dependent rate BAH are required to recertify by December. An Air Force-wide basic allowance for housing recertification…

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News Briefs May 2, 2014

Posted  May 2, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Gerald Brown will relinquish command of the 69th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Korey Amundson at 9 a.m. today in Hangar 999. Library subscription refunds Offices that receive subscriptions or items through the Luke Air Force Base Library and request a cancellation must return any refund checks received to the…

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