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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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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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News Briefs May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Kevin Cruikshank will relinquish command of the 425th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. John Forino at 8:42 a.m. today in Hangar 840. 309th FS stand down Lt. Col. Stephane Wolfgeher will relinquish command of the 309th Fighter Squadron in a stand down ceremony at 5:03 p.m. today in Hangar 913….

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 30, 2014

Airman 1st Class Jose Rojas Diaz 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander’s support staff Hometown: Bullhead City, Arizona Years in service: One Family: Father, Francisco; mother, Marcelina; sister, Marilyn; and brother, David Education: Pursuing a computer science degree at Rio Salado Community College Inspirations: My father has always been my support and a role model of…

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607th Air Control Squadron trains eyes in sky

Posted  May 30, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airmen 1st Class Alyssa Boone and Staff Sgt. Troy Wagner, 607th Air Control Squadron cyber transport system technicians, reconfigure a tactical air operations module on the equipment pad on Luke Air Force Base. Tactical air operations modules provide command and control battle management specialist the equipment to plan, direct, and control…

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WWII veteran shares story

Posted  May 30, 2014

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Retired Chief Master Sgt. Harold Bergbower, 26th Cavalry Regiment air mechanic, is assisted by Debra Bergbower, his daughter, during a visit to Focus 56 as guest speaker May 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Bergbower spoke about his time in the Army Air Corps and Air Force, and his experience during World…

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Air Force News – May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

Louisiana The Air Force Global Strike Command validated the command’s ability to support its conventional and nuclear missions while simultaneously participating in two exercises May 12 through 20. As a service component to U.S. Strategic Command, AFGSC participated in Global Lightning and Constant Vigilance. To improve their combat readiness to use strategic capabilities to deter,…

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McChord, Luke civil engineers help Hickam save $1.5M

Posted  May 30, 2014

MCCHORD FIELD, Wash. — Reserve Civil Engineers converged at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for training that helped the Air Force save $1.5 million in repair costs in process. About 40 reservists from the 446th Civil Engineer Squadron, McChord Field, Washington, and the 944th CES, Luke Air Force Base, have been working to relieve the…

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People First – May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

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 at the end of the story. Risk management…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  May 30, 2014

Beginning July 1, Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance will increase. The SGLI premium rate will increase from the current level of 6.5 cents per month per $1,000 of coverage to 7 cents per month per $1,000 of coverage. This will increase the premium for Airmen with the maximum coverage of $400,000, for example, from $26 to…

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Mini Thunderbolts build bikes

Posted  May 30, 2014

It’s an exciting moment, seeing children’s faces full of joy and anticipation as they wait to start building a new bicycle.

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This Week in History

Posted  May 30, 2014

Courtesy photo Remains of an enemy ammunition train after a P-47 strafing attack at Compiegne, France. May 21, 1944: Operation CHATTANOOGA CHOO-CHOO The 56th Fighter Group was taking part in Operation CHATTANOOGA CHOO-CHOO 70 years ago this week. The Allied Air Forces operation began on May 21, 1944. It was part of the larger transportation…

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