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Lightning over Luke …

The F-35 Lightning II isn’t the only lightning striking over Luke Air Force Base. This strike, about five miles west of the Luke flightline, was captured on camera at 1:12 a.m. Aug. 12 at the jet engine test cell.

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Commandant challenges students to be best

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Master Sgt. Sheris Poisson, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School commandant, briefs students Aug. 12 about the active-shooter exercise Aug. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Poisson asked the Airmen about proper procedures in response to an active shooter to help prepare them for both the exercise and real world…

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Airman gives civilian second chance at life

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Staff Sgt. David Patton, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron support section floor chief, repairs a tool box Aug. 6 on Luke Air Force Base. Patton administered life-saving CPR to Robert Clark and received an award from Mayor Sharon Wolcott of Surprise and the Surprise Fire and Paramedic Departments. It was just another night…

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Engraving, framing gets crafty at Luke

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Kimberly Caley, 56th Force Support Squadron Arts and Crafts operations manager, designs a shadow box display Aug. 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The Arts and Crafts shop is available to take care of the needs of all squadrons pertaining to going away gifts, awards, custom framing, wood work and engravings. Throughout…

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This week in history

The WASPs helped America win World War II by freeing men to fly in combat. Now that women fill all roles in our military, it is hard to imagine that time when the nation only allowed men to fight. Because of that attitude, the WASP had a rocky start and an abrupt end.


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Luke tax center seeks volunteers for 2014 tax season

Posted  December 6, 2013

The Luke Air Force Base tax center opens its doors to file returns for the entire Luke community beginning Jan. 27, 2014. Last tax season, the tax center assisted more than 1,500 clients file federal and state returns, saving the Luke community more than $316,000. To offer this great service again, the tax center requires…

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Fly Over: ‘Call of Duty – Ghosts’, and ‘Oldboy’

Posted  December 6, 2013

In stores: ‘Call of Duty – Ghosts’ While “Call of Duty” often gets scolded for its rinse-and-repeat gameplay, I’ve always defended the series and given previous games a thumbs-up for enhancing the gameplay. Whether it’s the storytelling of “Modern Warfare” or the effort to change the COD formula with “Black Ops,” the popular series always…

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EOR team: Taking care of business first, last

Posted  December 6, 2013

“First and last line of defense” may sound like a line from a movie, but it’s a no-nonsense way of doing business for a small band of crew chiefs on the Luke Air Force Base flightline.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  December 6, 2013

Smartphone users beware! Using a third party App to access your Defense Finance and Accounting Services myPay account can compromise your access information potentially leading to a theft of funds. There are no Apps sanctioned by the Defense Department or DFAS. Apps that claim to allow access to military or other government sites should only…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  December 6, 2013

How will this affect my life, and others? ~Alfred Montapert A Carolina mountaineer said to a young man, “See here, you been a-courtin’ my daughter for goin’ on four years. You got to tell me about your intentions. Be they honorable or dishonorable?” The young man’s face brightened and he asked hopefully, “You mean I…

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Justice Report

Posted  December 6, 2013

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions issued at Luke Air Force Base in October: 56th Operations Group Articles 15 • An airman first class received an Article 15 for being incapacitated for duty and driving under the influence of alcohol. The member received a reduction to E-2, forfeiture of $849 pay,…

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Street Beat

Posted  December 6, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 17 through Sunday: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 24 moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 18: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving three privately owned vehicles in the Bldg. 1130 parking lot. There were no injuries….

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Sports Shorts – December 6, 2013

Posted  December 6, 2013

Matthew Corcoran, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist instructor, coaches participants during the last five minutes of their warrior fitness routine Nov. 22 at the Warrior Fitness Center. Warrior fitness includes gymnastics, weightlifting and endurance, with variations of those exercises. Variety, challenge key to warrior fitness Photo and story by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. If…

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Additional remains of Air Force pilot found

Posted  November 27, 2013

Additional remains of an Air Force pilot who died in combat in 2006 in Iraq have been found, service officials announced Nov. 19.

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In the news…

Posted  November 27, 2013

Clock ticks on authority for Guantanamo detention The fate of 164 suspected terrorists who have lived for years in legal limbo at Guantanamo Bay may hinge on a law that could expire if U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014. President Barack Obama has long promised to close the detention camp at a U.S. Navy…

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