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Fitness center gets Xtreme makeover

Courtesy graphic Above is an architectural rendering of the changes to the outside of the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Renovations also include a remodel of most of the interior. The project will take place over the next year and a half. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center will undergo state-of-the-art…

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History gets paint job

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY James Bridges and Hayden Yager, civilian contractors, prepare the F-104C Starfighter static display for painting Aug. 12 in the Luke Air Force Base Airpark. The static displays in the airpark will be repainted and have maintenance work completed by the end of the year. The F-104C Starfighter was used to train German…

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944th Airmen live life as military couple

Tech. Sgt.BARBARA PLANTE Staff Sgt. Adam Jenkins and Senior Airman Cassandra Jenkins, 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron, are a dual-military couple and work together as maintainers in the refueling vehicle maintenance shop. Staff Sgt. Adam Jenkins and Senior Airman Cassandra Jenkins are a dual-military couple fresh from active-duty and now serving in the Air Force Reserve….

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Walt Disney inspires squadron

Courtesy photo While stationed at Luke Field, Sgt. Seymour Pine had the unique privilege of accepting the 62nd Fighter Squadron emblem of a boxing bulldog from the artist who drew it — Walt Disney. Everyone had a role to play during World War II at home and abroad. For Sgt. Seymour Pine it was serving…

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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Health & Safety

Luke host 4th annual bodybuilding competition

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Abraham Purdy, 56th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control apprentice, and Jonathan Maytes, civilian, pose for the judges Aug. 15 during the Luke Air Force Base bodybuilding competition. When people think about bodybuilding, they might think about superstars like Arnold Schwarzenegger whose body is an inspiration for aspiring bodybuilders around the world….


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‘He was a warrior’

Posted  November 7, 2014

Those were the last words spoken by Russell Nichols before he left the podium Oct. 17 at his son’s memorial service. Those words, and the passion with which they were spoken, have been with me since that service. As I reflect on the meaning of the words, it really makes me think about why we…

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Taking care of yourself

Posted  November 7, 2014

I was trained early as an airman first class to manage my career and take care of myself professionally. It wasn’t until this past year during our Enlisted Retention Board review that I absorbed the big picture of what I was taught. The first thing I was taught was from the now Chief Master Sgt….

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Female AF pilot takes road less traveled

Posted  November 7, 2014

Cliff Patrick Lt. Col. Michael May, 308th Fighter Squadron commander’s special assistant and F-16 instructor pilot; son, Gunner, 6; Lt. Col. Melissa May, 56th Fighter Wing F-16 instructor pilot and Community Initiatives Team current operations specialist; and daughter, Gianna, 4, pose for the camera Feb. 21 on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base. While…

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News Briefs November 7, 2014

Posted  November 7, 2014

Native American Indian Heritage November is Native American Indian Heritage Month. The theme this year is “Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Forever.” Activities include a 5k fun run at 7 a.m. at the 944th Fighter Wing building and a luncheon at 11 a.m. Nov. 14 at Club Five Six. Clark Tenakhongva, an award-winning…

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Veteran’s life one of service to country, MLB

Posted  November 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Top Gun — In 1971, Ensch was assigned to Navy Fighter Squadron 161, NAS Miramar, California. He continued deployments to Southeast Asia on the USS Midway. He was credited with two confirmed MiG-17 shoot-downs and nearly 300 combat missions. In 1965, the Voting Rights Act was passed, popular music was dominated by the…

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ALS graduates 31 senior airmen

Posted  November 7, 2014

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 31 senior airmen Oct. 23 from class 14-7. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Andrea Romo, 162nd Force Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Frederick Anglin, 56th Comptroller Squadron; and Aaron Norfleet, 56th Communications Squadron Commandant’s Award: Aaron Norfleet, 56th CS Academic Achievement Award: Frederick Anglin, 56th…

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Mentoring Laveen elementary students for the future

Posted  November 7, 2014

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Luke Air Force Base Airmen talk to students Oct. 24 at Laveen Elementary school in Laveen. The Airmen talked about their careers in the Air Force and some goals the students should think about for their future. Everyone needs help from time to time, and children are no different. Airmen from…

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Kilroy was here

Posted  November 7, 2014

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland “Kilroy was here” is drawn on the back of the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Kilroy was a famous icon of the war and served as a symbol to let troops know an area was safe and cleared by U.S. troops. He guided Soldiers through ravaged Europe and served…

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A different kind of vet MWDs in the fight

Posted  November 7, 2014

Mayo, a 10-year-old 56th SFS MWD German shepherd has been on eight deployments and 45 missions where he found multiple explosives, saving numerous lives and earning an Air Force Combat Action Medal. Mayo was diagnosed with lumbar disease and lupus a few months ago and will officially retire in February 2015. “Mr. Mayo is a…

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Air Force News – November 7, 2014

Posted  November 7, 2014

F-35 engine fix coming Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the head of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program office, said by the end of December he expects to have decided on a permanent solution for a design issue that caused an F-35A engine to fail in June at Eglin Air Force Base,…

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