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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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Teens learn to say ‘No’ to booze

Posted  May 9, 2014

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. Sonja Raciti, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program manager, gives Josh Anane, 14, son of Master Sgt. Fred Anane, 56th Maintenance Group wing plans, scheduling and documentation superintendent, guidance on which cone to walk to April 25 at the 56th Force…

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News Briefs May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 2014

Spouse hiring info The Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service will facilitate a web-based training entitled Federal Employment and Military Spouse Preference. This webinar will give an overview of spouse hiring authorities and the federal application process. Military spouses are encouraged to attend as well as those who provide direct employment services to spouses. To access…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 9, 2014

Senior Airman Torrey Wilcox 56th Communications Squadron Airfield Systems Technician Hometown: Dallas Years in service: Three Family: Sisters, Carmen and Christa, and brother, Tyron Education: Associate in science at Cedar Valley College, associate in electronics systems technology at Community College of the Air Force, pursuing a bachelor’s in management information systems from Park University Inspirations:…

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Werewolves get new commander

Posted  May 9, 2014

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Col. Gregory Jones, 944th Operations Group commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Korey Amundson May 2 as he assumes command of the 69th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Col. Gerald Brown relinquished command during the change-of-command ceremony. The 69th Fighter Squadron welcomed a new commander to Luke Air Force Base during a…

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Command post nerve center of base

Posted  May 9, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA The 56th Fighter Wing command post Airmen meet for training April 28 at Luke Air Force Base. Training occurs monthly and usually includes career field regulations review, knowledge examination, scenario-based training, local procedure updates, new training requirements and general discussion. The brain sends signals through the spinal cord to influence the…

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Aircraft metals technology makes sparks fly

Posted  May 9, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Tech. Sgt. Matthew Lucas, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Fabrication Flight aircraft metals technology NCO in-charge, inspects landing gear components April 29 at Luke Air Force Base. Aircraft metals technology technicians inspect and service F-16 Fighting Falcon landing gear components every 72 months. The diameter of a human eyelash is .05 millimeters….

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Mental wellness central to health, well-being

Posted  May 9, 2014

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the 2014 theme is “Mind Your Health.” It was 65 years ago that Mental Health America designated May as Mental Health Month to raise awareness about mental illnesses and the importance of mental wellness for all. The goal this year is to communicate to all Americans that mental…

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Air Force News – May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 2014

Sam Lee Cadet 1st Class Stefan Morell tests the distributed propulsion engine in the aeronautics laboratory. The engine won first place in the Defense Advanced Research Project’s innovation competition for the service academies. Academy beats Army, Navy as most innovative U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – An Air Force Academy team bested the two other…

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People First – May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 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. SecAF talks…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  May 9, 2014

Beginning June 1, deployed Airmen will see the discontinuation of imminent danger pay in the following locations: • Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro • East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan and United Arab Emirates • Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan • The Persian Gulf and air space above In addition, personnel will no…

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