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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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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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Retired chief bleeds blue

Posted  November 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Ret. Chief Master Sgt. Geno Piccoli Fighting for something you believe in means it is very important to your life. Retired Chief Master Sgt. Geno Piccoli, 56th Force Support Squadron administrative assistant, and Luke Volunteer Program manager, has served more than 40 years in the U.S. Air Force. His love and devotion for…

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Fly Over: ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Fury’

Posted  November 7, 2014

On DVD: ‘Apocalypse Now’ The movie opens with a beautiful scenic view of a Vietnamese jungle. A guitar is heard softly playing “The End” by The Doors. Helicopters buzz past the jungle which then ignites in huge clouds of fire. This is the beginning of the critically acclaimed movie “Apocalypse Now,” directed by Francis Ford…

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Injured EOD Airman returns to fuller life

Posted  November 7, 2014

Retired Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon, an explosive ordnance disposal technician from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, was critically injured Oct. 24, 2007, while serving to protect convoy routes in Iraq.

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Unknown ‘Soldier’ returns home

Posted  November 7, 2014

The Vietnam War was one of the longest wars for the United States, not only for those involved, but for the families of those fighting. Making sure everyone returned home from war was a priority and for one Unknown Soldier that was just the case.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  November 7, 2014

I just received a phone call with a recorded message telling me that my son’s school was in a “soft” lockdown, the police were on hand, the students were in their classes and there was no need to come to school.” That is not my idea of a great phone call. Despite my very logical…

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EOD Airman always ready for dangerous missions

Posted  November 7, 2014

In the 1950s there was a popular show called “Danger is my Business,” which featured people who had jobs that involved a lot of risk and danger.

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Street Beat

Posted  November 7, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Oct. 27 through Nov. 3: Tickets Security forces issued citations for seven moving violations and five nonmoving violations. Traffic-related responses Security forces responded to two minor accidents and one major accident. Nonemergency responses Oct. 30: Security forces was informed of a possible assault in base housing….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  November 7, 2014

Have you ever wanted to invest money into a retirement account that was guaranteed to never lose value? During a 2014 State of the Union address by President Obama, the U.S. Treasury will have authority via executive order to create a MyRA program. MyRA will be a Roth account (contribution after-tax) with initial investments as…

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Sports Shorts – November 7, 2014

Posted  November 7, 2014

Thunderbolts raise $s with burpees   Staff Sgt. Mike Harkavi, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Disposal technician, performs a burpee Oct. 31 during a CFC funraiser challenge at the Luke Air Force Base Combat PT Center. Harkavi finished the challenge with 110 burpees. Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs A Combined Federal Campaign fundraiser…

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Luke ‘deploys’ youngest Airmen

Posted  October 31, 2014

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Gabriel Gutierrez, age 5, son of Staff Sgt. Arlene Gutierrez, 56th Security Forces Squadron, gives high fives as he goes through the welcome home line during Operation KIDS Saturday at Luke Air Forces Base. Veterans of Foreign Wars, United Service Organization and members of the community greeted the children when they returned…

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