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PEDRO MOTA Air Force

MMA ramps up combat training

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Team Ill Brasil brings a new style of martial arts to the base. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center now offers discipline specific martial arts training Monday through Friday at the Combat Training Center. A mixed martial arts group recently signed a one-year contract to team with Luke Air…

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LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Air Force

Reserve recruiter has heart of bull

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Master Sgt. Stanley Iakopo, Air Force Reserve Command recruiter with the 944th Fighter Wing, puts Joe Vigil, pro fighter and assistant trainer, in a hold while training at Peraza Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts gym in Glendale. Raised in a household of women, mainly by his grandmother in American Samoa, Master…

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CORY GOSSETT Air Force

Air Force sets Thunderbolt on path to passion

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Joshua Pant, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron operations management apprentice, performs a deadlift during the powerlift competition at the Luke Air Force Base Combat Fitness Center. Judges watch each competitor to ensure good form as well as ensure the safety of competitors. A down on his luck Austin, Texas, native had bills…

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GRACE LEE Local

Luke welcomes new MXG commander

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Col. Ricky Ainsworth took command of the 56th Maintenance Group Wednesday at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Maintenance Group changed leaders Wednesday as Col. Victor Mora relinquished command of the 56th MXG to Col. Ricky Ainsworth during a change of command ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base. Ainsworth previously served…

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Combat Arms Keeps Airmen Ready To Fight

Every Airman takes an oath to protect and serve the citizens of the U.S. To achieve this, they not only need to know their job, but also be ready to fight when called upon.


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Lead from the front

Posted  October 11, 2013

As a senior NCO, I often wonder if we are grooming our Airmen for success. Are we grooming NCOs to be responsible, to take seriously our core values, embrace them as we should so they become the future senior NCOs we need them to be? Are we grooming our Airmen to know that sometimes the…

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Hard work, mentors lead to big block party success

Posted  October 11, 2013

Photo by Staff Sgt.NESTOR CRUZ Luke Airmen engage their opponents in a game of tug-o-war Oct. 4 at Fowler Park. LEAD council members hosted a block party featuring games, food, music and a bouncy castle for children. Summer may be over, but the weather was just right Oct. 4 at Luke Air Force Base for…

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News Briefs October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

Water interruption in base housing Water services will be interrupted to repair a water leak from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 in base housing. After repair is completed, allow water to run for 10 minutes to allow system to clear. For more information, call Balfour Beatty Communities housing office at 623-388-3515. Tres Rios…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  October 11, 2013

Airman 1st Class Joshua Pant 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Operations Management apprentice Hometown: Austin, Texas Years in service: One Inspirations: Friends, family, God Goals: Score at least 90 on career development courses, complete a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and retire from the Air Force Greatest feat: Completing Basic Military Training along with Basic Expeditionary…

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DAVID OWSIANKA
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Thunderbolt wins national nurse award

Posted  October 11, 2013

Senior AirmanDAVID OWSIANKA Maj. Betty Venth, 56th Medical Group Family Health Flight commander, stands in front of Airmen she leads Oct. 1 in the 56th MDG Assembly Room. Venth recently received a national top nurse award for excellence in patient and staff management. A Luke Air Force Base Airman was named one of the top…

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New leader takes reins at MAJCOM

Posted  October 11, 2013

Courtesy Photo Gen. Robin Rand JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Gen. Robin Rand took command of Air Education and Training Command from Gen. Edward Rice Jr. during a ceremony Thursday. Gen. Mark Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff, presided over the ceremony. Rand previously served as the 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command,…

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AETC commander retires after 35 years of service

Posted  October 11, 2013

Courtesy Photo Edward Rice Jr. JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – The commander of Air Education and Training Command retired Thursday, ending a 35-year career of service and commitment to the U.S. Air Force. Gen. Edward Rice Jr., a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, retired after handing AETC’s reins over to Gen….

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This week in history

Posted  October 11, 2013

Oct. 1998: Low on parts, no spare engines Fifteen years ago this month, the 56th Component Repair Squadron, later designated the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron, hit a milestone. They had no engine holes in any aircraft and had one spare engine for the first time in five years. The question is how did they get…

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Air Force News – October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

AF leaders urge civilians to protect security clearance As the government shutdown continues, Air Force leadership wants their civilian workforce to communicate well and often as possible financial challenges arise — something that could impact one’s security clearance. With such a large number of civilians possessing security clearances, including many workers in the space and…

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People First – October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

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. New Defense…

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