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Emerald Knights go out with bang

Engulfing a 100-year old piano in flames would normally be frowned upon, but on this day Airmen encouraged pilots to set it ablaze.

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here.

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Hecker assumes command of 19th Air Force

Maj. Gen. James Hecker assumed command of 19th Air Force in a ceremony here June 23.Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command who presided over the ceremony, spoke to the importance of the 19th Air Force and the opportunity that awaits Hecker.

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CDC mission includes playtime

Placing a child in the arms and care of a stranger can be a terrifying experience for a first-time parent, but with the help of the staff at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center, the transition from mom to CDC becomes one of trust and appreciation.

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Finding perfect shape takes out-of-box look

Weight gain has been a constant struggle for me since I was 12 years old. If I could count how many times I yo-yo dieted and how many pounds I’ve lost over the years, it would probably be more than 100.


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Airmen help pilots survive in wilderness

Posted  September 5, 2014

Senior Airmen Grace Lee Airman 1st Class Chris Long, 56th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment journeyman, conducts a built-in test for the URT-44 personnel locator beacon, which is part of the survival kit that ejects along with the pilot. The test ensures the beacon is in proper working order. There are many measures taken…

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News Briefs

Posted  September 5, 2014

AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Club Five Six Barcelona Room. For more information, go to www.afsa1260.com or call Master Sgt. Michael Hohn at 623-856-3812. GOV service station closure The Base Service Station (government-owned vehicle gas station) will close at midnight Sept….

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  September 5, 2014

Senior Airman Dewayne Law 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Aircrew egress systems journeyman Hometown: Ft. Stewart, Georgia Years in service: Five Family: One daughter Previous assignments: Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and Osan AB, South Korea Inspirations: God, mom and daughter Goals: Get a degree in digital cinematography Greatest feat: Being a…

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Close call in AOR didn’t discourage Airman

Posted  September 5, 2014

Courtesy photo Senior Airman Alten Hayes poses for a photo during his deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. A rocket landed 60 feet away from his position but did not activate. This Indiana native wanted to be part of something bigger in life. His high school graduation date was coming up and he had to make a…

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Luke Exchange shoppers have their say

Posted  September 5, 2014

To constantly improve the level of service provided throughout its facilities, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service relies on an ongoing customer satisfaction index for localized, real time snapshots of how successful the organization is at meeting the community’s needs. The survey, which addresses customer service, pricing, sales associate availability, merchandise assortment and other…

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Breakfast with the boss …

Posted  September 5, 2014

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with Airmen Aug. 26 at the Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility at Luke Air Force Base. Pleus and Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th FW vice commander, joined Airmen for breakfast to discuss sick call, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program, the commander’s priorities for Luke…

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T-Bolts dare cardboard to be a boat

Posted  September 5, 2014

FROM LEFT: Airmen from the 56th Dental Squadron, 56th Medical Support Squadron and the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron participated in the build-a-boat competition Aug. 29 at the Silver Wings Pool at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th DS completed the race in 22.7 seconds, winning the Speed Racer Award, while the 56th CMS sank in…

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Australian VIP visits Luke AFB

Posted  September 5, 2014

Chief Master Sgt. Raul Villarreal, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent, speaks with Air Commodore Catherine Roberts, Royal Australian Air Force director general joint strike fighter acquisition and sustainment, and Royal Australian Air Force Maj. Nathan Draper, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit participant maintenance liaison officer, about the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter Wednesday during her…

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Air Force News – September 5, 2014

Posted  September 5, 2014

Oklahoma Two Altus Airmen have set a goal of running in the Air Force Marathon at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to raise $4,000 for the Air Force Enlisted Village, a nonprofit organization that benefits widows and mothers of Air Force members. Dominican Republic In 2010, illegal drugs were being flown into the Dominican…

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People First – September 5, 2014

Posted  September 5, 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. Suicide prevention…

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