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Construction plan supports F-35 program

A multi-disciplinary team across the 56th Fighter Wing is preparing Luke Air Force Base to become the largest F-35 Lightning II training base in the world.

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Munition flight’s isolation strengthens unit

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight involves all types of conventional munition systems and is an essential component to the Luke Air Force Base mission.

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Reservist lends hand

Master Sgt. Steven Joubert, 944th Fighter Wing Detachment 1, is the first Air Reserve technician aircrew chief to hold a position within the 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit since the base realignment and closure in 2007.

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This week in history

Forty years ago, I stood with 4,400 other academy cadets listening to a motivational speech about patriotism. It was a short speech because Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. knew he stood between us and our allotted 20 minutes for lunch.

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U.S. service members receive ‘heroic welcome’ at Ramstein

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone arrived safely Aug. 24 at Ramstein Air Base via military airlift after receiving emergency medical care for injuries sustained while subduing an armed gunman aboard a French train Aug. 21.


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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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Salutes & Awards

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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Health & Safety

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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