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2015 NFL Pro Bowl players practice at Luke

Senior Airman Grace Lee Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos cornerback, assigned to Team Carter, signs footballs for fans at Luke. NFL Pro Bowl players came to the Luke Air Force Base football field Jan. 21 to practice and sign autographs for service members and their families. Since 1938, the Pro Bowl has been an NFL tradition…

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Luke 1 takes last Viper ride

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, returns from his last flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 23 at Luke Air Force Base. Pleus’ last flight symbolizes Luke stepping forward with a new mission — training the world’s greatest F-35 fighter pilots. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander,…

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61st AMU assigns first F-35 dedicated crew chiefs

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Members of the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs prepare to recite the Mechanic’s Creed during the recognition ceremony Jan. 23 in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force Base. Seventeen dedicated crew chiefs were each assigned an F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. Even though being a crew chief may not…

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Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his…

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Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, 56th SFS MWD, pose for a photo in Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. Chrach was recently awarded the 12th Annual Animal Hero Award from the Arizona Friends of Animals Organization for his service to the community and deployment to…


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Chaplain thoughts – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

“Don’t you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” ~ Thomas Jefferson As people of faith, I would argue that faith must be put into action or it is not really faith. An old song tells us that faith without action “is about as useless as a screen door on a submarine.”

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AGE Flight reaps benefits of AFSO21

Posted  April 13, 2012

56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight recently took a closer look at the periodic inspection process with the use of Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century tools and lean principles.

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Early retirement offered to select enlisted Airmen

Posted  April 13, 2012

WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced an application window for targeted early retirements for enlisted Airmen. Eligible Airmen will have 15 to 19 years of service in fiscal 2012 and be in the grades of staff sergeant through master sergeant in overmanned career fields. The temporary early retirement authority application window opened Thursday and will…

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Fallen warriors

Posted  April 13, 2012

March of the Fallen participants carry weighted ruck sacks four and-a-half miles March 31 at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Ruck sacks weighed 45 to 75 pounds, according to competition categories, for the 40 participants. Each meter walked represented military members who have fallen since 9/11. More than $1,500 from the March of the…

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News Briefs – April 13, 2012

Posted  April 13, 2012

Commander’s call Brig. Gen. JD Harris, 56th Fighter Wing commander, is holding two commander’s calls at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday at the Luke Air Force Base fitness center. Load crew competition The 56th Fighter Wing will hold the quarterly loading competition at 10 a.m. and noon today in Bldg. 485 (weapons standardization facility)….

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Air Force expands drug testing to include abused prescription drugs

Posted  April 13, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Air Force and other military services will expand their drug testing to include testing for commonly abused prescription drugs beginning May 1. On Jan. 31, the secretary of defense gave a 90-day advance notice of the drug testing expansion which aims to counter the nation’s…

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Health & Safety

Ten grand to cure acne?

Posted  April 13, 2012

The other day I was sifting through a stack of mail at home and noticed a letter from TriWest. It turned out to be an Explanation of Benefits from my kid’s recent trip to the neighborhood pharmacy. Most people probably don’t open them — much less read the fine print — on these statements, but…

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Home of the brave

Posted  April 13, 2012

The 310th Fighter Squadron Top Hats perform a flyover at Chase Field for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ home opener against the San Francisco Giants. The Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard also participated in the game’s opening by displaying the colors during the national anthem. The formation pilots and the supervisor of flying, who directed the…

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AFRC leader gets down to business in fighter country

Posted  April 13, 2012

Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner, Air Force Reserve Command commander, visited the 944th Fighter Wing April 1 at Luke Air Force Base. Stenner used his time at Luke to discuss business with Col. Jose Monteagudo, 944th FW commander, and his senior leadership team. The major command commander…

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Sports Shorts April 20, 2012

Posted  April 20, 2012

Warrior PT challenge The 56th Force Support Squadron Fitness Center is holding a Warrior PT Challenge 6 a.m. to noon May 4 at the ability to survive and operate center. Four-member teams will compete for a $10 entry fee. For more information or to sign up, call (623) 856-2291.    Summer, fall leagues forming Adult…

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