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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.

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Health & Safety

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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This week in history

Posted  June 5, 2015

June 1945: 201st Fighter Squadron U.S. Air Force photo Pilots of the 201st Mexican Fighter Squadron on ??? strip, Clark field, Luzon, Philippines, in front of F-47 “Thunderbolts”. Seventy years ago this week, pilots from the Mexican 201st Fighter Squadron began to fly with the 58th Fighter Group. The war in Europe ended in May,…

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Flight med enables pilot training

Posted  June 5, 2015

An Army unit downrange is under attack. As they do their best to fend off the enemy, they call for an air strike. Minutes later the glorious sound of U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons roars like thunder overhead as the superior accuracy of their weapon systems push the enemy back saving the lives of the trapped service members. This is one of the reasons the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Flight Medicine Clinic does what they do.

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Street Beat

Posted  June 5, 2015

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 25 through June 1: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving violations. Traffic-related incidents May 28: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 1550 parking lot. An individual returned to the vehicle after shopping in the commissary and…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  June 5, 2015

Life can be scary … Last weekend I took 13 families on a retreat in the mountains. During one of our sessions we focused on an event from both the Jewish and Christian traditions; Daniel in the lion’s den. Daniel was thrown in the lion’s den by the king for doing the right thing. The…

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Fly Over: ‘Soylent Green’ and ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’

Posted  June 5, 2015

At the Luke Library: ‘Soylent Green’ I like to catch up on film classics whenever the opportunity arises and these days, Netflix and the base library have been great resources in providing those opportunities. My latest discovery is the 1973 film “Soylent Green” found in the library’s DVD section. It is the year 2022 and…

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Emerald Knights graduate 16 new pilots

Posted  June 5, 2015

Courtesy photo The 308th Fighter Squadron graduated 16 F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots today from Class 14-EBG. They are, from left, 1st Lt. Tony Demma, Capt. Taylor Roach, 1st Lts. Matt Sanders, Dave Neville and Richard Olsen, Capts. Bryan Koenig and Kent North, 1st Lts. Harrison Gebs and Drew Clasen, Capt. Bradford Waldie, 1st Lts. Ravi…

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Justice Report

Posted  June 5, 2015

The following justice and administrative actions were issued in April and May at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Operations Group Articles 15 • An airman received nonjudicial punishment for indecent language toward a supervisor. The individual received a reduction to airman basic and a reprimand. 56th Maintenance Group Articles 15 • A staff sergeant received…

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Youth programs

Posted  June 5, 2015

The 56th Mission Support Squadron Youth Center offers the following activities for youth ages 6 to 18. Parents can register youth at the youth center. Each camp costs $25 per youth program mem­ber, $35 per nonmember. For more information, call 623-856-7470. • All-day Summer Fun Camp for grades 1 through 6. The cost is based…

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Sports Shorts – June 5, 2014

Posted  June 5, 2015

FSS defeats MDG in scrimmage softball Story and photo by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Jack Taylor, 56th Mission Support Group playing on the 56th Force Support Squadron team, catches the ball during an intramural softball game May 18 against the 56th Medical Group at Luke Air Force Base. FSS defeated MDG 10-9….

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56th FW has new mission

Posted  May 29, 2015

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, left, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Charles Lilly, right, lithograph artist, present the new 56th Fighter Wing lithograph May 21 during the 56th FW change of mission ceremony at Luke Air Force Base. The change is historical for Luke as the wing’s mission statement last changed 25…

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