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Luke Airman survives three wars, plane crash

“I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy used to transport supplies, so I figured I might as well sink it. I…

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NASCAR honors Airmen at PIR

Forty-three race cars, 200 laps and only one driver to win it all. Fast cars and intense action are not all NASCAR is known for. It’s also known for recognizing throughout the NASCAR season those who serve in the military. The program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members of…

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Family advocacy, Glendale PD co-op earns honors

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Military University presented a certificate of honor Oct. 25 in Chicago to the Glendale Police Department and Luke Air Force Base Family Advocacy Center for joint efforts in providing support for victims of domestic abuse. The award, which was accepted by the Glendale police and…

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Hill AFB maintainers gain experience at Luke

Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, finished advanced training on maintenance procedures for the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The Hill Airmen are part of a continuous cycle of maintainers being sent to Luke from Hill in order to develop their skills in two phases of training, first under…

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F-35: Italians first mission highlights partnerships

Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking the first F-35 flights under control of an Italian pilot. Today marks another significant step forward for the F-35 program as today’s missions showcased the full partnership aspect of F-35 operations here. One Italian…

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Health & Safety

Great American Smokeout observed

Posted  November 12, 2015

The Military Health System has designated November as Smoking Cessation Month as an opportunity to increase awareness of service members, family members and employees of the benefits of tobacco-free living. Tobacco-free living is avoiding use of all types of tobacco products — including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, pipes and hookahs — and also living free…

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PEOPLE FIRST November 13, 2015

Posted  November 12, 2015

Securing future by bending cost curve Bending the Cost Curve, one of the 13 Make Every Dollar Count cost initiatives launched by the Air Force, includes a growing and evolving set of more than 20 acquisition reform activities. These activities are focused on finding ways the Air Force can be more effective at how it spends…

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CMS downs AAFES, advances to semi-finals

Posted  November 12, 2015

The 56th Component Maintenance Squadron team and the Army and Air Force Exchange Services team stepped onto the field Nov. 2 for an intramural football playoff match at Luke Air Force Base. CMS defeated AAFES 32-12. This was the second meeting of the teams. The last time they played, AAFES defeated CMS with a last-second…

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Sports Shorts November 13, 2015

Posted  November 12, 2015

Turkey Shoot-Out Tourney Falcon Dunes Golf Course is featuring the Turkey Shoot-Out Tournament Nov. 22. Shotgun start is 8 a.m. The cost is $42 per club member, $47 per nonmember, $52 per guest and includes green fee, range balls, cart rental and lunch. Prizes will be awarded. Sign up by Thursday. For more information, call…

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LRS does Wingman Day

Posted  November 12, 2015

The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron conducted Wingman Day Nov. 6 at the Luke Air Force Base ability to survive and operate area. The day consisted of the squadron running an eight-station obstacle course, three miles of team jogging and a squadron barbecue. The day also included small-group resiliency discussions facilitated by viewing scenes from the…

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