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Luke F-35s visit Columbus AFB

Airman 1st Class Daniel Lile A T-6 Texan II roars overhead as the pilots of two Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning IIs prepare to exit their aircraft July 23 at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The pilots are Capt. Nicholas Rallo, left, 62nd Fighter Squadron, and Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander….

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Candid money talk improves relationship

There are many reasons why people divorce but at the top of the list are lack of communication and finances. That’s why it’s important to combine these two topics to make for a successful long-lasting relationship. “I believe communication is very important in a relationship overall and communication about money is at the top of…

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Neubauer retires from AF at Luke

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, Air Force Safety Center commander, presents Sandy, his wife, with the ceremonial flag. A former Luke Air Force Base commander retired July 24 in a ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base with family and friends in attendance. Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, Air Force chief of safety, retired…

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Home security part of Airman readiness

A home invasion, burglary or robbery can be a terrifying experience. Unfortunately, along with the possible loss or damage to possessions, it can remove the sense of security and make the victim feel vulnerable within his own home. According to the Federal Bureau Of Investigations, in 2013, there were an estimated 8,632,512 property crime offenses…

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Crossing over: Enlisted to officer

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Shaun Chaplain, 56th Comptroller Squadron flight commander, surveys his surroundings at an unnamed deployed location when he was still an enlisted member. From a technical sergeant in cyber operations, he became a second lieutenant three months ago after completing Officer Training School. Luke Air Force Base is his first assignment as…


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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  October 3, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 22 through 28: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving violations and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 25: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in Bldg. 1150 parking lot. There were no injuries Nonemergency responses Sept. 22: Security forces responded…

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Sports Shorts – October 3, 2014

Posted  October 3, 2014

MDG vs. CS   TaRue Broady, 56th Medical Group quarterback, runs the ball during a matchup Sept. 22 against Airmen from the 56th Communications Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. With completions and good defense MDG won the match 34-13.   David Lucas, 56th CS, attempts to catch a pass in the end zone.  …

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Honorary commanders bid farewell

Posted  September 26, 2014

The United States military is made up of less than 1 percent of the total population, and for most of the other 99 percent, understanding the inner workings of military operations and training is not an option.

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News Briefs September 26, 2014

Posted  September 26, 2014

CPTS closed The finance office is closed Monday and Thursday. It will be open regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, call 1st Lt. William Liaw at 623-856-6035. Comprehensive Airman Fitness Comprehensive Airman Fitness Training is Oct. 14 through 16. It is a three-day course for Airmen…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  September 26, 2014

Senior Airman Jordan Provencher-Olaes 56th Communications Squadron Network infrastructure technician   Hometown: Chandler, Arizona Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Bridget and Rustico Olaes; brothers, Devon and Ethan Provencher Inspirations: My parents gave me the strength and courage to strive in all areas of life; CS leaders’ mentorship has inspired me to be the very…

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POW/MIA day commemorated at Luke

Posted  September 26, 2014

A warm, breezy late summer afternoon offered the backdrop for more than 200 people to be part of the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day Retreat ceremony Sept. 19 in front of the wing headquarters building.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  September 26, 2014

Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony to honor America’s prisoners of war and missing in action Sept. 19. There are 83,189 personnel still unaccounted for from conflicts dating back to WWII, according to the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel Office. These numbers represent countless American families who grieve because they do not…

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TAP changes to better prepare Airmen for civilian life

Posted  September 26, 2014

The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center Transition Assistance Program has recently undergone a major overhaul for the first time since its inception in 1989.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  September 26, 2014

The Defense Department, like all federal agencies, will start fiscal 2015 (beginning Oct. 1) without approval of the National Defense Authorization Act or the Defense Appropriations Bill. Both legislative bills are required to be passed by Congress and signed by the president in order for the DOD to operate. In lieu of a defense act…

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56th Fighter Wing command priorities

Posted  September 26, 2014

Mission: Our mission is to train the world’s greatest F-16 pilots. As we continue to bring more F-35s to Luke, we’ll train the world’s best F-16 and F-35 pilots.   Airmen: There are more than 5,500 Airmen serving at Luke Air Force Base, and each one is critical to the Air Force mission. Airmen and…

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