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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 – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.” ~ Helen Keller I wrote about optimism last week and want to continue that theme today. There is no question about the absolute horrors that happen in our world. People starving, homeless, held in slavery, beaten for their beliefs, sickness and…

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Street Beat – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 23 through 29: Tickets Security forces issued citations for five moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 24: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the South Gate visitor center parking lot. There were no injuries. Nov. 27: Security…

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Smoke out

Posted  December 7, 2012

Glendale Fire Department firefighters work on the roof of a building during smoke out training Nov. 29 held at Luke Air Force Base. Luke firefighters performed joint rescue operations training with local fire rescue providers to better coordinate combined efforts during a real emergency.   Glendale Fire Department firefighters spray water into a building to…

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Move, shoot, communicate training

Posted  December 7, 2012

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Department of the Air Force police, along with members from the 56th Security Forces Squadron, load nonlethal training ammunition into their weapons before the shoot, move and communicate training exercise.   Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Cory Becker, Department of the Air Force policeman, sprints to another point of cover to…

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People First – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. 290-plus selected…

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Spouse’s volunteer experience at tax center time well-spent

Posted  December 7, 2012

Being a military spouse can be lonely at times, especially when the military member is deployed. I like to fill my time by volunteering. In the past, I’ve volunteered for many things, but I never thought I would find myself at the Luke Air Force Base Tax Center. Our family had just moved to Luke…

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MWD serves in wake of Sandy’s ruin

Posted  December 7, 2012

When Sandy, a category 2 hurricane, touched down in the Northeastern United States in late October, the devastation was enormous. Staff Sgt. Jesse Johnson, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, her MWD, answered the call for help and were dispatched to Sky Harbor International Airport to help assist the recovery effort.

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

Airman 1st Class Jacqueline Villines 56th Medical Operations Squadron Aerospace medical technician Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska Years in service: One Family: Parents, John and Susan; brother, Nick; sister-in-law, Ashlee; and nephew, Titan Inspirations: People who work hard and adjust to whatever life throws at them; my father served 26 years in the Air Force; and my…

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In Brief – December 7, 2012

Posted  December 7, 2012

AFSA meeting The Air Force Sergeants Association Cactus Eagle Chapter 1260 will meet 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Club Five Six Barcelona Room. For more information, go to www.afsachapter1260.weekly.com or call Master Sgt. Dustin Withrow at (623) 856-2985. LOSC event The Luke Officers Spouses Club annual wreath and tree raffle, at 11 a.m. Tuesday in…

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New G-suit comes to Luke

Posted  December 7, 2012

The anti-gravity suit, or G-suit, doesn’t help pilots at Luke Air Force Base by reversing gravity; it helps them withstand the acceleration forces put on their bodies while maneuvering in the F-16.

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