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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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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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