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Construction enterprise ongoing

AirmanPEDRO MOTA Some of the base upgrades and new facilities have a direct connection to the arrival of the F-35 Lightening ll joint strike fighter and Luke’s transition to training F-35 pilots. X marks the spot of one of two 10,012-foot runways currently undergoing renovations. Two-hundred-and-twenty feet of asphalt are being scraped up, tossed in…

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Know social media dangers

Today, millions of people use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share memories and keep in touch with family and friends. Unfortunately, using these media also gathers the attention of unwanted eyes. Predators now have the capability of knowing a person’s location and personal information, which can often lead to identity theft,…

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Ducks conquer Ragnar Del Sol

Courtesy photo Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks cross the finish line Feb. 28 in Mesa. The more than 200-mile-long Ragnar race is held every year starting in Wickenburg and runs through the night until the race is completed. Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks participated in a more than 200-mile…

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Punishment costly for drinking, driving, using drugs

It’s unfortunate when it happens — an Airman making the choice to drink and drive or use drugs that are illegal in the Air Force. When hearing the story of those who drank and drove or used drugs, the thought that may come to mind is, “That will never be me.” But, when peer pressure…

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944th reservist receives F-35 firefighter training

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Members from local fire departments watch and listen Feb. 26 during a PowerPoint presentation at the Luke Air Force Base fire station conference room. Local fire departments gathered Feb. 26 to receive training on F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter crisis procedures in case of an emergency here and in the…


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Fly Over: ‘Now You See Me’, and ‘The Raid 2′

Posted  May 2, 2014

On DVD: Now You See Me Director Louis Leterrier’s 2013 release of “Now You See Me,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Michael Cane, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco and Morgan Freeman, is a fast-paced cat-and-mouse game when a group of solo magicians join together for a magical act known as the Four…

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Sting of AZ car registration softened

Posted  May 2, 2014

Registering a motor vehicle usually happens once a year. In Arizona this process comes at a greater cost than in other states. However, the legal office has information that may help in the process. Arizona has extended a boon to military members, both Arizona residents and nonresidents. In order to take advantage of this benefit,…

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Street Beat

Posted  May 2, 2014

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 22 through 28: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 22: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the Bldg. 820 parking lot. There were no injuries. April 25: Security forces responded…

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Sports Shorts – May 2, 2014

Posted  May 2, 2014

SFS tops OSS in one-pitch softball Mario Huerta, 56th Security Forces Squadron, takes a swing April 21 during a one-pitch intramural softball game against the 56th Operations Support Squadron at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. SFS defeated OSS 17-6. Story and photo by Senior Airman GRACE LEE, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The…

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WW II, Korean War veteran retires at Luke

Posted  April 25, 2014

Courtesy photo A young Master Sgt. Marion Kiszczak, enlisted in the Army Air Corps Sept. 15, 1942. Kiszczak retired in 1969 from the 62nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron at K.I Sawyer Air Force Base, Mich. He returned to his old squadron, which is now the 62nd Fighter Squadron on Luke AFB to have an official retirement…

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Innovative social media has limits

Posted  April 25, 2014

In today’s society people are able to receive and send information as soon as it happens. Text messages and social media sites have become the new norm and Google has become a verb. Some reach out to connect with family or friends who are far away while others may be reaching out for guidance or…

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Excellence unexpected result of mistakes

Posted  April 25, 2014

In our present environment of force shaping actions and an increasing expectation to do more with less, the idea exists that perfection is expected. While excellence remains one of our core values, our heritage is wrought with leaders, who are both men and women, great and small, that questioned the status quo and were not…

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CCRI reaps ‘excellents’

Posted  April 25, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Senior Airman Shane Armour, 56th Communications Squadron networks operation technician, checks the file-share hard drives April 16 at Luke Air Force Base to ensure the drives were running properly to maintain the wing’s documents and files. As technology continues to grow, the digital world of zeros and ones has now become…

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News Briefs April 25, 2014

Posted  April 25, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Gerald Brown will relinquish command of the 69th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Korey Amundson at 9 a.m. May 2 in Hangar 999. EFMP-M clinic new hours The Exceptional Family Member Program Medical clinic new hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-in hours are 8:30 to…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  April 25, 2014

Airman 1st Class Aja’ Simpson 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Scheduler Hometown: Douglasville, Ga. Years in service: one Family: Father, David Simpson; mom, Tracey Simpson; and brothers, Terrell and Michael Simpson Inspirations: My parents Goals: To go to Japan, get 90 percent or higher on my physical training test and someday have a family Greatest feat:…

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