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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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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 21, 2014

For week of March 17 Airman 1st Class Koraye Williams 56th Comptroller Squadron Customer Service financial technician Hometown: Melbourne, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Mother, Odessa; and father, Freddie Education: Florida Institute of Technology, bachelor’s in business administration Inspirations: Own a gym or YMCA to help children of the future Goals: Receive a master’s…

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Marine awarded Purple Heart

Posted  March 21, 2014

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann U.S. Marine Corps Capt. David Sierleja, Bulk Fuel Company inspector instructor, pins the Purple Heart on medically retired Staff Sgt. Keith Darnell Feb. 7 at Luke Air Force Base. Darnell received the award for injuries he sustained while deployed to Afghanistan. The Purple Heart is one of the most recognized awards…

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56th AMXS best in AETC maintenance effectiveness

Posted  March 21, 2014

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Staff Sgt. Daniel Baur, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief, performs a 90-day weapons inspection March 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The weapons inspection was of the LAU-129 missile launcher section of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron won the Air Education and Training Command’s…

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People First – March 21, 2014

Posted  March 21, 2014

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. Air Force…

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Air Force News – March 21, 2014

Posted  March 21, 2014

Idaho Col. Sherrie McCandless, the first woman selected to command the 124th Fighter Wing and first female wing commander in Idaho Air National Guard history, assumed command in a ceremony on March 2, at Gowen Field, Boise. Poland In an attempt to augment U.S. military presence in the region, 12 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting…

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Cardinals’ Fitzgerald rides with Thunderbirds

Posted  March 21, 2014

Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, visited Luke Air Force Base March 13 to ride in a Thunderbirds’ jet.

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Thunderbirds make wish come true for AZ children

Posted  March 21, 2014

Children watched in delight March 14 as the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds, flew across the skies over Luke Air Force Base. The demonstration team brightened the day for a group of special-needs children during their practice demonstration and meet-and-greet.

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Lightning in the Desert

Posted  March 21, 2014

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota The Thunderbirds performed at Luke Air Force Base during the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show.   Senior Airman Jason Colbert Luke Air Force Base F-16 Fighting Falcons demonstrate close air support, which was simulated with pyrotechnics.   Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota A Thunderbirds jet flies…

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WWII vet returns 70 years after earning wings at Luke

Posted  March 21, 2014

The Luke Air Force Base Open House and Air Show is not only a great opportunity for the public to experience the capabilities of the Air Force, but it also draws many who have served their country to reminisce on their active-duty days while checking out their old planes on display. For one World War II veteran, the return to Luke was particularly special.

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First F-35 Lightning II arrives at Luke

Posted  March 21, 2014

Escorted by two F-16s, Luke Air Force Base’s first F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter arrived a little after 11 a.m. March 11 from the Lockheed Martin factory in Fort Worth, Tex.

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