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Airmen reach terminal velocity

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Parachute Team for their accomplishments during service. Terminal velocity is…

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Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child recognizes the role children play in the Armed Forces community. Every day, military members are being deployed to…

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Ruck march honors fallen

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS March of the Fallen participants hike a trail Saturday in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. The MOTF is a 4.5-mile rucksack march dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Airmen and local community members came together Saturday…

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Arizona entrepreneurs learn benefits of hiring vets

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Master Sgt. Stephen Hunter, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal program manager, helps Jack Weiner, Arizona Chapter Entrepreneurs Organization member and business owner, don a bomb suit March 27 during the Entrepreneurs Organization tour at Luke Air Force Base. Ten Arizona Chapter Entrepreneur Organization members held their annual retreat March…

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Scottsdale SWAT train with Reserve medics

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Tactical Combat Casualty Care students provide treatment to simulated wounded patients during a field training exercise at the Luke Auxiliary Field. The class was taught by the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron to Luke reservists and members of the Scottsdale Fire Department and SWAT Team. The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron recently conducted Tactical…


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Airman serves God, country through music

Posted  May 30, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airman 1st Class Austin Shrewsbury, 56th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory apprentice, examines blood samples at the 56th Medical Group May 1. Shrewsbury plays bass guitar, guitar and piano at the Sunday contemporary gospel service at the Luke Air Force Base chapel and leads worship services in his off time. Although…

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Airmen have responsibility to do uniform proud

Posted  May 30, 2014

“You never get a second chance at a first impression.” – Unknown While this saying holds true in many facets of our daily lives, it carries an increased weight and sense of responsibility for us as service members. Not only does this apply to our physical appearance, but also in the way we carry ourselves…

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Paying it forward

Posted  May 30, 2014

With tax season upon us, I had a weird thought. Being in the Air Force is in many ways similar to the process of receiving a tax return. Now bear with me on this one, and I will try to break it down for you. I’m not saying the two directly correlate or are completely…

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Good followers necessary for effective leaders

Posted  May 30, 2014

It is perhaps one of the most difficult duties of an Airman, yet one which we tend not to talk about after Basic Military Training or technical training. We are taught throughout our careers how to be effective leaders, but somewhere in the focus to become effective leaders, we lose the focus on being a…

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Allergy clinic is shot in arm for allergies, more

Posted  May 30, 2014

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Airman 1st Class Cassandra Saunders, 56th Medical Operations Squadron allergy immunization technician, gives an allergy test to Katina Fritsch, 56th MDOS advance office clerk, May 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Medical Group Immunizations and Allergy Clinic serves 92,000 active-duty service members, their dependents and retirees at Luke Air…

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ALS graduates 24 Airmen in class 14-4

Posted  May 30, 2014

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 23 senior airmen and one staff sergeant May 8 from class 14-4. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Caleb Mischung, 161st Maintenance Squadron Distinguished graduate: Trevor Williams, 944th Medical Squadron Commandant’s Award: Trevor Williams, 944th MDS Academic…

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News Briefs May 30, 2014

Posted  May 30, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Kevin Cruikshank will relinquish command of the 425th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. John Forino at 8:42 a.m. today in Hangar 840. 309th FS stand down Lt. Col. Stephane Wolfgeher will relinquish command of the 309th Fighter Squadron in a stand down ceremony at 5:03 p.m. today in Hangar 913….

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  May 30, 2014

Airman 1st Class Jose Rojas Diaz 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander’s support staff Hometown: Bullhead City, Arizona Years in service: One Family: Father, Francisco; mother, Marcelina; sister, Marilyn; and brother, David Education: Pursuing a computer science degree at Rio Salado Community College Inspirations: My father has always been my support and a role model of…

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607th Air Control Squadron trains eyes in sky

Posted  May 30, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Airmen 1st Class Alyssa Boone and Staff Sgt. Troy Wagner, 607th Air Control Squadron cyber transport system technicians, reconfigure a tactical air operations module on the equipment pad on Luke Air Force Base. Tactical air operations modules provide command and control battle management specialist the equipment to plan, direct, and control…

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WWII veteran shares story

Posted  May 30, 2014

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Retired Chief Master Sgt. Harold Bergbower, 26th Cavalry Regiment air mechanic, is assisted by Debra Bergbower, his daughter, during a visit to Focus 56 as guest speaker May 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Bergbower spoke about his time in the Army Air Corps and Air Force, and his experience during World…

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