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Fitness center gets Xtreme makeover

Courtesy graphic Above is an architectural rendering of the changes to the outside of the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Renovations also include a remodel of most of the interior. The project will take place over the next year and a half. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center will undergo state-of-the-art…

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History gets paint job

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY James Bridges and Hayden Yager, civilian contractors, prepare the F-104C Starfighter static display for painting Aug. 12 in the Luke Air Force Base Airpark. The static displays in the airpark will be repainted and have maintenance work completed by the end of the year. The F-104C Starfighter was used to train German…

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944th Airmen live life as military couple

Tech. Sgt.BARBARA PLANTE Staff Sgt. Adam Jenkins and Senior Airman Cassandra Jenkins, 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron, are a dual-military couple and work together as maintainers in the refueling vehicle maintenance shop. Staff Sgt. Adam Jenkins and Senior Airman Cassandra Jenkins are a dual-military couple fresh from active-duty and now serving in the Air Force Reserve….

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Walt Disney inspires squadron

Courtesy photo While stationed at Luke Field, Sgt. Seymour Pine had the unique privilege of accepting the 62nd Fighter Squadron emblem of a boxing bulldog from the artist who drew it — Walt Disney. Everyone had a role to play during World War II at home and abroad. For Sgt. Seymour Pine it was serving…

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Luke host 4th annual bodybuilding competition

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Abraham Purdy, 56th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control apprentice, and Jonathan Maytes, civilian, pose for the judges Aug. 15 during the Luke Air Force Base bodybuilding competition. When people think about bodybuilding, they might think about superstars like Arnold Schwarzenegger whose body is an inspiration for aspiring bodybuilders around the world….


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Operation KIDS program gives children simulated deployment experience

Posted  October 3, 2014

Deployments can be both scary and confusing for children, but the Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center’s 6th Biennial Operation KIDS event on Oct. 25 can help reduce uncertainty and promote pride in the role parents play in supporting the mission. “The program is designed for military children between the ages of…

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October: Domestic Violence Prevention Month Any cruelty harmful to family

Posted  October 3, 2014

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” Shakespeare October in the Valley of the Sun is a time for outdoor barbecues and football tailgating parties. But October is also Domestic Violence Prevention Month. Domestic violence is one of those topics not often raised at those barbecues and tailgating parties. Yet,…

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Program promotes ‘Street Smart’ resiliency

Posted  October 3, 2014

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Ralph Jimenez, Stay Alive From Education instructor, reviews the steps to be taken following an accident during a Street Smart Resiliency briefing Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. He explained how first responders prepare trauma victims for transport including how to restrain the victim, how to treat injuries, and what instruments…

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Air Force News – October 3, 2014

Posted  October 3, 2014

Louisiana Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen at Barksdale Air Force Base — responsible for two legs of the nation’s nuclear triad — conducted demonstrations, which included participation in a large combined forces exercise in the Pacific, a nuclear-capable cruise missile weapon system evaluation over the Utah Test and Training Range, and an ICBM operational…

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People First – October 3, 2014

Posted  October 3, 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. 19th AF…

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  October 3, 2014

This is a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. “There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry with that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but…

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Tip line reports illegal acts to AFOSI

Posted  October 3, 2014

Reporting suspicious activity has become much easier. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations established a tip line for the Air Force to support the insider-threat mission. The tip line is an anonymous reporting mechanism to advise law enforcement of illegal activities. It provides an easily accessible avenue for individuals to deliver information to AFOSI….

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  October 3, 2014

The Internal Revenue Code places limits on the dollar amount of contributions you can make to pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2014. The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k) and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan remains at $17,500. By comparison, the annual contributions limit to an…

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South Korean media seek Lightning in desert

Posted  October 3, 2014

ROK journalists watch as an F-35 flies over on the North end of runway at Luke. Luke F-35 pilots performed various flying patterns.   Lt. Col. Michael Ebner, 61st Fighter Squadron commander, shows Republic of Korea journalists the helmet pilots wear when flying the F-35 in the 61st FS. Ebner also gave the journalists a…

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Fly Over: ‘The Maze Runner’ and ‘We Were Soldiers’

Posted  October 3, 2014

In theaters: ‘The Maze Runner’ “The Maze Runner” is a science fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball based on the book by James Dashner. The movie begins with Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) waking up in an elevator with no memory of where he came from or who he is. Right away he attempts to…

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