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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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BARBARA PLANTE Air Force

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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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Health & Safety

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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Health & Safety

Enterovirus spreads throughout country, launches Flu season

Posted  October 3, 2014

From mid August to Sept. 18, a total of 153 people in 18 states were confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. In the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection.

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Street Beat

Posted  October 3, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Sept. 22 through 28: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving violations and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Sept. 25: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in Bldg. 1150 parking lot. There were no injuries Nonemergency responses Sept. 22: Security forces responded…

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Sports

Sports Shorts – October 3, 2014

Posted  October 3, 2014

MDG vs. CS   TaRue Broady, 56th Medical Group quarterback, runs the ball during a matchup Sept. 22 against Airmen from the 56th Communications Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. With completions and good defense MDG won the match 34-13.   David Lucas, 56th CS, attempts to catch a pass in the end zone.  …

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Events

Honorary commanders bid farewell

Posted  September 26, 2014

The United States military is made up of less than 1 percent of the total population, and for most of the other 99 percent, understanding the inner workings of military operations and training is not an option.

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News Briefs September 26, 2014

Posted  September 26, 2014

CPTS closed The finance office is closed Monday and Thursday. It will be open regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, call 1st Lt. William Liaw at 623-856-6035. Comprehensive Airman Fitness Comprehensive Airman Fitness Training is Oct. 14 through 16. It is a three-day course for Airmen…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  September 26, 2014

Senior Airman Jordan Provencher-Olaes 56th Communications Squadron Network infrastructure technician   Hometown: Chandler, Arizona Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Bridget and Rustico Olaes; brothers, Devon and Ethan Provencher Inspirations: My parents gave me the strength and courage to strive in all areas of life; CS leaders’ mentorship has inspired me to be the very…

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POW/MIA day commemorated at Luke

Posted  September 26, 2014

A warm, breezy late summer afternoon offered the backdrop for more than 200 people to be part of the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day Retreat ceremony Sept. 19 in front of the wing headquarters building.

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

Posted  September 26, 2014

Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony to honor America’s prisoners of war and missing in action Sept. 19. There are 83,189 personnel still unaccounted for from conflicts dating back to WWII, according to the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel Office. These numbers represent countless American families who grieve because they do not…

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TAP changes to better prepare Airmen for civilian life

Posted  September 26, 2014

The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center Transition Assistance Program has recently undergone a major overhaul for the first time since its inception in 1989.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  September 26, 2014

The Defense Department, like all federal agencies, will start fiscal 2015 (beginning Oct. 1) without approval of the National Defense Authorization Act or the Defense Appropriations Bill. Both legislative bills are required to be passed by Congress and signed by the president in order for the DOD to operate. In lieu of a defense act…

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