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Emerald Knights go out with bang

Engulfing a 100-year old piano in flames would normally be frowned upon, but on this day Airmen encouraged pilots to set it ablaze.

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here.

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Hecker assumes command of 19th Air Force

Maj. Gen. James Hecker assumed command of 19th Air Force in a ceremony here June 23.Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command who presided over the ceremony, spoke to the importance of the 19th Air Force and the opportunity that awaits Hecker.

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CDC mission includes playtime

Placing a child in the arms and care of a stranger can be a terrifying experience for a first-time parent, but with the help of the staff at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center, the transition from mom to CDC becomes one of trust and appreciation.

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Finding perfect shape takes out-of-box look

Weight gain has been a constant struggle for me since I was 12 years old. If I could count how many times I yo-yo dieted and how many pounds I’ve lost over the years, it would probably be more than 100.


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News Briefs August 1, 2014

Posted  August 1, 2014

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Aug. 15. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  August 1, 2014

Staff Sgt. Gregory Scharp 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Phase floor chief Hometown: Sparta, New Jersey Years in service: Six Family: Wife, Maggie Education: Community College of the Air Force aircraft maintenance technology Previous assignments: Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; and Osan Air Base, South Korea Inspirations: Music and my wife Goals: To complete a bachelor’s…

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MXG announces best of quarter

Posted  August 1, 2014

The following individuals and unit are 56th Maintenance Group quarterly best-of-the-best award winners: Weapons load crew 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Crew 201 Staff Sgt. Tyler Pacitti, Senior Airman Robert Shilander and Airman 1st Class Gerald Casteel Jr. Maintenance professional Airman: Senior Airman Bryan McCanna, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron NCO: Staff Sgt. Christopher Thompson, 56th Maintenance…

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Grilled to perfection …

Posted  August 1, 2014

Senior Airman Shalaya Morris Smith, 56th Force Support Squadron Dining Facility food service journeyman, checks the doneness of a chicken breast July 24 in the Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility at Luke Air Force Base. The dining facility serves all enlisted personnel as well as those on temporary duty.

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From Spikes to Ducks to graduates

Posted  August 1, 2014

Photos by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer FROM LEFT: 1st Lts. Adam Fuhrmann, Mike Vasilou, Wesley Womble, Cody May, Aaron Frey, Ryan Loyd, Bryce Turner, Pete Fritz, Alex Tovani and Sean Rush graduate today from the 309th Fighter Squadron Class 14-ABC. America’s newest fighter pilots are ready to join the most lethal combat air force the…

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Luke salutes new OG commander

Posted  August 1, 2014

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, passes the 56th Operations Group guidon to Lt. Col. William Bailey, incoming commander, July 25 at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Operations Group changed leaders July 25 as Col. John Hanna relinquished command to Lt. Col. William Bailey during a change of command…

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Air Force News – August 1, 2014

Posted  August 1, 2014

Kendall: F-35 rollout marks U.S. – Australia partnership milestone The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said July 24. Frank Kendall spoke during a ceremony held…

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People First – August 1, 2014

Posted  August 1, 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. Military mail…

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Luke welcomes new MSG commander

Posted  August 1, 2014

The 56th Mission Support Group got a new leader July 24 as Col. Nathan Mooney relinquished command to Col. James Kossler during a change of command ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base.

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Healthy fuel for back to school

Posted  August 1, 2014

Graphic illustration by Senior Airman Marcy Copeland At the pinnacle of summer, when children are swimming, sleeping in and catching up on their favorite video game or television program, the idea of staying active and eating healthy isn’t exactly a top priority. With August already upon us, school will soon begin for another year for…

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