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Construction enterprise ongoing

AirmanPEDRO MOTA Some of the base upgrades and new facilities have a direct connection to the arrival of the F-35 Lightening ll joint strike fighter and Luke’s transition to training F-35 pilots. X marks the spot of one of two 10,012-foot runways currently undergoing renovations. Two-hundred-and-twenty feet of asphalt are being scraped up, tossed in…

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Know social media dangers

Today, millions of people use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share memories and keep in touch with family and friends. Unfortunately, using these media also gathers the attention of unwanted eyes. Predators now have the capability of knowing a person’s location and personal information, which can often lead to identity theft,…

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Ducks conquer Ragnar Del Sol

Courtesy photo Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks cross the finish line Feb. 28 in Mesa. The more than 200-mile-long Ragnar race is held every year starting in Wickenburg and runs through the night until the race is completed. Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks participated in a more than 200-mile…

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Punishment costly for drinking, driving, using drugs

It’s unfortunate when it happens — an Airman making the choice to drink and drive or use drugs that are illegal in the Air Force. When hearing the story of those who drank and drove or used drugs, the thought that may come to mind is, “That will never be me.” But, when peer pressure…

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944th reservist receives F-35 firefighter training

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Members from local fire departments watch and listen Feb. 26 during a PowerPoint presentation at the Luke Air Force Base fire station conference room. Local fire departments gathered Feb. 26 to receive training on F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter crisis procedures in case of an emergency here and in the…


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Resiliency: Transforming abuse victims from survivors to ‘thrivers’

Posted  March 28, 2014

Resiliency is the key ingredient to shifting people’s lives from survivors, or victims of domestic abuse, to “thrivers.” Recovery from domestic violence is based on the belief that healing from relationship violence is a social, spiritual, cultural and psychological process. Within the context of a supportive community, women and men can transition through stages of…

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Sports Shorts – March 28, 2014

Posted  March 28, 2014

Jeremy Sharron, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, shoots the ball over two 56th Security Forces Squadron defenders during the first half of the intramural basketball game March 18 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. EMS shoots past SFS, wins basketball game Story and photo by Senior Airman DAVID OWSIANKA, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs From…

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Governor Brewer, Undersecretary Fanning headline F-35 JSF unveiling at Luke AFB

Posted  March 21, 2014

Senior Airman Devante WilliamsArizona Governor Jan Brewer addresses an audience of approximately 500 community leaders, elected officials, representatives from partner nation air forces and Luke Airmen during an unveiling ceremony March 14 at Luke Air Force Base for the 56th Fighter Wing’s first F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. Brewer was joined on stage by Undersecretary…

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CCRI wraps up today

Posted  March 21, 2014

The inspectors from the Defense Information Systems Agency arrived Monday to test the Thunderbolt cyber rigor. It’s the day our Command Cyber Readiness Inspection began. Many of you may have heard the phrase “CCRI,” but may not understand what it is. Think it’s just a “Communications Squadron” thing? Read on. The enemy works tirelessly to…

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Time management key takeaway

Posted  March 21, 2014

My family and friends ask me all the time, “What are have you taken away from your Air Force experience thus far?” This question typically brings to mind many things, but I give them the usual, “I have learned how to be more responsible and independent.” If there is one solitary thing I have pulled…

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54th Fighter Group activates at Holloman AFB

Posted  March 21, 2014

Airman 1st Class Aaron Montoya An F-16 Fighting Falcon is displayed during the 54th Fighter Group activation March 11 at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 54th FG, a tenant unit at Holloman, is a detachment the 56th Fighter Wing and will ultimately operate two F-16 Fighting Falcon squadrons. The 54th FG plus three squadrons…

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News Briefs March 21, 2014

Posted  March 21, 2014

Finance office hours The 56th Comptroller Squadron offices will be closed Wednesday and resume normal business hours at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 2nd Lt. William Liaw at 623-856-6035. Health fair There will be a Blue Cross Blue Shield representative on base to answer questions from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. There will…

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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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