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Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, prepares Wednesday for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training sortie at Luke Air Force Base with Senior Airman Patrick Murphy, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first…

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Club Beyond: Where friends, fun, faith connect

Courtesy photo Charles and Joe compete to see who can attach the most clothespins to their faces Dec. 1, 2014, at Club Five Six. Club Beyond has more than 100 trained staff and hundreds of volunteers at over 40 locations worldwide. Teenagers face many difficult issues today such as online bullying, educational stress, sexual pressures,…

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AFAF campaign: Committed to caring

Courtesy photo Air Force senior leaders review Air Force Assistance Fund affiliate web sites in preparation for the 2015 AFAF drive at the Pentagon. Seated are Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III, and standing from the left are Air Force Vice Chief of…

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56th Fighter Group longest mission

Courtesy photo Maj. James Carter, 61st Fighter Squadron commander Seventy years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Group and many others in Eighth Air Force flew over Berlin. Previously, the Allies sporadically targeted Berlin, the capital of the Third Reich. On the ground, the Allies were about to cross the Rhine River. Crossing the Rhine…

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Qualification training

Staff Sgt. Rakim Redd, 607th Air Control Squadron instructor, instructs Senior Airman Rachel Mach, 607th ACS interface control technician, on how to set up a datalink March 10 during 607th ACS initial qualification training at Luke Air Force Base. The 607th ACS operates and maintains radar and communications to train highly-qualified weapons directors and surveillance…


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People First – April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 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.  CSAF: Budget cuts affect combatant commands Painful budget reductions will reduce the future capabilities of combatant commanders, Air…

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Health & Safety

Use responsible drinking guideline ‘0-0-1-3’

Posted  April 4, 2014

Many people would agree that in today’s society alcohol has been commercialized to the point one would believe drinking is a rite of passage, much like learning to drive. Alcohol is typically portrayed in commercials as a party enhancer, as a means to become instantly cool, or as an indispensable relaxation aide. However, the most…

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Events

MDG takes it outdoors for annual Mash Bash

Posted  April 4, 2014

Water guns sit ready for use in the water wars during the event.   56th Medical Operations Squadron Airmen celebrate after a tug-o-war win during the Mash Bash. The Mash Bash included kickball, jousting and a water war with water guns and water balloons.   Staff Sgt. Chelsie Nelson, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental technician,…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  April 4, 2014

Courtesy photo William James “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” ~ William James Just what do you believe about the value of human life? The statement above does not say belief will create life worth living but will help. This may sound quite pragmatic, but there is…

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Fly Over: ‘Game of Arms’, and ‘Zelda: Ocarina of Time’

Posted  April 4, 2014

On AMC: ‘Game of Arms’ If you’ve ever wanted to see a man roll up a frying pan with his bare hands, the new AMC series “Game of Arms” is for you. This reality TV series focuses on five regional arm wrestling clubs from around the country: the Sacramento Arm Benders, New York City Arms…

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Veterans in need receive hope

Posted  April 4, 2014

Hope can come in many forms, but for veterans in need, hope can be a simple business suit and a tie.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  April 4, 2014

All Airmen are required to revalidate their housing pay entitlements if they are receiving the Basic Allowance for Housing at the “With Dependent” rate or the “BAH-Diff” rate. During the month of April, all Airmen with a social security number with the last two digits between 11 and 20 will be required to revalidate their…

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Health & Safety

Street Beat

Posted  April 4, 2014

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 24 through 30: Tickets Security forces issued citations for one nonmoving violation. Traffic-related incidents March 25: Security forces responded to a report of a DUI at Lightning Gate. Security forces detected an alcohol odor on the person, and observed blood shot eyes and slurred speech….

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Sports Shorts – April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

5k shines light on Women’s History Month Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann Airmen at Luke Air Force Base take-off March 28 at the start of the Women’s History Month 5k fun run at Luke Air Force Base. The Woman’s History Month Committee also a held a luncheon to recognize contributions made by women in history. The…

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Fly Over: ‘Catch a Contractor’, and ‘Titanfall’

Posted  March 28, 2014

On Spike TV: ‘Catch a Contractor’ Spike TV has created a fantastic new reality show, “Catch a Contractor,” which is hosted by comedian and master carpenter Adam Carolla. Except instead of catching sexual deviants like on the NBC series the show’s title is a take on, Carolla and co-host Skip Bedell are busting incompetent and…

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