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2015 NFL Pro Bowl players practice at Luke

Senior Airman Grace Lee Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos cornerback, assigned to Team Carter, signs footballs for fans at Luke. NFL Pro Bowl players came to the Luke Air Force Base football field Jan. 21 to practice and sign autographs for service members and their families. Since 1938, the Pro Bowl has been an NFL tradition…

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Luke 1 takes last Viper ride

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, returns from his last flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 23 at Luke Air Force Base. Pleus’ last flight symbolizes Luke stepping forward with a new mission — training the world’s greatest F-35 fighter pilots. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander,…

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61st AMU assigns first F-35 dedicated crew chiefs

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Members of the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs prepare to recite the Mechanic’s Creed during the recognition ceremony Jan. 23 in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force Base. Seventeen dedicated crew chiefs were each assigned an F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter. Even though being a crew chief may not…

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Pilot saves six Marines earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Grace Lee Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pins the Air Force Combat Action Medal onto Capt. Aaron Cavazos, 61st Fighter Squadron weapons officer, Jan. 16 in Club Five Six at Luke Air Force Base. Cavazos was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his…

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Chrach saves lives, earns recognition

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Steven Bruner, 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and Chrach, 56th SFS MWD, pose for a photo in Afghanistan during their 2012 deployment. Chrach was recently awarded the 12th Annual Animal Hero Award from the Arizona Friends of Animals Organization for his service to the community and deployment to…


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ALS graduates 42 Thunderbolts

Posted  February 15, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated three staff sergeants and 39 senior airmen Feb. 7 from class 13-2. Graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Jeremy Trowbridge, 56th Operations Support Squadron Distinguished graduates: Shawn Hanger, 56th OSS; Sandrene Mc Farlane, 56th Aerospace Medical Squadron; and Semmi…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 15, 2013

Airman Joshua McDaniel 56th Communications Squadron Airfield Systems Technician Hometown: Springfield, Ill. Years in service: One Family: Father, Chris; mom, Luann; and brother, Daulton Inspirations: Uncle Larry Bilyeau who served three tours in Vietnam Goals: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree, seeking a career with the Federal Aviation Administration Greatest feat: Living…

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News Briefs: February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

TRICARE Service Center closes early The 56th Medical Group TRICARE Service Center will close at 1 p.m. today in preparation for the TRICARE West transition from TriWest Healthcare Alliance to United Healthcare Military and Veterans. The center is located at the Luke Air Force Base Outpatient Medical Clinic, third floor. Normal operations will resume Tuesday….

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Pests – Everywhere you look

Posted  February 15, 2013

Photo by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Andrew Carr, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management journeyman, and Staff Sgt. Matthew Hulke, 56th CES pest management apprentice, set a gopher trap Feb. 4 at the air park on Luke Air Force Base. The Airmen from pest management handle various types of pests at Luke…

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Communication: the great equalizer

Posted  February 15, 2013

More than 70 years ago, over the skies of England, a mighty duel in the sky took place, the Battle of Britain. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was quoted as saying, “never in the field of conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Churchill’s statement couldn’t be any more true today…

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Leadership style must fit Airman

Posted  February 15, 2013

Courtesy Photo Master Sgt. Katherine Mahana All of us have encountered different leadership styles in our careers. I believe different leadership styles work for different types of Airmen. We continue to grow as a diverse force every day and the only way to lead Airmen is to adjust your leadership style to them. Leading Airmen…

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Gallegos takes command of 944th FW

Posted  February 15, 2013

Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Maj. Gen. William Binger, left, and Col. Jose Monteagudo, right, congratulate Col. Kurt Gallegos, newly assigned 944th Fighter Wing commander, after a change-of-command ceremony Sunday at Luke Air Force Base, Feb. 10. Col. Kurt Gallegos accepted command of the 944th Fighter Wing from Maj. Gen. William Binger, 10th Air Force commander,…

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Sports Shorts – February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Derek Ezell, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, avoids a 56th Communications Squadron defender Feb. 13 during the flag football championship game at Luke Air Force Base. 56th MOS defeated 56th CS 40-13. MOS avenges only loss of season by Airman 1st Class DAVID OWSIANKA, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 56th Maintenance Operations…

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Releasing the artist within

Posted  February 22, 2013

Senior Airman Boe Ericksen, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron load crew member, traces the lines of a dandelion before painting it during the fine arts painting class Feb. 14 at Luke Air Force Base. The fine arts painting class is 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the arts and crafts center.   Dianne Nowicki, art instructor,…

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Fly Over: ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’, ‘Django Unchained’

Posted  February 22, 2013

In theaters: ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ Well, actually hard to die at all Whenever someone lists of the greatest action movies of all time (and, in some cases, greatest Christmas movies of all time), the original “Die Hard” tends to be on that list and with good reason. However, the sequels, to my…

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