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Airmen reach terminal velocity

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Parachute Team for their accomplishments during service. Terminal velocity is…

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Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child recognizes the role children play in the Armed Forces community. Every day, military members are being deployed to…

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Ruck march honors fallen

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS March of the Fallen participants hike a trail Saturday in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. The MOTF is a 4.5-mile rucksack march dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Airmen and local community members came together Saturday…

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Arizona entrepreneurs learn benefits of hiring vets

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Master Sgt. Stephen Hunter, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal program manager, helps Jack Weiner, Arizona Chapter Entrepreneurs Organization member and business owner, don a bomb suit March 27 during the Entrepreneurs Organization tour at Luke Air Force Base. Ten Arizona Chapter Entrepreneur Organization members held their annual retreat March…

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Scottsdale SWAT train with Reserve medics

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Tactical Combat Casualty Care students provide treatment to simulated wounded patients during a field training exercise at the Luke Auxiliary Field. The class was taught by the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron to Luke reservists and members of the Scottsdale Fire Department and SWAT Team. The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron recently conducted Tactical…


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People First – May 2, 2014

Posted  May 2, 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. AF top…

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Take a trip into world of music

Posted  May 2, 2014

It speaks to generations, spans across languages and inspires people. From the moment you step foot in the Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix you will see the “Music is the language of the soul” collage against the lobby wall. This is more than a unique museum; it is a journey across the musical globe.

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Combat dining-in: Airmen let hair down

Posted  May 2, 2014

The leadership team remains protected behind shields while Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th FW commander, sprays Luke Air Force Base Airmen with a fire hose during the dining-in at Luke Air Force Base.   The 56th Mission Support Group taps challenge coins on the table during the event. Tapping coins on the table is a…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  May 2, 2014

Courtesy photo Rushworth Kidder “It may be … what most defines maturity in the twenty-first century will not be physical courage but moral courage.” ~ Rushworth Kidder Being military, I take nothing — absolutely nothing — away from physical courage. However, on a day-to-day, in-garrison environment, we encounter situations that will require decisions of the…

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Fly Over: ‘Now You See Me’, and ‘The Raid 2′

Posted  May 2, 2014

On DVD: Now You See Me Director Louis Leterrier’s 2013 release of “Now You See Me,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Michael Cane, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco and Morgan Freeman, is a fast-paced cat-and-mouse game when a group of solo magicians join together for a magical act known as the Four…

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Sting of AZ car registration softened

Posted  May 2, 2014

Registering a motor vehicle usually happens once a year. In Arizona this process comes at a greater cost than in other states. However, the legal office has information that may help in the process. Arizona has extended a boon to military members, both Arizona residents and nonresidents. In order to take advantage of this benefit,…

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Street Beat

Posted  May 2, 2014

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 22 through 28: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 22: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the Bldg. 820 parking lot. There were no injuries. April 25: Security forces responded…

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Sports Shorts – May 2, 2014

Posted  May 2, 2014

SFS tops OSS in one-pitch softball Mario Huerta, 56th Security Forces Squadron, takes a swing April 21 during a one-pitch intramural softball game against the 56th Operations Support Squadron at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center softball field. SFS defeated OSS 17-6. Story and photo by Senior Airman GRACE LEE, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The…

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WW II, Korean War veteran retires at Luke

Posted  April 25, 2014

Courtesy photo A young Master Sgt. Marion Kiszczak, enlisted in the Army Air Corps Sept. 15, 1942. Kiszczak retired in 1969 from the 62nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron at K.I Sawyer Air Force Base, Mich. He returned to his old squadron, which is now the 62nd Fighter Squadron on Luke AFB to have an official retirement…

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Innovative social media has limits

Posted  April 25, 2014

In today’s society people are able to receive and send information as soon as it happens. Text messages and social media sites have become the new norm and Google has become a verb. Some reach out to connect with family or friends who are far away while others may be reaching out for guidance or…

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