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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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DEVANTE WILLIAMS Salutes & Awards

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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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 21, 2014

“Military Saves Week is Feb. 24 through March 1. Your financial fitness and personal readiness are critical aspects toward overall health and satisfaction. Learning good financial habits early in life strengthens the ability to capture opportunities in the future, such as financial freedom and security. Fewer than 50 percent of Americans say they have a…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  February 21, 2014

Courtesy photo Quincy Jones “Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.” ~ Quincy Jones How do you define greatness? Is it your job title, the rank on your collar or sleeve, your achievements, by winning an Olympic medal? In the military, we are…

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Fly Over: ‘The Lady Vanishes’, and the new XBox

Posted  February 21, 2014

On DVD: ‘The Lady Vanishes’ Recently, 100 classic horror/thriller movies fell into my possession (belated Merry Christmas gifts), and among said collection are quite a few created by Sir Alfred Hitchcock, a filmmaker that left a pretty big mark on the history of cinema. So naturally, of these 100 films I’ve watched so far, the…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 21, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 10 through 16: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 11: Security forces responded to a report of a minor two-vehicle accident in the parking lot of Bldg. 1550. There were no injuries. Feb. 13: Security forces…

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Sports Shorts – February 21, 2014

Posted  February 21, 2014

Jonathan Juarez-Chavez, 56th Equipment Squadron cornerback, runs an intercepted catch back up the field Feb. 13 at Luke Air Force Base. Despite a fierce defense, EMS lost the game to the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron 19-13. CES whomps EMS 19-13 in football action Story and photo by Senior Airman JASON COLBERT, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Since…

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61st AMU gets new digs

Posted  February 14, 2014

Photo bySenior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit will be the first at Luke Air Force Base to house the new F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The first F-35 is scheduled to land soon at Luke. Luke Air Force Base has long been known as fighter country. In addition to the F-16s that…

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T-bolt Lanes celebrate Airmen on final day

Posted  February 14, 2014

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Airman Jack Taylor, 56th Mission Support Group knowledge operations manager, bowls for a spare Feb. 7 at Thunderbolt Lanes on Luke Air Force Base. The bowling center had an appreciation day for dedicated customers where bowling and food were free. The Thunderbolt Lanes closed Feb. 7 with a final celebration of…

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Luke has long history of good partnerships

Posted  February 14, 2014

In today’s world, partnerships are more important than ever. They exist at all levels, from strategic to personal, and take on many different faces. The hope of all partnerships is a common goal in which all who are involved benefit through respective strengths that aid in overcoming weaknesses. There are usually many challenges that must…

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Be willing to work hard, improve self

Posted  February 14, 2014

With the New Year under way everyone has begun their so-called New Year’s resolution. It’s the same story every year. People set a goal and take their first steps to achieve it as soon as the clock strikes midnight and the calendar switches over. You see these people in the gym working hard. You talk…

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Lightning Leadership: developing Airmen to lead

Posted  February 14, 2014

Staff Sgt.DARLENE SELTMANN Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, leads a discussion during Lightning Leadership Feb. 7 at the Navy Operational Support Center at Luke Air Force Base. Lightning Leadership is a course designed to enhance and develop leaders through guided discussions. Airmen from across base gathered to learn about leadership…

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