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Luke’s best shine

Senior Airman Devante Williams Misty Hyman, Olympic Gold Medalist, receives a standing ovation during her speech Feb. 13 at the 56th fighter Wing Annual Awards Banquet at the Wigwam. Hyman talked about the obstacles she faced during her Olympic run and how she overcame them. The 56th Fighter Wing held its annual awards banquet to…

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EFMP wraps up significant year

Courtesy photo Exceptional Family Member Program families get up close and personal with animals from the Wild Life World Zoo Dec. 20 during an EFMP Holiday Party at Luke Air Force Base. In today’s world, there are not many programs for people with special-needs family members to receive help without paying a lot of money….

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Thunderbolt named AETC crew chief of 2014

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Brandon Rhodes, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, stands in front of the F-16 static display in front of wing headquarters Feb. 12 at Luke Air Force Base. Rhodes works on the wing commander’s aircraft and ensures it is safe to fly. He has been named Air Force Crew Chief…

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CDC

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland’s, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, image is reflected by one of the safety mirrors as she picks up her son after his nap Feb. 12 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center. Copeland is a new mom and alternates between work and the CDC during the day. Staff…

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Save on tax prep fees at Luke tax center

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Staff Sgt. Mariah Langeland, 56th Security Forces Squadron member and tax center volunteer, helps retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Norman Afdahl and his wife, Eileen Afdahl, file their taxes Feb. 10 in the tax center at Luke Air Force Base. The tax center has provided free tax filing services to service members…


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Pilot training exhausting, challenging, rewarding

Posted  March 7, 2014

The 308th Fighter Squadron has more than 45 pilots who are dedicated to the training and certification of F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots. But the FS only gets the new pilots after they have already been through officer training and initial flight training.

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Warthog at work …

Posted  March 7, 2014

  An A-10 Thunderbolt II from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, practices attacking ground targets Feb. 20 at the Barry M. Goldwater Range in Gila Bend. The BMGR consists of 57,000 cubic miles of airspace where pilots practice air-to-air maneuvers and engage simulated targets. The range is the nation’s third largest military reservation and training…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  March 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Craig M. Mullaney “I wanted that future officer to weigh decisions with a supple mind and to be comfortable with nuance and uncertainty.” ~ Craig M. Mullaney Are you uncomfortable with uncertainty? Are you scared of the future? The decisions we make in life are not often easy: medical issues, care for elderly…

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Fly Over: ‘Ghostbusters’, and ‘Young Adam’

Posted  March 7, 2014

Available on Netflix: ‘Ghostbusters’ I was shocked and saddened to hear the news last week of the passing of Harold Ramis. He was, hands down, one of the great comedic minds of our time, having co-wrote, directed and starred in several comedy classics including “Animal House,” “Caddyshack,” “Stripes,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Groundhog Day.” This…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  March 7, 2014

In order to meet the requirements of financial improvement and audit readiness, the Air Force is directing a one-time effort for every Airman to validate their entitlement for the basic allowance for housing with dependent entitlement. Based on terminal digit spread (last two of the social security number), the 56th Comptroller Squadron will contact Airmen…

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SFS tackles increased criminal activity on base

Posted  March 7, 2014

A crime prevention meeting was hosted by 56th Security FoA crime prevention meeting was hosted by 56th Security Forces Squadron and Balfour Beatty Communities Feb. 13. All residents from base housing and the dormitories were invited to attend, as well as representatives from the Glendale Police Department Community Action Team.

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Sports Shorts – March 7, 2014

Posted  March 7, 2014

The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron soccer team poses Monday with the championship trophy at the base track. LRS was undefeated in the 2014 Spring Micro Soccer Tournament. LRS defeats Marines 9-5, wins soccer championship Story and photo by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs On the final day of a two-week intramural soccer tournament,…

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Wings of Blue to jump during open house

Posted  February 28, 2014

Lt. Col. Mike Love Parachutists with the Air Force Wings of Blue Parachute Competition Team attempt to set a three-point, 32-way college record Dec. 28, 2011, during a jump competition over Eloy. The Wings of Blue will be performing March 15 and 16 during the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show at…

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Life of single Airman full of opportunities

Posted  February 28, 2014

Many of the programs and talking points of our Air Force leaders center on taking care of families. Making sure our military dependents are taken care of is crucial for leaders at every level. However, with the ever-present emphasis on family first, many single Airmen find themselves asking, “Where do I fit into this?” Though…

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Changing times challenge leadership

Posted  February 28, 2014

Over the next several months our leadership’s prowess will be tested. On Dec. 11, 2013, Air Force senior leaders announced the rollout of several programs that may reduce our force by as much as 25,000 over the next five years. Unfortunately, several of our fellow Airmen will be saluted for their years of faithful service…

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