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Airman finds joy in singing

Posted January 29, 2016 by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

“At first I thought, ‘It’s just singing,’” said Senior Airman Adriana Van Wyk, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection technician and Luke Air Force Base national anthem singer.

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Two-year anniversary since Lightning struck Luke

Posted March 17, 2016 by by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

This month marks the two-year anniversary of the unveiling of the first F-35 Lightning II to arrive at Luke Air Force Base. The arrival of the F-35 ushered in a new era of operational and mechanical training for the base whose primary mission for the past 34 years has been to train the world’s greatest…

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AF uniform office designs for entire force; new modifications underway

Posted May 21, 2016 by Amy Rollins

When an airman gets dressed for his or her job, he or she dons apparel and equipment that were developed, produced, deployed, sustained, and modified by a group of fewer than 20 people working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

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Thunderbolt has job of mending bones

Posted October 29, 2015 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN

In the course of the military lifestyle, through rigorous physical training, heavy stress on bones and muscles, and fast-paced movements with the force of strength to back them, injuries can and do occur. Bones break and ligaments tear, and for some Airmen at Luke, this is a reality that occurs despite the finest safety measures…

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Salutes & Awards

Airman abroad achieves Army commendation

Posted February 11, 2016 by by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Every ribbon on an Airman’s ribbon rack tells a story. All have the basic training ribbon, most earn a ribbon for length of service but it’s the medals that tell a unique story. Senior Airman Carlton Mickles, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems journeyman, was awarded an Army achievement medal for his efforts in supporting…

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F-16 Fighting Falcon: Tried and True Blue

Posted April 1, 2016 by adriennek

Mission The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations. Features In an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can…

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Favored to win, CMS doesn’t disappoint

Posted October 9, 2015 by Story and photo by Airman PEDRO MOTA

The 56th Component Maintenance Squadron flag football team shut out the Detachment 12, 372nd Training Squadron team 37-0 Sept. 28 at Luke Air Force Base. CMS came into the game as the favorite having only one previous loss and didn’t disappoint when they scored two touchdowns followed by a safety early in the game. “It…

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Luke Airman survives three wars, plane crash

Posted November 19, 2015 by by Tech. Sgt. TIMOTHY BOYER

“I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy used to transport supplies, so I figured I might as well sink it. I…

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AETC commander visits Luke

Posted December 10, 2015 by by Staff Sgt. MARCY COPELAND

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, Air Education and Training Command commander, visited Luke Air Force Base Dec. 2 through 3 to acquaint himself with the base and personnel. It is his first visit to Luke since taking command of AETC in July. Cheryl, his wife, and Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, AETC command chief, accompanied the…

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Physical therapy speeds recovery

Posted March 3, 2016 by Story and photos by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Having an injury can be difficult. It can affect fitness, daily routine and the ability to accomplish the mission. That’s why it’s the job of Luke Air Force Base physical therapists to help active-duty personnel recover from their injuries. “Physical therapy is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage,…

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