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  • AF: Airman's death ruled accidental

    The Air Force released a report of investigation into the May 4, 2006, death of Senior Airman Abby J. Bilbrey, citing the cause of death as accidental. Airman Bilbrey was assigned to the 56th Communications Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., as an Airfield Systems Journeyman. She and Airman First Class Isaac Acosta, also assigned to the 56th
  • Money scams target Air Force members

    An old saying claims if something appears too good to be true, it probably is. This saying is especially true when it applies to money. A new scam is hitting Air Force members and Arizonans that supposedly offers unsuspecting individuals money for nothing. The scam works two different ways. In the first way, individuals receive a letter in the mail
  • West Nile Virus reaches Arizona

    Monsoon season is here, and with the wet weather comes mosquitoes. The heat and rain has pushed Arizona into the peak of mosquito breeding season. This means that residents need to take extra precautions to protect from mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus. So far this year there have been 13 confirmed human cases of WNV in Arizona. The
  • Mapping Luke made easier with new intranet Web site

    Map Quest, Google Earth, and Yahoo! Maps - all sound familiar, right? They are all familiar Web sites used to provide directions and mapping. The most recent addition to these is a mapping Web site added to the Luke Air Force Base Intranet that will provide access to interactive thematic geospatial data layers. What does that mean? It means that
  • Aviator receives Purple Heart posthumously

    In a ceremony in the 56th Fighter Wing conference room Thursday, Mrs. Mary King accepted the Purple Heart medal on behalf of her late husband, Maj. Robert King, who served his country for nearly 37 years as a Marine, Army soldier and Airman. Brig. Gen. Tom Jones, 56th FW commander, presided over the ceremony and pinned the Purple Heart and Aviator
  • Thunderbolts named top dog

    Luke's 56th Fighter Wing captured top honors in an annual competition recognizing outstanding air force units worldwide, according to a special order announced June 22 here. The Air Force outstanding unit award, based on exceptionally outstanding achievement from July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2005, recognizes, "The men and women of the 56th Fighter
  • Fire prevention week kicks off Saturday

    Each year, fires kill or injure thousands of Americans and destroy or damage billions of dollars worth of property. Many of these fires might have been prevented by taking appropriate precautions and following safety guidelines. During Fire Prevention Week, the fire department highlights the need to prevent and prepare for fires, and we raise
  • 56th Fighter Wing meets FY06 flying hour goal

    The 56th Fighter Wing ended fiscal 2006 Wednesday by flying 47,383 flying hours in 12 months. With more than 34,941 sorties flown for fiscal 2006, Luke accomplished its mission of training the world's greatest F-16 pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission-ready warfighters. "It's a total team effort to meet our flying hour goals in the Air
  • Vehicle stickers making comeback

    Luke has undergone privately owned vehicle registration changes this year. Many of these changes, directed by Headquarters, Air Force Education and Training Command security forces, are based on shortages of the DD Form 2219, Registered Vehicle Expiration Tabs. Luke leadership is determined to meet Air Force security requirements and provide the
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