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  • Clinic cat on orders to Luke

    During the past ten years, the Luke Air Force Base Veterinary Clinic has seen six civilian and military vets come and go, as well as countless veterinary techs and other workers. But there has been a constant presence at the vet clinic over the past decade. His name is Max. Max, a 21-pound gray tabby cat, was brought into the vet clinic July 1999
  • Luke munitions: providing firepower

    What makes an F-16 Fighting Falcon a force to be reckoned with? Is it the aviator who pilots the aircraft -- partly, yes. Is it the aircraft itself or the people who keep it functioning -- again, partly yes. But it's the bullets, bombs and missiles that fire from the F-16 that inflict damage upon the enemy. Luke has 220 men and women that ensure
  • When intensity kills

    Pushing the body's physical limits during exercise is a means to muscular improvement; but sometimes the body pushes back - hard. In recent worst-case scenarios two Luke Air Force Base Airmen were hospitalized after their bodies hit them with exertional rhabdomyolysis."Rhabdomyolysis is an extreme breakdown of muscle cell that results in the
  • Luke volunteer “knits” life of service

    Red Cross volunteer Betty Grenig, 88, was recently presented the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Volunteer Excellence Award at a ceremony here by Col. Hank Reed, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander. After six wars and 70 years of helping thousands of military members, she keeps on giving. "Betty started her volunteering days by knitting socks and
  • Club membership: More than dues

    Since the inception of the U.S. Air Force in 1947, camaraderie and esprit de corps have been important factors in creating a distinguishable military force. Air Force Clubs have since been a signature location for Airmen to build on personal and professional relationships. "The Luke Air Force Base clubs have been around since 1961 and have always
  • Final story in a four part series: Luke tower controllers put eyes to skies

    Each day Luke Air Force Base's tower controllers work together with local airport personnel to monitor the surrounding skies and ensure aircraft safety. These controllers are anything but green, as the road taken to become an experienced control asset can last more than two years. "While constantly training new Airmen to safely control the skies,
  • Personal fitness: What is it?

    Sure, anyone can crack open a dictionary and read that fitness is "the state of being fit" but really, what is fitness? Luke Air Force Base fitness gurus would say there's more to fitness than being fit; and fitness is only one part of the process in achieving this "state of being fit." "Personal fitness is an individual thing, whether you're
  • Junior right at home with Spikes

    Junior walked into the 62nd Fighter Squadron's briefing room early in the morning of July 10 and began telling the assistant director of operations about the aircraft in the pictures hanging on the wall. An hour later, he did the same in the 56th Fighter Wing vice commander's office. Most new pilots would not dare try this, but Junior is not like
  • Retiree going strong at fitness center

    He owns a '65 Mustang, has a college degree in secondary education, fought in Vietnam and was an air traffic controller. He also keeps up with players on the court and punches them out on strikes officiating basketball and softball. Did I mention he is a 72-year old retired Air Force Master Sergeant? Charles Dunning joined the Air Force in 1955 and
  • Chihuly: The Nature of Glass

    The Desert Botanical Gardens is featuring Chihuly: The Nature of Glass now through May 31. The garden is currently full of blown glass sculptures made by artist, Dale Chihuly, known for his unique glass art. A walk through the desert landscape will reveal the bright blues, vibrant reds and subdued greens of the sculptures among the cacti. "Great
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