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Luke conducts first F-35 training deployment

Senior Airman Thomas Spangler A 61st Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter taxis prior to take off April 15 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Ten F-35s from the 61st Fighter Squadron were sent to Nellis for the first ever JSF training deployment. The Las Vegas skyline is in the background. The 56th…

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Historic landmark’s message renewed

Senior AirmanMarcy Copeland The freshly painted Air and Education Training Command shield gives new life to the historic water tower. The water tower received a facelift with “WELCOME TO FIGHTER COUNTRY” and the AETC shield being repainted to represent the Luke mission. As commuters traveled the base and Litchfield Road, all could see the bucket…

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Earth Day: Luke Airmen get creative to save volts

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE A Life Fitness hybrid bike’s display is shown April 14 in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Thunderbolts are encouraged to use this bike which saves the base energy since it uses 75 percent less energy once the user hits a certain revolutions-per-minute range. The Earth’s ocean is being polluted…

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A new ‘Wolf’ … Col. Jeremy Sloane

An Air Force Academy cadet’s dream came true after graduation and earning his wings in 1996. The next stop was Luke Air Force Base where he successfully completed his F-16 Fighting Falcon Initial Qualification Course in 1997.

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Airmen reach terminal velocity

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Parachute Team for their accomplishments during service. Terminal velocity is…


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Singing historian: Luke civilian adds culture to Arizona communities

Posted  April 20, 2012

His repertoire includes a boisterous collection of sea shanties and the world’s best love songs – not what most Air Force historians would list as their areas of expertise. Rick Griset, 56th Fighter Wing historian…

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Annual volunteer recognition ceremony

Posted  April 20, 2012

Volunteers are needed every day in communities around the world, but there are few who go above and beyond to change the lives of others and help make a difference. At Luke Air Force Base, the efforts of volunteers are not overlooked. As part of 2012 National Volunteer Week, a recognition ceremony was held April…

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LRS member receives Air Force-level award

Posted  April 20, 2012

A 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron member received the Colonel Cynthia L. Benulis Air Force Logistics Readiness Field Grade Officer of 2011 award. Maj. Marie Meihls, 56th LRS director of operations received the prestigious award which is named in memory of Benulis who...

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Thunderbolt of the Week April 20, 2012

Posted  April 20, 2012

Staff Sgt. Erickson Cristobal 56th Medical Group Sustainment of Trauma and Resuscitation Skills Program NCO-in-charge Hometown: Milpitas, Calif. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Maureen; son, Erickson James; and daughter, Lailani Malia Previous assignments: Osan Air Base, South Korea…

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News Briefs April 20, 2012

Posted  April 20, 2012

Renaming ceremony In honor of Lt. Col. Frank Bryant, a Luke Air Force Base pilot who was killed April 27, 2011, in an attack at Kabul Airport in Afghanistan, there will be a Luke Fitness Center renaming ceremony at 10 a.m. April 30 in the fitness center. The Luke community is invited to attend.  …

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Mirror, mirror

Posted  April 20, 2012

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds performed Saturday during the open house at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. Here, the lead and opposing solos pass in the mirror formation. The premier air demonstration squadron of the Air Force, the Thunderbirds, were activated in 1953 at Luke AFB. The squadron moved in 1956 to Nellis AFB,…

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Deployments – other half of mission

Posted  April 20, 2012

As we all know, the mission of the 56th Fighter Wing is to “Train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission-ready warfighters.” Throughout the day, we are frequently reminded of the first part of our mission — with maintainers constantly busy on the flightline, and jets continuously taking off; however, many…

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What company do you keep?

Posted  April 20, 2012

“I didn’t get here on my own.” It is a common statement that Airmen hear at nearly every promotion ceremony. Many people helped them along the way. These include supervisors, mentors and family members. The bonds they form with other Airmen are unique to military life. We have more than just coworker and supervisory relationships;…

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Decide what you like, act on it

Posted  April 20, 2012

Some might think that volunteering is just something people do to appease their boss. Others might think that volunteering is something people do to get promoted. Both of those thoughts might be true, but the main reason people volunteer is because it makes the base, town and the world a better place. It also makes…

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Luke commander addresses Airmen

Posted  April 20, 2012

Brig. Gen. JD Harris, 56th Fighter Wing commander, covered a variety of topics affecting Thunderbolt Airmen today and in the future at commander’s calls Monday. Harris addressed sexual assault prevention, tobacco use and the use of synthetic drugs such as spice and bath salts. Additionally, he stressed the importance of education and fiscal responsibility, including…

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