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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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Veterans

Veterans in need receive hope

Posted  April 4, 2014

Hope can come in many forms, but for veterans in need, hope can be a simple business suit and a tie.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  April 4, 2014

All Airmen are required to revalidate their housing pay entitlements if they are receiving the Basic Allowance for Housing at the “With Dependent” rate or the “BAH-Diff” rate. During the month of April, all Airmen with a social security number with the last two digits between 11 and 20 will be required to revalidate their…

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Street Beat

Posted  April 4, 2014

The 56th Security forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 24 through 30: Tickets Security forces issued citations for one nonmoving violation. Traffic-related incidents March 25: Security forces responded to a report of a DUI at Lightning Gate. Security forces detected an alcohol odor on the person, and observed blood shot eyes and slurred speech….

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Sports Shorts – April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

5k shines light on Women’s History Month Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann Airmen at Luke Air Force Base take-off March 28 at the start of the Women’s History Month 5k fun run at Luke Air Force Base. The Woman’s History Month Committee also a held a luncheon to recognize contributions made by women in history. The…

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Fly Over: ‘Catch a Contractor’, and ‘Titanfall’

Posted  March 28, 2014

On Spike TV: ‘Catch a Contractor’ Spike TV has created a fantastic new reality show, “Catch a Contractor,” which is hosted by comedian and master carpenter Adam Carolla. Except instead of catching sexual deviants like on the NBC series the show’s title is a take on, Carolla and co-host Skip Bedell are busting incompetent and…

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Luke 1 highlights open house success, F-35 mission

Posted  March 28, 2014

Senior Airman Jason Colbert Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks at a commander’s call March 21. He discussed the recent open house and the new F-35 Lightning II mission. He also told Luke Airmen he was pleased with how the wing is meeting his expectations concerning mission, leadership and community. At a…

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Maintenance pros stand out at banquet

Posted  March 28, 2014

Grace Lee The 56th Maintenance Group held its annual Maintenance Professional of the Year banquet March 8 at Luke Air Force Base. The theme was “A Tradition of Honor … A Legacy of Valor.” When one thinks of the Air Force and its mission, the words pilots, jets, bombs and missiles may come to mind,…

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First-time motorcycle experience long time coming

Posted  March 28, 2014

I was in my sophomore year of high school and was about to cross the street to the school’s main courtyard when I heard a loud low vroom. I looked over and there it was – a blue Yamaha R6. It was as if everything went into slow motion and what I noticed, just as…

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‘Burn the boats’

Posted  March 28, 2014

Though I have read a little about history and a little more about business and leadership, the first time I heard the expression, “Burn the boats,” was just a few weeks ago. It prompted me to look into this theory a little further. The phrase is most attributed to Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez when he…

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Mentorship builds better Airmen at all levels

Posted  March 28, 2014

Mentorship is an important topic that comes with many views and questions, such as, “Why is mentorship important?” “Why do we need mentorship?” and “What are the causes and effects of mentorship?” Here are my personal views on why mentorship is important. First, I would like to specify that every person in the Air Force…

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