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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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Top Hats graduate 14 into combat air force

Posted  March 28, 2014

Basic F-16 Course Class 13-FBG of the 310th Fighter Squadron is well on its way to being “Dressed to Kill” as combat-ready F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots. They graduated on March 21 and will continue the legacy of 310th FS-trained fighter pilots who have fought in every war or operation from World War II to Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

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Avionics Airmen: Troubleshooting mission success

Posted  March 28, 2014

Have you ever wondered what’s inside an F-16 that makes everything function and who was responsible for fixing those parts when something went wrong?

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Luke Express offers full-service refueling to drivers with disabilities

Posted  March 28, 2014

The Luke Air Force Base Express fuel station is making it easier for motorists with disabilities to fuel up. The recently installed FuelCall wireless alert system allows disabled drivers to contact associates inside the store for assistance without leaving their vehicle. Any motorist with a disability license plate or placard may have their gas pumped…

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Exchange ‘Buddies’ receive exclusive offers

Posted  March 28, 2014

Facebook, Twitter and even your inbox. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making it easier than ever for Luke Air Force Base shoppers to exercise their Exchange benefit via the Internet. The Luke AFB Exchange’s Buddy List enables military shoppers to be among the first to find out about exclusive savings, promotions, events…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  March 28, 2014

Courtesy photo Henry Drummond “The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.” ~ Henry Drummond Go back and read that again … it does not say the people you believe in but those who believe in you! Who are those people in your life? Typical answers are parents, husbands and wives,…

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Trip reduction not just silly survey

Posted  March 28, 2014

Luke Air Force Base is conducting the annual trip reduction survey. The Trip Reduction Program began in the late 1980s as part of the state of Arizona’s response to a court ruling requiring greater efforts to reduce air pollution. One outcome was a statute that went into effect focusing on employers and schools. The 70…

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Street Beat

Posted  March 28, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents March 16 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for one moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 20: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a fixed object at Bldg. 857. There were no injuries….

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Resiliency: Transforming abuse victims from survivors to ‘thrivers’

Posted  March 28, 2014

Resiliency is the key ingredient to shifting people’s lives from survivors, or victims of domestic abuse, to “thrivers.” Recovery from domestic violence is based on the belief that healing from relationship violence is a social, spiritual, cultural and psychological process. Within the context of a supportive community, women and men can transition through stages of…

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Sports Shorts – March 28, 2014

Posted  March 28, 2014

Jeremy Sharron, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, shoots the ball over two 56th Security Forces Squadron defenders during the first half of the intramural basketball game March 18 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. EMS shoots past SFS, wins basketball game Story and photo by Senior Airman DAVID OWSIANKA, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs From…

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Governor Brewer, Undersecretary Fanning headline F-35 JSF unveiling at Luke AFB

Posted  March 21, 2014

Senior Airman Devante WilliamsArizona Governor Jan Brewer addresses an audience of approximately 500 community leaders, elected officials, representatives from partner nation air forces and Luke Airmen during an unveiling ceremony March 14 at Luke Air Force Base for the 56th Fighter Wing’s first F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. Brewer was joined on stage by Undersecretary…

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