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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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Health & Safety

April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted  April 5, 2013

12 main reasons incidents go unreported: Didn’t know how to report Feared retaliation or that the incident would happen again Did not trust the reporting process Concern over protecting identity Did not want to cause trouble in the unit Fear of being treated badly if reported (44 percent female – 31 percent male responses) Didn’t…

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Fly Over: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, and the ‘Canton Dragon’

Posted  April 5, 2013

In theaters: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” Redemption is more like it Everyone has one TV show they loved as a kid and even up into adulthood. For many people, it was the cartoon “G.I. Joe,” a military action series that not only provided curiously bloodless battles, but also life lessons. Considering its popularity, it’s no shock…

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Stop the pop, sugar Be smart, protect pearly whites from acid

Posted  April 5, 2013

Enamel is the hardest substance in the body and protects the crowns of the teeth; however, it is susceptible to demineralization from acids. Acids are produced when bacteria colonize the tooth surface and metabolize carbohydrates. If this process continues, it may eventually lead to carious lesions, known as cavities, in the enamel and dentin. Soda…

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Street Beat – April 5, 2013

Posted  April 5, 2013

The 56th Security Force Squadron handled the following incidents March 22 through 28: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 16 moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 27: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in the exchange parking garage. There were no injuries. March 27: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle…

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Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted  April 5, 2013

James Gilmore 56th Medical Operations Squadron Mental health technician How do you stay fit? Fitness is having a positive mindset toward exercise and eating properly. I also drink protein shakes all the time. What drives you to keep working out? I want to improve my personal performance. Being physically healthy is the best way to…

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Wing, union sign first NAF contract

Posted  April 5, 2013

Staff Sgt. C. J. Hatch The 56th Fighter Wing and the American Federation of Government Employees 1547 Local signed the first-ever nonappropriated fund, or NAF, contract March 25. Wing commander Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein and union president Harley Hembd signed for their respective organizations. Based on cooperation and communication, this unprecedented milestone is designed to…

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YMCA tour

Posted  April 5, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Tech. Sgt. Sara Abel, 56th Fighter Wing command chief executive assistant, speaks to high school students March 28 at Hangar 913 at Luke Air Force Base. The Youth to Leaders group toured the 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and watched F-16s launch for night flying.

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Course ramps up safety mindset

Posted  April 5, 2013

An instructor watches a rider practice tight cornering. The advanced rider course also covers how to avoid objects in the road and safely avoid collisions.   Participants receive instructions before beginning the advanced rider course.   Motorcycles sit ready for riders during an advanced motorcycle safety riding course held at Luke Air Force Base. The…

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Salutes & Awards

Salutes & Awards

Posted  April 5, 2013

O-4, 5 promotion selects announced The following major was selected for promotion to: Lieutenant colonel David Hagerty, 56th Medical Support Squadron The following captains were selected for promotion to: Major William Andreotta, 56th Operations Group Joshua Arki, 62nd Fighter Squadron Joseph Ball, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Brandon Baughman, 310th FS David Breuer, 756th Aircraft Maintenance…

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Sexual assault has no place in DOD, official says

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON – Sexual assault has no place in the Defense Department, a senior Pentagon official said April 2, calling on the workforce to be part of the solution. In a keynote address kicking off Aberdeen Proving Ground’s observance of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica L….

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