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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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Chaplain’s passion to serve helps Airmen, families

Posted  March 7, 2014

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Brandon Kenyon, 56th Fighter Wing chaplain assistant and Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns, 56th FW deputy chaplain, pose Tuesday in front of the Luke Community Chapel. Chaplain Barns leads the base chapel worship services and is actively involved in the chapel ministries programs. The Luke Air Force Base community chapel sits on…

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Base prepares for inspection

Posted  March 7, 2014

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer A service member logs off his computer Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. Logging off your computer at the end of the day and leaving it powered on allows the 56th Communications Squadron Airmen to make updates that are vital to ensuring a healthy network and ultimately a passing score during…

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Renaissance festival holds something for everyone

Posted  March 7, 2014

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Adam “Crack” Winrich blows on his fire whip during the Adam Crack whip show at the Arizona Renaissance Festival in Apache Junction. Winrich holds nine Guinness world records to include the longest whip ever cracked (216 feet long) and the most two-handed whip cracks in a minute (420). Hear ye, hear ye!…

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Air Force News – March 7, 2014

Posted  March 7, 2014

Hawaii An Airman found out she had cancer in October 2013 after a routine breast exam while she was stationed in England. Her office made arrangements for a humanitarian permanent change of station to Hawaii so she could be with her family. She continues her chemotherapy treatment at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu. Alaska An…

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People First – March 7, 2014

Posted  March 7, 2014

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Top AF…

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Housing Management Office: Helping Airmen find place to live

Posted  March 7, 2014

There is an office on Luke Air Force Base where Airmen can go who want information about off-base housing, information about living on base versus off base and a multitude of other housing-related questions.

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Street Beat

Posted  March 7, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 24 through March 2: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 25: Security forces provided traffic control for a minor vehicle accident in the intersection of Litchfield Road and Lightning Street. Glendale police took control. There were…

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Pilot training exhausting, challenging, rewarding

Posted  March 7, 2014

The 308th Fighter Squadron has more than 45 pilots who are dedicated to the training and certification of F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots. But the FS only gets the new pilots after they have already been through officer training and initial flight training.

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Warthog at work …

Posted  March 7, 2014

  An A-10 Thunderbolt II from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, practices attacking ground targets Feb. 20 at the Barry M. Goldwater Range in Gila Bend. The BMGR consists of 57,000 cubic miles of airspace where pilots practice air-to-air maneuvers and engage simulated targets. The range is the nation’s third largest military reservation and training…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  March 7, 2014

Courtesy photo Craig M. Mullaney “I wanted that future officer to weigh decisions with a supple mind and to be comfortable with nuance and uncertainty.” ~ Craig M. Mullaney Are you uncomfortable with uncertainty? Are you scared of the future? The decisions we make in life are not often easy: medical issues, care for elderly…

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