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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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Fly Over: ‘Ghostbusters’, and ‘Young Adam’

Posted  March 7, 2014

Available on Netflix: ‘Ghostbusters’ I was shocked and saddened to hear the news last week of the passing of Harold Ramis. He was, hands down, one of the great comedic minds of our time, having co-wrote, directed and starred in several comedy classics including “Animal House,” “Caddyshack,” “Stripes,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Groundhog Day.” This…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  March 7, 2014

In order to meet the requirements of financial improvement and audit readiness, the Air Force is directing a one-time effort for every Airman to validate their entitlement for the basic allowance for housing with dependent entitlement. Based on terminal digit spread (last two of the social security number), the 56th Comptroller Squadron will contact Airmen…

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SFS tackles increased criminal activity on base

Posted  March 7, 2014

A crime prevention meeting was hosted by 56th Security FoA crime prevention meeting was hosted by 56th Security Forces Squadron and Balfour Beatty Communities Feb. 13. All residents from base housing and the dormitories were invited to attend, as well as representatives from the Glendale Police Department Community Action Team.

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Sports Shorts – March 7, 2014

Posted  March 7, 2014

The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron soccer team poses Monday with the championship trophy at the base track. LRS was undefeated in the 2014 Spring Micro Soccer Tournament. LRS defeats Marines 9-5, wins soccer championship Story and photo by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs On the final day of a two-week intramural soccer tournament,…

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Wings of Blue to jump during open house

Posted  February 28, 2014

Lt. Col. Mike Love Parachutists with the Air Force Wings of Blue Parachute Competition Team attempt to set a three-point, 32-way college record Dec. 28, 2011, during a jump competition over Eloy. The Wings of Blue will be performing March 15 and 16 during the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show at…

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Life of single Airman full of opportunities

Posted  February 28, 2014

Many of the programs and talking points of our Air Force leaders center on taking care of families. Making sure our military dependents are taken care of is crucial for leaders at every level. However, with the ever-present emphasis on family first, many single Airmen find themselves asking, “Where do I fit into this?” Though…

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Changing times challenge leadership

Posted  February 28, 2014

Over the next several months our leadership’s prowess will be tested. On Dec. 11, 2013, Air Force senior leaders announced the rollout of several programs that may reduce our force by as much as 25,000 over the next five years. Unfortunately, several of our fellow Airmen will be saluted for their years of faithful service…

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News Briefs February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

Careers for spouses An opportunity for a transportable career for spouses is now being offered. The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, in partnership with the National Military Family Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, announced the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship for the Accredited Financial Counselor Program. The application period is Monday…

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New active-duty education requirements coming up

Posted  February 28, 2014

For Airmen who wish to pursue their education after completion of a Community College of the Air Force degree, there are upcoming changes active-duty Airmen should prepare for. “Once tuition assistance was brought back, new requirements for TA approval were set forth,” said Sandy Cooper, 56th Force Support Squadron guidance counselor.” Prior to the changes,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  February 28, 2014

Staff Sgt. Bronson Criddle 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Flight Service Center journeyman Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz. Years in service: Eight Family: Wife, Nikki; and son, Travis Education: Pursuing degrees in business management and a health care field at Mesa Community College and University of Maryland Previous assignments: Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, England Inspirations: My father…

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