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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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Spouses ‘dine-in’ Hollywood fashion

Posted  February 28, 2014

Costumes, laughter and bright decorations set the tone for an entertaining night at the first spouses dining-in Feb. 22 at Club Five Six.

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Tips to ‘take to heart’

Posted  February 28, 2014

February is American Heart Month with the mission to increase awareness about heart health. Everyday things people can do to increase daily heart-healthy activity: Park further away when visiting the commissary and walk For those sitting at desks, standing for periods of time can increase blood flow, burn calories and assist with energy balance Take…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  February 28, 2014

Courtesy photo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I say to you, ‘I love you. I would rather die than hate you.’ And I’m foolish enough to believe that through the power of this love somewhere, men of the most recalcitrant bent will be transformed.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. What does it take to…

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Fly Over: ‘Robocop’, and ‘The Lego Movie’

Posted  February 28, 2014

In theaters ‘Robocop’ Honestly, I have never seen so much hate for a movie. In the months before 2014’s “Robocop” release I heard people complain over and over again about this thing or that thing, every little tidbit the studio released to the public (in a few cases, I’ve seen people complain about things that…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 28, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 17 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 20: Security forces received a report of a civil arrest for DUI on Bell Road and West Point Parkway in Surprise. Surprise police responded after receiving a…

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Sports Shorts – February 28, 2014

Posted  February 28, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron team huddles Feb. 19 before the start of the second half of the 2014 intramural football season championship game at Luke Air Force Base. They beat the 56th Communications Squadron 19-18 in intramural play. 56th SFS wins 2014 intramural football championship Story and photo by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr., 56th Fighter…

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Thunderbirds, F-35 to headline Luke open house

Posted  February 21, 2014

Graphic illustration by Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer The public is invited to the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 and 16 at Luke Air Force Base. The air show will include the Air Force Thunderbirds, the Wings of Blue parachute team, the Marines MV-22 Osprey,…

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Water tower welcomes all to Fighter Country

Posted  February 21, 2014

Driving down Litchfield Road in front of Luke Air Force Base, one can’t help but see three things: F-16 Fighting Falcons, the Maj. Troy Gilbert Memorial Bridge and the “Fighter Country” water tower. One of these things has been part of the base’s history longer than the others combined. The water tower, managed by the…

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Are you carrying the FLAG?

Posted  February 21, 2014

With so many challenges and distractions hitting us every day, it can sometimes be difficult to keep focused and maintain a healthy perspective. Many things can affect your outlook – the daily grind (“Ground Hog Day”), changes in processes and procedures, a different work environment or just knowing it’s your turn to deploy. Occasionally when…

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Leaders push others to discover strengths

Posted  February 21, 2014

Picture, for a moment, being in the midst of a challenge. How will you deal with that challenge? Will you shy away? Will you hide in the shadows of another’s motivation and know-how? Or, will you move into the forefront and say I’m ready to lead? Leadership is not something found in a book, Air…

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