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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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CSAF All Call — bus pickup points

Posted  March 20, 2015

Gen. Mark Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, all call is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hangar 999. There will be bus pickups at the points indicated on the map. They begin at 9 a.m. and the last pickup will be at 10 a.m. All personnel must be in place by 10:15 a.m.

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AFAF campaign: Committed to caring

Posted  March 20, 2015

Courtesy photo Air Force senior leaders review Air Force Assistance Fund affiliate web sites in preparation for the 2015 AFAF drive at the Pentagon. Seated are Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III, and standing from the left are Air Force Vice Chief of…

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56th Fighter Group longest mission

Posted  March 20, 2015

Courtesy photo Maj. James Carter, 61st Fighter Squadron commander Seventy years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Group and many others in Eighth Air Force flew over Berlin. Previously, the Allies sporadically targeted Berlin, the capital of the Third Reich. On the ground, the Allies were about to cross the Rhine River. Crossing the Rhine…

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Qualification training

Posted  March 20, 2015

Staff Sgt. Rakim Redd, 607th Air Control Squadron instructor, instructs Senior Airman Rachel Mach, 607th ACS interface control technician, on how to set up a datalink March 10 during 607th ACS initial qualification training at Luke Air Force Base. The 607th ACS operates and maintains radar and communications to train highly-qualified weapons directors and surveillance…

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All eyes on antiterrorism/force protection

Posted  March 20, 2015

Everyone has heard it, “Force Protection is everyone’s business and every Airman is a sensor.” That statement is indeed fact; it is imperative that all personnel are aware and participate in the Antiterrorism/Force Protection Program that helps safeguard the personnel and resources at Luke AFB. Due to the ongoing threats from ISIS and other terrorist…

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Air Force News – March 20, 2015

Posted  March 20, 2015

Hawaii More than 95 U.S. military personnel and Defense Department civilians were among the thousands from around the globe to participate in Aero India 2015, the region’s largest tradeshow. The tradeshow allowed the U.S. to strengthen its ties with India while furthering military-to-military relationships. Florida Seven Marines and four Soldiers died in an Army UH-60…

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People First – March 20, 2015

Posted  March 20, 2015

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, click on the link in the title. Wounded warriors get help through equine therapy…

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Message to medical group enrollees seeking urgent care

Posted  March 20, 2015

Deciding to seek urgent medical treatment at an urgent care clinic deserves careful consideration. Following the right steps before seeking urgent care ensures patients will get coordinated attention at the lowest out-of-pocket-cost possible. If you are assigned to a Primary Care Manager at the 56th Medical Group, you should follow these steps before going to…

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2015 Chapel Holy Week Schedule

Posted  March 20, 2015

March 28 Palm Sunday Vigil Catholic 5 p.m. (Luke Community Chapel) March 29 Palm Sunday Catholic 8:30 a.m. (Luke Community Chapel) Gospel/Contemporary 10 a.m. (Luke Community Chapel) Traditional 11:30 a.m. (Luke Community Chapel) Catholic 5:30 pm (Chapel on the Mall) April 1 Sedar meal Ecumenical 6 p.m. (Luke Community Chapel Annex) April 2 Holy Thursday Catholic…

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Winter sports still risk for sun damage

Posted  March 20, 2015

Winter sports enthusiasts spend ample time outdoors, often hitting the slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Despite cold temperatures, clouds and dreary weather, winter sports lovers are still at risk for sun damage and skin cancer. In fact, about 86 percent of melanomas and 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to the…

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