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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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T-bolt Lanes celebrate Airmen on final day

Posted  February 14, 2014

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Airman Jack Taylor, 56th Mission Support Group knowledge operations manager, bowls for a spare Feb. 7 at Thunderbolt Lanes on Luke Air Force Base. The bowling center had an appreciation day for dedicated customers where bowling and food were free. The Thunderbolt Lanes closed Feb. 7 with a final celebration of…

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Luke has long history of good partnerships

Posted  February 14, 2014

In today’s world, partnerships are more important than ever. They exist at all levels, from strategic to personal, and take on many different faces. The hope of all partnerships is a common goal in which all who are involved benefit through respective strengths that aid in overcoming weaknesses. There are usually many challenges that must…

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Be willing to work hard, improve self

Posted  February 14, 2014

With the New Year under way everyone has begun their so-called New Year’s resolution. It’s the same story every year. People set a goal and take their first steps to achieve it as soon as the clock strikes midnight and the calendar switches over. You see these people in the gym working hard. You talk…

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Lightning Leadership: developing Airmen to lead

Posted  February 14, 2014

Staff Sgt.DARLENE SELTMANN Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, leads a discussion during Lightning Leadership Feb. 7 at the Navy Operational Support Center at Luke Air Force Base. Lightning Leadership is a course designed to enhance and develop leaders through guided discussions. Airmen from across base gathered to learn about leadership…

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News Briefs February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

Finance office hours The finance office will close at 1 p.m. Feb. 21. Normal office hours will resume at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 24. For more information, call 623-856-6035. African American Heritage luncheon The African American Heritage luncheon is 11 a.m. Feb. 28 in Club Five Six. The guest speaker is Cloves Campbell Jr., Arizona Informant…

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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  February 14, 2014

Staff Sgt. Keli Manglona 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Combat armament support team leader Hometown: Tinian, Guam Years in service: Six years Family: My wife, Kaila Leota Manglona; daughter, Anella Terisa, 1; and son, Manasseh Iosefa Leota Manglona, 2 months Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship, minoring in nutrition at Estrella Mountain Community College Previous…

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Salutes & Awards

Posted  February 14, 2014

ALS graduates 49 from class 1402 The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated 46 senior airmen and three staff sergeants Feb. 6 from class 14-2. The students are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Benjamin McCloud, 607th Air Control Squadron Distinguished graduates: Staff Sgt. Jesse Stanton, 56th…

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Fire Station 361 facilities get facelift

Posted  February 14, 2014

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Contractors work on the new shower facilities Feb. 7 at Luke Air Force Base Fire Station 361. The fire station is adding more sinks, urinals, showers and lockers to accommodate an increase in manning. Luke Air Force Base Fire Station 361’s bathroom will get a much needed renovation throughout the next…

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This week in history

Posted  February 14, 2014

Feb. 10, 1994: First U.S. Air Force female fighter pilot graduates Courtesy photo 1st Lt. Jeannie Flynn, the first U.S. Air Force female fighter pilot, prepares for flight at Luke Air Force Base. Twenty years ago this week at Luke Air Force Base, 1st Lt. Jeannie Flynn became the U.S. Air Force’s first female fighter…

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Air Force News – February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

Pennysylvania A former Army Air Force aerial gunner based out of Hethel, England, received a Prisoner of War Medal nearly seven decades after his internment in a Swiss prison during World War II. He is one of the 11 surviving Airmen who were interned at Camp Wauwilermoos. Honduras Reservists from the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint…

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