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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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People First – February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 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. SSgt promotion…

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Important to respond to SORs

Posted  February 14, 2014

February: Security awareness month The Air Force Central Adjudication Facility is the designated authority to make personnel security determinations that can result in an unfavorable administrative action. A Statement of Reasons is a collection of unfavorable information discovered during a security clearance investigation. The CAF initiates an SOR when a member’s reliability or trustworthiness is…

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Spiritual resiliency: ‘Smiley Face’ factor masks wounds

Posted  February 14, 2014

There is within all of us a yearning for purpose in life. This yearning drives us to seek success, influence and power, to solve problems, create or better our world. It motivates the athlete to push himself to the limit. It inspires the firefighter to have the courage to rush into a burning building. It…

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EOD clears range

Posted  February 14, 2014

After a long day of dropping bombs and firing missiles at targets, hard work and caution are needed to clean up the Barry M. Goldwater Range.

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Get doc’s opinion on how to treat low back pain

Posted  February 14, 2014

Low back pain is number one in the top ten diagnoses seen by providers at the 56th Medical Group. There are two classifications of back pain: Acute back pain, which lasts up to 12 weeks in duration, or chronic back pain, which lasts more than 12 weeks. Approximately 98 percent of acute low back pain…

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Chaplain thoughts

Posted  February 14, 2014

Courtesy photo Booker T. Washington “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” ~ Booker T. Washington How much do you really know about the people around you? Do you know of their past?…

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Fly Over: ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’, and ‘50 First Dates’

Posted  February 14, 2014

On Netflix: ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ I’m always looking for new documentaries to watch, especially food and health-related ones. I ran into a documentary named “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” The title itself caught my attention so I decided to watch it. Juicing – many of us may have heard it’s beneficial for detoxifying…

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Street Beat

Posted  February 14, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Feb. 3 through 9: Tickets Security forces issued citations for eight moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving two privately owned vehicles located in the parking lot of Cactus Cleaners. A Maricopa…

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Thunderbolts assist Heroes of Silent Angels

Posted  February 14, 2014

When most people think of medieval times, knights, and squires, it doesn’t usually also bring modern medical disorders to mind. But the members of the Society for Creative Anachronisms are striving to do just that.

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Dollars and Sense

Posted  February 14, 2014

We expect the Air Force to direct a 100-percent recertification of basic allowance for housing beginning in March 2014. Every active-duty member receiving basic allowance for housing will be required to recertify his entitlement with the 56th Comptroller Squadron customer service. The recertification must be accomplished in person and Airmen will be required to present…

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